Baton Rouge Native Daniel James Case Honored with LSU University College Phi Eta Sigma Senior Award

05/08/2013 10:04 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU University College hosted its annual Phi Eta Sigma Initiation Ceremony on Thursday, April 18, in the LSU Student Union’s Royal Cotillion Ballroom. During the ceremony, University College’s Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma inducted 255 freshmen scholastic achievers and presented the L. B. Lucky Award and Senior Award.


Daniel James Case received LSU University College’s Phi Eta Sigma Senior Award. Case is a senior from Baton Rouge majoring in physics, mathematics and economics with a 4.0 GPA. He is a currently a research assistant in LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences, a physics tutor and a supplemental instructor for Introduction to Macroeconomics. During his academic tenure at LSU, Case has been the recipient of many awards and honors. These include the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, for which he maintained a 4.0 GPA for 10 semesters; the Tiger Athletic Foundation Thesis Research Scholarship; and the LSU Foundation General Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence.


Case’s interests specifically lie in the area of biological physics, and he has made it a point to involve himself in that field of research over the past years. During the summer of 2012, he received a Harvard Origins of Life Initiative Undergraduate Research Fellowship, allowing him to conduct basic research alongside a Senior Research Fellow, Juan Perez-Mercader at Harvard University. Their research consisted of building a chemically operated Turing Machine, which is a device capable of performing computations. Upon returning to LSU for the fall of 2012, Case began working with Michal Brylinski, assistant professor of biological sciences, doing research in computational biology and developing computer models to investigate how small molecules bind to proteins. Additionally, Case has completed an undergraduate honors thesis project under the advisement of Dana Browne, associate chair and professor of physics. Case’s research consists of determining how chemical waves are produced inside living cells. These chemical waves emerge as a result of complexities in biochemical networks, and are a means by which signals are transmitted to different parts of the cells.


This summer, Case will be conducting research in the areas of complex systems and biological physics at Northwestern University and will begin graduate studies at Northwestern in the fall in pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics.


Established in 1992, the Senior Award recognizes a Phi Eta Sigma graduating senior member of the LSU chapter who has maintained the best cumulative grade point average and overall academic record during their academic tenure at LSU.


“Daniel’s impressive research experiences and his outstanding academic performance are sound reasons for Phi Eta Sigma to recognize him as our 2013 Outstanding Graduating Senior,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “University College, through our sponsorship of this honor society, is proud to support this type of achievement among our LSU graduates.”


Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society rewarding first-collegiate-year scholarship. Since 1928, the LSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma has inducted more than 10,400 students. The goal of the society is to encourage and reward academic excellence among full-time, freshmen students in institutions of higher learning, who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Inductees receive national recognition, membership and undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities of over $300,000. The oldest and largest first-year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. Since its founding, more than 1 million scholars have been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, and more than 370 collegiate chapters have been established throughout the United States.


Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.


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Jacquelyn  Craddock 
University College

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013