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Congratulations to biology major Victoria Furka who has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate of the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences and as the overall honoree of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Furka is among eight award finalists who will be recognized during the Fall 2019 Commencement General Assembly. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Friday 12/20/2019 at the Cajundome.

Furka is a biology major minoring in chemistry. She has a 4.0 GPA.

She participated in the STEM2 project, which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between STEM students and students from the College of Education who create lesson plans for elementary and middle school students.

Furka has logged over 1,120 hours of research, focusing on energy flow, biogeochemical cycles and trophic interactions in coastal ecosystems. She has presented research at the University’s Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium. She recently coauthored a manuscript titled “Food Web Response to Foundation Species Change in a Coastal Ecosystem” that will be published in the scientific journal “Food Webs.”

She has taken mission trips to India, Cambodia and Tanzania. Furka plans to attend medical school and become a medical missionary.

Her parents are Marie and Joseph Furka of High Bridge, N.J.

Photo: Dean Ackleh with Victoria Furka (Rachel Rafati photo).

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