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Remarkable Achievements!


commencement1414-602x400(2014 May Trinity Commencement)

Saturday, May 16 — the happiest day of the year for the Class of 2015!  I can’t wait to see our graduates arrayed across the front lawn, to hear the cheers of families and friends, and to see the pride in the eyes of each graduate as I hand out the diplomas.  Yes!  Commencement Day is also my favorite day of the year!

IMG_20140928_111641(From Cap & Gown Weekend to Commencement Day!)

Trinity students work so hard to enjoy the pride, honor and sense of fulfillment on graduation day.  Beyond achieving the diploma, we also have a very impressive list of student achievements in many different disciplines and at many academic levels, not just those who are graduating.  I am so pleased to share some of the highlights of our very long list of student achievements this year:

Achievements in the Sciences

Trinity students in the sciences continue to blaze bright trails in undergraduate research endeavors during the academic year and in competitive summer internship placements. Some of the distinguished science research internships and graduate fellowships include:

  • Asya Tucker ’15, Clare Boothe Luce Scholar in Chemistry, has received a Graduate Assistantship in the Department of Chemistry at American University.
  • Anna Roland ’16, Rotterman Scholar and a Biochemistry major, will participate in the summer program in Biological Sciences in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Charlene Valdez ’17, a Biology major, will participate in the 2015 Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Sandra Reyes ’16, a Biochemistry major, will participate in the National Cancer Institute Summer Research Interns Program.
  • Patrice Dixon ’16, a Biochemistry major, will participate in the National Institutes of Health NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) summer research program STEP UP.
  • Audrey Tseumie ’18, a Biochemistry major, will participate in the 2015 Student Innovators Summer Program at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center. She will participate in research with noted pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Julia Finkel.
  • Duyania Cephas ’16, a Biology major, will conduct research at Children’s National Medical Center with Dr. Cynthia DeBoy of Trinity’s faculty.
  • Naya Eady ‘16, a rising senior Biology major, will participate in an NSF sponsored undergraduate research experience in Radioecology hosted by the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.
  • Karen Hernandez ’15, Clare Boothe Luce Scholar in Biochemistry, will have a summer internship at the Baylor School of Medicine.
  • Sonia Garcia ’15, Clare Boothe Luce Scholar in Biology, has received acceptances to post-baccalaureate programs at Baylor University, the University of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Massachusetts.
  • Michelle Jaldin ‘15 has acceptances to the post-baccalaureate program at the Ohio State University School of Medicine PREP Program, and the United Medical Center in D.C.


Achievements in the Social Sciences and Counseling

Not to be outdone by their classmates in the sciences, students in many other academic programs also have achieved remarkable recognition, research internships and marvelous post-graduate opportunities. Some of these include:

  • Jessica Lopez ‘15, a senior Psychology major, is one of only 8 students out of 150 applicants selected to participate in the Western Kentucky University Psychological Science Department’s Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Jenay Younger ’14, a cum laude Sociology major with a Psychology minor, has been accepted to Loyola Law School.
  • Jelissa Glanton ‘14, a cum laude Psychology major, has secured a position as an American Psychology Association site coordinator.
  • Ashley Santiago Pittman ’15, a Psychology major, has been accepted into the New York University School of Social Work.
  • Ebony Abraham ’13, a Psychology major, has been accepted into the Master’s Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
  • Felipe Urquilla ’15, Master of Arts in Counseling, secured a full-time position with the College Park Youth Services Bureau where he was a trailblazer creating the first student internship at this site.
  • Nergis Lemus ’17, a Political Science major, has also received the competitive Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Communication, and she will spend her summer working with Special Olympics.
  • Tresa Welch ’13, a Human Relations major, received a Graduate Assistantship at American University for the MA in Sociology/Ph.D. in Anthropology program.

Achievements in Business and Health Professions

  • Kindra Nicol ’16, a Business major with an Economics minor, has received a prestigious Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communication. This competitive fellowship will make it possible for Kindra to spend the summer working with Save the Children, an organization dedicated to making sure that every child has the best chance for success.
  • Shelby Swann ’15, an Exercise Science major and recipient of the Director’s Award as Trinity’s top athlete in 2014-2015, has been accepted to the Master’s in Athletic Training program at the University of Montana at Billings.
  • Gina Thompson ’15, a Nursing major, has been accepted to the Nurse Residency Program in the Intermediate Care Unit for Cardiac Services at the Washington Hospital Center where she joins four other Trinity nursing graduates in that unit.

More to come!  If you have an achievement worthy of listing here, please send a message to


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