Department of Biological Sciences Diploma Ceremony Held May 17, 2008-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Biological Sciences Diploma Ceremony Held May 17, 2008

May 21, 2008

Department of Biological Sciences Diploma Ceremony Held May 17, 2008On Saturday, May 17th, eight doctoral, six masters and 83 bachelors degrees were conferred at the Department of Biological Sciences diploma ceremony held in the Mellon Institute. The ceremony honored all December 2007, May 2008 and August 2008 graduates. Dr. Peter Berget, on behalf of Department Head Dr. Elizabeth Jones, and Dr. Amy Burkert presided over the ceremony.

Of the 83 bachelors degrees, 55 graduating seniors received a B.S. in Biological Sciences, 20 received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology, five received a B.A. in Biological Sciences, two received a B.S. in Computational Biology and one received a B.S.A. in Biological Sciences and Art.  There were also 12 Science and Humanities Scholars. Besides the diversity of degrees conferred, the various additional majors and minors of the students showed the interdisciplinary nature of Carnegie Mellon.  Chemistry, Business Administration, Chinese Studies, Music Performance and Technical Writing were just a few of the additional majors and minors.

“Outstanding Academic Achievement,” “Student Advisory Council Service Awards” and “Outstanding Undergraduate Research” certificates were awarded at the ceremony to more than 35 undergraduate students. Nahyeon Baek, Elyse Marie Maiorini, Christina Elena Onorato, Lauren Marie Thorpe, Cody James Vild and Mariela Angela Zeledón Aldi were recognized for Honors in Research Biology.

Future plans for the graduates are just as diverse as their bachelors’ degrees.  Numerous students are entering medical school, programs or research positions at places such as Columbia University, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Health, the Hillman Cancer Center, in order to prepare themselves further for careers in medicine. Moreover, many of the students are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions such as Harvard University, Boston University, Imperial College in London, Stanford University, John Hopkins University and Temple University, within fields such as neuroscience, virology and human genetics. Some students have accepted positions in industry at Pfizer and Ford Motor Company. One student, Rashi Venkataraman, will travel to Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar where she will conduct a public health project and teach English. Lara Voigt will travel to Thailand with the Global Service Corps as an HIV Awareness volunteer, while a group of students will remain at Carnegie Mellon to pursue a Masters degree in Healthcare Policy and Management at the Heinz School.

The doctoral and masters’ graduates also have varying future plans. Timothy Feinstein, Ph.D., will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Jean-Pierre Vilardaga.  His project will explore regulation and trafficking of G protein-coupled receptors. Anupam Goyal, Ph.D. will work on a M.B.A. at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Yusong Guo will also remain at Carnegie Mellon to begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Adam Linstedt’s lab delving even more deeply into his investigation of membrane trafficking and Golgi homeostasis. Mangala Srinivas, Ph.D., will pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Nijmegen Center for Molecular Life Sciences in preparation for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Roger Clem, Jr., Ph.D., is completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lastly, Yongjin Park, M.S., will enter the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!