13 NatSci students earn Board of Trustees' Award for scholastic excellence

  • May 2, 2018
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Thirteen outstanding College of Natural Science (NatSci) seniors earned a 2018 Board of Trustees’ Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA at the close of their last semester in attendance at Michigan State University.

A total of 80 MSU students, all with 4.0 GPAs, received the award this year, the highest number MSU’s history.

"Maintaining a perfect GPA in these rigorous majors is a very impressive accomplishment," said Mark Voit, NatSci associate dean for undergraduate studies. "As they go on to whatever comes next, we are proud to have them showing the world what Spartan scientists can achieve."

The 13 NatSci students will be recognized at their college spring commencement ceremonies. They are:

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Maleeha Ahmad of East Lansing, Mich. Ahmad is a genomics and molecular genetics major who plans to continue working through the summer in the Watts Lab. Ahmad will attend the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Ohio this fall.

"This award encourages me to continue striving for excellence in my studies and as a future physician,” Ahmad said. “I feel honored and humbled to be recognized by my beloved university in this way."

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Jacob Archutowski of Washington, Mich. Archutowski is a human biology major who will be attending the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine next year.

“It is my dream to enter the field of orthopedics and practice medicine in the southeast Michigan area where I grew up,” Archutowski said.

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Shannon Ellis of Livonia, Mich. Ellis is an actuarial science major who is investigating insurance careers and continuing her actuary certification.

"This award means a lot to me because it represents the hard work I've done over the past four years as an undergraduate student,” Ellis said. “As I enter my professional career as an actuary, this award will serve as a reminder of what I am capable of achieving as I continue to learn and grow as a person."

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Jason Greib of Lake Orion. Greib is a human biology major who will start medical school at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with the hopes of going into orthopedic surgery.

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Nathaniel Hawkins of Mattawan, Mich. Hawkins is a physics major who plans to finish his undergraduate research projects at MSU and assist the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering in developing new curriculum. He will be applying to graduate school this fall for a master's or Ph.D. in computational science.

“To me, this award is recognition of the hard work that I have put in over the past four years and the sacrifices I have made,” Hawkins said. “It’s just fuel in the fire to keep going and begin my graduate career motivated and determined.”

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Zachary Ireland of Spring, Texas. Ireland is a neuroscience major who plans to move to California, establish residency and apply to programs in clinical psychology and social work.

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Emily Matthews of Germantown, Md. Matthews is a chemistry major who will attend the University of California, Berkeley, to get a Ph.D. in chemistry.

“This award reminds me of all the work I've put into my degree and all the people who have helped me along the way,” Matthews said. “It makes me more proud of my time here.”

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Ardwan Meshaal of Warren, Mich. Meshaal is a human biology major who will be advancing his education by starting dental school in the fall in order to pursue a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

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Tyler Miksanek of Warrenville, Ill. Miksanek is a human biology and economics double-major who will be attending medical school at Northwestern University starting in the fall.

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Logan Otter of Saint Charles, Mo. Otter is a neuroscience major who plans on attending MSU for two more years while competing for the women's golf team and adding an additional major in economics. Otter plans on pursuing a master's in finance for her final year.

Adrianna Thompson of Midland, Mich. Thompson is a human biology major.

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Emma Trieber of Northville, Mich. Treiber is a zoology major who plans on applying to vet school this upcoming summer and working at a local veterinary clinic in order to gain field experience.

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Kayla Zydeck of East Lansing, Mich. Zydeck is a human biology and Spanish double-major who will start medical school at the University of Cincinnati next fall.

For a complete list of awardees, visit https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/record-number-of-msu-students-earn-2018-board-of-trustees-awards/.

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