The College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized its outstanding students on the Hattiesburg campus.
“The College of Science and Technology has many outstanding students, and we are delighted to recognize the achievements of this select group,” said Dr. Joe Whitehead, dean of the College of Science and Technology. “These outstanding students help the college fulfill its mission of developing future scientists, engineers and educators.”
Listed below are the recipients and their awards:
• Colleen Gregg, of Clinton, Miss., received the Outstanding Sophomore Award. She is a sophomore marine biology major and a member of the Honors College. Since September 2009, she has worked with Dr. R.D. Ellender processing environmental samples and conducting molecular analysis including extraction of genomic DNA from environmental samples.
• Lorrin Debenport, of Kiln, Miss., earned the Outstanding Junior Award. She is a junior majoring in mathematics licensure, a member of the Honors College, is a Presidential Scholar and a Mississippi Eminent Scholar. Debenport has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers since 2006 and participated in the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program at the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center.
• Jennifer Lamb, of Brandon, Miss., captured the Outstanding Senior Award. She is a Biological Sciences major with an emphasis in environmental biology and a minor in Spanish. Lamb is a 2009 Morris K. Udall Scholar and received an honorable mention for a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship. She was a nominee for the Goldwater Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and the USA Today College All Star. A member of the Honors College, she is also a Luckyday Scholar.
• Jaclyn Smolinsky, from Oyster Bay N.Y., was named the Outstanding Masters Graduate Student. She is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Smolinsky’s research has been recognized in many ways including: the 2010 Travel Award to the national joint meeting of The American Ornithologists’ Union where she delivered her presentation on stopover biology of migratory birds, a research award from the Birmingham Audubon Society Walter F. Coxe Research Fund and first Place Oral Presentation at the 2009 Southern Miss Graduate Student Forum.
• Adam York, of Jackson, Miss., has been selected the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student. He is a polymer science student advised by Dr. Charles McCormick and has served as a research associate since 2006. He was a chemical engineering intern at Baxter Hemoglobin Therapeutics in Boulder, Colo., for three years. He has numerous presentations, publications, and patents and has received many honors including the Robert M. Hearin Graduate Fellowship 2004-09 and the Most Promising Technology Award for 2008 from Noetic Technologies. York has been the main Southern Miss graduate student responsible for advances in the emerging field of nanomedicine, specifically in cancer therapeutics. He has completed cross-disciplinary work with polymer chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology research groups on campus, bringing him international recognition.
The College of Science and Technology has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 majors, including more than 500 graduate students. It is served by nearly 200 faculty members.
Outstanding Sophomore Award presented by College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Joe Whitehead to Colleen Gregg, a sophomore marine biology major from Clinton, Miss.
Outstanding Junior Award presented by College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Joe Whitehead to Lorrin Debenport of Kiln, Miss., who is majoring in mathematics licensure.
Outstanding Senior Award presented by College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Joe Whitehead to Jennifer Lamb, of Brandon, Miss, is a biological sciences major.
Outstanding Masters Award presented by College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Joe Whitehead to Jaclyn Smolinsky, from Oyster Bay N.Y., who is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.