McNulty Scholars Program Announces Class of 2017 Graduates

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, which provides scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, announces its Class of 2017 scholars and fellows.

McNulty Scholars and Associate Scholars, in addition to receiving scholarships, benefit from extensive research opportunities, and faculty and peer mentoring throughout their education at Saint Joseph’s. McNulty Fellows receive support to conduct summer research and to attend research conferences. All members of the program also participate in ongoing leadership training and professional development.

The innovative program was begun by Anne Welsh McNulty to honor the memory of her husband, alumnus John P. McNulty ’74, who was known for his philanthropy and his belief in the power of women to achieve greatness in their chosen fields.

“This robust program continues to provide opportunities to young talented women in the sciences and mathematics,” states Paul J. Angiolillo, Ph.D., director of the program and professor of physics. “It affords them the flexibility and latitude to pursue mentored research, which in many respects is unique to institutions of our size. This year’s graduating class represents a powerhouse of intellectual abilities.”

This year marks the fifth cohort of scholars and the fourth cohort of fellows to graduate. They are, from left to right:


  • Valerie Jenkins, a chemical biology major from Mertztown, Pennsylvania, who will pursue a medical degree at the University of Maryland
  • Marissa Tremoglie, a biology major from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, who will seek out clinical research positions in the biomedical field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Cooney (associate scholar), a mathematics and computer science double major from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, who will enter a program to earn her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California
  • Jane Bukovec, an actuarial science major from Robbinsville, New Jersey, who has accepted a position as an associate actuary at Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Karen Medina, an environmental science major from La Libertad, El Salvador, who has accepted a position with PennEnvironment


  • Mary Szurgot, a chemical biology major from Shillington, Pennsylvania, who will seek a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Kaitlyn Frankenfield, a chemistry, major from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, who will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgetown University
  • Brianna Amos, a biology major from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, who will work to earn a D.O. at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Madeline Graziani, a chemistry major from Woodbury, New Jersey, who will work as a medical scribe while taking a gap year to apply to medical school
  • Caroline Stow, a chemistry major from Milford, New Jersey, who will study toward a Ph.D. in chemistry at Duke University