Cara Seward ’15 Named Biochemistry Program’s 2015 Outstanding Student

April 28, 2015


In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Cara Seward ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Biochemistry Program’s 2015 Outstanding Student.

Seward, a biochemistry major from Bloomfield, Connecticut, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“It is my pleasure to present this award to Cara,” says Magdalena James-Pederson, associate professor of biochemistry. “She has excelled academically since she arrived on campus.”

Seward has been an active researcher who has participated in a wide variety of projects on and off campus. She was selected to participate in the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) for two consecutive summers, working in Pederson’s research lab isolating manganese peroxidase genes from the honey mushroom in her first stint, and with Bronwyn H. Bleakley, assistant professor of biology, measuring hormone levels in different strains of guppies during her second summer.

Seward also enrolled in a cancer research internship at the Karp Family Laboratory, where she was mentored by Marsha Moses ’75, a nationally recognized biochemist, teacher, and medical researcher.

Seward’s post-graduate plans include clinical research and medical school. Immediately after graduation, her plan is to work at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center as a clinical research assistant.

“My dream is to become a surgical oncologist,” says Seward. “I would particularly like to work with women suffering from breast cancer.”

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Moreau Honors Scholar
  • Overall GPA of 3.86
  • CRC Chemistry Award for excellence in the first year of chemistry
  • Merck Index Award for outstanding performance in the second year of chemistry
  • Inducted into the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society during her junior year
  • Barry Goldwater Honorable Mention Award
  • Dance Club member and soloist
  • Volunteer at the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts