Salesian Center Names Honors Thesis Award Winner

by User Not Found | Apr 17, 2011

Benjamin Foster, of Schuylkill Haven PA, a senior majoring in Biology at DeSales University, received the 2011 award for Best Honors Thesis for his paper titled “An Examination of the Intrinsic Ethical Concerns Associated with Synthetic Biology” during the annual colloquium for the Faith and Reason Honors Program sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University held Sunday, April 17 at the University. 

The event celebrates the four years of study and hard work by students in the Faith and Reason Honors Program. The other seniors who participated in the program at DeSales and who will also graduate in May include:

  • Steve Cougan of Hamilton, NJ, majoring in Biochemistry: "A Critical Evaluation of Police Regarding Values"
  • Caitlin Dougherty of Bloomsburg, PA, majoring in Chemistry: “Crimes Against Children”
  • Corey Foster of Schuylkill Haven, PA, majoring in Biology: "The Human Mind: A Phenomenological Enigma?”
  • Caitlin Lenker of Millersburg, PA, a Theatre major: "How Fictional Television Moms Have Promoted & Challenged Ideas about Motherhood"
  • Stephanie O'Grady of Upland, PA, majoring in Theology: "Thirst for Fullness: An Application of John Paul II's Theology of the Body to the Twilight Saga"
  • Emily Rau of Westmont, NJ, an English major: "Ralph Waldo Emerson as the Father of Transcendentalism"
  • Alison Steibe of Abington, MD, a Biology major: "To Give or Not to Give: The Morality of Organ Transplantation in the Modern World"
  • Shannon Sulick of Elmwood Park, NJ, majoring in Theology: "The Little Doctor: The Controversy Surrounding St. Thérèse of Lisieux"
  • Jessica Weaver of Hanover, PA, a Biology major: "A Study of Social Norms."

View the entire collection of senior theses: "On the Wings of Truth.”

The Faith and Reason Honors Program began in 2002 with a grant from Dr. Donald D'Amour, chief executive officer of Big Y Foods, Inc. The program is limited to 15 scholarship students and requires the completion of six seminars that integrate faith and reason in an on-going conversation about the big questions of life, along with participation in six cultural events. Students in the program are also required to write, present, and publish an honors thesis during the spring semester of their senior year. 

About the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit our website at

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