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The past few weeks have brought news concerning the next phases of life for three of our Biology Department graduates.
Dr. Gena Jester Nichols. Gena was a Biology major who did her Honors research with Dr. Brian Waters sequencing a gene for iron uptake in plants. She completed her PhD at Wake Forest and a post-doctoral fellowship at Tulane. This fall she will begin as an Assistant Professor in Biology at Averett University in Virginia.
Dr. Andrew Hockert. Andrew was a Biology major who completed his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Texas Tech University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Lubbock. He has been named the Chair for the Department of Biology at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
Toyosi Adewunmi. Toyosi has been accepted into the South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program. As described the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, “[t]he South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), promotes the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical research by providing financial and academic support, and professional development activities. The program is a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas State University in San Marcos.” At McMurry, Toyosi worked with Dr. Hyunshun Shin in Honors research and was active in campus life. Since graduatiion with her BS in Biomedical Science, Toyosi has been working in a research lab in Houston.
We would like to hear from others! Please contact Dr. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can celebrate your achievements with you!
Outstanding First Year Student: Heather Rawls (she also was the outstanding freshman chemistry student!)
Outstanding Second Year Student: Christina Barr
Outstanding Third Year Student: Toyosi Adewunmi
Outstanding Fourth Year Student: Chris Tatum
Danny Cooley Award Winner: Brad Rowland
The Danny Cooley Award is in memory of McMurry alum Dr. Danny Cooley, who as a graduate student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at TTU discovered the cause of sick building syndrome. Danny was an outstanding student, war veteran, decorated firefighter, and man of great character. The recipient exhibits similar qualities and receives a financial award to help with the cost of their education.
In addition to the BIMS program awards, other BIMS majors also received awards from other areas of campus for their academic achievements.
Recently declared BIMS major Nicole McGunegle was named Outstanding First Year Writer by the Department of English.
Miranda Nguyen received the All-Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award for Women’s Soccer.
Our congratulations to each of these students! BIMS majors are widely acknowledge as among the best students on campus and you make us proud!