Richard Tudela Aldan was recently named Lee University's 2019 Charles Paul Conn Award recipient. Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee, recognized Aldan for this achievement in Honors Chapel last month.
The Charles Paul Conn Award is given to a Lee senior who demonstrates the greatest promise of achievement in graduate or professional studies after graduating from Lee. Established in 1996, the award is named in honor of Lee's 16th president. Each department may nominate one student for the award. From these nominees, a winner is selected by a faculty vote.
"I am honored to be this year's Charles Paul Conn Award recipient," said Aldan. "I would like to thank all of my professors, family, and friends for molding me these past four years. Without their consistent support and belief, I would not have been able to attain this level of success. I am excited to continue my journey in medical school, knowing that I have the confidence and support of the Lee University faculty."
While at Lee, Aldan was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and Lee's Men's Rugby Club. He served as vice president of the Alpha Phi Delta Honor Society during his junior year and president during his senior year.
Aldan also worked as an iMASS senior mentor, calculus practicum student, general chemistry intern and practicum student, organic chemistry tutor, academic success mentor, and a student worker for Dr. Lori West, professor of biology at Lee.
"Richard is a pleasure to have in class and as a student worker," said West. "Not only is he brilliant, he is also a hard worker and continually exceeds my expectations. I am confident that he will excel in medical school and in his career as a physician.
In summer 2017, Aldan participated in University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) undergraduate research program, where he worked with the Department of Internal Medicine. In summer 2018, Aldan returned to UNMC's undergraduate research program, this time working with the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases.
During the past year and a half, Aldan has volunteered at the Good Samaritan Clinic and the Cleveland Emergency Shelter.
Aldan is the recipient of the J. Patrick Daugherty Scholarship and Lee's Honors Scholarship. He also participated in the iMASS Scholarship Program.
Aldan will graduate this month with a Bachelor of Science in pre-professional biochemistry. After graduation, Aldan plans to pursue his doctorate at the University of Hawaii's medical school before returning to his home island of Saipan, where he will practice medicine and conduct research.
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