The Cherng Summer Scholars Program is one of MU’s most prestigious and ambitious summer research and creative scholarship programs. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement, especially in research, as well as a promising design and specific outcomes outlined within a project proposal.
“Receiving these awards reminds me of how grateful I am to be a part of the Chipojo lab,” LaMartina says. “Everyone is so supportive and generous with their knowledge. They have helped me every step of the way!”
LaMartina’s receipt of the back-to-back awards came as no surprise to Professor Manuel Leal in the Chipojo lab.
“Marissa is an intellectual powerhouse,” Leal says. “She thinks quickly and creatively, but also ponders questions deeply. This is the kind of ‘big-picture’ level of understanding that you expect from a very select group of undergraduate, usually seniors or early graduate students not a sophomore, which speaks volumes to her creativity and future directions. She has the potential to become an outstanding graduate student and scientist.”
Both awards are given by the Honors College. LaMartina will be recognized with the Outstanding Discovery Fellow Award at the Honors College Spring Awards Ceremony.