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05-14-2006

Clarkson University Senior Adam Searleman Receives Levinus Clarkson Award

Adam C. Searleman, of Canton, New York, was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 113th commencement ceremony Sunday, May 14. He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.

The Levinus Clarkson Award was established by University founders Elizabeth and Frederica Clarkson in memory of their brother, Levinus. The scholarship was first awarded in 1909.

Searleman, with double majors in Biomolecular Science and Mathematics, graduated from Clarkson University with a perfect cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. He is a member of the University's Honors Program and was a Presidential Scholar for all eight semesters.

Numerous academic awards were bestowed upon Searleman during his four years at Clarkson, including: The Clarkson School Outstanding Academic Achievement Award; Summer Research Fellowship at Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program; Pi Mu Epsilon Outstanding Sophomore Award 2004; R. Gerald Bradshaw Outstanding Junior Award 2005; Hamlin-Darraugh Outstanding Senior Award 2006; and the Phi Kappa Honor Society.

Searleman performed undergraduate research for his Honors Thesis studying a new form of cancer therapy that targets the epidermal growth factor receptor, a protein that is expressed on the surface of cancer cells. He is interested in identifying the genetic factors that will predict how a particular cancer patient will respond to treatment. He has been accepted into the MD/PhD Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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