Student Meghan Price to Speak at Science Hall Dedication

February 2, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Many students will have the opportunity to visit and study in the new LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall, which celebrates its dedication ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. But only one was chosen unanimously by the University of St. Francis (USF) faculty to welcome the crowd expected that afternoon. Meghan Price is that one star student, chosen for her extensive research and scholarship experiences.

Price is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and her love for all things science started in her very own backyard.

“Ever since I was a little kid I was outside digging the dirt and finding insects to collect,” recalls Price. “Now I am going to turn that passion into a career with the education I received at the University of St. Francis.”

Price is an outstanding student, having earned the Presidential Scholarship as a freshman. She is also a member of the Duns Scotus honors program, a Biology Fellow and a three-time participant of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program. Price has taken all of the opportunities she receives at USF very seriously because of their endless benefits; but field research opportunities that took her outside of the classroom have been particularly influential.

“Field research has been one of the most educational experiences I have had as an undergraduate,” said Price. “Being in the field has given me a whole new appreciation for how challenging collecting research can be. There are so many outside factors you don’t think about when you are in a controlled environment like a classroom that can impact your research. Those summers spent in the field really challenged me to think on a larger basis and have prepared me for challenges I could face in my future career.”

Like most of the students majoring in natural sciences, Price is ecstatic to see the Brown Science Hall completed, despite the limited amount of time she has left on campus.

“I am a little sad I won’t get to have more time to learn in Brown Hall,” she lamented. “But I am even more excited for the students in the classes behind mine who will get to spend most or all of their undergraduate years in the new space. I have had such an awesome learning experience here and I know that this space is going to take those classes to the next level,” says Price.

As for her speech, Price is excited to thank everyone who made this building a possibility.

“It’s a dream come true for anyone who loves science like I do,” she said. “And that’s a lot of people here at USF!”

Especially Dorothy “Dottie” Brown, namesake for the three story, 32,000 square foot building.

“Her generosity to the university has been motivating for all of the science majors. Dorothy’s dedication to our success is always in the back of mind as I work toward completing my degree,” remarked Price.

The public will have the opportunity to hear Price’s full thoughts at the dedication of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Public tours are available starting at 3 p.m. and the dedication ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. Additional tours will be available after the ceremony ends until 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. For questions or to RSVP for the event, please contact Regina Block at 815-740-5065 or

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.