Anderson University senior Alexis Kaiser was awarded the 2014 Stevenson Outstanding Student Award on April 25 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.
"The Stevenson Scholarship is a well-deserved accolade for Alexis' accomplishments," said assistant professor of biology, Michael Bailey. "She is the first Anderson University student to participate in Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Summer Institute, be awarded an Orr Fellowship for Entrepreneurship, and be an intern at the Hastings Center research institute for bioethics. She also did laboratory research at IU School of Medicine as a summer research intern and presented at the national Sigma Chi conference."
[Photo, from left: Dr. Daniel Ippolito, Alexis Kaiser, Dr. Michael Bailey, and Dr. Blake Janutolo.]
Kaiser, a biology and psychology major from Butler, Ind., is particularly grateful for Professor Bailey who encouraged her to pursue bioethics. After graduation, Kaiser plans to take a position at Orbis Education for the next two years through the Governor Bob Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Following that experience, she plans to pursue a PhD and eventually teach and conduct research at a university.
"This award is such a blessing,” said Kaiser. “I cannot thank the Stevensons or the biology professors enough for their support. It is encouraging to know that the people you respect believe in your talents and abilities. I am truly honored and hope that I will make them proud."
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. [Photo: Alexis Kaiser with her parents.]
"Alexis is the type of student that challenges her professors and mentors. She is willing to work hard and wants to be pushed in her academic endeavors. As one of her professors, it was easy to oblige and help in any way for her to achieve her goals," added Bailey. To learn how you can support student achievement through endowed scholarships at Anderson University, contact the Office of Development.
Anderson University is a private Christian university 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, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.