TU Biochemistry Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Monday, April 23, 2007

University of Tulsa senior Andre Boustani has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for his post-graduate studies. Selection for the national honor society’s $5,000 award was based on academic achievement, honors and awards, research experience and service on and off campus.

Boustani, a biochemistry major, will graduate from TU in May and plans to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. where he will study surgery.

A 2003 graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, he is a National Merit Finalist and became a Presidential Scholar at TU. He participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) and received honorable mention in the 2007 Annual Student Research Colloquium for his presentation entitled "Investigation of N-methyl-5H-benzocycloheptanaphthalene-5, 12-Imine Induced Cell Toxicity."

Boustani also participated in TU’s Honors Program and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-medical honor society. He was accepted into the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Summer Institute in Biomedical Optics in 2006 and has presented at the American Chemical Society conference. Outside of his academic studies, he volunteers for hospice care in Tulsa.

With his Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, Boustani joins a growing list of TU students who have earned nationally competitive scholarships. This spring, three TU students were designated Goldwater Scholars; an MBA student and finance professor have both received Fulbright scholarships; two TU students have won National Science Foundation scholarships; and one student has received a Department of Defense fellowship.

Since 1995, TU students have received 41 Goldwater, 8 Truman, 4 Marshall, and 5 Udall scholarships; and 26 National Science Foundation, 7 Department of Defense, 6 Fulbright and 7 Phi Kappa Phi fellowships.