Lincoln Laureate 2017 Brian Rauner
This award serves as motivation for me to keep striving to do my best and to remain focused on community service as a way to honor President Lincoln. Christian J. Brian BS Biology, '18

Christian J. Brian, a Roosevelt University senior biology major, was appointed a Student Laureate for The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, Class of 2017. Christian accepted his award from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner at a ceremony held at the State of Illinois Capitol on November 11.

The Lincoln Academy was established in 1964 to recognize distinguished students attending Illinois institutions of higher learning. An outstanding senior from each four-year Illinois college or university is honored annually. The academy recognizes “Lincoln-hearted men and women” as great citizens for today and tomorrow.

Christian exemplifies the spirit of Lincoln’s ideals of citizenship and service. “This award serves as motivation for me to keep striving to do my best and to remain focused on community service as a way to honor President Lincoln,” says Christian. "It is an honor and a humbling experience to be nominated and to accept this prestigious designation. I look forward to the responsibilities that arise from being designated a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois."

Christian J. Brian is an exemplary student scholar and leader. He maintains a 3.98 GPA and plans to pursue graduate study and medical school following his graduation from Roosevelt University in May. Christian is on the Board of Directors for CAURS (Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium). He completed two summers of undergraduate research at the University of Nebraska through a prestigious appointment via the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program and will soon present his summer research on Mitochondrial Metabolism in Astrocytes at a major undergraduate research conference. Christian has volunteered in the emergency room at Rush-Oak Park Hospital and serves as a peer tutor in Roosevelt’s Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences. In addition, Christian is a founding member and officer of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council.

“Christian is a stellar student and a great advocate for Roosevelt University. He has sought out opportunities to be involved in research as well as volunteer opportunities in healthcare,” said Professor of Biology Kelly Wentz-Hunter. “Christian is very worthy of this recognition and I know he will continue his success in medical school and as a physician.”

(Photo by David Blanchette)

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