USA TODAY names Lucas Speakman top-40 in America

WILMORE, KY— Senior Lucas Speakman originally of Syracuse, Ind., has been named to the Second Team in USA TODAY’s 2006 All-USA College Academic Team program.

There were more than 600 nominees from four-year colleges and universities nationwide and judges selected only 20 students each for First, Second and Third Teams. Speakman was the only student from a Kentucky college or university listed.

speakmanhm.jpgHis achievement was announced in the USA TODAY newspaper, Feb. 15, 2006.

The All-USA College Academic Team honors full-time undergraduates who not only excel in scholarship, but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society.

Criteria includes grades, academic rigor, leadership, activities and most important, the student’s essay describing his or her most outstanding intellectual endeavor done while in college. Unlike a scholarship or grant aimed at helping make education possible, the All-USA Academic Team is an award honoring students for what they have accomplished as undergraduates.

Speakman is a double major in computational math and chemistry at the College. He was recently published for the second time in the Journal of Chemical Physics. His paper investigated the stability and possible hydrogen scrambling of gallium pentahydride. He completed his research during a summer research assistantship at the University of Georgia under the direction of University of Georgia’s Graham Perdue professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, Dr. Henry F. Schaefer, who is a five-time Nobel Prize nominee and one of the most cited chemists in the world. This was Speakman’s third summer to work at the University of Georgia.

Speakman has been offered a graduate fellowship at the University of Georgia, which will pay for his tuition and fees and will supply him with a stipend for living expenses to complete his Ph.D.

Speakman is the son of Dave and Carmi Speakman and husband of Kari Kuhn Speakman.

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