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Top NUCLEUS students honored

NUCLEUS and NIH Bridges students honored at the eighth annual NUCLEUS Dean's List Dinner included: Front row (from left): Obinna Mmagu, freshman, biological sciences; Ronald Ogbonna, sophomore, biological sciences and psychology; and Tyler Mills, junior, biological sciences. Center: (from left): Gina Saunders, nursing, Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC); Teresa Mangini, electrical engineering, DTCC; Marysol Lavander, biological sciences, DTCC; Gloria Amakobe, sophomore, mathematics and economics; Karyn Gatling, senior, dietetics; Shabana Ansari, senior, biological sciences; Maulika Patel, biological sciences, DTCC; Dionne Stephenson, sophomore, biological sciences; and Mauree Shea Beard, senior, biological sciences. Back row (from left): Jackqueline Aldridge, NIH Bridges coordinator, DTCC; Jachin Spencer, electrical engineering, DTCC; George Ndirangu-Kamau, nursing, DTCC; Elizabeth Okonkwo, sophomore, medical technology; Tamika Odrick, senior, geography; Sarah Woody, junior, biological sciences; Tyanna Hadley, sophomore, biological sciences; Roshini Rajwani, senior, psychology; Ebony Payne, senior, family and community services; Nicole Barkley, senior, biological sciences; and Zakiya Wilson, HHMI NUCLEUS program coordinator.
4:53 p.m., March 22, 2006--NUCLEUS students were honored for their academic achievements, March 7 at the eighth annual NUCLEUS Dean's List Dinner held at UD's Blue & Gold Club.

The NUCLEUS program, or Network of Undergraduate Collaborative Learning Experiences for Underrepresented Scholars, is a component of the Undergraduate Science Education Program at UD.

Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), it recruits, retains and graduates academically talented students majoring in the sciences, including those from underrepresented groups. Once NUCLEUS students receive a bachelor's degree, the program helps them win entrance to graduate and professional schools and science-related professions.

More than 50 students were recognized as Dean's List scholars with grade point averages at or above 3.33. Thirty were commended for having GPAs between 3.0 and 3.32. Students in the National Institute of Health's Bridges program from Delaware Technical and Community College also were guests at the dinner and were honored for having GPAs between 3.25 and 4.0.

Administrators and faculty from both institutions were there to support the students, including UD President David Roselle, Provost Dan Rich and Thomas Apple, dean of UD's College of Arts and Sciences, who offered congratulatory remarks.

Many of the students recognized at the Dean's List Dinner plan to pursue careers in medicine, the biological and chemical sciences and in the health disciplines.

Zaykia Wilson, coordinator of the NUCLEUS program, said many of the students who are in the NUCLEUS program intend to use their educations to tackle the problems and challenges facing humanity.

“This Dean's List Dinner gives administrators and faculty an opportunity to encourage these students to continue pursuing their passion for science, and it is an honor to acknowledge them in this fashion,” she said.

Article by Barbara Garrison
Photo by Bob Varell

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