More than 200 Students Honored at Celebration of Academic Excellence
AUC School of Medicine honored more than 200 students during the Celebration of Academic Excellence on Friday, February 19. The once-a-semester ceremony recognizes various academic achievements, including the Dean’s List, Honor and Service Society induction, and department and scholarship awards.
FACULTY APPRECIATION AWARDS
This award, presented by the Honor and Service Society, recognizes professors whose presence benefits the university and its students. This semester’s Faculty Appreciation Awards went to:
- Dr. Gautam Ullal, MBBS, MAMS, PhD (Sint Maarten)
- Abass Alhassan, PhD, MPhil, BSc (UK Track – Semester 1)
- Vaishali Khatri, BSc, MSc, PhD (UK Track – Semester 2)
- Blessing Anonye, BSc, MSc, PhD (UK Track – Semester 3)
- Steven Thomson, BSc, PhD (UK Track – Semester 4)
Honor & Service Society WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBERS
The celebration opened with the official induction of 51 students into the Honor and Service Society. To be eligible, students must be in their fifth semester, have a cumulative GPA of 85 or higher, and exhibit the qualities of leadership and excellence in both academics and service to the community.
STRONG REPRESENTATION ON THE SEPTEMBER 2020 DEAN’S LIST
Two hundred and three students earned marks high enough to make the September 2020 Dean’s List. To qualify, students must carry a course load of at least 15 credits and earn a semester cumulative average of at least 87.
DEPARTMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS RECOGNIZE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
The event also gave special recognition to 17 students who demonstrated excellence in the classroom, on campus, or in the Sint Maarten community, including:
- Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology – Jocelyn Lubert
- Molecular and Cell Biology I – Bryan Neal
- Molecular and Cell Biology II – Premsai Bondalapati
- Physiology I – Napat Rangsipat
- Physiology II – Christopher Lizon
- Immunology (3rd semester) – Heather Villareal
- Immunology (5th semester) – Clayton Barnes
- Medical Microbiology – Zachary Elder
- Pathology I – Luna Emogene
- Pathology II – Rona Bakri
- Neuroscience – Glyn Hinnenkamp
- Pharmacology – Glyn Hinnenkamp and Alexandria Lauray
- Behavioral Science – Kollin Kahler
- Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Kollin Kahler
- Tarek Abi-Saab Peer Tutor Award – Ebenezer Rosiji
UK Track Awards
- Anatomy & MCB I – Shah Haris Ahmad
- Histology & Embryology – Shah Haris Ahmad, Alana Alvarez-Amado, and Hoi Yin Sung
- Physiology I – Yekta Khoori
- MCB II – Catherine Bubulj and Abdulsalam Dakouri
- Immunology/Biostatistics – Catherine Bubulj
- Physiology II / Pathology I – Manveer Mahal
- Medical Microbiology – Kashish Nathwani
- Medical Pharmacology & Pathology II – Dhir Gala
- Neuroscience – Summiya Qureshi
Social Accountability Scholarship Award
Michelle Boerigter received the Social Accountability Scholarship, valued at $5,000, for her work in the community while at AUC. Michelle has been engaged with multiple community projects during her time in medical sciences, including Community Action Day and Project H.E.L.P. She also joined the three-semester Community Engagement certificate program and worked with two classmates to develop a yearlong adolescent health education curriculum.
Student Engagement Award
Rachel Johnson received the Student Engagement Scholarship Award, also valued at $5,000, for her service to AUC’s campus community. Rachel, like previous award recipients, has participated in numerous activities that support and advance the university’s culture of care and collaboration. She has served as the President of the Student Government Association (SGA), was instrumental in the development of the Student Health Pledge to help keep the AUC community safe amidst the pandemic, and created the All-Club Mentoring Program to help get students involved in campus life and organizations during the virtual setting.
Dr. Karl Stockhausen Student of the Semester Award
Kollin Kahler received the Student Judiciary Committee’s Dr. Karl Stockhausen Student of the Semester Award. The award is given to one student each semester who has a proven record of community service and who embodies the traits of the late AUC graduate, Dr. Karl Stockhausen.