College of Arts and Sciences

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

Meet Our Scholars



Class of 2015

Maria Galassi


GalassiMaria is a biology major from Allentown, PA. While still in her freshman year, Maria became a co-author on a manuscript published in Zebrafish magazine on the use of zebrafish and FishCam as a pedagogical tool with fellow McNulty Scholar Molly Southwell.  More recently, she conducted Summer Scholars research in 2012 and 2013 with biologist Dr. Scott McRobert, beginning a long-term mark-release-recapture program to analyze the turtle community at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.  Maria is the Secretary of University Singers and a member/cantor in the SJU Chapel Choir. She has performed leading roles in various opera scenes on campus and in January 2013, she sang for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome with the SJU Chapel Choir. She is currently in Milan, Italy studying music for the Spring 2014 semester.


Alexa Garrison


Alexa Garrison is an actuarial science major from Edison, NJ.  She is active in the SJU Actuarial Science Student Club, and has passed two actuarial exams.  In Summer 2013, she had a summer internship in Prudential’s Insurance Risk Management Department, working on a company-wide risk framework. She will return there this summer as an intern in the Actuarial Leadership Development Program.  In the meantime, she spent Fall 2013 studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and now interns at Milliman in the Property Casualty Actuarial Consulting Department, using actuarial software for quality assurance.  Outside the classroom, Alexa is a pitcher for the SJU club softball team, which is competing for the Regional Title.


Lianette Pappaterra


Lianette Pappaterra, from Landing, NJ, is a biology major with minors in healthcare ethics and English. As a 2012 Summer Scholar in Dr. Catalina Arango’s microbiology laboratory, she studied the regulatory mechanisms of carbon catabolite repression in bacteria. For her McNulty Senior Capstone project, she will research public health education initiatives in the Hispanic community in Philadelphia. Lianette currently serves as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) Leader for the introductory Cell Biology and Genetics courses and as a Koinonia Leader for a group of freshmen. She was a Philadelphia Service Immersion Program leader and a leader for the Winter Immersion Program border trip to El Paso, Texas in 2012, and a BEAGLE SI Leader in 2013. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Honors Society, and has received both the Woman of Purpose Award from the Gender Studies Committee and the Ellacuría Award from the Latin American Studies Committee.