Virginia Tech announces its College of Science's Outstanding Senior Award

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 24, 2004 – Nicole Marie Reynolds of Stephenson, Va., is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Science’s Outstanding Senior Award for the 2003-2004 academic year. She is studying biology with a premedical option and chemistry minor and is president of the Class of 2004.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize exceptional performance by a graduating senior from each college within the university. Students and faculty of each of the eight colleges select the recipients. GPA’s of the awardees range between 3.75 and 4.0.

Virginia Tech is announcing its Outstanding Senior Awards in conjunction with the university’s Founders Day, Friday, April 23. First taking place in 1972, Founders Day Convocation is Virginia Tech's annual celebration of the academic and professional achievements of the university and recognizing service to Virginia Tech.

Reynolds has made many contributions to the university during her time at Virginia Tech. She is an active member of Student Alumni Associates, the Commission on Student Affairs, and the Order of the Gavel. As a member of the class of 2004 Ring Committee she helped to design the 2004 class ring and develop marketing strategies to sell the ring. She has served as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences in the Student Government Association and held positions with the Residence Hall Federation for two years.

Reynolds also has excelled academically while pursuing a career in medicine. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (premedical fraternity), the American Society for Microbiology, and the Biology Club.

“I have recognized this award, since my first year here, as one of the top honors for a student at Virginia Tech; it was something I thought I could only aim to achieve,” Reynolds said. “I feel extremely blessed to have been chosen for this award. I have had so many wonderful opportunities at Virginia Tech, and I only hope that I have given back to the university in some proportion compared to what Virginia Tech has given to me these past four years.”

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers-in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science-that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.