Several honored for academic achievement during MC's April 12 ceremony

April 14, 2003

Justin Derek Caughron, a senior biochemistry major at Maryville College, was presented with the distinguished LeQuire Award during the College’s Academic Awards Ceremony held April 12 in Wilson Chapel.

Caughron, the son of Phil and Debbie Caughron of Maryville, is a 1999 graduate of Maryville High School. He will graduate with a bachelor’s of arts degree next month, and in the fall, has plans to enroll at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.

While at Maryville College, Caughron has been an active member of the Academic Integrity Board, the Academic Life Council and the College’s student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society. He also served on the Window of Opportunity Strategic Planning Commission.

During the summer and fall of 2002, Caughron conducted research on angiogenics at Vanderbilt University. The research was for Caughron’s senior thesis – a thesis his adviser, Professor of Chemistry Dr. Terry Bunde, said was “one of the best [he’s read] in 26 years of teaching at Maryville College.”

Said Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson when making the award presentation: “Recently, this year’s award winner added to his busy schedule a chemistry internship with a radiology group at Blount Memorial Hospital – just more evidence that this student will go on to be successful and make a difference in whatever field of medicine he chooses to pursue.”

Established in 1987 by descendants and friends of Maryville physician Granville Dexter LeQuire and his wife Ellen Brickey LeQuire, the LeQuire Award includes a cash gift to help defray the expenses of applying to medical school and an engraved pewter julep cup.

Winners of the award are nominated by faculty members in the College’s humanities and science divisions.