St. Francis Biology Student Receives 2016 Student Laureate Award

Jan. 20, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

USF student, Jeremy Grachan is pictured with USF Provost Frank Pascoe, First Lady Diana Rauner, Governor Bruce Rauner and The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Chancellor Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall at the 42nd Annual Student Laureate Award Ceremony in Springfield, Ill.

The University of St. Francis is pleased to announce that Jeremy Grachan has been selected as a 2016 Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Grachan is an involved and dedicated senior who plans to graduate this May with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.

Student Laureates are seniors honored for their excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Grachan has been very involved at the University of St. Francis since his freshman year. His experiences include serving as president of the Student Government Association; a resident assistant; president of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society; a Duns Scotus Honors Program student and a biology fellow, among many other achievements and accolades.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Grachan and his parents, Robert and Mary, attended the 42nd Annual Student Laureate Award Ceremony held in the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol in Springfield. USF Provost Frank Pascoe and science professor Patti Pascoe also attended to show their support.

“I was very honored that Frank and Patti would be joining me in Springfield. I have worked with Patti a lot from being a science major and Frank has given me the opportunity to conduct summer research in exercise physiology for the past three summers,” said Grachan.

When he began college, Grachan had planned to go on to medical school after receiving his bachelor’s degree. Now that graduation is only a semester away, his plans have changed. “After some of my experiences at USF, I really like the idea of going on to get a Ph.D. and teach anatomy or physiology. I’d love to be able to lead my own human dissection course one day,” says Grachan.

He continued, “I am honored to have been given this award. This year there were some amazing students nominated, some who are even close friends and are just as worthy. Working alongside them, in the classroom, through on-campus clubs, or through service is an even greater honor because they have helped me grow as a leader and as a person.”

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,850 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.