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2014 Henry Barnard Student Awards

Erin Conn

Erin says lacrosse is her first love, and credits it for helping her with her time management. She could have graduated in December 2013 but stayed an extra semester to play in spring 2014. The team won the conference championship in Erin's junior year and made the LEC playoffs in her senior year. Off the field, Erin's interest is in genetics, and worked closely with Biology Professor Patricia Szczys for her entire four-year career at Eastern, using DNA analysis to study the endangered tern species "Erin is, without a doubt, the finest critical thinker and has the strongest analytical and quantitative skills I have ever observed in an undergraduate student," said Szczys. In fall 2014, Conn began her Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at Georgetown University.

Eric Cerino

Eric Cerino's community work has informed his research interests. He has spent hours and days as a volunteer, intern, and paid worker at the Trumbull Senior Center. Eric sees the center as his second home, and is proud it is where he became committed to his work with senior citizens. During his senior year, Eric interned at the Alzheimer's Association where he conducted an education and Tai Chi program with Early-Stage Alzheimer's persons and their care-partners.

Eric has presented his research on senior citizens at the Posters on the Hill conference in Washington, D.C., as well as at annual meetings of the New England Psychological Association, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), and the Eastern Psychological Association.

Eric was accepted into the PhD track program in Human Development and Family Studies at Oregon State University, and received a $30,000 National Science Foundation grant to support his work there.