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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/30/04
      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 Omega Alpha. 
      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, The Pick.