Adonis Rivie Named 2015 Outstanding Senior at William Paterson by the University's Alumni Association

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association

Adonis Rivie with Douglas Hamilton '75, president of the Alumni Association

Adonis Rivie, who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, magna cum laude, was named the 2015 “Outstanding Senior” by the William Paterson University Alumni Association.

The award, which has been presented annually since 1962, is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association.  The recipient is selected by the Association's Executive Council based on strong involvement in extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership ability, service to the University, and high academic standing.

During his four years on campus, Rivie has combined academic excellence and service.  He has conducted interdisciplinary research as an undergraduate research assistant with William Paterson University faculty members Jaishri Menon, professor of biology, and Kevin Martus, professor of physics that has led to numerous awards, including first place at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM and the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. A Dean’s List student, Rivie has served as president of the Biology and Biotechnology Club and as a member of the Chemistry Club.  He is also a member of the Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a National Science Foundation-funded program designed increase the number of professionals in STEM fields from minority groups who are traditionally underrepresented.  Following graduation, Rivie plans to pursue a doctoral degree. He is a resident of Newark.