Student Delegates 2014

Kimbria Blake (undergraduate) and David Principe (graduate) have been selected as the 2013-14 College of Science Student Delegates to represent the 2014 COS Graduating Class. 

Kimbria BlakeKimbria Blake is a biochemistry major and planning to pursue a PhD in microbiology/infectious diseases.  During her time at RIT, Kimbria has been involved in a research lab with Dr. Suzanne O’Handley and through this experience has attended a number of local and national meetings (ASBMB, ACS, and ASM) to present her work.  She has also been involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, ASBMB student affiliates, and is in the Honors Program at RIT.  Kimbria has received several awards including a Goldwater Scholarship, an ASM Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, two College of Science Summer Research Fellowships, a Chemistry and Material Sciences Research Fellowship, a SCMS Pasto Award, an Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award, a Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship, three Chemistry Departmental Awards (freshman, sophomore, and junior year), several travel awards to present at national meetings, and an RIT Presidential Scholarship.


David Principe grew up in Mentor, Ohio where he was first introduced to astronomy and physics in high school.  He went on to get his Bachelor of Science degree in astrophysics and mathematics from Ohio University where he spent several summers pursuing astronomical research.  David is currently finishing his PhD in astrophysical sciences and technology at RIT, under the supervision of imaging science professor Dr. Joel Kastner, with a thesis focused on young stars and planet formation. With the encouragement and support of his advisor, David has been awarded observing time on several internationally competitive space- and ground-based telescopes, generating significant financial support for his astrophysics research group.  He was awarded an AST Graduate Student Fellowship through the New York Space Grant Consortium and has presented his research at many national and international conferences and symposia.  David plans to continue to pursue his research programs in star formation as a postdoctoral researcher.