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Shanid Shrestha ‘22 (front left) being recognized by MaryAlice Breuninger of ICUNJ as an outstanding science student.

Caldwell University’s recent graduate Shanid Shrestha ‘22  was recognized as an outstanding science student at the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey (ICUNJ) Presidents Networking Reception  on June 14. Shrestha, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in history, will be attending Penn State in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.  In attendance at the event were college presidents of the independent colleges and universities in New Jersey including Caldwell University President Matthew Whelan, Ed.D., other higher education leaders and supporters.   

In a video shown at the event, produced by ICUNJ, Shrestha, a native of Nepal, talked about why he chose Caldwell University including the academic program, location and financial aid.  “Caldwell provided the highest amount of financial aid in order for me to pursue my undergraduate degree.” 

Shrestha received first place at the annual Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey Undergraduate Research Symposium held in April. 

Also featured in the video was Caldwell University recent graduate Danielle Marrero ‘ 22, who received third prize at the symposium and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  Marrero explained how she was initially nervous to present publicly but once she dove in she felt more comfortable, thanks to being prepared and the support of her professors and fellow classmates.  “I realized how calming and how good it was to present, especially because you get feedback…you learn, ” said Marrero.  With each presentation she grew more in her speaking skills and learned more about her research. 

The students thanked ICUNJ and the sponsors who helped support their scholarships.

President Whelan said he was very proud of the students. “Shanid and Daniella worked hard during their college careers and took advantage of the many opportunities our faculty offer our science students in doing research,  building their presentation skills and networking. We can’t wait to see the fruits of their future endeavors.  We are grateful to the team at the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey for the work they do in partnering with us to make scholarships and research symposiums available to our students.”