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Winshell, Elaine Biochemistry Award

This award honors Elaine Winshell, former Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and professor of Biology. Dr. Winshell was the first president of the College’s Quarter Century Club and is a member of the Ramapo College Foundation Legacy Society. She is the founding president of the Institute of New Dimensions, which provides low cost, college level, short courses to people 50 years and older.  She has taught at the Institute since she retired from Ramapo in 1999.  The Winshell Award is given to an outstanding biochemistry student and is selected by the biochemistry convening group based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

  • For an outstanding Biochemistry major
  • Sophomore or junior standing
  • Demonstrates academic excellence and involvment in extracurricular activities
  • Recipient chosen by Biochemistry faculty

2020 Recipient

Jamie Latona

Jamie Latona of Saddle Brook, N.J. is a junior Biochemistry major with a minor in Neuroscience. She has a 3.44 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Jamie is a teaching assistant, a Chemistry tutor, and a member of the Biochemistry Club and the Sustainability Committee. She is also involved in the TAS Research Program, where she works under Dr. Mentore and with her peers to study various monolayer polymers and their interaction with fibrinogen, thus determining the polymer’s ability to be used in biomedical implants.

“After graduation, I plan to continue my education in a graduate program and go on to work in the field of Pharmaceutical research. Eventually, I hope to become a teacher or professor of Chemistry.”

2019 Recipient

Rojina Shrestha

Rojina Shrestha, from Kathmandu, Nepal is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Bioinformatics. She has a 3.87 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester. She has also been inducted to Sigma Xi, a scientific research honors society.

Rojina has been active in the Computer and Technology club, Biochemistry club, and the International Student’s Organization. She is a tutor and a teaching assistant for Biology at Ramapo, and she was part of a summer research program at the University of Rochester.

“After graduation, I want to go to graduate school to pursue my interest in biochemistry, possibly in the pharmaceutical field to do research on drug discovery.”

2018 Recipient

Emily LaMonica

Emily LaMonica of Sayreville, N.J. is a sophomore Biochemistry major and Literature minor. She has a 3.93 GPA and has been inducted to the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.


She is part of the Ramapo Chorale and Literature Club and works as a student consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing. Emily has been published in the most recent issue of the Literature Club zine.

Emily has also been involved in off-campus activities, including moderating at the yearly National History Bowl and Bee academic competition. After graduating from Ramapo, Emily plans to further her studies in a graduate program to obtain a doctorate and perform research in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry.  

2017 Recipient

Pritha Aggarwal

Pritha Aggarwal of River Edge, NJ, is a biochemistry major. She has a 3.87 GPA.

At Ramapo, Pritha works with Dr. Seung-Sup Kim to analyze the growth and protein expression of bacteria in different conditions as part of the TAS Research Honors Program.

She is the president of South Asians, where she helps plan cultural events for Ramapo students. She is also the vice president of Ramapo First Responders Club and helps plan speakers as well as plan and attend EMS conferences. Pritha plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

2016 Recipient

Amram Hussain

Amram Hussain is a senior from Paterson, NJ majoring in Biochemistry.

2015 Recipient

Ryan Ludvigsen

Ryan Ludvigsen of Wanaque, N.J., is a biochemistry major. He has a 3.78 grade point average.
At Ramapo, Ryan is working on a research project with Jay Carreon, Ph.D. to study the synthesis of hydrazones as antibiotics. He is a student aide in the office of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and a chemistry and organic chemistry tutor. Ryan is a member of Ramapo’s cross country and track and field teams.
Ryan plans to attend a graduate program to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.

2014 Recipient

Courtney Mower

Courtney Mower of Blackwood, N.J., is a biochemistry major and criminology minor. She has a 3.97 grade point average. Courtney has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society.
At Ramapo, Courtney is a member of the Research Honors Program. Under the guidance of Seung-Sup Kim, Ph.D., she helped analyze the biochemical effects of temperature, pH and air on the growth and protein expression of bacteria. Courtney is president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network at Ramapo.
Courtney plans to pursue a master’s degree in forensic science.

2013 Recipient

Sean Eccles

Sean Eccles is a junior majoring in Biochemistry. “Sean has been working on a research project with me since the fall of 2011,” says Professor Seung-Sup Kim. “He has presented the results from the research, titled “Biochemical and Structural Studies of Bacterial Recombinant Proteins” at regional conferences and at the TAS Honors Research Symposium.” Dr. Kim reports that Sean is also active with Phi Kappa Sigma, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network, Chi Alpha Sigma, and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club. In addition, Sean is a member of the Track and Field team. He has earned a 3.80 grade point average. Sean is from Millstone Township, NJ.

2012 Recipient

Kelsey Chetnik

Kelsey Chetnik is from Pompton Plains, NJ and is majoring in Biochemistry. The sophomore has earned a 3.97 grade point average. “Kelsey is involved in one of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science undergraduate research projects as a volunteer,” says Professor Seung-Sup Kim. “She shows great potential in scientific research.”

2011 Recipient

Rami Alrabaa

Rami Alrabaa of North Arlington, NJ is a Biochemistry major. Rami performs exceptionally well in all of his course work and holds a 3.99 grade point average. Rami’s favorite topics include synthetic or medicinal organic chemistry and human biology. He also enjoys volleyball, basketball and above all else, “the almighty sport of ping pong.” Professor Rena Bacon says he “is one of our finest.” He plans to attend medical school at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School in the fall, and aspires to become a vascular or orthopedic surgeon.

2009 Recipient

Bethany Walton

Bethany Walton is a biochemistry major from Ringwood, New Jersey. She is in her junior year and has earned a 3.72 grade point average.

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