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Student awarded University's highest academic honor (5) (Released: 2/25/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Steven Condron of MIDDLETOWN, a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in molecular and cell biology, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

Once selected, a University Scholar is allowed to pursue an academic program tailored to his or her particular intellectual interests and abilities. Condron's University Scholar project is titled "Understanding Enzymes: Designing Strategies to Combat Infectious Disease."

A graduate of Robert Lewis Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, Calif., Condron gained 23 credits majoring in business and criminal justice at the University of Nevada-Reno, before joining the Army to support his wife and young son.

He served four years in the 82nd Airborne Division, including a stint in the Gulf War, during which he served as a medic for his platoon, caring for soldiers injured in combat or suffering from dehydration and civilian war casualties. His experiences confirmed his interest in a medical career.

Condron plans to graduate in 1998 with both a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology and a master's in biochemistry. He hopes then to study for a joint master's in public health and M.D. degree at the UConn Health Center. Condron, who favors an emphasis on preventive medicine, intends to pursue a career in an academic or public health-related profession advocating for changes in the health care system.