Lauren Fultz, a junior chemistry/pre-medicine major at the University of Southern Indiana, has been appointed to the USI Board of Trustees by Governor Mitch Daniels. She is a resident of Seymour, Indiana, and will serve a two-year term on the board as student trustee.
Dr. Mark Krahling, assistant professor of chemistry, describes Fultz as outstanding academically. He said, “She does what it takes to complete a task with distinction, and she has good writing and communication skills.” He added, “Her appointment will be good for Lauren, and it will be good for USI.”
Fultz is a student ambassador, chosen by the Admission Office to represent USI to new and prospective students. During Welcome Week last year, she helped freshmen, who were planning to study chemistry and engineering, adjust to the college environment.
This year she will serve as vice president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate and vice president of Sigma Zeta Science and Mathematics Honor Society. She is also a member of the Honors program.
Mark Rusk, associate director of Admission, said Fultz is an outstanding student. He works with Lauren in her role as student ambassador. She is on the ambassadors’ scholarship committee. Rusk said Lauren is helpful in recruitment of other top scholars. “She is a serious student with a 4.0 in high school and a 4.0 at USI.”
Fultz is the Pott College of Science and Engineering’s representative on the Student Government Association and she is working with Dr. Jeanne Barnett, professor of biology, to start a pre-med club at USI.
This summer she is serving an internship with the Indiana University Medical School at the Evansville Center for Medication Education, located at the University of Southern Indiana.
Fultz is the daughter of Wesley and Linda Fultz of Seymour, and she graduated as valedictorian at Brownstown Central High School in 2003. A community volunteer, Fultz has worked with physically and mentally handicapped children and volunteers at the Hoosier Christian Village Nursing Home. She also assisted with a Girl Scout program related to chemistry last year at USI.
The student trustee serves as a full voting member of the board who is expected to bring both the interests of students to Board discussions and relate her perspective to issues dealing with the University community.
USI full-time students are eligible to apply to become a student trustee. Students must be in good standing with at least a 2.5 grade point average and be able to commit to a two-year term. An applicant must be a United States citizen, a resident of Indiana, and have completed two semesters at USI.
The process includes completing an application, writing an essay about why the student is interested in the position, submitting three letters of recommendation, and going through an interview process.
Fultz succeeds Sam Tucker, a 2005 graduate who served as student trustee in 2003 and 2004.