Aiste Balciunaite, a CHC student with double major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemical Engineering, will be recognized at this year's Undergraduate Commencement as one of ten 21st Century Leaders. This honor is given to seniors who exhibit exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership. Aiste is the co-author of two papers based on her work with Professor Maria Santore in her polymer science and engineering lab. In 2018, the athletic department honored her with the Spring Scholar Athlete Award, and she led the rowing team as co-captain. After graduation, she plans to return to her native Lithuania to work at a biotech firm, and later pursue her doctorate in chemical engineering.