What was your favorite thing about the CSU Biology program?What I appreciated most about the CSU Biology program is the eclectic disciplines explored in the courses. These courses provide students with the chance to really refine their skills and gain exposure to as many fields as possible, thereby developing a multifaceted perspective for problem solving. The professors' dedication to student success and the opportunity for students to connect with their professors is also one of the things that stands out about the program at this university, in that their guidance and encouragement inspire hard work and academic excellence.
What advice would you give to current CSU Biology majors?I would advise current Biology majors to take advantage of office hours and get to know your professors. They've been where you are and can help guide you on your way to your next endeavor. They really do have a lot of insight to offer, and they know of a lot of opportunities that can put you in the right place to make your dreams real.
Which biology class at CSU was your favorite, and why?While most of the courses in the biology curriculum coincide with each other, my favorite class was Biocomputing (BIOL 4900) because it coincides with my career goals. One thing that I enjoyed about this class is that it brought together everything that I have learned thus far, except that we didn't just relearn these biological topics but instead we learned ways to use computer science to investigate real world issues as they pertain to public health.
What are your career plans/goals?I have chosen to attain a master's degree in bioinformatics and environmental and public health, and then to pursue a career in bioinformatics and environmental toxicology.
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: