May 18, 2005
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
Graduates in MUW Division of Science and Mathematics
excel in national exam
COLUMBUS, Ms. – The Division of Science and Mathematics
at Mississippi University for Women recently received
added reason to be proud of its 2005 graduates.
“…one requirement of graduation [in their division] is
to meet a pre-set performance level on a standardized
national exam in the student’s discipline,” said Dorothy
Kerzel, head of the Division of Science and Mathematics.
“Each exam covers the wide range of content found in an
undergraduate major and is used as a capstone experience
for seniors at many universities and colleges across the
“Results from the spring administration of the exams are
back and MUW had several outstanding performances.”
Amrita Balachandran, Sidney Taylor and Marat Yanavitski
each scored in the top 5 percent nationally in biology.
Pirro Cipi scored in the top 10 percent.
Stefanie Garner scored in the top 20 percent nationally
In mathematics, Josh Huwe scored in the top 5 percent
nationally and Robert Banik scored in the top 15 percent
“Faculty in the division of science and mathematics are
very proud of these students and their outstanding
performances on very challenging national exams in each
of their disciplines,” Kerzel said.