HIGH POINT, N.C., April 18, 2019 – High Point University honored outstanding student achievements in the classroom, on campus and in the community during the annual Honors Day ceremony on April 16. Among these awards, five standout students received University Awards for their impressive research, community service, leadership and positive impact.
“Our faculty and staff have nominated these students because they represent the values of High Point University – service, citizenship, achievement and leadership,” says Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for student life. “We have been blessed to watch these individuals learn and grow, and we know they will contribute greatly to the world as they have in our community.”
The recipients of this year’s awards are as follows:
Thomas Boudreaux, a senior from Burke, Virginia, received the University Award for Achievement. Boudreaux combined his interests in physics, math and computer science to design his own major at HPU. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in computational physics in May. Boudreaux has set a new standard for excellence in student research. He was the first author on an astronomy paper, has published several single-author articles in leading journals, and has conducted graduate-level research as an undergraduate.
Boudreaux has been actively involved in the Society of Physics Students for four years and is considered to be HPU’s foremost expert on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has also shared his expertise with others by volunteering at science outreach events, including the HPUniverse Day for astronomy and assisting with hands-on demonstrations at the science fair each spring.
Boudreaux is HPU’s first Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious award in the undergraduate sciences. He is also a Portz Scholar and received an honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the top award for those pursuing graduate work in the sciences.
Niamh Tattersall, a senior from York, England, received the University Award for Citizenship. Since her arrival as an international student, Tattersall has sought to gain a variety of perspectives from individuals and organizations she has encountered at HPU. The faculty nomination for the award said, “With her leadership, passion, ambition and concern for social justice, she is leaving HPU a better place.”
A psychology and criminal justice major, Tattersall was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for outstanding academic achievement and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Students. She has served as vice president of new member education in Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a Global Education Mentor for exchange students, an assistant resident director, a Hearing Officer and a Student Justice.
Tattersall is also the founder and president of the Title IX Student Organization, which aims to promote awareness and educate fellow students on issues surrounding sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking.
Michael Welter, a senior from Toledo, Ohio, received the University Award for Achievement. Welter began shaping his HPU experience as a physics major by reaching out to Dr. Aaron Titus, physics department chair, for mentorship in his first year on campus. Welter has since become president of the HPU Society of Physics Students chapter, departmental tutor for the calculus and algebra sequences, HPUniverse Day coordinator, and a volunteer for the annual science fair hosted on campus.
Welter is also co-founder and president of HPUMinds, a group of students who are working with Apple Co-Founder and HPU Innovator in Residence Steve Wozniak on the development of an autonomous vehicle. He has consistently applied his knowledge to other “real-world application” projects, such as programming his own video game, building a mobile robot that can communicate emotions and contributing to numerous research projects with professors on campus.
He has also gained attention beyond HPU. Welter received the coveted Society of Physics Students National Internship last summer in Washington, D.C. He worked at the society’s national office, where he helped edit scientific publications, implemented an alumni engagement program and executed marketing and promotional materials.
Michael Dreher, a senior from Lake George, New York, received the University Award for Service. Dreher, a business major and computer science minor, has been an involved member of campus and the surrounding community. At HPU, he is chief justice of the Student Government Association and a Presidential Scholar. He is also a member of six honor societies: Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, Order of the Lighted Lamp, and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, of which he is the past President. Under his leadership, Beta Theta Pi was the recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award.
Beyond campus, Dreher volunteers in the High Point community with organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Open Door Ministries, the Salvation Army and Make a Wish Foundation. His nomination for the award called him “an incredible example of a leader” and said he has “served as a valuable resource, guide and mentor to his community.”
Lyndsey Clos, a senior from Williston, Vermont, received the University Award for Leadership. Clos, a political science and English major, came to HPU with a clear vision of getting involved in campus life and growing as a student leader. As a result, she has made a lasting impact through leadership roles with organizations like Student Government Association, where she has served as president, and as a student justice and assistant resident director. In addition, she is financial chair for Phi Alpha Delta, publicity chair for Odyssey Club, student caller for Undergraduate Admissions, a member of the HPU Honors Scholars Program and member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Her nomination for the award said, “While she has many enviable traits, one most valued is her ability to lead her peers. She is always kind and caring and works to make sure everyone feels appreciated and respected.”