Jacob Dockery was recently named Lee University's 2022 Charles Paul Conn (CPC) Award recipient and was recognized for this achievement during Honors Chapel this month.
The CPC 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, it is named after Lee's 16th president. Each department may nominate one student for the award. From these nominees, a winner is selected by a faculty vote.
"Jacob goes beyond what others teach him, digging deep on his own, with a rare degree of self-motivation and intellect," said Dr. David Harkins, associate professor of chemistry at Lee. "He makes a positive difference in whatever he is doing, for the good of everyone involved. He is determined to be who God wants him to be, even when it takes great effort."
While at Lee, Dockery received the Swiger Endowment Scholarship and is a Centennial Scholar, a Tennessee Hope Scholar, and a Ledford Scholar. He is also a physics tutor, a student worker in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and a member of the Spikeball Club.
During the 2021 McNair-Ledford Research Symposium, Dockery presented "Building an Atomic Force Microscope," a project to construct a workable Atomic Force Microscope for around $1500, which demonstrated proof of principles and set the stage for continued development.
"Upon obtaining my PhD, I look forward to interacting with both students and faculty throughout academia, so that they learn more about the laws that govern their soul and the natural laws that govern their world," said Dockery. "It is my hope and dream that wherever I walk in my vocation, all who see me will see a glimpse of the love Christ has for them as I work to further the kingdom of God and the realm of engineering."
Dockery will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, pre-engineering. He was offered graduate positions at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has decided to pursue his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and later become a researcher and professor.
"While his tremendously successful time at Lee is ending, Jacob's future in academia is just beginning as he looks to take the steps to become a life-long researcher and professor who inspires students to be their best," said Anthony Minutolo, assistant professor of engineering and physics at Lee. "Jacob will perform with excellence, integrity, and humility as an academic, pushing the body of scientific knowledge forward while giving all praise, honor, and glory to God his Father."
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