Biology Student Award

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An Anonymous DonorSunil Patel, DO (BS Biology Class of 2002) matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000

An Anonymous DonorSunil Hasmukh Patel DO FASN BS & Jitixa Gandhi matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000

This fund was established in 2018 by the Department of Biological Sciences Faculty, inspired and initiated by longtime NSU faculty member and administrator, Dr. Naomi D’Alessio to support and encourage scholarly excellence in biology. The fund supports and honors students involved in learning, research, and service (research, presentations, community outreach, special learning opportunities, and other scholarly pursuits).  To date this fund has supported more than 30 students to obtain supplies for their research, present their work at scholarly conferences, attend specialized NSU-sponsored summer internship and research opportunities at the University of Graz (medicine), and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Read more about the award and how to apply here:  

Past Recipient: Sunil Patel, DO (BS Biology Class of 2002) for the University Hospital of Graz, Austria experience through the Biology Student Award. Dr. Patel has now generously donated $10,000 to help further support students research through the Biology Student Award. 

Dr. Naomi D’Alessio was an NSU employee from 1982-2017. While at NSU, Dr. D’Alessio served first as a biology teacher and assistant headmaster at University School. A few years later she joined Nova College. For 15 years she served as the Director of the Division of Math, Science and Technology where she grew what would become the largest undergraduate program to date at NSU. Under her leadership the biology (pre-med) major was developed as well as programs in math, environmental science, marine biology, computer science, and the athletic training program. Dr. D’Alessio developed the dual admission program in 1992 and continued to manage it through 2013. She served as the Associate Dean of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences from 2004-2013 until she returned to the Department of Biological Sciences where she served as faculty from 2013 until her retirement in 2017. Before her retirement, she inspired and initiated the Biology Student Award to support student scholarship in the biological sciences. Naomi will be remembered for her mentorship, advocacy, leadership and kindness, qualities which she personified. Most recently she served as a board member of the Grassy Waters Conservancy  where she funded a summer program for inner city children in the city of West Palm Beach to provide resources for 100 children to engage in activities at Grassy Waters while learning to respect, appreciate and preserve the natural environment. We are collecting memories, photos, and well wishes through this form and will share contributions with Naomi’s family and use the material gathered at a future memorial. Donations in honor of Dr. Naomi D’Alessio to the NSU Biology Student Award which Dr. D’Alessio inspired and helped to found may be made here and will be matched (up to $5000) by one of her former students, Dr. Sunil Patel (B.S. Biology Class of 2002).


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