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Six students from Loyola University New Orleans Parasitology class engaged in hands-on, experiential learning as they traveled to a rural village in Guatemala and implemented the Ecohealth home improvements that they studied in class. Students traveled to Almolonga, Jutiapa, Guatemala over their Mardi Gras break, Feb.

Three Senior Biology students received prestigious awards during the 2017 Honors Convocation on May 12, 2017.

Kate O’Leary received the St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J. Award for Dedicated Service and Achievement in the Biological Sciences.

Cullen Maxwell Lilley received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Biological Sciences.

Cullen Lilley and Michael Pashkevich received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for the Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences. 

At this year's 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation Dr. Paul Barnes received the Excellence in Research Award - which is presented to faculty who have demonstrated consistent superiority in scholarship and in publication of books, articles, creative endeavors, and conference presentations. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Ignatian Seniors - Michael Pashkevich, Biological Sciences and Kate O'Leary, Biological Sciences/Pre-Med.

Kori Doran, BIOL ’20, has been accepted into the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at UCLA/Charles R. Drew University.  This is a free summer program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in the health professions and provides an opportunity to gain exposure to various health professions through shadowing, lectures and lab simulations.

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Conducting summer research at Yale Cardiovascular Research Center as a recipient of the American Heart Association Founders Affiliate Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

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2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar starting Ph.D. research in zoology at the University of Cambridge focusing on the functional role of spiders in Southeast Asian oil palm plantations and how plantation management techniques affect overall spider biodiversity; will be a member of the Insect Ecology Group in the Department of Zoology

Christopher was a Biology graduate who conducted an UG Honors Thesis with Dr. David White, graduating in 2004. His thesis was his introduction to ecological research and landscape ecology that led him to a career as a research scientist. He went on to receive a Ph.D. and has developed as an outstanding wetland ecosystem ecologist. His just published paper in Nature Climate Change is an important contribution to our understanding of the roles of coastal wetlands in an age of global climate change.

Michael Pashkevich ('17), the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Loyola University New Orleans, will pursue a PhD in Zoology to investigate the role of spiders in Southeast Asian oil palm plantations and how riparian margin restoration within plantations affects spider biodiversity and behaviour.

Michael Pashkevich (Biology ’17) and Melanie Sferrazza (Environmental Science ’17) presented their research last weekend in the Mentored Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the Annual Professional Development Conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers in Denver, CO.  They competed against other college students who have done research in their discipline and were judged by scientists and science educators in their respective fields.  In the competition, Pashkevich placed first for his work entitled, “Indirect effects of white-tailed deer on southeast Louisiana spider

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