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Outstanding Graduate

Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Every spring and fall semester, deans from the eight academic colleges each nominate a student as an Outstanding Graduate, based on leadership, scholarship and service. These eight students are honored at the commencement ceremonies as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduates. An Alumni Association selection committee interviews the eight candidates and selects one for the overall Outstanding Graduate Award.

Spring 2017 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Alyssa Bienvenu is the Spring 2017 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences.

She is chemistry and mathematics major with a 4.0 GPA. She has appeared on the President's List every semester of her undergraduate studies. She is the recipient of the College of Science's Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, the Keith Lindley Honors Scholarship and the UL Lafayette Outstanding Student Scholarship. Bienvenu coauthored three upcoming publications in refereed journals, and presented her research findings at local and national conferences nearly 20 times. She participated in summer research programs funded by the National Science Foundation at Texas A&M University in 2015 and at Pennsylvania State University in 2016. She is president of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and is the student vice president of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In addition, Bienvenu was a member of the University Chorale and is the assistant choral director at First United Methodist Church in New Iberia, La., where she performed as a soloist, chancel choir member and bell choir member.

She is the daughter of Troy and Chrys Bienvenu of New Iberia.

Fall 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Juliane G. Mahoney is the Fall 2016 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is a biology major with a 3.92 GPA.

She has been on the President's and Dean's lists. She received a TOPS Honor Scholarship, a UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship, a Tommy Comeaux Traditional Music Scholarship, a Student Government Association Scholarship, and a David Caffery Mills Scholarship. Mahoney is president of the University's Chi Alpha Christian Ministry, which received the Most Philanthropic Organization at the 2015 Ragin' Recognition Awards ceremony. Mahoney has guided other students through the Department of Biology's mentoring program. She is active in Acadiana's Cajun music scene and art organizations. Mahoney is a guitarist and vocalist with the Angelle Aces, UL Lafayette's Cajun music ensemble. A dancer and choreographer with Lafayette Ballet Theatre, she choreographed ballets for the UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for four years. Mahoney volunteers for Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Folk Roots, a nonprofit cultural preservation organization. She is a member of Redeemer City Church in Lafayette.

Mahoney plans to apply for graduate school to study coastal ecology or folklore. She will live, work, and play music in Lafayette.

She is the daughter of John and Jill Mahoney of New Iberia, La.

Spring 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Ashley Duhon is the Spring 2016 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. In addition to this honor, Ashley was selected as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association’s overall Outstanding Graduate. She is a biology major with a 4.0 GPA.

Duhon was vice president of the University's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta and a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and the UL Lafayette Honors Program. She also was a member of Rho Lambda and the Order of Omega leadership and honors societies for Greek students. In 2015, she received an honorable mention in the UL Lafayette Honors Essay Contest. Duhon was a maid on the University's Homecoming Court, and was nominated for 2015 UL Lafayette Greek Woman of the Year. She was treasurer of Phi Mu Fraternity and of the University's Pre-Professional Society. Duhon also was president of CampusCats, an animal rescue organization. She served as senator for the College of Sciences in the Student Government Association. Her community service work includes working with Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Children's Miracle Network, and the American Heart Association.

Duhon will enroll at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans in the fall.

She is the granddaughter of Terrie Tycer of Lafayette.

Fall 2015 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Gage Seaux receiving the Fall 2015 Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association representative

Gage Seaux is the Fall 2015 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. A geology major with a 3.8 GPA, he is a member of the UL Lafayette Honors Program. Seaux conducted fieldwork during excavations in Fossil Lake, Ore., and, as a research assistant, processed specimens collected there. He is vice president of the UL Lafayette Geological Society. Seaux participated in community service projects with Acadiana Animal Aid, the Lafayette Geological Society, Episcopal School of Acadiana's Junior Science Club, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, and Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church. He received the Altar Server of the Year Award from the Diocese of Lafayette. Seaux will enroll at his alma mater in the spring to pursue a master’s degree in geology. He plans to become an exploration geologist. His parents are Preston and Angela Seaux of Lafayette.

Spring 2015 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Zadid Haq receiving the Spring 2015 Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award from Dean Ackleh

Zadid K. Haq is the Spring 2015 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. In addition to this honor, Zadid was selected as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association’s overall Outstanding Graduate. Zadid also received the Bradd Clark Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Southwest Louisiana’s Outstanding Undergraduate Award in Arts and Sciences.

Zadid K. Haq plans to attend medical school, now that he’s earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. In addition to earning a 4.0 GPA, Haq was president of the UL Lafayette Honors Program and vice president of the UL Lafayette Pre-Professional Society. He has already had research results published in an international journal.

He founded the UL Honors Orphan Outreach program, which in 2014 raised $8,850 for Syrian orphans. His community service work includes working at the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana. He received the Big Brother of the Year Award in 2014. Haq was a patient aide for Heart of Hospice, and a team captain for Relay for Life, an event that raises money for cancer research. He worked with the Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, and Special Olympics. He received a UL Lafayette Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, a Lafayette Parish Medical Scholarship, a Lafayette Parish Academic Rally Scholarship, a Dr. John Tolson Jr. Memorial Scholarship, a Dr. Ben and Clare Roy Thibodeaux Scholarship, and an International Association of Drilling Contractors Chapter Scholarship. Findings of research conducted by a faculty mentor and Haq were published in an international journal in the field of bioinorganic DNA cleavage and modeling. He is the son of Ema and Zakia Haq of Lafayette, La.

Fall 2014 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Merlin Dartez Jr. receiving the Fall 2014 Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award from Alumni Association Representative Celeste Rushing

Merlin Dartez Jr. is the Fall 2014 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. A chemistry major with a 3.6 GPA, he earned American Chemical Society certification and a minor in mathematics. His work has already been published twice in two prestigious chemistry journals. Since 2010, Dartez has been promoting science and chemistry to students of all ages. He has visited more than 15 elementary, middle and high schools in the area to coordinate a Science Day or offer demonstrations intended to interest students in chemistry. From August 2011 until 2013, he was a chemistry tutor on campus. Dartez, three other students and two faculty members, participated in a foreign exchange program in Yinchuan, China, during the summer of 2013. They conducted research with the chemistry and biosciences department at Beifang University there. He is the son of Helen and Merlin J. Dartez Sr. of Crowley, La.

Spring 2014 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Spring 2014 Outstanding Graduate Kristy Langlinais

Kristy Langlinais is the Spring 2014 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. A biology major with a 4.0 GPA, she has been on the President's List and is a member of the University Honors Program and the Blue Key Honor Society. Langlinais received the TOPS Performance Scholarship, UL Lafayette Centennial Scholarship, UL Lafayette High School Valedictorian Scholarship, Dr. Bernard and Marie Lahasky Scholarship, and Student Government Association Scholarship. She has been a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Pre-Professional Society and Ragin' Cajun Catholics. In 2011, Langlinais was an ambassador for the Student Alumni Association. In 2010, she served as public relations chairperson for the Junior National PanHellenic Council. Langlinais has performed community service work with Girl Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Prevent Child Abuse America, St. Pierre's Center for the Arts, Family Christian Center, Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She has volunteered at Iberia Medical Center, Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital and the Pediatric Therapy and Learning Center. She is active in her church as a music minister and retreat team member. Langlinais plans to enroll in the occupational therapy program at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. She would like to return to the Lafayette area for a career as an occupational therapist. She is the daughter of Justin and Monica Langlinais of Erath, La.

Fall 2013 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Fall 2013 Colege of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Daniel Gould

Daniel Gould is the Fall 2013 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. A chemistry major with a 4.0 GPA, he has been on the President's List and is a member of the University Honors Program and Blue Key Honor Society. Gould attended the prestigious Animation Fundamentals Program during the summer of 2013 at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he maintained a 4.24 GPA. He was president of the University's AmeriCorps program, received the Segal Education Award from AmeriCorps twice, and earned the Dr. Eddie C. Palmer Outstanding Service Award. As a member of AmeriCorps, Gould performed more than 1,000 hours of community service, helping organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Acadiana, Earthshare Gardens, New Hope After-school Tutoring, and the Boys and Girls Club. He also helped with disaster relief efforts in New Orleans and coastal restoration efforts in Chauvin, La. Gould plans to finish his UL Lafayette AmeriCorps service year in the spring of 2014 and possibly attend graduate school. He is the son of Judith Meriwether and Philip Gould, both of Lafayette.

Spring 2013 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Spring 2014 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Kelsey Etheredge

Kelsey Etheredge is the Spring 2013 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is a chemistry major with a minor in biology. She has a 4.0 GPA and has been on the President's List. Etheredge has been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UL Lafayette's Honors Program and the Student Advisory Committee. She has served as treasurer of the Pre Pre-Professional Society, and secretary of both the UL Lafayette Honors Board and the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. She has received the UL Lafayette Foundation Scholarship, Jefferson Caffery Scholarship, Centennial Valedictorian Scholarship, Distinguished Freshman Scholarship and the TOPS Honors Scholarship. Her community service includes working with Miles Perret Cancer Services and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Acadiana. She has also tutored an area elementary student. Etheredge plans to enroll in the Houston College of Optometry. She is the daughter of Jim Etheredge of Lafayette, La. and Nona Istre of Lafayette, La.

Fall 2012 College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate

Fall 2013 Colege of Sciences Outstanding Graduate Megan Waterman

Megan Waterman is the Fall 2012 Outstanding Graduate in the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is biology major who completed her degree in three and a half years. She has a 3.93 GPA and has been on the President's List. Waterman is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Beta Delta, UL Lafayette's Honors Program and the Student Advisory Committee. She received the Teagle Scholarship, was named an All-American scholar/athlete for three years as a member of the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns softball team and to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List. Her community service has been with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Miles Perret Cancer Services, Women's and Children's Hospital, and Food Net, as well as the Reading in Red and Buddy Ball programs. She was a volunteer biology tutor at the Student-Athlete Academic Center. Waterman's goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. She plans to enroll in the master's program in biology at UL Lafayette while continuing her softball career and before enrolling in medical school. She is the daughter of Douglas and Theresa Waterman of Ashburn, Va.