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Three Senior Biology students received prestigious awards during the 2016 Honors Convocation on May 20, 2016.

Patrick R. Connor received the St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J. Award for Dedicated Service and Achievement in the Biological Sciences.

William J. Brandt received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Biological Sciences.

Gabrielle V. Espiritu received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for the Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences. 

Students Jeanette Zavala ('16) and Skyllarr Trusty ('16) joined Dr. Don Hauber in attending the 58th Annual Meeting of Beta Beta Beta Southeastern Region in Concord, NC held March 31 - April 3. BBB Southeastern Region meets jointly with the Association of Southeastern Biologists. Jeanette Zavala was a poster presenter while Dr. Hauber served as a judge for portions of the event.

Loyola's Pre-eminent Undergraduate Research Event

The Department of Biological Sciences hosted its 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Loyola University New Orleans main campus in Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium. A crawfish social immediately followed the symposium in front of Monroe Hall.

Michael Pashkevich, a Biological Sciences major at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes top students who wish to pursue scholarly research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering and brings recipients one- to two-year scholarships valued up to $7,500. The national scholarship will support Pashkevich’s ongoing and future research on arachnids, conducted at Loyola under Dr. Aimée K. Thomas.

Biology alumnus Troy Thayer '15 recently received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Shelly Wu ('13) has accepted a position with four years of support into a PhD program in science education at Texas Christian University. 

Biology alum Jenni Austiff (BS 2014) has been accepted into graduate school at Harvard University, where she will study evolutionary biology in the lab of Dr. Jim Hanken.

Kelsey Van Dam, a Biological Sciences major at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded $2,500 from the Louisiana Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to conduct collaborative research with Professor Frank Jordan. Kelsey will study how the recently constructed Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier affects recruitment of larval blue crabs into the Lake Pontchartrain estuary.

When biology professor David White, Ph.D., takes his students into the swamp, he likes to go after dark. The wetlands south of New Orleans that he leads his classes through in canoes are full of snakes, spiders, and insects, and he will periodically tell students where to point their flashlights so they can reflect constellations of red alligator eyes.

Students from Loyola's Department of Biological Sciences will present research at the 25th Annual Biological Sciences Undergraduate Symposium, Friday, March 13, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the 3rd Floor of Monroe Hall.


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