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April 3, 2014

Nine local students earn SUNY's top honors


Ly, a Delaware County native and Biochemistry major with a 3.74 grade point average, spoke to The Daily Star on her way home from the award ceremony in Albany. SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski attended the ceremony, she said, along with two of the other award winners from SUNY Oneonta.

Ly brought along her mother, father, boyfriend and chemistry professor, Jacqueline Bennett, who nominated Ly for the award and with whom Ly conducted extensive scientific research during her years at SUNY Oneonta. Ly, 22, said it was nice to meet Chancellor Zimpher who, she said, was a “really nice lady” and gave the award winners a “pep talk,” congratulating them for their hard work. Ly said she’s grateful for her Chancellor’s Award.

“It’s recognition of all the hard work I’ve been doing for the last four years,” Ly said, “and all the effort I’ve put into my time at SUNY Oneonta.”

A senior at SUNY Oneonta, Ly has worked on several research projects as a member of SUNY Oneonta’s Building a Legacy of Outstanding New Developments and Excellence in Science organization. Last month, she presented her research at a national American Chemical Society conference in Dallas which, she said, was “huge” and a great experience. Ly said she has also worked as a teaching assistant, high school chemistry tutor, resident adviser, resident manager for the Morris Conference Center, Call Center agent and campus tour guide.

Outside of the classroom, Ly has been involved in many different musical programs at SUNY Oneonta, she said. She is first chair violinist and concert master for the college’s Chamber Orchestra and has played violin in other campus productions, including “The Fairy Queen” opera in January and “Of Thee I Sing” last spring. Ly said she plans to continue her studies at Wingate School of Pharmacy in North Carolina this fall. 

“They say getting in is the hardest part,” Ly said, of the school’s program, “so I think I’m in the home stretch.”

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