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Fairport's Saroli receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence


OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego zoology major Lauren Saroli of Fairport has received the 2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest student recognition through the State University system.

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher invited Saroli to an April 5 ceremony in Albany to recognize recipients. The award honors students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.

Saroli is the founder and president of the Oswego Zoological Student Association, Saroli's key research involves assessing impacts of Lake Ontario's contaminants on lake trout physiology. The Fairport resident is recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including those supporting research on dolphin behavior and fish abundance in Honduras and bird populations in Melbourne, Australia.

She helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy, worked for the Carolina Tiger Rescue and repaired flooded homes in Oneida. Saroli is secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, as well as a member of Vega junior and senior women's honor society and former member of the Honors Student Advisory Board.

"I plan to take a gap semester or gap year in Australia to gain experiences working with animals, and then plan to continue on academically to gain a master's degree in zoological research or to study veterinary medicine, also in Australia," Saroli said.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2017, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2017 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges" and in its national list of "Green Colleges."

A 156-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.