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College of Sciences and Mathematics Notes Top Graduates


JONESBORO -- The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Arkansas State University recognized 22 outstanding graduating students for 2017-18 Thursday evening during its annual awards ceremony, according to Dr. Anne Grippo, interim dean of the college.

The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to Bo Ritter of Hot Springs.  The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating student with the highest overall grade point average in the respective academic college.

Ritter, along with Kelli Elkin of Hot Springs, Makayla Moody of Jonesboro, Miranda Perry of Cabot, Darby Sparks of Kennett, Mo., and Patrick Tribbett of Kingman, Ariz., received the 4.0 Scholar Award.  When a tie occurs, the Chancellor's Scholar is the student with the most credit hours.

The departmental awards are presented during Convocation of Scholars to the graduate in each degree program who has most excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to the department.

Graduating seniors who served as College of Sciences & Mathematics Ambassadors were also recognized.

Those receiving awards and their respective degree programs were:

Biological Sciences
Alexis Philippe of Manchester, Mo., Bachelor of Science (BS), biological sciences (pre-professional studies); Abigail Hickam of Jacksonville, BS, biological sciences (zoology); Jacey Mize of Crawfordsville, BS, biological sciences; Kandria Driskill of Sheridan, BS, biological sciences (environmental biology); Alfonso Arteaga of Berryville, BS, environmental sciences; and Colton Rudder of Star City, BS, wildlife ecology and management.

Chemistry and Physics
Alexis Phillipe of Manchester, Mo., Bachelor of Arts (BA), chemistry; Steven Cooper of Searcy, BS, chemistry; and Patrick Tribbett of Kingman, Ariz., BS, physics.

Computer Science
An Huynh of Batesville, BS, computer science.

Makayla Moody of Jonesboro and Marissa Crawford of Violet Hill, BSE, mathematics; Miranda Perry of Cabot and Bo Ritter of Hot Springs, BS, mathematics.

Graduate Programs
Graduate student awards were presented to five master’s degree students and one doctoral degree candidate.

The students and their respective programs were: Alexander Worm of Conway, MS, biological sciences; Amanda Brewer of Brookland, MSE, biological sciences; Brenda Staufer of Jonesboro and Lifeng Li of China, MS, computer science; Prabu Annamalai of India, MS, mathematics; and Michael (Jason) Newell of Springdale, PhD, environmental sciences.

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