BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University senior Meaghan Mormann ’16 (Grawn,
Mich.) has been awarded the 2016 Technos International Prize, an annual award recognizing
a student who has excelled academically and has contributed to broadening international
awareness and understanding. The award is presented through the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational
Trust in Japan and was created to improve international relations.
A Hispanic Studies and biology double major following the pre-med program, Mormann served as a general biology and animal physiology teaching assistant, a
Writing Center tutor, and a Language Resource Center Spanish tutor. She has been involved
with biochemical research with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Melinda Baur and research
on avian eggshell fragments with biology faculty members Given Harper and William
Jaeckle. She has also acted as a translator during three Global Medical Brigades to
Honduras and studied abroad for a semester in Barcelona, Spain. This year she also
assisted as a translator at the McLean County Health Department’s WIC program.
On campus she has served as president of three organizations: Mortar Board national
collegiate honor society, Sigma Delta Phi national collegiate Hispanic honor society,
and Spanish Club. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies,
Beta Beta Beta national biology honor society, Phi Beta Delta honor society for international
scholars, and National Society for Leadership and Success.
After graduation from Illinois Wesleyan, Mormann will enter medical school at Michigan
State University’s College of Human Medicine. She will also be a member of the school’s
Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) certificate program, enabling her
to spend two years in clinical experience in Flint, Mich. There she can work in rural
and urban underserved communities as well as Spanish-speaking underserved populations
including work in migrant healthcare clinics.