Watson Receives High Honors at WWU

Lucas Watson of Louisiana, Mo., received the President’s
Award from Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, during
commencement ceremonies May 11. The award is presented to a graduate who has made unusual and outstanding
contributions to the university. It is not necessarily presented
annually, and has, in fact, not been presented for two years.
He also was recognized for his academic dedication and campus
involvement during the Academic Convocation and Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at
William Woods University April 24.
Watson, who graduated with majors in biology, chemistry and
physical science and minor in chemistry, received the prestigious honor of the Faculty Award. This award is given to the graduate magna
cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William
Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”
Watson was also named Distinguished Scholar in Biology. The
faculty of various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each
spring to designate graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. A minimum
grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other
relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
In addition, Watson was one of 14 William Woods University
students named to the 2013 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities
and Colleges” based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating
committee and editors of the annual directory choose the students based on
academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular
activities and potential for continued success.
By being listed in “Who’s Who,” he joins an elite group of
students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50
states.  Outstanding students have been
honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
Watson completed a medical internship with UEES Guayaquil,
Ecuador at Hospital Luis Vernaza and participated in a Hogar de Cristo house
building project while in Ecuador. He also took part in a Genomics project with
Washington University at St. Louis
His on-campus roles have included Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Student
Financial Committee, Freshman Advantage peer mentor, Cox Research Scholar and
Novus International Scholar. Watson was also a member of Alpha Chi honorary
society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, president of Beta Beta Beta
biological honor society, President’s Twenty and Order of Omega Greek honor
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University,
presents the President’s Award to Lucas Watson of Louisiana, Mo., during
commencement ceremonies May 11.