June 9, 2020

Virtual ceremony recognizes accomplishments of science majors for the 2019-2020 academic year

Hackettstown, N.J., June 9, 2020—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.”

Students honored and their hometowns include:


Lansdale—Jessica McKenzie, Science Athlete Award

Roseto—Haakon Mathewson, Science Athlete Award

New Jersey

Annandale—Kevin Chroback, Certificate of Merit—Chemistry

Berlin—Danielle Ferriola, Certificate of Merit—Biology

Blairstown—Janell Chuddley, Certificate of Merit—Forensic Science

Budd Lake—Brittany Adams, Junior Merit Award

Cliffside Park—Jasmine Steinwand, Senior Merit Award

Glenwood—Jaime Vitale, Freshman Merit Award

Great Meadows—Pier Semanchik, Outstanding Achievement in Science (2nd or 3rd year student)

Hackettstown—Samantha Johnson, Certificate of Merit—Environmental Science

Kinnelon—Nikolina Perrelli, Certificate of Merit—Physics

Landing—Victoria Cattano, Outstanding Achievement in Science (4th year student)

Little Falls—Gregory Langan, Honorary Science Student Award

West Milford—Alissa Mor, Sophomore Merit Award



Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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