April 22, 2013

Biological engineering seniors Kameron Kilchrist and Sharis Steib were named as members of this year’s Tiger Twelve class. This prestigious honor recognizes 12 seniors who serve as leaders for campus and community service.

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes 12 outstanding seniors with the Tiger Twelve honor. The selected seniors are those who have made an impact on campus and the community. Seniors must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have best demonstrated the seven basic principles outlined in LSU’s Commitment to Community: accepting responsibility for their actions; holding themselves and others to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; practicing justice, equality and compassion in human relations; respecting the dignity of all persons and accepting individual differences; respecting the environment and the rights and property of others and the university; contributing positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community; and using their LSU experience to be an active citizen in an international and interdependent world.

Kilchrist, a native of Lafayette, La., will graduate in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering. He is a member of the LA-STEM Research Scholars, a research, service and peer mentoring program, and the president of Spectrum, the student organization for LGBTQ students and their allies. He is also on the Board of Directors for Capital City Alliance, a local LGBT non-profit organization, and the organizer for Equality Louisiana, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization. After college, Kilchrist will attend Vanderbilt University as a Ph.D. student where he will study biomedical engineering.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be one of the Tiger Twelve,” Kilchrist said. “It means a lot to me to be recognized for the work I’ve done over these past four years, and I will wear the distinction proudly.”

Steib, a Vacherie, La., native, will also graduate in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering. She is a member of the LA-STEM Research Scholars and Tau Beta Pi honor society, the vice president of the Biological Student Organization, parliamentarian of the National Society of Black Engineers, and an Engineering Council volunteer chair and College of Engineering Relay for Life team captain. She is also working to create a nonprofit organization called “Verbiage,” which encourages middle and high school students to use writing and other forms of expression as remediation methods through monthly sessions that promote life learning. After graduation, she will work on an entrepreneurial endeavor, helping to improve her family’s catering business and continuing to build her nonprofit organization. She later plans to attend graduate or medical school.

“Being named one of the Tiger Twelve Class of 2013 reinforces my commitment to contribute positively to the community and campus, and I am proud to join the Tiger Twelve community of distinguished leaders,” Steib said. “It is nothing short of an incredible honor to be recognized for this award, and I hope to continue setting an example of truth, advanced learning, and the highest standards of performance for current and future Tigers.” 

A ceremony and reception will be held to celebrate the Tiger Twelve Class of 2013 on April 27 in the Holliday Forum in the LSU Journalism Building.

For more information about the Tiger Twelve, click here


Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092. 

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