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Past Outstanding Students

Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates

At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the college of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.

Dayoung (Jessica) Song earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences in three years.  An outstanding student both inside and outside of the classroom, Jessica served the Pacific community as a peer leader for Organic Chemistry and as a recruiter for new Biological Science majors.  She also performed undergraduate research in Dr. Lisa Wrischnik's laboratory.  She is an exceptional Biology student, but is also a gifted scholar in other areas, as evidenced by winning the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award. This award recognizes a freshman student who has demonstrated an excellent understanding of General Chemistry. Jessica participated in the pre-dental club and Beta-Beta-Beta, a National Biological Honor Society.  In the fall, Jessica is headed to the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. 

Carolyn Stark was a Powell Scholar and an outstanding senior in Biological Sciences. Though a humble student, during lectures Carolyn evoked fear in many of her instructors by asking probing questions-way beyond the depth of the course material. Carolyn hails from Dixon, California where she lives with her family and zoo of steer, goats, sheep, dogs, cats and an indeterminate number of chickens. In the fall, Carolyn will be attending the Ph.D. program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Amanda Tsoi has an impressive academic record, but just as impressive is her devotion to fellow students and the community through volunteer work. She has also demonstrated leadership through her roles with organizations such as Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Kappa Alpha Theta. In addition, she was a founder of the Delta Nu Tau Pre-Dental Fraternity. Though busy, she was a well-rounded person and brightened the halls with her smile. She will start at the Dugoni School of Dentistry this summer.

Off to Grad School

Here are some of the places our recent graduates will be heading this fall.

  • Eric Gnesa will be attending Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Stockton, CA.
  • Jordan Freeark, Kristin Heller, Tejas Mulye, Amanda Tsoi, Dhwani Shah, Christine Fu, and Justin Stephens will be attending Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. More than 45 of our students have been accepted into Dental Schools across the country!
  • Carolyn Stark will be attending the Ph.D. program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Jessica Song will be attending the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Daniel Sassoon will be attending the M.D./Ph.D. program at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
  • Cherie Musgrove will be attending University of California-Santa Cruz to earn a Ph.D.
  • Marilyn Chow will be starting the Ph.D. program at the Oregon Health Sciences Institute.
  • Tyler Van Hensbergen will be attending medical school at Georgetown.

Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!

Lauren Conway earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences in only three years with an outstanding GPA. An exemplary student both inside and outside the classroom, Lauren has served as a Student Representative for the Biology Department and a peer leader in Chemistry. An active undergraduate researcher, Lauren has worked with Dr. Kirk Land in Biology, Dr. Andreas Franz in Chemistry, and Dr. Dorothy Dechant at Pacific's Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she will start studies in the summer. Lauren has also volunteered for three years with the Southern Alameda County Dental Society's "Give Kids a Smile Program."

Seth GomezAfter leaving the baseball diamond for the laboratory, Seth Gomez has become an outstanding senior in Biological Sciences. In conjunction with his research partners, Jen Yau and Namphuong Tran, Seth has produced award-winning posters for the Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference two years in a row. Seth is already an author on two papers (one published, one in review) through his participation in Drs. Joan and Geoff Lin-Cereghino's lab. Whether Seth is pouring hundreds of agar plates as the "prep guy" for the microbiology lab, resolving problems at the residence halls as Assistant Director of Housing, or serving as a Supplemental Instructor for BIO 61, he is known for having a most pleasant and unflappable disposition.

Like Lauren, Cassie Karambela earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences in only three years with an outstanding GPA. Cassie has served as a peer leader for Chemistry and is an exceptional Biology student, but she is also a gifted scholar in other areas, as evidenced by her winning the Raymond College Alumni Associates essay competition in 2008 and the Thomas J. Long Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence in general education courses in 2009. Cassie will be attending the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton this fall.