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Allissa Dillman

In recognition of her leadership abilities, the University gave Allissa Dillman the Dennis M. Thayer Leadership Award for 2007.

Since her middle school years, Allissa Dillman ’08 has focused her considerable intellectual powers on the study of biology.

The Baudette, Minnesota native is finishing a double major in biochemistry and biomedical science with help from a trio of St. Cloud State faculty and the world’s largest biomedical research institution.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded her $20,000 for the 2006-07 school year. The scholarship carries with it a paid research training position at the NIH and the promise of a minimum year of employment at NIH facilities in Bethesda, Md.

She cites three professors who’ve helped advance her academic career. John Cronn helped her with class work and work study issues. Lakshmaiah Sreerama started her researching gene forms that protect skin. Mark Mechelke co-wrote a journal article with her.

Dillman was treasurer and activities coordinator for the Chemistry Club. She was on the club’s Relay for Life team for two years, serving as team captain in 2006-07. She led hands-on experiments with students at the Earth Day Expo, the Society of Women Engineers Horizons Workshop and at the public library. She also judged science fair projects.