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Fisher Chosen as Science Student Marshal

1 May 1997

Robert Justin Fisher of Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the Eberly College of Science student marshal for the Penn State spring commencement ceremonies at University Park on May 17, 1997.

A premedicine major, Fisher was chosen to represent his class because of his outstanding academic record. During his undergraduate years at Penn State, he earned a 3.99 grade-point average.

Fisher received the President's Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholars Award twice, and the John W. White Fellowship. Every semester he received the Academic Excellence Award and was on the Dean's List.

A University Scholar since 1993, Fisher has chosen Carol Gay, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, to be his faculty escort for the commencement ceremony. Fisher has performed research with Gay, studying chicken bone osteoblasts and the movement of calcium between blood and bone. The title of his Honors Thesis is "A Study of Calcium Translocation in Chick Osteoblasts."

Some of his special extracurricular activities involved Premedicine Peer Mentoring and working in the Food Bank with the group Collegians Helping With Aid Rescue Mission (CHILD).

Fisher was accepted into the graduate program of the Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey in his sophomore year, but chose to postpone medical school until after completing his junior and senior undergraduate years at University Park.

A graduate of Southern Lehigh High School, Fisher will be accompanied by his parents Linda and Robert Fisher, and his sister, Gretchen Fisher, who is currently a graduate student at Penn State.