Bellot and Geiss named marshals of the 2023 senior class

Simone Bellot and Michael “MP” Geiss have been named marshals of the University’s 2023 senior class. Bellot and Geiss will represent their class and lead the student motorcade at the 2023 graduation ceremony. Throughout their senior year, Bellot and Geiss will be the representatives of all universities for the class of 2023.

“Simone and MP have had an incredible impact on campus through their academic pursuits, research opportunities, campus involvement, and community service. They are passionate and driven by their goals and have fully embraced the opportunities around them to shape a meaningful student experience. They will be excellent representatives for their promotion,” says Rob Hradsky, vice president for student experience and dean of students.

Marshals for Syracuse University’s senior class of 2023 are Simone Bellot (left) and Michael “MP” Geiss (right).

Simone Bellot

Bellot, a rising senior majoring in communication science and disorders and neuroscience at the College of Arts and Sciences, is from Nassau, Bahamas. Early in his college career, Bellot earned the Invest in Success Scholarship for academic achievement during his first semester at Syracuse University, which continued throughout his time here earning honors from the Dean’s List each semester. Bellot is also part of the honors program at Renée Crown University.

As an aspiring speech-language pathology teacher, Bellot immersed herself in research and academic opportunities. Working in the Voice and Swallowing Lab, Bellot is an undergraduate researcher studying treatment techniques for muscle tension dysphonia, as well as a research lab assistant supporting a Ph.D. candidate carrying out a comparative study on the swallowing habits of dysphagic adults. Additionally, Bellot is currently conducting independent research through the Diversity in Language and Literacy (DILL) lab assessing morphosyntax and vocabulary production in Bahamian Creole English-speaking preschool children, a research opportunity funded by the Bureau. of Syracuse for undergraduate research and creation. Commitment (SOURCE).

Bellot also took the experiential opportunities to gain hands-on experience in his field. She has been an intern at the Doctor’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center, attending post-traumatic speech therapy sessions, as well as a plastic surgery intern from the Bahamas, dealing with cleft lip and palate repair surgeries. and supporting patient rehabilitation. She also interned at the Renee O’Neil Center for Child Development, participating in therapy sessions with speech language pathologists and applied behavior analysis therapists.

In addition to her classroom, laboratory, and field experience, Bellot was fully committed to academic and community service. She is Vice President of External Affairs for the Caribbean Student Association, Executive Council Member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Team, International Student Leader for the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a first-year Seminar 101 peer facilitator.

Bellot’s leadership and willingness to support fellow students extends to his role as a student research mentor and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) peer leader with SOURCE. In this role, Bellot is among the first class of DEI peer leaders who will help educate students about the intersection and importance of DEI in research.

Bellot is also a member of Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Women of Color in STEM Career Preparation Program, Black Honors Society, Iota Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. . She was also a member of the WellsLink Leadership Program as a freshman.

Off campus, Bellot volunteers with the Refugee and Immigrant Empowerment Program, helping with tutoring, fundraising activities, and promotional materials.

“Serving as a senior class marshal has been a dream of mine since freshman year. The fact that this came to fruition given the unconventional journey I had at Syracuse is proof that when I navigate the University with intention and passion, my goals can be achieved,” says Bellot.

“I focused on using the tools at my disposal to become a holistic learner. My commitment, coupled with my perspective as a black international student, has given me a diverse perspective on the student experience. Putting this perspective into practice and having the opportunity to enhance the student experience as a senior class marshal is a service I am honored to render to the student body that has shaped my unparalleled undergraduate experience,” adds Bellot.

Michel “MP” Geiss

Geiss, a native of Syracuse, New York, is a rising senior at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in political studies and physics and a minor in biology and economics. He is also a member of the Honors Program at Renée Crown University and a recipient of the Maxwell Leadership Scholar.

Academically, Geiss excelled with the ability to combine his interests in the natural sciences and politics. He is part of the Maxwell School’s Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program and conditionally accepted into SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Early Assurance Program to pursue a master’s degree.

Geiss has been dedicated to pursuing his intellectual interests outside of the classroom through long-term research projects. He joined Dr. Teng Zeng’s Water Chemistry Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018 to characterize organic micropollutants (OMPs) in central New York State lakes as part of the summer high school research internships at Syracuse University and pursued related work as an undergraduate.

Geiss was awarded a SOURCE research grant to study the impact of different land use practices and on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) on the concentrations and frequencies of OMPs and their transformation products (TPs). ) in groundwater in Suffolk County. Earlier this month, he presented the project’s progress as a Syracuse University representative at the 2022 ACC Meeting of the Minds conference at the University of Virginia.

Geiss also secured SOURCE funding to serve as a research assistant for Dr. Robert Bifulco for the Municipal Finance Journal article, “Assessing How COVID-19 Impacts NYS Fiscal Practices and Pending State Economic Struggles,” to test the vehicles of synthetic hydrogel drug delivery to encapsulate small molecule inflammatory inhibitors with the Jain group of the Syracuse BioInspired Institute. Geiss is also doing an internship this summer at the SUNY Upstate Center for Vision Research with Dr. Samuel Herberg’s group to investigate how YAP (Yes Associated Protein) mechanotransduction and epigenetic remodeling modulate glaucomatous trabecular cell dysfunction.

As a SOURCE Student Research Mentor, Geiss has worked to grow the campus undergraduate research community by serving as a peer mentor and is Outreach Coordinator for the first edition of the Syracuse Undergraduate Research Yearbook.

After a four-year varsity high school career at Christian Brothers Academy in the Syracuse area, Geiss went on to play on the university’s club baseball team and will represent the university at the Baseball Hall of Fame Symposium on baseball and American culture in June. There, he will showcase the rich history of baseball at Syracuse University and honor its legacy 50 years after the varsity program ended.

Additionally, Geiss has served as summer camp unit leader and treasurer for Syracuse University’s Camp Kesem Chapter, teaching assistant for the Urban and AI Policy Smart Cities course sequence, and ophthalmology technician at Eye. Associates of Central New York (CNY).

Geiss looks forward to representing his class as a student liaison to the administration and to the greater Orange community as a senior class marshal.

“As a Syracuse native and lifelong Orange fan, I am deeply honored to receive this honor to serve my class over the next year,” Geiss said. “Syracuse University is a world leader in education, research, and athletics, and as Senior Class Marshal, I look forward to working with my peers and administrators to tangibly improve the Orange experience of every student. I can’t wait to get started!”

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