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DeBlasio Scholarship

The Kathleen DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship is awarded to students in the Biology program who make outstanding contributions to the scientific and educational goals of the Natural Sciences Department at Marymount Manhattan. 

The recipients of the 2020-2021 Kathleen DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship are Jordan Barnett ’21 and Jade Johnsamson ’22. Jordan and Jade exhibit extraordinary leadership qualities as demonstrated through service and science outreach. Congrats!

Jordan Barnett '21, DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship AwardeeJordan Barnett '21, DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship AwardeeJade Johnsamson '22, DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship AwardeeJade Johnsamson '22, DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship Awardee

Julia Furnari '20 and Jordan Barnett '21, recipients of the 2019-2020 Kathleen DeBlasio S...Julia Furnari '20 and Jordan Barnett '21, recipients of the 2019-2020 Kathleen DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship, at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park
The recipients of the 2019-2020 Kathleen DeBlasio Science Outreach Scholarship were Jordan Barnett ’21 and Julia Furnari ’20.  
Jordan is a junior Biomedical Sciences major, and Julia is a senior Biology major. They are officers in the Science Society as well as other student organizations including the Pre-Med Club, Student Government Association, and the Class of 2020 Senior Marshals. Jordan and Julia exhibit extraordinary leadership qualities as demonstrated through service and science outreach. Congrats!


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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/815-danielle-khost-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,57,423,481/19742_Danielle_Khost.rev.1544725010.jpg" alt="Danielle Khost '13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“When I was at Marymount Manhattan, I worked in Dr. Aguanno’s lab for three years, during which time I designed experiments for the lab’s research project, assembled formal scientific posters presenting my data, and attended numerous professional meetings at the national level. It took me a long time to realize how unusual it was as an undergrad to have so much agency in my research, and it gave me a tremendous advantage in making the transition to grad school.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/815-danielle-khost-13">Danielle Khost ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3147-martine-faustin-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/22004_5DC34E6B-6AE3-416E-B2FF-5B42C482A174.rev.1559672581.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The Behavioral Neuroscience program at Marymount Manhattan College is the perfect addition to the Division of Natural Sciences. It encompasses my passion for biology, chemistry, and psychology. It may seem extensive, but when you have an advisor like Dr. Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, you are able to excel in your studies. Dr. Hunter-Ramgnoli has provided me with the education, guidance, and hands on training I needed to not only do well in school, but to acquire a position as a Research Associate at the Nestler Lab at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after graduation.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3147-martine-faustin-19">Martine Faustin ’19</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2019, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Behavioral Neuroscience</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3405-abe-libman"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,932,1219/23630_Abe.rev.1576511820.jpg" alt="Abe Libman, Biology Post-Bac" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I love the warm, welcoming, and supportive community here at MMC! I believe that the small class sizes, individualized attention, and excellent facilities are exactly what I need to help me succeed in my aspirations to go to medical school. Coming from a large university where competition was intense and the professors hardly knew their students, I have been so pleasantly surprised by the dynamic here at MMC. As an added bonus, they have wonderful extra-curricular programs, and great food! I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3405-abe-libman">Abe Libman</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Biology Post-Bac, 2019-2021</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2048,1990/11232_romano_raymond_1508-01.rev.1472490806.jpg" alt="Raymond Romano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Few of my graduate student colleagues can say they had such a fruitful undergraduate experience compared to me. While at MMC, I was able to present seven scientific posters at regional and national conferences. I had the opportunity to participate in two academic talks, and I was also co-author of one publication on organ donation. Since leaving MMC, I have used the skills daily that were taught to me by MMC faculty, ranging from time-management, to critical thinking, and applying concepts of physiology.” </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano-11">Raymond Romano ’11</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/885-olympia-gaglioti-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,19,237,257/6597_olympia.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Olympia G" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The rigorous curriculum taught me how to study and manage my time. The small class sizes allowed me to know my professors as people, not just educators, so much so that one interviewer commented that my letter of recommendation was one of the best they’ve ever read.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/885-olympia-gaglioti-12">Olympia Gaglioti ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3214-madison-weisend-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2048,1360/14572_headshot_looking_up.rev.1486725884.jpg" alt="Madison Weisend, a freshman Environmental Studies major." class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Madison Weisend ’20 was awarded a highly prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea during the 2020-21 academic year. A Boren Scholar who <a href="/live/news/3027-junior-madison-weisend-presents-research-on-water" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">studied Hindi, food security, and women’s rights in India</a> during her sophomore year in 2017-18, Madison completed two majors at MMC: <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-environmental-studies.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Environmental Studies</a> and <a href="/departments/politics-human-rights/the-major/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Politics & Human Rights</a>.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3214-madison-weisend-20">Madison Weisend ’20</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2020, Majors in Environmental Studies and Politics & Human Rights</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3148-stephanie-constant-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,664,883/22005_stephanie_constant.rev.1559673872.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Being a Behavioral Neuroscience Major at Marymount Manhattan College is an experience like no other. Working with Dr. Deirtra Hunter, you are allowed to not only get a deeper understanding of your classes, but she will help you find numerous opportunities geared towards your specific interest. Classes such as Perception and Developmental Neurobiology are challenging, engaging, and life changing.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3148-stephanie-constant-19">Stephanie Constant ’19</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2019, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Behavioral Neuroscience</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2295-sabrina-shapiro-09"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/366,15,1280,929/16830_IMG_3254.rev.1521078987.jpg" alt="Sabrina Shapiro '09" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I had the unique opportunity at Marymount Manhattan College to double major in Biology and Dance. The small class sizes and strong relationships between the students and faculty provided an encouraging and close-knit environment. The program brought out the best of me as a student, a scientist and a human being. My experience has inspired me to continue with my studies, even a decade after graduation!” </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2295-sabrina-shapiro-09">Sabrina Shapiro ’09</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Double Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a> and <a href="/departments/dance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dance</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3630-roberta-frossard-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,1017,1080/24435_837E8C36-3D2D-4A6F-8516-6348C0FD2ABE.rev.1589906798.JPG" alt="Roberta Frossard ’20" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>I am a graduating senior with a double major in <a href="/departments/psychology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Psychology</a> and <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biomedical-sciences.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biomedical Sciences</a> and a minor in <a href="http://mmm.smartcatalogiq.com/2019-2020/Catalog/Academic-Offerings/Psychology/Minor-Neuroscience-17-Credits" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Neuroscience</a>. I have been accepted to the New York University Graduate School of Global Public Health to pursue a concentration in <span class="">Public Health Policy and Management.</span></em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3630-roberta-frossard-20">Roberta Frossard ’20</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2020, Major in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3215-alexis-keller-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/71,158,189,276/16214_alexis.rev.1508768466.jpg" alt="Senior Alexis Keller at the U.N." class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em><strong>Alexis Keller</strong>, a double major in Environmental Studies and Dance (with a Body, Science, and Motion concentration), completed a professional immersion internship at the United Nations. Read all about it <a href="https://www.mmm.edu/live/news/2514-senior-alexis-keller-interns-at-the-un" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3215-alexis-keller-18">Alexis Keller ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Double Major in Environmental Studies and Dance (with a Body, Science, and Motion concentration)</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/953-ashley-pirovano-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/39,0,1057,1018/21455_IMG_20180622_1624522.rev.1554855086.jpg" alt="Ashley Pirovano '13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The small class sizes and individual attention are really unique to MMC. Not only does this foster a great learning environment, but it also allows for a personal connection with the professors.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/953-ashley-pirovano-13">Ashley Pirovano ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/818-kirtan-kaur-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/16,91,1440,1516/7408_6032_kaur.rev.1472490808.jpg" alt="Kirtan Kaur ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Today as I sit in my graduate level classes and begin my thesis research, I look back and realize how fortunate I am to have picked MMC for my Biology degree.  I owe it to the extraordinary faculty at MMC who have given me a strong foundation in science through patient, challenging, one-on-one teaching that I would not have found anywhere else!  MMC is a great college to attend if you want to experience rigor, opportunities, and a small, close-knit science community.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/818-kirtan-kaur-12">Kirtan Kaur ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a> with Minor in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-environmental-studies.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Environmental Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3213-jillann-mahmoud-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/708,565,1536,1392/15087_img_0121.rev.1493290850.jpg" alt="Jillann Mahmoud '18" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><strong>Jillann Mahmoud</strong>, an Environmental Studies major, works as a Field Arborist in the Environmental division at AECOM, a large Engineering firm that consists of many divisions.  <em><br/></em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3213-jillann-mahmoud-18">Jillann Mahmoud ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in Environmental Studies</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3406-shaista-shoukat"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/416,659,2387,2630/23625_Shaista_Shoukat.rev.1576509666.JPG" alt="Shaista Shoukat, Biology Post-Bac" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> I joined the Biology Post-Bac program for the purpose of retaking science classes needed for med school. I wanted to enhance my application by showing I can improve in something that I once lacked in. Joining this program has been such a great privilege as I am receiving individual help whenever needed. Coming from a big college during my undergrad, I always felt lost in the big lecture halls. But at this program, I feel like I have finally found the right path and guidance. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3406-shaista-shoukat">Shaista Shoukat</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Biology Post-Bac, 2019-2021</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3191-holly-ringhauser-08"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/684,286,1933,1534/22061_Holly.rev.1560459981.jpg" alt="Holly Ringhauser '08" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I owe a lot to professors Dr. Benedetta Sampoli-Benitez and Dr. Judith Hanks, who served as my mentors during undergrad and beyond. They were so helpful in writing me letters of recommendation for hospital volunteer opportunities, outside research jobs, summer internship programs, and medical school applications.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3191-holly-ringhauser-08">Holly Ringhauser ’08</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a> major, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/">Neuroscience</a> minor </p></div>