– The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Melbourne Branch, presented the organization’s Academic Award for Excellence for Women to Florida
Tech graduating senior Tarran Pierfelice. A molecular biology major from Sterling Heights, Mich., Pierfelice was honored as the woman in her graduating
class who has maintained the highest grade point average (GPA).
A Distinguished Student Scholar, Pierfelice was also named Outstanding Junior in molecular biology in 2003. Among the several scholarships she has earned
is the Florida Tech Presidential Scholarship, which she received each of her four years at the university. Pierfelice is also a member of the Tri-Beta
biological sciences honor society.
Janice Teegen, Florida Tech instructor of humanities and communication, and the Florida Tech AAUW
representative, presented the award.
Founded in 1881, AAUW is committed to education and equity for all women and girls. The organization, including the Melbourne branch, is open to all
graduates who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university. The AAUW, through its Educational Foundation, provides over $4
million annually in scholarships and fellowships to support women in graduate school and in research.