Mateo (left) and Sajjad (right) with Dr. Sharon Pochron

Students Mateo Mezic and Sajjad Hussaini working with Dr. Sharon Pochron in the Earthworm Toxicology Lab received Undergraduate Recognition Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in the category for Academic Excellence.

Mateo earned this award in part through his work for his honor’s thesis, which combines economics and ecotoxicology. Specifically he’s using the Worm Lab to ask if the high-tech stoves being distributed throughout the developing world produce ash of higher toxicity than traditional stoves. Mateo is a dual major in Economics and Sustainability Studies.  He’s also a volunteer at LIJ University Hospital and an inventor of board games. Mateo plans on attending graduate school in Ecology and Evolution.

Sajjad earned his award in part through his work in the Worm Lab. For his honor’s thesis, he use the Worm Lab (but no worms) to ask if garden plants can bioaccumulate a common livestock pharmaceutical. Sajjad is majoring in Biology with an Ecosystems and Human Impact minor. He’s also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a volunteer at SBU hospital. Sajjad plans on attending medical school.

Congratulations to Mateo and Sajjad!


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