William Alexander, a senior chemistry major at Maryville College, was presented the distinguished LeQuire Award during the College’s Academic Awards Ceremony held April 17 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Established in 1987 by descendants and friends of Maryville physician Granville Dexter LeQuire and his wife Ellen Brickey LeQuire, the LeQuire Award includes a cash gift to help defray the expenses of applying to medical school and an engraved pewter julep cup.
Winners of the award are nominated by faculty members in the College’s humanities and natural sciences divisions.
According to Maryville College Vice President and Dean Dr. Jeff Fager (who presented the award), Alexander is an exemplar of scholarship, leadership and service - characteristics that made him an excellent choice for the 2010 LeQuire Award.
The vice president president quoted several of Alexander’s professors during the award presentation.
“One professor said, ‘The initiative and drive in this young man in conjuncture with a gifted intellect make him one of the most promising students I have seen grace our campus over my 16-year tenure at the College.’ Another added, ‘He embodies the best of Maryville College: intellectual ability, personal integrity and social awareness and commitment.’”
While at the College, Alexander has served as a tutor, Peer Mentor and MC Ambassador. In the summer of 2008, he completed an internship at the Rice University Quantum Institute in Houston, studying cell-penetrating peptides, where he won the Schlumberger Award for his work on a challenging biophysical chemistry project.
After graduation, Alexander plans to participate in a post-baccalaureate research program and enter an M.D./Ph.D. program in the fall of 2011 in pursuit of becoming a physician scientist.
The son of W. Brent and Nancy Alexander of Knoxville and a 2006 graduate of Bearden High School, Alexander was also presented the George A. Knapp Physics Award, which is awarded to the junior or senior judged as the most promising student in physics.