Local Centenary University Students—and one Dog—Lauded for Excellence in Science 

Centenary University recently recognized 14 students for excellence in science studies during a ceremony that was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition to the students, the University recognized Brutus, a service dog owned by student Jasmine Steinwand of Cliffside Park, N.J., with a special honor called the Greatest Science Helper Award for his constant calming presence on Centenary’s campus, especially in science labs, this year. 

Centenary University’s science students have gained national acclaim for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research and presentation. Earlier this year, four Centenary students placed in the top 10—including first and second place—at an international research conference, besting Ivy league institutions and research powerhouses including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins. In addition, the University’s pre-vet graduates have attained a near-perfect acceptance rate to competitive veterinary schools over the past three years.

 “The students honored this year have distinguished themselves for their commitment to the advancement of science,” said Krassi Lazarova, Ph.D., Science Department chair and associate professor of physics. “Despite the pandemic, they found creative ways to continue their studies virtually. I’m incredibly proud of every Centenary science student, as well as our faculty, for rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19.”


Brittany Adams
Nikolina Perrelli
Samantha Johnson

Students honored from the area include Budd Lake—Brittany Adams, Junior Merit Award, Hackettstown—Samantha Johnson, Certificate of Merit—Environmental Science, and Kinnelon—Nikolina Perrelli, Certificate of Merit—Physics


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