BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University biology major Brock Taylor ’18 of
Mattoon, Illinois, has been named a 2017 Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of
The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular
and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting
colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois.
Each student recipient receives a Student Laureate medallion and a $1,000 check from
The Lincoln Academy at the Student Laureate Convocation, which took place Nov. 11
at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.
“I feel very honored to receive the award and am so appreciative of all of the opportunities
that Illinois Wesleyan has provided for me,” Taylor said. “I have been able to be
involved in a diverse amount of activities as well as feel a part of the Bloomington-Normal
community. There is no doubt that I attended the perfect university for my undergraduate
Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Biology William Jaeckle accompanied Taylor to the awards
“Dr. Jaeckle is such a wonderful advisor, instructor, and mentor who has helped me
navigate the journey to become a physician,” Taylor said. “His support and encouragement
throughout the semesters, as well as when I was abroad last summer in the Philippines,
have been invaluable to me during my time at Illinois Wesleyan.”
Taylor, who is minoring in psychology, is on the pre-med track. He is a Jennings Music
Scholar and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Tri-Beta National
Biological Honor Society. During a 2016 May Term Travel Course, Taylor participated
in the Ecology Research Program in Costa Rica. In 2017, he was selected to participate
in the Freeman Asia Internship Program, where Taylor completed an internship at the
International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
He is a General Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant, volunteers at the McLean
County Medical Society Cadaver Lab, and is active in the Death Resurrection Life (DRL)
Campus Ministry. Taylor worked with the Ambassador Club as a host and tour guide for
two years, and he served in the Illinois Wesleyan Student Senate during his first
three years on campus.
Taylor has also volunteered at the Cancer Center and Pediatric Unit at the Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.