By the time she entered high school, Utah State University student Melody Rose Anderson knew she wanted to become a high school teacher or a physician. Either profession, she thought, would allow her to “benefit people in a major way.”
With five medical school acceptances in hand, Anderson, who graduates this May as the College of Science valedictorian, appears to be well on her way to a career in medicine. And, this past week, she learned that she’s the recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship for 2006-07, which includes a $5,000 award toward graduate study.
Anderson was among 57 recipients selected nationwide.
“I am extremely grateful,” said Anderson. “This fellowship means a little bit less worry as I enter medical school. As I work toward my goals I won’t forget the generosity of others.”
Phi Kappa Phi, the United States’ oldest and most distinguished national honor society, is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. The society’s graduate fellowship competition is among the largest and most respected scholarship programs in the country, allocating more than $380,000 annually to outstanding students for first-year graduate study.
Anderson joins 12 Aggies who have won the prestigious fellowship since 1995.
“Congratulations to Melody on this impressive accomplishment,” said Raymond T. Coward, USU executive vice president and provost. “Utah State can be justifiably proud our students’ extraordinary record in this academic competition.”
An Honors student, Anderson graduates with a 4.0 GPA in her biology major and chemistry minor, along with an impressive resume of research and service projects accomplished during her undergraduate career.
A recipient of the Willard L. Eccles Undergraduate Research Fellowship, one of Anderson’s research ventures was investigating enhanced biological control of the Cereal Leaf beetle with faculty mentor Ted Evans. She also served as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for human anatomy, which allowed her, she said, “to share my enjoyment of the subject with others.”
Beyond campus, Anderson has maintained a busy volunteer schedule, serving as a hospital operating room volunteer, a tutor to elementary school students, a hospice volunteer and a volunteer intern in a local pediatrics practice.
Anderson said she graduates from USU with fond memories of “terrific academic opportunities on a research-oriented campus with great friends, fun times and beautiful mountains at our doorstep.”
Previous USU recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship are Jason Larkin, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 2006; Rex Watkins, Science, 2005; Kurtis Reed, Science, 2004; Marriner Merrill, Engineering, 2003; Stuart Gibby, HASS, 2002; Michael Wilkinson, Science, 2001; Jeff Jacobs, Engineering, 2000; Peter Hale, Engineering, 1999; Blake Ashby, Engineering, 1998; Cambria Carlson, Education and Human Services, 1997; Gregory Bair, HASS, 1996 and Gregory Watts, HASS, 1995.
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