Tanner B. Wilson, a senior applied mathematics major at Texas A&M University, has been recognized with the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award, one of Texas A&M's three top student awards presented last weekend during spring commencement ceremonies.

Wilson and electrical engineering major Amy Leigh Aldrich each received the prestigious award, which honors the top two students university-wide who exemplify the leadership and related traits of the late Gen. Earl Rudder, a World War II hero who served as president of Texas A&M from 1959 until his death in 1970. The award includes a cash gift of $5,000.

The Robert Gates-Muller Family Outstanding Student Award, which also includes a $5,000 gift, was presented to political science major Hilary Albrecht Loveless, who graduated magna cum laude in December but returned to the campus to receive the award.

Wilson is the sixth overall Brown-Rudder Award recipient from the College of Science and the first since 2000, when mathematics major Aaron Lee Bigbee was so honored. Previous college-affiliated winners of the award, established in 1971, are as follows: Barbara B. Sears (botany, 1974); Steven J. Eberhard (mathematics, 1975); Michelle S. Marti (mathematics/economics, 1979); Chi-Cheng Huang (biology, 1993); and Bigbee (mathematics, 2000).

Wilson graduated with both a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a master's degree in mathematics under a five-year program within the Department of Mathematics that he completed in just four years.

One nominator writes, "Tanner represents the ideal student for the 21st century. He displays a perfect balance between academic achievement and social responsibility, together with a broad and diversified knowledge base and interests."

Wilson earned a 3.9 grade-point average in his undergraduate work and a 3.5 grade-point average in his master's degree. He gained extensive research experience, primarily related to the medical field. In addition, he spent the summer of 2009 gaining clinical experience in the Department of Surgery at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. His academic achievements have been recognized with 20 awards and recognitions, including a President's Endowed Scholarship and six semesters on the dean's honor roll in the College of Science.

An additional nominator noted Wilson's "remarkable history of service, leadership and dedication to Texas A&M" -- a track record of activities encompassing all walks of campus life, from extensive participation in student government (including serving as Speaker of the Senate in the 64th Session), to being active as a musician in the Percussion Studio, to tutoring dozens of students in the College of Science.

To learn more about the Brown-Rudder Award, go to http://graduation.tamu.edu/brownrudder.html.


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    Brown-Rudder Award recipient Tanner B. Wilson receives congratulations on being a top Texas A&M senior for 2011-12 from Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.

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