|SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL PHI KAPPA PHI FELLOWSHIP
HAMMOND -- Sean Patrick Kerrigan, a
Southeastern Louisiana University biology and English major from Kenner,
is one of 60 students nationwide who have been awarded a fellowship for
post-graduate study by the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Kerrigan, who will graduate in May,
plans to use the prestigious $5,000 award for medical school. He has been
accepted into the program at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine
in New Orleans.
According to Phi Kappa Phi, the fellowships
are awarded on a competitive basis for first-year graduate or professional
study. Each chapter may nominate one student for the national competition.
Southeastern English professor Mary
Sue Ply called Kerrigan “one of the best students I have had in 32 years
of university-level teaching.” Active in the university’s Honors Program,
he has a 3.97 grade point average and was recently named the Southeastern
Division of Student Affairs’ “Outstanding Man of the Year.” He is a Student
Government Association senator, helped to establish the Southeastern Honors
Club, was a staff writer for the Lion’s Roar student newspaper, and has
held a number of offices in the campus pre-professional organization Delta
Kerrigan also is a nationally registered
Emergency Medical Technician and last summer performed full time research
in the LSU Health Sciences Center pathology department.
Kerrigan recently presented his senior
honors thesis, “The Physician as Wise Moderator in Shelley, Camus, and
Shakespeare,” and his sophomore research paper was one of nine student
papers selected for publication in the university’s scholarly journal,