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Faulkner honored at University of the Cumberlands


President of the University, Dr. James Taylor, recognizes Amanda Faulkner for her work as a Presidential Scholar.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Graduating senior Amanda Faulkner received several awards at University of the Cumberlands during the 51st annual Honors Day Convocation and Commencement exercises for the Class of 2010.

Faulkner was one of two recipients of the Chemistry Department’s 2010 P.R. Jones Award, based on academic achievement, service to the department and service to the University. She was also recognized for her induction into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society, the highest academic honor given at Cumberlands. She also was named a student of High Honor.

A member of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Gamma Sigma Epsilon honor societies, Faulkner graduated summa cum laude, with a perfect 4.0 GPA, on May 8, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

During Commencement, Faulkner was recognized as a Presidential Scholar for her honors research work, a project entitled “Microwave Assisted Synthesis of 7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin as a Greener Pechmann Reaction,” and she received the George S. Munro Memorial Prize in Pre-Medical Studies.

Each year, the Munro Award is presented in recognition of academic excellence and effort to the graduating, senior, pre-medical student who has achieved the highest grade point average through his or her college career. The award is given in honor of George S. Munro, a pastor and long-time board member at University of the Cumberlands by his son, Dr. Roger Munro, and his daughter-in-law, Nancy K. Munro.

In the fall, Faulkner, the daughter of David and Deloria Faulkner of Barbourville, will enter the University of Kentucky School of Medicine to continue her studies in pursuit of a career in either general surgery or endocrinology.

The Honors Research Program, established in the early 1980’s, offers academically exceptional students the opportunity to advance their study in their major field through intensive, independent research or creative activity. To qualify, students must hold a 3.50 grade point average in their major area, and a 3.30 grade point average overall. Work is carried out under the guidance of a faculty advisor over a two-semester period within the last two years of college. Upon successful completion of the project and approval by the Presidential Scholars Research Committee, the student will be named a Presidential Scholar at commencement ceremonies and awarded a specially designed medallion by President Taylor. Professionally bound copies of the written project will be presented to the student, the faculty advisor, the chairperson of the major department, and the Office of the President, where the volume will be prominently displayed.