Stillman Rewards Students for Academic Excellence During Annual Honors Convocation
Stillman recognized more than 250 students for their academic achievements at its annual Honors Convocation on April 13. In addition to student recognitions, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Rosianna Gray received the Joseph A. Gore Faculty Merit Award.
A teacher, researcher and scholar, Dr. Gray serves as Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. Her research interests include bacterial genetics, gene regulation, and gene cloning. Her current research deals with the characterization of the hut genes from Delftia acidovorans and comparison to other Betaproteobacteria. As a faculty member, Dr. Gray teaches General Biology, Microbiology, Life Science, and Senior Biology Seminar. She receives high evaluations from her students and colleagues alike for her extensive use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stillman. She earned both a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology from The University of Alabama (UA). While pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Gray received a Future Faculty Fellowship from UA, The Ronald McNair Award for the graduate student with the highest GPA, Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Fellowship, and the Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department.
Dr. Gray holds membership in Phi Kappa Phi Biological Sciences Honor Society. She is also active in community service working with the After-School Tutorial Service for At-Risk Students, Consulting Scientists for P.R.O.J.E.C.T. Bethel, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. For the past two years, she has been an invited panelist at the Fattah Conference on Higher Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the areas of Biotechnology/Biology/Chemistry/Earth Science. Dr. Gray was also invited to present her research findings and a seminar on preparing for graduate school to students at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Recognized as the Highest Ranking Member of the Senior Class and Student Body was Anes Hrnjic. Hrnjic is a business administration and psychology major from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average.
The Highest Ranking Members of the Junior Class are Ivey D. Agee, a biology major from Calera, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; and Jamila McKinnis, a biology major from Mobile, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average.
The Highest Ranking Members of the Sophomore Class are Felipe Farias Quijano, a business administration major from Caracas, Venezuela, with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Cynteria Jones, an English major from Dadeville, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Jessica Nathan, a psychology major from Birmingham, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Erik Schmich, a biology major from Davie, Fla., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Shalyn Smith, an English major from Apple Valley, Cal., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average.
The Highest Ranking Members of the Freshman Class are Jessica Barkley, a biology major from Dothan, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Emily Berryman, a psychology major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Lawrence Brown, a journalism major from Helena, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Olivia Burks, a biology major from Ridgeland, Miss., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Shalita Clark, a nursing major from Chelsea, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Mercedees Embry, a nursing major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Asia Hart, a Biology major from Dothan, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Ryan Lincoln, a business administration major from New Westminister, British Columbia, with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Jasmine McElwee-Malone, an English major from Inglewood, Cal., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; Andrew Nunn, a biology major from Austell, Geo., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average; and Bobby Terry, a biology major from Centreville, Ala., with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average.
Presidential Scholars (Cumulative Averages 3.9 – 4.0)
Ivey D. Agee
Felipe Farias Quijano
Dean’s List (Cumulative Averages 3.4 – 3.89)
Jelfrey Farias Quijano
Honor Roll (Cumulative Averages 3.0 – 3.29)
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