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Selmer Student Receives Biology Medal at Union University

Faris Adam Bakeer has been awarded the Academic Excellence Medal for Biology at Union University at the annual Awards Day Program on Friday, May 6, 2011. The Academic Excellence Medals are awarded to the outstanding graduating senior in each major and are selected by the faculty of that major. Faris was a Provost Scholar at Union with a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor.

At the Eighth Annual Union University Scholarship Symposium on May 3, Faris presented his research project “Energy Properties of Seeds and Food Preferences in Northern Bobwhites During Simulated Autumn Conditions”. The research was directed at identifying the best seed type for supplemental food plots to help alleviate the declining populations of the Northern bobwhite. Six seed types were tested and the results of the experiment will help preserve and restore bobwhite populations, a bird valued as one of the top three game birds in the U.S.

Faris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average from Union University on May 21. He has been accepted into the 2011 entering classes of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Faris plans to pursue a career as a primary care physician.

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