Summer, 2015

– Received certificate of completion for Quantitative Real-Time PCR protocol and diagnosis from Kansas State University.
– Received certificate of completion for RNA sequencing and gene expression analysis from Kansas State University.


Spring, 2015

– Awarded the Reginald H. Painter Memorial Scholarship for exceptional scholastic and research-based achievements.
– Awarded the Kansas State University chapter of Sigma Xi’s Grants-In-Aid-of-Research (GIAR) for submitted research proposal.
  • Featured on KSDB 91.9 FM Wildcat Radio’s “What’s Happening in Your World” discussing the Sigma Xi GIAR award and science in general (click here to listen)


Fall, 2014

– Accepted a GRA position at Kansas State University, Department of Entomology
  • Pursuit of Ph.D. in entomology
– Recipient of the Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship.


Summer, 2014

– Successful Thesis Defense – Temporal Variation at Microsatellite Loci in Wild-Caught Drosophila simulans.


Spring, 2014

– Commencement: Received M.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University
  • Recipient of the Biology Graduate Student Award
  • Inducted into Alpha Epsilon Lambda – The Graduate Students Honor Society
– Appeared in SJU Intellect Magazine, Spring 2014: Dangerous Invaders: Researchers Embark on Study of Asian Fruit Fly
  • A magazine article discussing the recent migration of Drosophila suzukii and the multiple studies at Saint Joseph’s University aimed to better understand this invasive pest.
– Appeared in MAJR Magazine: How My Major is Making a Difference.
  • An article in the Spring, 2014 edition of MAJR Magazine concerning community outreach, and the GeoKids LINKS program, at Saint Joseph’s University.


Fall, 2013

– Appeared in Glow Better: Students and Faculty Collaborate to Study Fruit Pest
  • An article concerning a collaborative, multi-faceted research effort at Saint Joseph’s University to study Drosophila suzukii – a new, invasive fruit fly pest in Pennsylvania.


Fall, 2010

– Appeared in Look Who’s Going Back to School (May have to reload once after clicking)
  • An article in SJU Magazine’s Fall 2010 edition highlighting returning students and their stories. (See page 16)