NUCLEUS has more than 600 alumni, of whom many have gone on to continue their education in graduate or professional schools. In May, the program's annual year-end dinner celebrated 32 new graduates and noted that 50 percent of the 2011 senior class will be attending graduate or professional school this fall. They are:
• Rochelle Day, Ross University
• Kristofer Dewberry, doctor of veterinary medicine program at Cornell University
• Michael Dickinson, doctoral program in history at UD
• Galen Giaccone, Baltimore Dental School of the University of Maryland
• Reza Hammond, doctoral program in computer science at UD
• Jenny Kim, University of Pennsylvania Dental School
• Christopher Liddie, Temple University Pharmacy School
• David Marsan, graduate program in marine studies with a concentration in oceanography at UD
• Shakir McLean, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
• Adrienne Miller, graduate program in genetic counseling at the University of Pittsburgh
• Stephanie Pagan, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Dental School
• David Rodriguez, master's degree program in biomedical sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences
• Ashley Santana, clinical mental health counseling program at Valparaiso University
• Wuroh Timbo, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
• Danielle Toupo, doctoral program in applied math at Cornell University
• Devan Turner, doctoral program in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania
Several former NUCLEUS students also will begin graduate or professional studies this year. They include:
• Jill Beitz (Class of 2010), Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
• Olivia Gibson (2010), master of public health program at Boston University
• Jubril Onaneye (2009), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Chati Zony (2007), MD/Ph.D program at Mount Sinai
More facts about the Class of 2011
The 2011 NUCLEUS senior class has an average cumulative GPA of 3.24, with 47 percent of students on the Dean's List during the 2010-11 academic year.
With all 32 seniors on schedule to have their undergraduate degrees by August 2011, the program is projecting a 100 percent graduation rate.
Fifty-seven percent of the graduates are residents of Delaware, and 22 percent are first-generation college students.
In addition, 66 percent participated in undergraduate research, with 57 percent presenting their research at a local, regional or national conference; 41 percent participated in an internship or field practicum; and 24 percent participated in at least one study aboard session.
Of the students in the program, 43 percent identified themselves as African American and 19 percent as Hispanic.