Student Receives UNCF/Merck Award
spotlight_1Rama Yakubu ’11, a senior biomolecular science major and member of the Honors Program, has been named a UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Fellow for the 2010-2011 academic year.

This prestigious award includes a $25,000 academic scholarship along with research internships in Merck labs for the 2010 and 2011 summers.

Yakubu has been involved in research his entire time at Clarkson and is currently working with Prof. Costel Darie in the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science on a project involving screening for serum biomarkers. In one project, Yakubu is screening for inflammation detection using novel biochemical and proteomics approaches. In another, he is monitoring two serum proteins as biomarkers for cell differentiation and cell proliferation in sera from patients with various forms of cancer. Portions of his work will be presented at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

An Athlete and a Scholar
spotlight_2In August, senior Scott Desmond ’11 of the Clarkson Men’s Soccer team was named as a recipient of the ECAC Scholar-Athlete Award. One of only six student-athletes honored in the country, and the only male in Division III athletics, Desmond earned the award based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service. 

Desmond, a midfielder for the Golden Knights, has posted a 3.82 GPA through his first three years at Clarkson while majoring in engineering and management. A three-year team captain, Desmond was also named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District 1 First-Team Academic and All-American in 2009. The president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past three semesters, Desmond participated in the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the honorary engineering society, and is also a current Rhodes Scholar applicant.