Each year, faculty in each of the ten Arts and Sciences departments submit their top recommendations to the Dean for their outstanding undergraduate graduating student(s). From this pool of candidates, the Dean along with a selection committee choose an outstanding graduate for the fields of Humanities and Theology, Mathematics and Sciences, and Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Characteristics that the candidates are judged on include scholarly achievement, leadership, and service within the Barry community as well as outside the university.
Humanities and Theology|
|Thomas Depalo came to Barry University specifically to study philosophy at Barry. While at Barry, Thomas was an outstanding member of Barry’s Ethics Bowl Debate Team, which earned an invitation to the National Championship Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of the national philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau and the Barry Philosophy club, where he served as an officer in both. Thomas was also a member of Barry’s academic honor society Delta Epsilon Iota. Thomas was known for his insightful comments during class discussions, and for reading widely beyond the assigned texts; he regularly requested summer reading lists from faculty members. The Barry philosophy faculty all recognized Thomas’s unique philosophical talent. Not only was Thomas a distinguished undergraduate scholar, he also had an excellent university and community service record. He served as Secretary of the Student Government Association, as the undergraduate representative of the Grade Appeal Committee, as one of Barry’s representatives who lobbied for the continuation of FRAG, and as a member of Barry’s Multicultural and Diversity Task Force. Thomas also gave back to the community by tutoring local elementary school students. Thomas was an outstanding student who blended high academic achievement (he graduated with a 3.899 GPA and completing his undergraduate education in three years) with active participation in University and community service. Thomas is a true intellectual who is working and planning to begin law school in the fall of 2014.|
Mathematics and Sciences|
|Alec Davila, a biology major, graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.966. At the end of his freshman year, he was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma and Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies, and subsequently, the Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Tri-beta, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Chi honor societies. He was also the recipient of one of the 2013 Excellence in Leadership President’s award for seniors. Biomedical research was an integral part of his training at Barry, first as a participant of the National Institutes of Health-supported ROADS research club in 2010, and then in 2011 and 2012 he was selected for summer research internships at the University of Florida and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, respectively. As an NIH MARC U*STAR scholar, he also conducted research in the department of biology, winning research presentation awards at undergraduate symposia. In 2012, he participated in a quantitative biology workshop at MIT and later, received the Outstanding Physics Student Award. He was also committed to social and educational causes by helping to bridge the healthcare gap in under-served communities as a Spanish interpreter at health fairs, helping to organize food drives and deliver food to families during the Thanksgiving season as vice-president of Tri-beta, by encouraging the next generation of scientists, and by volunteering at science fairs and exhibits. Alec was accepted to several medical schools and PhD programs. He chose to enter the MD Program at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University beginning Fall 2013.|
Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|Sade Brooks graduated with a 3.649 cumulative GPA. Importantly, she clearly demonstrated her critical thinking skills throughout her time in the department. She was a thoughtful and engaged student who was on the Dean’s List numerous times. Sade was also a member of Pi Gamma Mu honor society. In fall 2011, Sade completed a study abroad experience in Greece. In summer 2011, she interned with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was also accepted to participate in the Roper Victim Assistance Academy, a 40-hour training for crime victim service providers as well as the 2011 National Center for Victims of Crime conference. Sade was also president of Ignite, the Sociology/Criminology club. The group, under Sade’s leadership, sponsored a debate in the fall and a forum in April 2012. Sade dramatically expanded the club’s activities, including on-campus events as well as service both on campus and off. She organized a very successful toy drive and holiday party for the children receiving services through No More Tears, a 501(c)3 organization that assists victims of domestic violence, and helped co-sponsor the Teens for Jeans program. Sade was actively involved in Barry’s Environmental Sustainability Team (BEST) and helped to coordinate earth month programming. In addition, Sade was involved with Art in Motion on campus, serving as that group’s Secretary and Public Relations volunteer. Sade worked as a Resident Assistant, helping to supervise residence hall students and coordinate educational programming. Sade went on to study law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.|
Humanities and Theology|
Double Major: Philosophy and History
|Grace Collins was one of Barry’s most outstanding students. She earned a 3.872 GPA with a double major of Philosophy and History. She was in the Honors Program and successfully defended her Senior Thesis entitled “Perfect Races to Perfect Babies: The Moral Impermissibility of Genetic Enhancements.” She was a member of the Barry University chapter of the National Philosophical Honor Society, Phi Sigma Tau, and the History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta. Grace was also a member of Barry’s Ethics Bowl team that won an invitation to the National Championship Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not only was Grace an outstanding student, she was extremely active in university and community service and was awarded the St. Catherine Medal for Outstanding Service her junior year. She was a four-year member and Captain of the Barry University Softball Team and won All-American honors for her excellent athletic achievements. Grace’s career ambition was to become a lawyer and she is currently attending law school at the University of Florida.|
Mathematics and Sciences|
|Daniel Morales graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.947. Daniel entered Barry after serving four years in the United States Navy. In his first year, Daniel was named the Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Student at Barry, and he was the recipient of the Department of Physical Sciences Honor Scholarship and the Chemistry and Physics Faculty Endowed Scholarship (the department’s most prestigious scholarship award based on academic excellence, departmental mission support, and community service leadership). Daniel was active in service initiatives in both the Department of Physical Sciences and the community at large (Ronald McDonald House, Science Olympiad, and third Grade Chemistry Demonstrations to name a few). Daniel served as the President of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and presented a poster describing the award winning activities of the club at the 243rd National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, California. Finally, Daniel conducted research in two different research groups. He performed theoretical calculations in astrophysics to detect the existence of the axion, a hypothetical elementary particle, with Dr. Maurizio Giannotti. He also conducted synthetic organic research synthesizing muscarinic agonists for the potential therapeutic use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease with Dr. John Boulos. Daniel truly exemplifies the qualities of outstanding service and academics that earned him the honor of being named the Outstanding Graduate in science and mathematics for the College of Arts and Sciences for 2012. Daniel went on to study medicine at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.|