Anderson University senior Lauren Elizabeth Becker, from Englewood, Ohio, was awarded the 2010 Stevenson Outstanding Student Award during a luncheon on campus Tuesday, April 13. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the Biology Department and made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
Becker was selected by the biology faculty as the senior who best represented the department academically and working with others in the department, said Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities and chair of the Biology Department.
[PHOTO: Lauren Becker (center) is pictured with Department of Biology faculty.] A biology major with a TeachScience complementary major, Becker plans to teach high school biology and pursue a master's in biology or science education. She will graduate cum laude this spring with honors in biology.
During her time at Anderson University, Becker participated in research with Dr. Scott Kennedy, investigating the cell cycle of yeast cells and using the department's new flow cytometer. She gave a poster presentation at the American Chemical Society and holds memberships in the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers. Becker was also a Center for Public Service Fellow at Anderson University and was a member of Sigma Zeta Upsilon, serving as the honor society's coordinator of science enrichment for homeschooled children.
Dr. Jerry Stevenson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Findlay in 1953, a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University in 1956, and an M.D. from The Ohio State University in 1960. In addition, Stevenson served as a corporal in the Army and a lieutenant commander for the United States Public Health Service.
Patricia Stevenson attended both Anderson University and The Ohio State University, where she pursued an interest in occupational therapy and worked as a technician in the university’s Pathology Department.
[PHOTO: Lauren Becker is pictured with her mom, Beth Becker, and grandparents Bob and Doris Brown.]
From 1965-1970, Dr. Stevenson served as chair of the Biology Department at Anderson University. He was instrumental in building the current curriculum for the department and bringing distinction to the university’s pre-medical program. He worked full-time in the Pathology Department at St. John’s Hospital in Anderson from about 1970 to 1997.
The Stevensons currently reside in Estes Park, Colo. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.
The Stevenson Outstanding Student Award is a part of the $110 million Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University. The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history. To date the campaign has raised $95 million. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment, and $25 million for operational support.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.