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Sheeks Wins 2019 F.J. Lee Award


Lee University recently recognized Meredith Sheeks as the recipient of the 2019 F.J. Lee Award. Lee president Dr. Paul Conn presented Sheeks with this award during Lee’s Honors Chapel in April.

This annual award was established in 1968 in honor of the second president of Lee University. It is presented to the Lee senior with the overall most outstanding record of student achievement. Award winners demonstrate high standards of integrity, leadership, service, broad campus involvement, and academic excellence. Each department may nominate one student for the award and, from these nominees, a winner is selected by a faculty vote.

Meredith Sheeks
Meredith Sheeks

“Throughout my time at Lee University, the faculty, staff, and students have consistently helped to shape me holistically into a better learner and a better person,” said Sheeks. “I am humbled to receive this award as I am continually reminded of the ways in which everything I have achieved is merely a reflection of the people who have encouraged and supported me along the way.”

While at Lee, Sheeks received the Presidential Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, and Melody Conn Scholarship. She is a member of three honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Theta Alpha Kappa, and Kappa Mu Epsilon.

In 2018, Sheeks presented “Needing Not a Teacher: On the Importance of Humility” at the 19th annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where her paper and presentation won first place. In 2017, she presented her research paper, “Proving the Proof-less Profitable,” at the Mathematical Association of America’s national conference in Chicago.

“Meredith’s significant engagement inside and outside of the classroom demonstrates her passion for excellence and her amazing heart for service,” said Dr. Laura Singletary, associate professor of mathematics.

Sheeks has been a member of the Koine Greek Club and a little sister of Theta Delta Kappa. She served on the leadership teams for Convergence and The Exchange, as a route leader for Crossover Ministries, as the president of Lee’s Philosophy Club, and as the chaplain of Omega Alpha Phi. She was also lead tutor in mathematics for Lee’s Learn, Engage, Achieve Program (LEAP) and a mentor for Mentoring Mathematicians in the Making.

“Meredith is among a small handful of the very best students I have had the privilege of teaching,” said Dr. Timothy Miller, associate professor of philosophy.

Sheeks will graduate this month, summa cum laude, with two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in both mathematics and biblical and theological studies, along with a minor in philosophy.
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