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2014-2015 Marlin Scholar Spotlights

Kerri-Leanne Taylor ’15

Kaitlyn Dozier '14

Hometown: Stockport, England

Majors: English, Communication

Kerri-Leanne says:The Honors and Scholars program has challenged me to work hard and discover new things at VWC. Without it, I wouldn't have engaged as much in courses that were not a part of my majors. It has made me a more well-rounded student, and more importantly, a well-rounded person.

Internships: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society

Undergraduate Research: Presented at the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council’s conference on Women in Shakespeare and VWC’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Campus Involvement:

  • Women's Basketball Team (captain)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (vice president)
  • The Marlin Chronicle (sports editor)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (member)

Tanya Puccio ’15

Darren DriscollHometown: Moorpark, California

Major: Biology, Hispanic Studies

Tanya says: Being a member of the Honors and Scholars program has enhanced my experience at Virginia Wesleyan. Honors courses have allowed me to challenge myself to go above and beyond what was required and to search for a deeper understanding of the course subject. I will be able to apply what I've learned from the honors courses toward my future career and other experiences after graduation.


  • Pfizer Analytical Chemistry Internship, 2013
  • Summer Program for Undergraduate Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2014

International Experience:

  • Global Scholars Award recipient
  • Studied abroad in Seville, Spain in spring 2014

Undergraduate Research: 

  • Morphology Comparison of the Wildtype and an Annexin Mutant of Red Bread Mold, Neurospora crassa, in Minimal vogel media and saboraud dextrose agar, 2012
  • SEM imaging of fungal colonies in-situ: a comparison of substrates and growth conditions, 2013
  • Characterization of induced pluripotent stem cells from fibroblasts of patients with coenzyme Q10 deficiency mutations, 2014
  • Direct transactivation of an intronic microRNA by a transcription factor, 2014

Athletics: Women's Field Hockey Team

Campus Involvement:

  • Honors and Scholars
  • Science Club
  • The Marlin Chronicle; Wesleyan Ambassador
  • Math, Science and Spanish Tutor
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon
  • Chemistry Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta
  • Biology Honor Society
  • Sigma Zeta, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Honor Society
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa
  • Leadership Honor Society
  • Chi Sigma Alpha
  • Athletics Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Freshmen Honor Society