Virginia Tech has named Shelby E. McDonald, a resident of Satellite Beach, Fl., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Science.

“Miss. McDonald received this award because of her services to the university, as well as her many accomplishments throughout her academic career,” said Dr. Lay Nam Change, dean of the College of Science.

McDonald is expected to receive her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Science in May of this year. During her time at Virginia Tech, McDonald has participated in multiple activities on campus as well as assisted in many research projects throughout time at Virginia Tech.

From 2005-2006 McDonald served as an Undergraduate Research Intern for the University of Wisconsin at the Waisman Laboratory for brain imaging and behavior. Additionally in 2005, McDonald also received 1st place in undergraduate research at the 21st Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is recognition of outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their quality credit average (3.4 or higher) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers—in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science—that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.