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Albion's Joe Silvestri, '15, Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Joe Silvestri, Albion College Class of 2015
The three-time all-league men's lacrosse player and current first-year student at the University of Toledo Medical School is the 13th Albion College student-athlete to be selected for the award. "Joe's receipt of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is one of the greatest accomplishments a student-athlete can achieve," Athletic Director Matt Arend said. “I was delightfully satisfied to receive this award," said Silvestri, who majored in biology. "For me, it stands second only to the team MIAA championship that was won back in May.”

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Thurner, '17, Attacks Field Research This Summer

Stephanie Thurner, Albion College Class of 2017
Stephanie Thurner, '17, hopes to become a marine biologist in the future, and this summer she is taking charge of the path to reach that goal. The biology and mathematics major from Caledonia, Michigan—and the top middle hitter on the Albion volleyball team—is studying parental provisioning and post-fledgling behavior in house wrens with professors Dale Kennedy and Doug White. "This is my research with them guiding me," Thurner says. "Students don't get the opportunity to choose and pick research at big universities."

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For Albion Biology Students, a Conference Experience to Remember

Safiya Syed, '16
Seven students notched a major achievement in their Albion College careers by having their abstracts selected as part of the 2015 Experimental Biology conference, an annual gathering of six leading associations in disciplines ranging from anatomy and physiology to biochemistry and nutrition. For two of the students—Safiya Syed, ’16 (left), and Morgan Carey, ’15—the trip to Boston last month brought additional accolades, ones not usually bestowed on undergraduates.

In Nicaragua, Brugnoni, '17, Gains Perspective Through Service

Monica Brugnoni, '17
Over winter break, 27 students belonging to the Global Medical Brigades group at Albion College traveled to Nicaragua on an eight-day mission trip. Among them was sophomore softball player Monica Brugnoni (left), who is studying to become an orthopedic physician's assistant. The native of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., joined Global Medical Brigades last spring because she wanted to broaden her experience in the medical field.

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