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May 09, 2013

Senior Corey Ciullo was one of 29 students from the state’s public colleges and universities honored for outstanding academic achievement during the annual 29 Who Shine ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on May 2.

“Each one of these students has a remarkable story to tell,” said Governor Deval Patrick, who was on hand for the ceremony. “Collectively, they remind us that investing in them is investing in our future.”

Ciullo is a Biochemistry major in the American Chemical Society (ACS) certified concentration. He minors in Biology and Physics and will finish his four years at Framingham State with a near-perfect GPA. He has already been accepted into Clark University’s PhD program in Biochemistry.

“Corey‘s story embodies the importance of having access to high-quality, affordable public higher education,” said Governor Patrick. “I am pleased to honor him and his efforts with the 29 Who Shine award.”

Ciullo has financially supported himself during his four years at Framingham State by working long hours as a pharmacy technician and as a chemistry and physics tutor in the Center for Academic Support and Advising. During the summer of 2011, he earned a paid internship at the Abbott Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA, where he worked in the Immunology Department performing research on projects related to Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

“Corey is hardworking, intelligent and passionate about science,” said Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan, who attended the ceremony. “He has taken full advantage of every opportunity to further his education and explore his research interests.”

Ciullo’s faculty mentor Dr. Steve Cok, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Food Science, was also honored at the ceremony. The 29 Who Shine celebration was created to shine the spotlight on the quality of students earning degrees at the state’s public colleges and universities.

“Our data tell us that one year after graduation, nine out of every ten public college and university students remain here in Massachusetts, living and working or furthering their studies,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education. “These students truly represent the future citizenry and workforce of the state. They are very high caliber, a sign that our future appears to be in good hands.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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