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The John Wiley Jones Award for Outstanding Students in Science 2009

Academically speaking, Ms. Prajna Chopra is an outstanding student who has high expectations for herself. She demonstrates a keen intelligence capacity to understand complicated anatomical and physiological aspects with ease. Prajna’s belief in excellence and hard work is also evident in the receipt of many awards, which include the RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award, Doolittle Merrill Scholarship, Intramural Research Training Award from NIH, RIT Presidential Scholarship Award, RIT Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship Award, Certificate of Excellence as an Orientation Assistant, Advanced Placement Scholar Award, and the Best Student of the Year in Science distinction to name just a few. Moreover, Prajna has been involved in research and authored abstracts presented at scientific conferences such as the Genetic Influences on Reward Modulation of Cognitive Control: Preliminary Results, the 5-HTR3 and Alcoholism, and the Bioeffects of Sleep and Tiredness – Potential Confound on Volt Signal Changes. Prajna is currently in the clinical phase of the ultrasound program and she is interning at area hospitals. She has been receiving a lot of praise for her professionalism, hard work, and dedication to the patients and profession. Her clinical instructors and supervisors speak highly of her and always comment about her enthusiasm, professionalism, compassion for helping others, honesty, and thirst for knowledge.


Prajna Chopra
School of Life Sciences

Ben is a fourth year physics major from Holland Patent, New York. While studying physics, he has assisted in teaching for College and University Physics for several years. In his second year, he was granted late entry into the Honors program. Ben is currently the RIT chapter president of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). In the summer of 2007, he worked with Dr. Manasse Mbonye at RIT, where he analytically examined the thermodynamic properties of non-singular black hole models. In the summer of 2008, Ben participated in an international research project funded by NSF. For this he spent the summer in Cardiff, Wales, working on the Numerical Injection Analysis (NINJA) project, where he evaluated the effectiveness of current search algorithms used in the search for gravitational waves. Paul also just completed his Capstone project, where he worked with Dr. Brian Koberlein, computationally determining the limits of particle accretion for radiating black holes. After completing his degree at RIT, Ben plans to attend Northwestern University for a PhD in Physics.

Ben Farr
Department of Physics

As a major in Biotechnology, for the past three years, Jillian has been studying the relationship between local sources of agricultural antibiotics and the incidence of antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria isolated from frogs. Faculty have been enormously impressed by the intellectual maturity Jillian has displayed in making the research project her own. She has excelled in all aspects of that process: She explored and integrated information about the principles underlying different methods of testing antibiotic resistance, the use of antibiotics in animal feed, and the routes and fates of antibiotics in the environment. She conducted rigorous checks to validate her lab procedures and consulted with the bacteriology lab at Strong Health to be sure that her methods meet the criteria of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. She located field sites that meet the criteria for "protected," "intermediate," and "exposed" to agricultural antibiotics; she obtained permission for access to the sites, and Jillian has been conscientious in keeping the landowners informed of the progress of the study. In short, she has taken charge of all elements of her research from concept to detail with the confidence, competence, and sophistication that we normally associate with advanced graduate students.
Jillian brings confidence and professionalism to all her activities. Her skills as researcher and Teaching Assistant are complemented by her deep understanding of biological systems and capacity to master tools and applications of biotechnology.

Jillian Lund
School of Life Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

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