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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/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/3193-simran-sahansra-21"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/371,339,1996,1964/22063_IMG_4272.rev.1560511597.jpg" alt="Biology major Simran Sahansra '21" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I have been interning at New York University Langone Health Center’s Environmental Pediatrics Department to aid in their Children’s Health and Environment Study (CHES). This study is the initial part of the larger NIH-funded Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study, which aims to shed light on how environmental exposures during early life can impact long-term child health outcomes.” </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3193-simran-sahansra-21">Simran Sahansra ’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/2280-elevit-perez-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,3200,2129/16578_Perez_Elevit_170809_04.rev.1517346023.jpg" alt="Biology Alumnus Elevit Perez '17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“MMC allowed me to establish close and lasting relationships with my professors through an intimate and challenging learning environment. As a result of my hard work and the support I received throughout my undergraduate years, I am currently working as a research technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where I am able to apply lab techniques and skills from my education and hands-on experience at MMC. It was an honor to be taught and work alongside such brilliant educators.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2280-elevit-perez-17">Elevit Perez ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a>, Minor in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/minors/chemistry.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chemistry</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3195-noelia-tavarez-21"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,1899,1851/22109_IMG_0885_2.rev.1562599813.JPG" alt="Noelia Tavarez" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “My research internship at NYU Langone Medical Center actually turned into a full-time job.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3195-noelia-tavarez-21">Noelia Tavarez ’21</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2021, Double Major in Biology and Business Entrepreneurship</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/3212-beatriz-morocho-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2400,2400/23705_Beatriz.rev.1579634825.jpg" alt="Beatriz Morocho '16" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><span dir="ltr">I am currently into my second semester in my studies for my Pharm.D. at Touro College of Pharmacy. The course material is slowly picking up, but I feel extremely prepared to tackle it. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone in the Biology department for shaping me as student and teaching me everything there is to know for the future.</span></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3212-beatriz-morocho-16">Beatriz Morocho ’16</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Major in Biology</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/3041-gianna-oconnor-21"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/1043,422,2732,2112/21361_Gianna_OConnor.rev.1554146331.JPG" alt="Gianna O'Connor '21" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> I intern at The New York League of Conservation Voters, a non-partisan statewide nonprofit organization that fights for clean air, clean water, renewable energy, and open space through various political organizations. It is truly an organization that intertwines environmental advocacy with political action.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3041-gianna-oconnor-21">Gianna O’Connor ’21</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2021, Double Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/urban-and-environmental-sustainability/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Urban & Environmental Sustainability</a> and <a href="/departments/politics-human-rights/the-major/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Politics & Human Rights</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3923-brandon-tran-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,422,1064,1487/17208_IMG_20180309_152017.rev.1524495905.jpg" alt="Brandon Tran ’20" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> The job offer I recently accepted was for the position of Research Technician II at Houston Methodist Research Institute. I am working in the Tang Laboratory and aiding in research about Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3923-brandon-tran-20">Brandon Tran ’20</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2020, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Biology</a></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>
  • <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/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/2281-keaven-caro-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,563,1800,2361/16584_20180131_1000242.rev.1517412944.jpg" alt="Keaven Caro, B.S. Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2017" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I spent three years working as a research assistant and then lab manager in Dr. Deirtra Hunter’s MMC Music, Mind and Brain Lab where we studied psychophysiological responses evoked by emotionally charged music in human participants. In my junior year I interned as a research assistant in the Morishita lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This lab focused on synaptic plasticity and postnatal development of a neural circuit critical for visual spatial attention. </em><em>This internship led to a part time job as a senior in college, then a full time job for two years after graduation.</em></p><p><em>Dr. Hunter was diligent in her efforts to ensure I graduated with indispensable practical research experiences on and off campus that made me a competitive applicant for professional and academic positions.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2281-keaven-caro-18">Keaven Caro ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a> and <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Behavioral Neuroscience</a>, Minor in <a href="/departments/dance/dance-minor.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dance</a> and <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/minors/chemistry.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chemistry</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3198-joyce-nasar-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,336,828,1164/22084_Joyce_Nasar.rev.1560974677.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Minoring in neuroscience has given me a better understanding as to why we act/think/behave the way we do. Because of the complex nature of the courses I was anxious to take them but with Professor Hunter’s support and encouragement, I not only enjoyed these classes but excelled at them. My decision to minor in neuroscience after my freshmen year was purely a product of taking a class with Dr. Hunter. She was very passionate about the class discussions and always pushed us to learn more. I felt inspired every time I left the classroom, as my love for neuroscience grew. Professor Hunter was not only an amazing teacher but a mentor too, giving me direction and advice when I needed it. I can confidently say that Professor Hunter’s guidance has not only enabled me to succeed in college but also to pursue a masters in social work at Hunter College in the fall! I can’t thank her enough!”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3198-joyce-nasar-19">Joyce Nasar ’19</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2019, Minor in Neuroscience</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>