Graduates of the BioCORE Scholars Program

Scholars with Elie Brezynski

Since the BioCORE Scholars Program began in 2016, we have welcomed five cohorts to the program, and have now graduated students from the first two cohorts, who joined the program in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. These students were trailblazers, and made enormous contributions to not only the BioCORE Scholars Program, but to the SPU Biology and Chemistry departments. We are very proud of their success.

The Inaugural BioCORE Scholars Graduates


Slideshow LinkPhotos from the Pinning Ceremony

(Many thanks to David Rither in Educational Technology & Media for creating this video.)

The BioCORE Scholars Program is proud to recognize the first cohort of students to graduate from the program, as part of the SPU Class of 2019.  The graduates were recognized at a special pinning ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2019.  In front of family, friends and faculty, each of the graduating seniors were honored by a faculty advisor or research mentor, and received a golden microscope pin to wear on their graduation gown.

The graduates are:

Laarni Aguila (BS Cell and Molecular Biology), honored by faculty advisor, Dr. Richard Ridgway

Hayley Cheyney Kane (BS Physiology), honored by research mentor, Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler

Cienn Joyeux (BS Cell and Molecular Biology), honored by research mentor, Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith

Simone Neal (BA Life Sciences), honored by faculty advisor, Dr. Charlotte Pratt

Leslie Rodriguez-Salas (BS Biochemistry), honored by research mentor, Dr. Jenny Tenlen

The Biology department is incredibly proud of each of our Scholars, who developed into confident student leaders who served as Peer Mentors and Learning Assistants to newer Scholars.  All five Scholars plan to continue their education in graduate programs in medicine, biomedical research and forensic science.