College of Arts and Sciences

John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math

Meet Our Scholars

Class of 2013

Kim Nguyen
Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen (Biology, ’13) comes from Allentown, PA. At Saint Joseph’s, Kim has received the SJU Gender Studies Trailblazer Award and was an SJU-finalist for the Goldwater Scholarship. She has been on the Dean’s List since her arrival at Saint Joseph’s. Kim has been conducting research as an SJU Summer Scholar under the guidance of biochemist Dr. Mark Reynolds, studying the biomechanism of the heme-based oxygen sensor protein FixL. With other members of the Reynolds group, she co-presented a research poster entitled, “Site-directed Mutagenesis Studies of Conserved Residues in the Heme Domain of SmFixL:  Insights into Oxygen Sensing Mechanism of Heme-PAS Proteins” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in March 2012, in San Diego, CA. Kim is also involved in bioethics research as a Fellow in the SJU Institute of Catholic Bioethics.

Kim has served as the vice president of the club tennis team, as the treasurer of Shooting Stars, as a weekly service volunteer at St. Catherine Laboure Medical Clinic which serves the underprivileged and uninsured, a participant of the Appalachian experience in Alleghany Highlands, VA, and as a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-med Honor Society and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She plans to attend medical school after graduation.


Corinna Nöel
Corinna Noel

Corinna Noel (Mathematics, ’13) from New Paltz, New York, has a GPA of 3.95 and has been on the Dean's List since her arrival at SJU.  Corinna is a member of the Honors Program and currently working on her departmental honors thesis project in mathematics, studying the statistical methods for sensory analysis of food. She is the vice-president of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society at SJU and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  She is a recipient of the IBM T.J. Watson Scholarship, the SJU Gender Studies Trailblazer Award, and a University finalist for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Corinna has held an internship at American Hydro Power, Inc. Corinna has also participated in the SJU Summer Scholars Program under the mentorship of Dr. Richard George. In the summer of 2012, Corinna participated in the Cornell University Food Science Summer Scholars Program. She is a student member of the Institute of Food Technologists and attended the Institute of Food Technology Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Corinna is a member of the Students Helping Honduras chapter at SJU, participating in service trips to El Progreso, Honduras. Corinna is also a math tutor. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Sorority, Zeta Pi chapter.  In spring 2012, Corinna spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. After graduation, Corinna plans to pursue a graduate degree in Food Science.

Maura Southwell
Molly Southwell


From Philadelphia, PA, Maura (Molly) Southwell (Biology, ’13) has participated in The Phage Safari class, an inquiry-based lab course in which students isolated, characterized, and analyzed a bacteriophage population. For the past three years, Molly has conducted undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Scott McRobert, studying the shoaling behavior of Danio rerio, and exploring the biomedical applications of shoaling behavior in mutant “autistic” zebrafish. As part of the lab’s educational outreach, Molly has also helped establish Fish Cam, an online educational resource for students and teachers to actively participate in animal behavior research. In February 2011, she attended the AAAS conference in Washington DC in order to demonstrate and promote the use of Fish Cam in the classroom. Molly has co-published an article entitled, “Fish Cam:  An Online Tool for Introducing Shoaling Behavior to the Classroom” in Zebrafish magazine.

Molly is the treasurer for the SJU Biology club, a starter on the Women's Rugby Team, a peer-tutor in the SJU Writing Center, and a member of the Chinese Culture Club. She has also been awarded a Trailblazer Award by the SJU Gender Studies Committee and nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She has interned at the Deveraux Kanner Zoo, which provides animal therapy to children and adolescents with special needs.