These faculty additions are a response to the growing nature of the HUBI program. Once again this year our graduating class was larger than the prior year. This year we had in excess of 170 graduates with many students receiving Phi Beta Kappa honors, and moving on to graduate and professional programs as well as entering the workforce. Due to the size of our graduating class this year we held back-to-back graduation recognition ceremonies reducing the space constraints and allowing for greater ease of attendance by family and friends. Mikayla Deckard was recognized as Outstanding graduating Senior. Mikayla was the recipient of the Kindig Fellowship and completed her honor thesis examining the roles of sex-related hormones in sensory perception. It was great to see everyone at the event and get to meet graduates and their families in-person.
On a personal note, I am looking forward to a trip to England in July to visit family. Also, academic conferences are moving back out of the virtual world and I will get to enjoy the American Society for Virology conference in Madison Wisconsin later this summer. I have a feeling that one of the main topics of the conference might be predictable…
I would like to end by thanking our faculty, staff, and students for their hard work throughout this year. I am grateful to Assistant Director Andrew Libby, our academic advisors, Andy Ruff and Rachel Bishop (Rachel is a welcome new addition to the HUBI program), and our Administrative Assistant Casey Green for their work.
Stay well and keep in touch,