May 10, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University senior Meg Cusimano has been honored with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Award by the Susquehanna Valley branch of the association.

The AAUW Senior Woman Award is given to the woman who exhibits leadership skills, educational excellence and community participation. As the recipient, Cusimano was granted a one-year-at-large membership in AAUW, the largest and oldest national organization working for the advancement of women.

Cusimano will graduate from Bucknell May 21 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. The daughter of Heidi and Joseph Cusimano, Bethlehem, PA 18017, she is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School.

A dean's list student and member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society and Sigma Xi scientific research honor society, she also has received the President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

Cusimano was a Presidential Fellow at Bucknell for four years, participating in the research group of biology professor Warren Abrahamson. A member of the Society and Technology Residential College for four years and a Residential Fellow for one, she also served as a residential assistant for two years, working as a mentor .

She was a volunteer in Puerto Rico and Kentucky, where she did general construction work and tutoring in impoverished areas. Recently she organized Bucknell students in Operation Freefall, raising $22,000 for charity by skydiving.

Cusimano also was a member of "1 in 4", a student-run sexual assault awareness education group, and a participant in V-Day Bucknell, a charity and educational organization directed at ending violence against women.

Following graduation, Cusimano will work for Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, a U.S. Army RDECOM Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

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Story posted May 10, 2006

Amy Badal, assistant dean of students at Bucknell; Meg Cusimano '06; Jane Williams, co-president of Susquehanna Valley AAUW.

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