Charlie Marie Davis. Class of 2009. Chemistry.
Charlie Davis came to St. Joseph’s College from St. John’s Preparatory High School. During her college career she was an enthusiastic chemist who never became frustrated or impatient when the answers weren’t easy or the experiment wasn’t working out exactly as planned and Charlies’ positive attitude and determination led to good results. While at SJC Charlie was accepted to and participated in the prestigious college mini-semester at BNL. Her senior thesis entitled “Analysis of Fatty Acids by Infrared Spectroscopy and Gas Chromatography” was excellent and she presented her results at the New York area ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium and also to the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s College at their annual meeting. Charlie combined her scholarship in chemistry with Spanish (her minor). As a Spanish minor at the college she was awarded membership in the Hispanic Honor Society and served as president of the Hispanic awareness Club. Charlie is currently working as a Pharmacy Technician and plans to pursue graduate studies to obtain her doctorate in Pharmacy. Congratulations to Charlie who became the first member of the Kappa Mu chapter at St. Joseph’s College.
Frederique Jean-Baptiste. Class of 2009. Chemistry
Frederique Jean-Baptiste graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in downtown Brooklyn. Frederique was an ACES Scholar, a program designed for students for whom English is a second language. The Chemistry Department is grateful to the faculty of the ACES program because they have attracted many excellent students like Frederique to the college. At SJC she served the college community as a student ambassador, helping introduce our programs to prospective students. Frederique became a member of student ambassadors as a freshman and served as club president in her senior year. She was also a highly motivated student. Her senior thesis, entitled “Analysis of Dietary Fatty Acids by IR and GC”, was outstanding and she presented her thesis work to students in the New York area at the ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium and to the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s College at their annual meeting. Members of the board commented that Charlies’ and Frederique’s presentation was professional and interesting. Frederique volunteered in the community throughout her college career and currently serves at Doctor Without Borders, and in the Cardiology department at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center. She was accepted into the Masters of Public Health program at SUNY Downstate and has applied to medical school at downstate as well. A graduate program is a certainty for Frederique and we know she will be a successful and dedicated professional whichever direction she chooses.
Edwin Lazo. Class of 2010. Chemistry, Secondary Education.
Edwin Lazo graduated from Brentwood High School and began his SJC career at the Patchogue branch of the College. He is pursuing a degree in secondary education and chemistry and is in Brooklyn now because the chemistry major is offered only on our Brooklyn Campus. As a testament to his determination, he has arranged a creative schedule to fulfill his chemistry requirements, splitting his time between classes on both campuses, work, home and student teaching. Even though he had a long commute to Brooklyn, he was always on time, awake and ready for class. He is a top student who is on the Dean’s list and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as an American Chemical Society scholarship recipient. He is also a research intern at BNL and has impressed his supervisor as one of the most motivated and gifted students she has worked with. His project is cutting edge science that will help crystallographers solve the structures of complex biological molecules in the future. Edwin plans to become a middle or high school teacher, unless his mentor at Brookhaven convinces him to get his Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Evelyn Ben-Yan Ho Lee. Class of 2010. Chemistry.
Evelyn Ben-Yan Ho Lee is an international student coming to us from Venezuela, South America. She is also an ACES scholar and has earned membership into Sigma Iota Chi Honor Society and Delta Epsilon Sigma, honor societies at the college. She has worked as a laboratory assistant in the chemistry department and is currently involved in her thesis research preparing an electrochemical method to measure glucose concentrations. Evelyn has been an active member and leader in globe spotters, an international club at the college and currently volunteers at the Venezuelan Consulate. Evelyn has been accepted to the graduate program leading to a doctorate in pharmacy and she plans to continue her studies in pharmacy school in the fall at Long Island University.
Mahmudar Rahman. Class of 2010. Chemistry.
Mahmudur Rahman comes to us from his native Bangladesh by way of Queens where he currently lives. He is a perceptive student who easily identifies key concepts and is good at finding answers. Mahmudur has embraced leadership roles at the College where he was Co-president of the Science Club and worked on improving the club website. He has also participated as an active member of the Desi Student Association. He has volunteered for the World Children’s Organization in Bangladesh, for a physician in Queens and at a pharmacy in his neighborhood, where he developed an interest in becoming a pharmacist himself. These volunteer choices demonstrate Mahmudur’s diverse interests and desire to help others. Mahmudur aspires to have a career in pharmacy and he has pursued that goal with seriousness and dedication in college and in his free time. He is currently interviewing for pharmacy graduate programs and we are confident that he will have many options as he continues his education.
Antonia Green. Class of 2011. Chemistry, Biochemistry Sequence, College Honors Program.
Antonia Green graduated with honors from the Mary Louis Academy in Queens, and entered the honors program when she joined us at St. Joseph’s College. After having Antonia in my biochemistry class it is not a surprise that she excels academically. She is someone who seeks a deep understanding of what she is studying and is never content to let something slide by, as evidenced by the thoughtful and challenging questions she asks. She is a very active member of the college community serving as the President of the Beta Upsilon Delta Sorority, a student alumni association-senate representative, an orientation team - orientation leader and member of the science club. Despite the considerable time she devotes to her college life, she manages to find time for work and volunteers in the community. In addition to other volunteer activities, Antonia has served as a surgical liaison at the Hospital for Special Surgery providing a crucial communication link for families while the patient is in surgery. I look forward to working with Antonia next year as a research student and I know that she will be well prepared to enter medical school or a graduate program when she graduates in 2011.
Kailin Cheng Liang. Class of 2011. Chemistry, Biochemistry Sequence.
Kailin Cheng Liang graduated from Lower East Side Preparatory High School and has embraced a challenging academic program since coming to the college. While only in her third year, she is now considered a senior, having taken more than a full load of courses for most of her college career. Kailin is becoming an excellent scientist who works with care and precision. Professors are impressed with Kailin’s inquisitiveness and interest in science as well as other subject areas, in particular psychology. The curriculum demands of science majors are considerable, but Kailin has managed to include five psychology courses in her program most at the 200-300 level. She is well on her way to attaining a minor in that subject. Kailin is active in college life as a member of the dance club, science club and student alumni association and she has also served as a volunteer at both Methodist and Gouverneur Hospital. She is also an ACES and Mosaic scholar at the college. The Mosaic program is funded by the NSF and is designed to encourage students in STEM fields. We look forward to having Kailin as a thesis student next year.
Valerie Pierre-Louis. Class of 2011. Chemistry, Biochemistry Sequence.
Valerie Pierre-Louis went to Union School, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where her outstanding achievements earned her a presidential scholarship from St. Joseph’s College. She has continued to be an outstanding student at the college as a participant in the Honors program, a member of Sigma Iota Chi, the college honor society. She has earned a spot on the Dean’s list every semester so far. At least a part of her academic success stems from the time and care she takes to really internalize the subjects she is studying. Valery is never satisfied with a superficial once over the night before the test. She is an outstanding scientist but she also enjoys creative writing and has been a member of the Long Ridge Writers Group and currently belongs to the International Society of Poets. Among her on campus activities are the Student Alumni Association and Campus Ministry. Valerie interns at Methodist Hospital where she has worked as a research and pharmacy assistant and a patient care aide, as well as volunteering at Doc to Dock and the CHIPs soup kitchen on Brooklyn. Valerie’s many academic achievements and experiences in the medical field are preparing her well for the career in pharmacy that she hopes to pursue upon graduation.
Khaing Win. Class of 2011. Chemistry, Biochemistry Sequence, College Honors Program Franklin Delano Roosevelt HS.
Khaing Win is an exceptional and dedicated student who approaches learning with genuine enthusiasm and curiosity and she has the academic record to go with this assessment. She also contributes to the college in many ways through her participation and leadership. She has helped numerous students as a peer tutor, served as the president of the science club, is the honors academic co-chair and she was elected to student government.
During her sophomore year Khaing participated in the January mini-semester program at Brookhaven National Laboratories (BNL). Through this experience, she was introduced to Senior Scientist Sunny Kim and went on to to participate in the selective BNL summer research program doing organic synthesis during the summer of 2009. At the end of the summer, Khaing was one of a very few students selected to present at the BNL student research symposium. She has since applied and been accepted to the MIT Summer Research Program in the Biological Sciences for the summer of 2010. Khaing, having completed her chemistry requirements is pursuing biology as a second major and is planning to go on to graduate studies and a career in scientific research after graduation.