Class of 2015Maria Galassi
Maria Galassi, (Biology, ’15), is from Allentown, PA. Maria has been researching shoaling behavior of zebrafish as observed by a FishCam with fellow McNulty Scholar Molly Southwell and their research mentor, Dr. Scott McRobert. While still in her freshman year, Maria became a co-author on a manuscript published in Zebrafish magazine on the use of zebrafish and FishCam as a pedagogical tool. Maria conducted Summer Scholars research in 2012 with Dr. McRobert, studying turtles. She also shadowed a biologist at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Maria has participated in the Appalachian Experience service trip to Kentucky, and in the Ignite Freshman Retreat. Maria was accepted into the SJU Dean’s Leadership Program as a First Year student and had the opportunity to become a member of the World Affairs Council and meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to Philadelphia.
In addition to her strong interest in animal behavior, Maria also exhibits a passion for music. At SJU, she is a member of the University Singers and the Chapel Choir. She recently performed the role of the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro. As a member of the SJU Chapel Choir, she will be performing for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in December 2012.
Alexa Garrison, from Edison, New Jersey, is an Actuarial Science major (Class of 2015) who earned a GPA of 4.0 at the end of her first year in college. Alexa is a mathematics tutor through the Learning Resource Center, and a grader for the Actuarial Science First Year seminar.
Alexa helped to facilitate the Problem Solving Contest portion of the Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for High School Girls sponsored by the SJU Department of Mathematics. Alexa is active in the SJU actuarial science student club, has shadowed an actuary at the Maiden Reinsurance Company in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and is currently preparing for her first actuarial exam.
Alexa is a Treasurer for the cancer-fundraising organization, Kisses for Kyle. She was accepted into the SJU Dean’s Leadership Program as a First Year student and had the opportunity to become a member of the World Affairs Council and meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to Philadelphia.
Lianette Pappaterra, (Biology, ’15), from Landing, New Jersey, has been studying the regulatory mechanisms of carbon catabolite repression in bacteria, both as a Summer Scholar and before that as a volunteer in Dr. Catalina Arango’s microbiology laboratory. Lianette has presented her research results at the annual Microbiology Student Research Conference hosted by Swarthmore College during Summer 2012.
Lianette is currently serving as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) leader for the introductory Cell Biology course. She has also been a Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) leader, guiding incoming First Year students through orientation. Lianette has created her own service project, working at the Northern Home for Children in Manayunk, teaching tae kwon do to young children.
She also participated in the winter immersion and service trip to El Paso, Texas, learning about border issues and immigration issues. Lianette has participated in two freshman retreats, Ignite and Urban Plunge, at SJU.
She has won a Woman of Purpose award given by the SJU Gender Studies committee.