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Baccalaureate Awards

Mary Lou Gantert Award for Excellence in Science

This award is given to a senior who has achieved a grade point average of 3.25 or greater; who has participated in research, internships, scientific presentations and/or related work experience beyond the expectations of the major; and who has compiled a record of service to the School of Science, the College, or the local community. The recipient should also show promise for continuation of their education at the graduate or professional level.

  • 2016: Nicolas Patrick Benjamin Shearman
  • Nicolas Shearman, a dual major in environmental science and political science, promoted social engagement and environmental sustainability at Marist College. He conducted research on pharmaceutical pollution in the Hudson River , which he presented in Washington, D.C., and at regional conferences, He helped organize the Poughkeepsie Community Wealth-Building Summit, founded Marist Earth Care, was a member of the Campus Sustainability Committee, and interned with Scenic Hudson and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • 2015: Alyssa Michelle Scott
  • Alyssa was a Biology major with dual minors in Psychology and Environmental Science and an extensive record of service to the School, College, and community. She served as the Marist College Democrats President, completed three separate internships, and conducted research with three different faculty at Marist. She also presented her research at local, regional and international meetings. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Genetics at Emory University.
  • 2014: Patrick Walker Bergamo
  • UConn Medical School
  • 2013: Christine Gurdon
  • Environmental Scientist at Psulud, Sokoloski & Sartor (PS&S) NYC
  • 2012: Ryan Hoffman
  • DDS from Stony Brook. Practicing at VA Hospital in San Diego, CA
  • 2011: Kelly McDonald
  • graduate student at Virginia Tech
  • 2010: David Reens
  • MD Stony Brook. Emergency Medicine in Masnhasset, NY, North Shore Univ. Hospital
  • 2009: Nicole M. Boisvert
  • MD from Georgetown Medical School. Family Practice resident at Costra Conta County Medical Center, CA,
  • 2008: Katherine D. Amodeo
  • MD from U Buffalo. Resident in Neurology at U. Rochester Medical & Dentasl School
  • 2007: Deborah Bryn Diehl
  • PhD Cornell University
  • 2006: Patrick Bean
  • 2005: Steven Hicks
  • MD/PhD from Upstate Medical School. Pediatrics Hershey, PA Neurodevelopment disabilities
  • 2004: Alyson Fiorillo
  • Children's National Medical Center Washington, DC. Researcher with several publications, Cancer, MD
  • 2003: Jacqueline M. Smith
  • 2002: Martine M. Mirrione
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Quinnipiac University
  • 2001: Kathryn Docherty
  • Kathryn graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Environmental Science (Biology Track). She was on the High Dean's List most semesters and was a laboratory assistant for the General Biology 2 course. She was actively involved in research at Marist and was a recipient of the Hudson River Foundation's Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship which helped fund her work. Kathryn went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology from Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) and following several years as a postdoctoral is now an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biology at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • 2000: Emily A Periera
  • VP Global Marketing & Asian Pacific Commercial Operations at Cepheid Corp.
  • 1999: Matthew B. Loewentral
  • MD. BluePrint Research Group Associate Partner
  • 1998: Brian J. Webber
  • DO. Runs a radiology practice in NY
  • 1997: Mary C. Walsh
  • Presently at Harvard Medical School as Deputy Scientific Investigator
  • 1996: Sylvia Wood
  • High school teacher
  • 1995: Linda Passaro
  • PhD Chemists working at Bedoukian Chemicals
  • 1994: Heidi J. Grosskamp
  • Chiropractor practicing in California
  • 1993: Meredith Daniel
  • 1993: Christine Harris
  • Practicing physical therapist in Durham, NC
  • 1992: Rosa Montalbano
  • 1991:: Paula Amendola
  • Family medicine doctor at Bronx Internal Medicine Assoc.
  • 1990: Brian Park
  • Psychiatrist in Poughkeepsie, NY Division of Behavioral
  • 1989: Lynn A. Lariviere
  • 1988: Michael J. Foote
  • 1987: Robert C. Osika
  • Manager Control Center Sonoco Logistics
  • 1986: Marie D. Isernia
  • 1985: Francis H. Kors
  • Anesthesiology practice in Bronx, NY
  • 1984: Robin Lynn Rockhill
  • 1983: Arthur E. Tringali
  • 1982: Roberta A. Marx
  • 1981: John M. Morgan
  • Manufacturing Tech Manager General Electric Plastics
  • 1980: Susan M. Grinder
  • 1979: Michael P. Dombroski
  • Senior Plating Engineer Tyco Electronics, NC
  • 1979: Jane Sottile
  • Assoc Professor at Arab Cardiovascular Institute U. Rochester
  • 1978: Alan Viani
  • Owns dental practice in Poughkeepsie; coach Our Lady of Lourdes Woman's Basketball team
  • 1977: Thomas J. Lynch
  • 1976: Thomas F. Cornish
  • 1975: Joseph A. Abys
  • Abys Consulting LLC , worked previously at Argonne National Labs, Lucent Technologies and entered Marist from its HEOP/Upward Bound Program
  • 1975: Salvatore J. Caradonna
  • Ph.D. U. Buffalo Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Pharmacology). Presently Chair & Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1974: Michael W. Pantiano

Boehringer Ingelheim Award for Excellence in Scientific Research

This award is given to a student selected by the School of Science faculty in recognition of overall academic performance with primary focus on achievement in research.

  • 2016: Solomon A. Sloat
  • Solomon Sloat is graduating with majors in biology and philosophy. He conducted research with multiple faculty at Marist and was awarded two summer research grants to pursue projects that resulted in presentations at local, regional, and national meetings. He has co-authored five scientific journal articles-three in press and two in preparation. Soloman intends to enter a doctoral; program in biochemistry in fall 2017 with the ultimate goal of running a research laboratory.
  • 2015: Matthew T. Ruis
  • Attending PhD program at Duke U
  • 2014: Andrew M. James
  • PhD student at Virginia Tech
  • 2013: Coleen Nemes
  • PhD student at Yale
  • 2012: Jonathon A. Porras
  • PhD student at Carnegie Mellon
  • 2011: Catherine DeBlase
  • PhD Cornell. Senior Chemist at Dow Chemical Company
  • 2010: David Reens
  • MD from Stony Brook. MD Emergency Medicine North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY
  • 2009: Andrew F. DeBlase
  • PhD Yale. Currently seeking academic position.
  • 2008: Lauren Jackson
  • PhD from Penn State. Currently Analytical Scientist at BP
  • 2007: Jeremy Madden
  • PhD from Perdue. Currently Process Engineer at Intel
  • 2006: Ryan F. Bendl
  • DO. Colon & Rectal Surgery at Colon & Rectal Surgical Care of CT
  • 2005: Steven Hicks
  • MD/PhD from Upstate Medical School. Pediatrics/Neurodevelopment practice in Hershey, PA

The Glenn Marinelli Award for Excellence in Athletic Training

This award is given to a student who has completed a minimum of 24 credits of study in athletic training at Marist and has achieved recognized excellence in academic performance..

  • 2016: Michaela R. Heath
  • Michaela Heath is graduating summa cum laude with a degree in athletic training. In addition to her nearly 1,800 hours of clinical field experience, she also volunteered medical services at the New York Marathon. The summer, Michaela will present her research at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Conference in Baltimore, and will be also published in The Journal of Athletic Training. Upon graduation, Michaela will seek employment in the secondary-education arena.
  • 2015: Candace J. Bernitt
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - University of Virginia
  • 2014: Patrick Deedy
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - SUNY Cortland
  • 2013: Nicholas Orapello
  • Athletic Trainer - Marist College
  • 2012: Sarah Philpot
  • Athletic Trainer - Framingham High School/Metro West Medical Center
  • 2011: Samuel McMullen
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - University of Toledo
  • 2010: Brian A. Beltrani
  • Athletic Trainer - Sayville High School/Long Island Sports and Rehabilitation
  • 2009: Kristin M. Cohen
  • Graduate School - Occupational Therapy - Columbia University
  • 2007: Nicholas E. Salis
  • Athletic Trainer - Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County
  • 2006: Andrea M. DiTrani
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • 2005: Kevin J. Henry
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Old Dominion University. Professional Lecturer of Athletic Training at Marist College

The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Award for Excellence in Biology

This award is given to a student who has completed a minimum of 24 credits of study in biology at Marist and has achieved recognized excellence in academic performance..

  • 2016: Kimberley A Koenig
  • Kim Koenig, a major in biomedical sciences with a minor in mathematics, has been a laboratory assistant in several courses, served as a tutor in mathematics, supervised biology laboratory review sessions, was a member and president of the Marist chapter of the Sigma Zeta science and mathematics national honor society, and competed on our Equestrian Team. She will attend Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall.
  • 2015: Amber M. Kavanagh
  • A ttending NY College of Podiatric Medicine
  • 2014: Emily J. Collins
  • Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With four articles published in peer-reviewed journals by the time of her graduation, Emily's outstanding publishing rate holds the record in the history of the School of Science for most publications by an undergraduate student. She is now on the path of a very succesfull career at RPI, where she has already been awarded competitive grants including one from the NSF.
  • 2013: Sean D. McCaffrey
  • A ttending graduate school in NYC
  • 2012: CJ Mimken
  • MD New York Medical School. Residency at NY Medical
  • 2011: Frank A. Manno
  • DVM Dentist in New Windsor, NJ
  • 2010: Amy E. Lang
  • PA practice in Paramus, NJ
  • 2009: Avalon C. Mertens
  • In DO program at Nov SE U. Doing residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.
  • 2008: Elisa Cappuccio
  • DO from NYIT. Anethesiologist
  • 2007: Tyler Jay Anderson
  • DVM VA-MD vet school. Currently working for Mobile Imaging Veterinary Ultrasound in VA
  • 2006: Katherine E. Beldowski
  • MD from Jefferson Medical School. Family Medicine/Geriatric Medicine practice at Crozer-Keystone Health System in Philadelphia (Beldowski-Glass)
  • 2005: Michael E. Nassif
  • MD from Iowa State Medical School. MD Cardiovascular Disease at St. Louis Washington University Physicians
  • 2004: Christiana Gammon
  • MS
  • 2003: Diana Mateus
  • DO from NYIT. Family Medicine/Urgent Care WestMed Medical Group in WhitePlains, NY
  • 2002: Stephanie A. Thomas
  • PT from Duke University. Practice in North Carolina
  • 2001: Matthew B. Behme
  • MD specializing in Internal Medicine at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA
  • 2000: Alison Padgett
  • 1999: Meredith Ann Halstead
  • 1999: Rachel L. Ammons
  • MD VCU Medical School. Neonatal/Prenatal Pediatrics in Lee, Virginia
  • 1998: Bridget M. Foy
  • DO from NYIT. Family Medicine at Institute for family Health New Paltz, NY
  • 1997: Sebastian Hoepfner
  • Returned to Germany for graduate studies
  • 1996: Anthony Sajewicz
  • MD Upstate Medical School. Director of Radiology at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital in California
  • 1996: Joseph Phillips
  • DO from NYIT. DO in pediatric oncology (deceased)
  • 1995: Amy Anderson
  • DVM University of Pennsylvannia
  • 1995: Gregg Codkowski
  • PT practicing in Wilmington, DE
  • 1994: Ryan C. Smith
  • 1993: Amy B. Meyer
  • DO from NYIT. DO psychiatrist/forensic psychiatrist in Hollis, NY

The Dr. Andrew A. Molloy '51 Award for Excellence in Chemistry

This award is given to a student who majored in chemistry or biochemistry and completed a minimum of 24 credits of study in chemistry at Marist, achieving recognized excellence in academic performance..

  • 2016: Croix J. Laconsay
  • Croix Laconsay, a double major in chemistry and philosophy, received the J. Richard LaPietra Research Fellowship and an award from the National Science Foundation to do summer research at Marist College and Texas A&M University, respectively. He presented the research at American Chemical Society national meetings in Boston and San Diego. Following his Fulbright year in Israel, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Croix's long-range goal is be become a professor of chemistry, focusing on computational organic chemistry, while sustaining his investigations into the philosophy of science.
  • 2015: Megan M. Romer
  • 2014: Daniel Tekvert
  • Chemistry PhD program at Boston University
  • 2013: Coleen Nemes
  • Chemistry PhD Yale University
  • 2012: Danielle Veltri
  • High school chemistry teacher at Bloomfield High School, CT
  • 2011: Catherine R. DeBlase
  • Chemistry PhD from Cornell. Working for Dow Chemicals Company
  • 2010: Carl M. Davidson
  • DPharm from Wilkes University. Working as a pharmacist
  • 2009: Christine L. Schenck
  • Chemistry PhD from Columbia University. Working as a chemistry teacher in New York City
  • 2008: Gregory M. Racz
  • High school chemistry teacher at Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ
  • 2007: William C. Shearouse
  • PhD in chemistry from University of Cincinnatti. Scientist at Proctor and Gamble
  • 2006: Ryan J. Donegan
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University
  • 2005: Jason M. Kandel
  • MS from University of Delaware
  • 2004: Jordan L. Gallo
  • MD from New York Medical College
  • 2002: Megan Licata
  • Chemistry PhD from University of New Hampshire
  • 2001: Jessica Davis
  • Chemistry PhD from Yale University
  • 2000: Christopher T. Schoonmaker
  • Vice President, Global Head of Biostatistics at Cytel
  • 1999: Matthew B. Loewenthal
  • Partner at BluePrint Research group
  • 1998: Roxanna M. Rainboth
  • 1996: Sylvia Wood
  • 1995: Linda Passaro
  • PhD from SUNY ESF. Works as a research chemist for Bedoukian Research
  • 1994: Heidi J. Grosskamp
  • 1993: Christine Krien

The CH Energy Group Award for Excellence in Environmental Science

This award is given to a student who has completed a minimum of 24 credits of study in environmental science in environmental science at Marist and has achieved recognized excellence in academic performance.

  • 2016: Richard A. Brase
  • Ricky Brase, an environmental science major, conducted research on the chemistry and transportation of nanomaterials and bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals found in the Hudson River watershed. He received a Polgar Fellowship from the Hudson River Foundation, and won Manuscript Excellence and Poster Presentation awards at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. Ricky tutored Organic Chemistry and was a teaching assistant in Plant Biology and Plant Physiology. He will attend graduate school at the University of Albany in environmental chemistry..
  • 2015: Mathew T. Amato
  • 2014: Jenna R. Grande
  • 2013: Melody Wren
  • 2012: Jillian Tompkins
  • 2011: Rachel M. Serafin
  • 2010: Ada Fox
  • 2008: Amanda Rollizo
  • 2007: Kimberely M. McEathron
  • 2006: Patrick T. Bean
  • 2005: Nirvani D. Persaud
  • 2004: Helaine Liwacz
  • 2003: Bethany S. Reeves
  • 2002: Vincent A. Porzio
  • 2001: Dana Felice
  • 2000: Carol E. Holmes
  • 1999: Megan M. Lacomchick
  • 1998: Ellen C. Schmitt
  • 1997: Thomas M. VanVranken
  • 1996: Tara Capple
  • 1995: Shane Riordan
  • 1994: Jeffrey R. Hurley
  • 1993: Robin Haines

The Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostic Award for Excellence in Medical Technology

This award is given to a student who has completed a minimum of 37 credits of study in medical technology at Marist and achieved recognized excellence in academic performance as well as demonstrated potential for growth in the profession of medical technology.

  • 2016: Hayley Elizabeth Reddington
  • Hayley Reddington is a member of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Advisory Board, the Sigma Zeta science and mathematics honor society, the Alpha Chi national college honor society, and the Marist Honors Program. Hayley, a recipient of the Marist Presidential Scholarship, has been on the dean's list every semester. She has completed both medical and clinical laboratory internships and was nominated for the School of Science Intern of the Year. Upon graduation, she will work as a medical technologist while applying to medical school.
  • 2015: Charles Boland Cardish, Jr.
  • 2014: Kimberly R. Scala
  • 2013: Lindsay Kirkham
  • 2012: Edmund T. Jasewicz
  • 2011: Rachel L. Anderson
  • 2010: Reshma Hussain
  • 2009: Kendall R. Bunzey
  • 2008: Benita H. Pandya
  • 2007: Ashley E. Berben
  • Medical technologist at St. Peter's Hospital Albany, NY; married name Cukrovany
  • 2006: Christine M. Walsh
  • 2005: Elizabeth A. Lucia
  • 2004: Jessica Kriebel
  • 2003: Jacqueline M. Smith
  • 2002: Megan R. DeVita
  • 2001: Shannon M. Cuozzo
  • 2000: Elizabeth Ann Johnson
  • 1999: Fadi J. Sahawneh
  • 1998: Mary Beth Ostrowski
  • 1997: Cheryl Willie
  • 1996: Sherri Schneider
  • 1995: Janette Bogdan