What was your favorite thing about the CSU Biology program?
What I enjoyed the most about the CSU Biology program was the warm, friendly environment created by the enthusiasm of the professors and the camaraderie between the students. I feel this in part stems from attending small, manageable class sizes, during which discussion and collaboration were encouraged and rewarded. This environment was wholly conducive to my success as a Biology student.
What advice would you give to current CSU Biology majors?
At every point in my student career, I was encouraged to explore a variety of disciplines and to experiment with interesting and different facets of biology. As an undergrad, it is of great importance to experience a variety of fields in the realm of Biology before deciding on a graduate path. For those who aren't certain what discipline they want to pursue, my advice to you is to explore as many different fields as possible. You never know what might interest you.
Which biology class at CSU was your favorite, and why?
My favorite biology class by far was Biocomputing (BIOL 4900), where the totality of information gleaned from previous courses in Genetics, Evolution, Microbiology, and Cellular Biology are brought together with computer science principles to investigate real-world issues, such as cystic fibrosis.
What are your career plans/goals?
Having had such an impressive and wonderful experience in my Biocomputing class, I have chosen to pursue the closely related field of Bioinformatics. My goal is to begin graduate studies in this field, and to further research in the fields of protein modeling, nanomaterials, and nanotechnology.
The O.C. Lam III Award for Excellence in the Biological Sciences was established in November 1996 to honor senior biology students who have shown excellence in their academic endeavors and a high potential for success in biology. The Award winner is nominated and chosen by the biology faculty and presented at the Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation each Spring. The Award winner receives a cash award, an individual plaque, and his or her name permanently engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the Department of Biology office suite in the Lakeside Discovery and Science Center.
All recipients of this prestigious award are listed below: