COSHP proudly introduces the Valedictorian and Outstanding Seniors for the graduating class of Spring 2017: Saja Abid (Health Sciences/Pre-Physician Assistant - Honors), Maria Bonvissuto (Speech & Hearing -Honors), Emily Edwards (Health Sciences and Biology/Pre-Med - Honors), Logan Eskew (Psychology), Tyler Fitzgerald (Biology), Elham Ghaderian (Biology), Galina Lozitsky (Mathematics Honors), Kristyn Oravec (Psychology - Honors), Maitri Patel (Biology - Honors), Kayla Scamaldo (Psychology), Taylor Schilling (Biology - Honors), and Jordyn Stoll (Environmental Science). These students have demonstrated a strong dedication to their academics and deep engagement with the CSU community, all while remaining committed to their extracurricular activities and outside obligations.
Valedictorian Emily Edwards demonstrated extensive leadership qualities both on and off campus. She was president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and was involved from her freshman year. She was a Student Assistant in the COSHP Advising Office and worked on her family farm while attending CSU. An active volunteer, Emily helped her high school, 4H group and fellow students at CSU.
“Emily has intellectual curiosity,” noted Pre-Professional Health Programs Coordinator Brittany Garner at the ceremony on May 12. “Academia and the process of learning not only comes naturally to her, but she is excited by it.” As a first generation student from rural Ohio, Emily chose to pursue her degree at CSU where she proved herself to be a highly motivated and successful scholar. With exceptional grades and her college career fully funded by scholarships, she knows the hard work and dedication necessary to succeed.
Emily worked with Dr. Ann Su to study the internal bone structure of fossil horses for her honors project. Emily learned concepts in paleontology, biomechanics, and comparative anatomy; mastered research techniques; and ultimately, formulated her own research question. She successfully presented her research poster, “Variation of bone microarchitecture within and among contemporaneous species of fossil horses” at the national meeting of the 2017 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Su is currently working on a grant submission based on her pilot data.
Emily will be entering into the Doctor of Podiatry program at Kent State University in Fall 2017 where she will carry gained knowledge into the workforce and plan to be a successful podiatrist in the future.