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)

Related News...

Christian TeBordo
2/18/2019

Christian TeBordo, assistant professor of English and Creative Writing and director of Roosevelt’s Creative Writing program, has won the first Bridge Eight Fiction Prize with his work entitled Ghost Engine.  

Wabash Building and Auditorium Tower
2/8/2019

Alumni and students of Roosevelt University science programs continue to earn prestigious graduate, professional and doctoral program placements. “As a department, we continue to be proud of our students’ successes,” said Prof. Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Chair of the Department of Biological, Physical and Health Sciences. “Our curriculum and engaged faculty have prepared our students well for continuing their career pathways into many competitive programs in medicine and research.” 

Three holocaust documents next to each other
1/17/2019

Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies and Murray-Green Library have partnered with the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site in Berlin, Germany to bring an important traveling exhibit to Roosevelt beginning January 30. “The Wannsee Conference and the Persecution and Murder of the European Jews” exhibit documents the role of the Nazi bureaucracy in planning and implementing the Holocaust, and emphasizing the process of persecution and establishment of the killing machinery of the Nazi State. The exhibit will be on display in Roosevelt’s library through March 15.