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Ethan Sanford is Named 2016 UNCP Outstanding Senior

Chancellor Cummings and Ethan Sanford
Chancellor Robin Cummings and Ethan Sanford (above)

Biology major Ethan Sanford was named UNCP Outstanding Senior for 2016.  The announcement was made during the Senior Wine and Cheese Mixer, which was celebrated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at the Chancellor’s Residence.  Ethan, who is from Hamlet, North Carolina, will be remembered as one of the youngest students to have ever matriculated at the University.  Ethan is completing a minor in English, and he will be joining the graduate school at Cornell University shortly after graduation this spring.

Ethan’s award should come as no surprise to anyone who knows him.  Ethan is truly outstanding inside and outside the classroom.  He has been actively involved in the Esther G. Maynor Honors College, in TriBeta (honor society for students of the biological sciences), and in research by way of the RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program.  Ethan was also honored by way of the Department of Biology’s 2016 Faculty Award.  In April, Ethan presented a research poster about nucleotide regulation of human airways during the 10th Annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Symposium

Ethan Sanford

Ethan was one of seven finalists for the UNCP Outstanding Senior Award, and he was one of four Biology majors nominated for the award.  As announced by the Office of Alumni Relations, the UNCP Alumni Association Board of Directors and the selection committee, the other six finalists were:

Tod Frazer, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Rockingham, North Carolina
Zachary Lunn, Bachelor of Science in Biology, North Carolina
Dana Reijerkerk, Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies, Raleigh, North Carolina
James Rudd, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Hollister, North Carolina
Christian Ryckeley, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Tar Heel, North Carolina
Jack Slavin, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Management and Marketing, Durham, NC

Ethan Sanford and Award FinalistsChancellor Cummings and the seven finalists for Outstanding
Senior Award (above). Biology finalists pictured below are
(from left to right) Christian Ryckeley, Zachary Lunn, and Tod Frazer

Christian Ryckeley, Zachary Lunn, and Tod Frazer

Congratulations to Ethan Sanford!  The Biology Department wishes him the best in his future endeavors.  There is every reason to believe he will be among the Department’s most accomplished alumni.

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