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Two NOVA-Manassas biotechnology students receive National Science Foundation Award for Excellence

October 31, 2012

April Brisky, Ia Gomez and Michael Sibilo attended the National Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C., where Brisky and Sibilo were recognized by the National Science Foundation with the Award for Excellence.  Brisky is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s Biotechnology Program and Sibilo is currently enrolled in the program. Gomez heads up the program.
April Brisky, Ia Gomez and Michael Sibilo attended the National Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C., where Brisky and Sibilo were recognized by the National Science Foundation with the Award for Excellence. Brisky is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s Biotechnology Program and Sibilo is currently enrolled in the program. Gomez heads up the program.

April Brisky of Gainesville and Michael Sibilo of Manassas were recognized by the National Science Foundation with the Award for Excellence during the recent National Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C.

Brisky recently graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate degree in biotechnology. She is also a military veteran and mother of twins. After graduation, Brisky transferred seamlessly to George Washington University through an articulation agreement with NOVA’s biotechnology program. At George Washington, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in integrated information, science, and technology in biotechnology. 

Sibilo is currently enrolled in the biotechnology program at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. He dreams of becoming a scientist to practice stem cell research. His instructors say he is extremely motivated and involved with the program. He also actively participates in the Biotechnology Club.

NOVA Biotechnology Program Head Ia Gomez and Assistant Professor Alias Smith accompanied Brisky and Sibilo to the conference where the students received their awards.

To learn more about the Biotechnology Program, contact Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu or go to www.nvcc.edu/manassas/biotech.

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