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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.