Sunday, April 24, 2016

Justin VanDerMolen receives awards

Justin VanDerMolen
Recipient of the Outstanding senior in Biology Award
and the Margaret Till Physiology Award
Justin VanDerMolen, a senior biology, pre-medical sciences major, has been named the Outstanding Senior in Biology by the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences. Justin has also received the Margaret Till Physiology Award. This award was established by Dr. Margaret Till, professor emerita and former department chairperson, is granted to a junior or senior who is currently enrolled or has successfully completed at least one senior physiology course and integrated physiology lab. Candidates must write an essay describing the impact of physiology on their career. The recipient of the Margaret Till Physiology Award  receives a  $250 cash prize and a plaque that is presented at the College of Science and Technology Honors Symposium.

Justin will graduate spring 2016 summa cum laude and plans to attend medical school. He has gained health care experience during an internship in medical imaging and in a clinical rotation called Jan Plan at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Justin is a campus leader serving as the treasurer of the Biology and Allied Health Science Club, a member of the Developing Ambitious Student Leaders Club, and an office worker and peer tutor at University Tutorial Services. His outstanding achievements have been recognized by a host of honors and awards including dean’s list each semester and selection for membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. He is a recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Freshman Award, the Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship, the James E. Cole Scholarship, and the STEM scholarship.  Justin serves his community by participating in a variety of activities that include Bloomsburg University’s Big Event, clean-ups at local parks, Relay for Life, Empty Bowls to End Hunger, Operation Christmas child, and the Color Run. He has engaged local children in conducting science experiments as a volunteer at Bloomsburg’s Children’s Museum and at sessions with area boys scouts and girl scouts. Justin was recognized for his scholarship, leadership and service in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. Justin plans to pursue a career as a physician in the Air Force.