Chancellor’s Awards Go to Seniors in Biomedical Sciences, Pharm/Tox

Published April 26, 2012

Three seniors majoring in biomedical sciences and one in pharmacology and toxicology have won Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence, the highest honor that SUNY bestows on its students.

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The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor that SUNY bestows on its students.

They were among 15 UB students and 257 from all 64 SUNY campuses to receive the award, which recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement while making significant contributions to their campus and community.

The winners from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are as follows:

Emily Gargiulo

Majors: Pharmacology and Toxicology, Political Science

Gargiulo, of Brooklyn, is a UB presidential fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. In that capacity, she created a model for the statistical analysis of the relationship of education and public health outcomes.

At UB Gargiulo serves as membership chair for Mortar Board, the premier national honor society for seniors. She is a past chapter president for the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Gargiulo has interned and volunteered with United Way and Planned Parenthood. She plans to pursue a career in the nonprofit public health sector.

Bridget Hughes

Majors: Biomedical Sciences, Psychology

Hughes, of Williamsville, is president of the Association of Pre-Medical Students. She is involved in research in psychology and clinical and behavioral medicine.

During her junior year, Hughes received a UB Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities for a project on peer relations and loneliness of overweight middle school students. The same year, she developed a wellness day for West Side residents.

Outside of school, Hughes is a competitive figure skater.

Lauren M. Little

Majors: Biomedical Sciences, Anthropology

Little, of Boulder, Colo., researches adolescent obesity in the lab of Leonard Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics, and James Roemmich, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics.

She studied abroad in Brazil, where she developed her honors thesis, titled “Cultural Perceptions of Health and Healthcare in Brazil.” She also worked on two National Science Foundation-sponsored archaeology projects in Finland and Sweden.

Little was a teaching assistant for evolutionary biology and an academic assistant with UB’s Office of Campus Living.

Mary K. Scheda

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Scheda, of Brockport, was a research assistant at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where she enrolled patients in clinical studies of pediatric asthma management and an antibiotic treatment for pediatric skin abscesses.

Scheda minors in pharmacology and toxicology as well as statistics. A former emergency medical technician, she’s a lifeguard and swimming instructor at Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center, and a community assistant for UB's South Lake Village apartments.

Scheda plays viola in the Genesee Symphony Orchestra with her father, a violinist.