Anderson University senior Brandy Smith was awarded the 2013 Stevenson Outstanding Student Award on April 12 during a luncheon on campus. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the Department of Biology and made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
“Each year we have the privilege to honor an outstanding senior in biology with the Stevenson Outstanding Student Award,” said Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities and chair of the Department of Biology. “This award makes it easier for our best students to pursue further experiences in biology or help meet the expenses of that first year in graduate school.”
[Photo, from left: Dr. Daniel Ippolito, Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, Brandy Smith, Dr. Michael Bailey, and Dr. Blake Janutolo.]
Smith, a biology major and psychology minor from Ligonier, Ind., will graduate with honors in May. She will immediately begin pursuing a master's degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. She plans to work in Indiana at the completion of her master's degree and is most interested in primary care in family practice or obstetrics.
Smith is an AU Honors scholar and a member of the Center for Public Service. She is also a member the Sigma Zeta and Alpha Chi honor societies, and last week presented a research paper on "Golden Rice," a genetically modified food, at the Alpha Chi national convention. Smith was involved in the AU Pre-Professional Health Society and worked as a teacher's assistant in botany and genetics classes. She served as a resident assistant for a year and participated in a campus ministry to youth in the Pendleton prison.
"I feel incredibly honored to have been selected by the biology faculty to receive the Stevenson Award," said Smith. "I hold their opinions in high regard and it is extremely meaningful to have their support. I am so grateful for these amazing professors who have poured into my education and personal development over the last few years and for the Stevensons who have so graciously blessed me with this award. It will be of substantial assistance for my first semester of graduate school this May! I could not be more appreciative."
[Photo: Brandy Smith is pictured with her parents, Robert and Jeanette Buchanan, and her husband Joshua.]
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.
From 1965-1970, Dr. Stevenson served as chair of the Department of Biology 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. They have two children and four grandchildren.
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Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.