McNulty Scholars Graduates First Cohort

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to profile our first graduating cohort of the John P. McNulty Scholars Program. The program awards full and partial tuition scholarships to exceptional young women earning a degree in the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science, or computer science.

Senior Corrine Noel, a McNulty Scholar, will pursue a M.S. in Food Science after graduating

Corrine Noel will pursue an M.S. in Food Science after graduating.

Corinna Noel (Mathematics, ’13) has been on the Dean’s list every semester. In addition to being a recipient of the McNulty Scholarship, Corinna has won the SJU Gender Studies Trailblazer award and Women of Purpose award, been nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, served as the Vice-President of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Honor Societies.

Corinna participated in Study Abroad in Spring 2012, spending the semester in Florence, Italy. She has held summer internships at American Hydro Power, Inc. and Cornell University’s Food Science Summer Scholar Program. She also conducted SJU Summer Scholars research with Dr. Richard George, and Mathematics Departmental Honors research with Dr. Deborah Lurie.

Corinna’s other activities have included being a treasurer for the SJU Chapter of Students Helping Honduras, a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Zeta Pi chapter, serving as a math tutor, and playing intramural basketball. She plans to attend Cornell University’s Food Science and Technology Master’s Program in Fall 2013, after spending the summer as a research and development intern at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In graduate school, Corinna hopes to study the neurological and physiological underpinnings of the mammalian taste system and how the taste system influences food choice, with the goal of influencing the development of healthy, wholesome, and minimally-processed food products.

Kim Nguyen will attend medical school

Kim Nguyen, a biology major,  will attend medical school in the Fall.

Kim Nguyen (Biology, ’13) who has been on the Dean’s List since her first year at SJU, will attend medical school in the Fall. Kim is a recipient of the McNulty Scholarship and the SJU Medical Alumni Scholarship Award, and has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Sigma Xi Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. She won the Trailblazer Award sponsored by the SJU Gender Studies Program, and was a SJU finalist for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Kim has been an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Mark Reynolds’s biochemistry research group for the past three years, including for two summers as a Summer Scholar. Kim and other group members have been studying the biochemical mechanism of the heme-based oxygen-sensing protein FixL from Sinorhozobium meliloti. Kim co-presented the results of this research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA, in 2012. She has also presented her work at numerous local and regional scientific meetings.

Kim has been a Senior Undergraduate Fellow in the Institute of Catholic Bioethics. The results of her work with Fr. Mark Aita on telemedicine reimbursement have been submitted for publication.

Kim has served as the President of Shooting Stars, organized events at Sacred Heart Home, and volunteered at the Immaculate Mary Home hospice site and at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, providing assistance for oncology patients. Kim has also served as the President of the SJU Club Tennis team.


Molly Southwell plans to continue her work with Devereux Foundation’s Kanner Zoo after graduation.

During her time at SJU, Maura (Molly) Southwell (Biology, ’13) has won the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by the SJU Gender Studies Program, and the First Year Writing Contest Excellence in Writing Award given by the Department of English. She has been inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society and was nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Molly has been working in Dr.  Scott McRobert’s biodiversity research laboratory since Fall 2009, and is currently the Lab Manager, overseeing a collection of over 100 specimens of vulnerable or endangered aquatic species. Molly has helped to develop Fish Camera, an online educational resource for teachers and students. She has shared the results of this work at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Molly is also a co-author with Dr. McRobert on a manuscript that appeared in the journal Zebrafish, describing Fish Cam as a classroom tool for teaching fish shoaling behavior.

Molly has interned at the Radnor Veterinary Hospital, and at the Devereux Foundation Kanner Zoo, where she assisted in an animal therapy program for children with special needs. During her Study Abroad experience in Rome, Molly served as John Cabot University’s Student Government Visiting Student Senator.

At SJU, Molly has been a Writing Center tutor and a Biology teaching assistant; a B.E.A.G.L.E. intern with the Biology Department; a recruitment officer for the Women’s Rugby Club Team; and has served terms as Treasurer and as President of the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) student chapter. She recently won the Department of Biology’s AIBS award.

After graduation, Molly plans to continue her work with the Devereux Foundation’s Kanner Zoo, in particular with the Kids4Kats program. In the future, she plans to return to SJU for a Master’s degree in Biology.