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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/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>
  • <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/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/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/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><em><strong>Madison Weisend</strong>, an Environmental Studies major, interned with Our Climate to promote carbon-pricing initiatives in NYC as part of their carbon-pricing campaign, <a href="http://www.ourclimate.us/the_movement" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Put a Price on It</a>. </em></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, Major in Environmental Studies</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1284-alexandra-devaris"><img src="/live/image/gid/117/width/215/src_region/0,82,302,384/9671_a_devaris.rev.1453903739.jpg" alt="Alexandra Devaris ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“After completing my Master of Science in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin, I am now working as both a Logistics Coordinator at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, an international non-profit in Connecticut, and as an Environmental Assistant at Samsung.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1284-alexandra-devaris">Alexandra Devaris ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/international-studies/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">International Studies</a>, Minor in <a href="https://www.mmm.edu/departments/natural-sciences/minors/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/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/2294-rosie-wenrich-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,398,398/22018_0.rev.1560282491.jpg" alt="Rosie Wenrich '17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“MMC’s small size and liberal arts curriculum really allowed me to explore all of my interests, and the intimate class sizes allowed for personal attention, which I think I really benefited from. I can never thank my professors enough for all they’ve helped me to achieve, and I wouldn’t trade my time at Marymount Manhattan for anything.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2294-rosie-wenrich-17">Rosie Wenrich ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, B.S. <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a> and B.A. Sociology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3194-elijah-castro-21"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/870,441,2105,1676/22064_IMG_0099.rev.1560512161.jpg" alt="Elijah Castro '21" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> This summer I am doing research at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, CA, in the protein chemistry lab. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3194-elijah-castro-21">Elijah Castro ’21</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2021, Major in Biology</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/1540-victoria-mcilrath-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/137,0,1917,1780/12683_drexel_photo.rev.1458251526.jpg" alt="Victoria McIlrath ’15" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Currently in graduate school, I am enrolled in a rigorous class in which students present published scientific literature. Because of <a href="https://www.mmm.edu/live/profiles/88-ann-aguanno" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dr. Ann Aguanno</a>’s senior seminar class that I completed at MMC, I have the knowledge and skill set required to understand, communicate and present the ideas and data of primary literature. My current success is a product of the exceptional teaching and guidance offered by MMC’s teaching faculty.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1540-victoria-mcilrath-15">Victoria McIlrath ’15</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, 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/814-zach-barbati-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/146,0,747,601/6728_zach.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Zach Barbati '10" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“My experience at Marymount Manhattan College challenged me not only to study the basic sciences in a typical linear sequence, but rather to integrate coursework in sociology, language, and philosophy into the Biology major courses. Furthermore, I felt challenged by my mentors to continually revisit foundational concepts in advanced classes, so as to reinforce key concepts that are important for developing a strong foundation in the biological sciences.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/814-zach-barbati-10">Zach Barbati ’10</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, 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/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/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/3668-hope-kenmore-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/256,716,2188,2649/24673_IMG_0774_2.rev.1596130072.JPG" alt="Hope Kenmore ’20" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Right after graduating in May 2020, Hope Kenmore was hired as a full-time lab technician at the Institutional Biorepository Core (IBC) of Weill Cornell Medicine, where she is involved with research on COVID-19. She reports: </p><p><em>The faculty have taught me so much and helped prepare me so I could start working right after graduating, despite a pandemic, struggling economy, and difficult job market.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3668-hope-kenmore-20">Hope Kenmore ’20</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2020, Double Major in Biology and Dance</p></div>