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2019 Award Recipients

Award Recipients

Jack Hendrick

Jack Hendrick

B.S., Biomedical Engineering

Recipient's Bio

Jack, who is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering, has shown excellent success during his time as a student. 

Jack has:

  • Had multiple internships at Marinette Marine Corporation, Winsert, Inc; and Procter & Gamble.

  • Served in multiple Executive Board roles in the Memorial Union Board, including a two term President. 

  • Been a part of the Winter Carnival Alcohol Safety Committee, a representative of the students in front of the Board of Trustees, and attended National Level Conferences.

Jack has shown he is dedicated to making a positive impact, not just for himself but for all of the students at Michigan Tech. In his essay, Jack speaks to the skills he gained through his involvement. 

After graduation, Jack will be working for Procter & Gamble.  “My drive and passion have brought me to the start of my career where I will continue to grow as a leader, knowing that I have a head start on that process because of MUB Board.”

The President's Award for Leadership is given to a student who is chosen from an outstanding group of nominees that have provided leadership for their peers in their activities while a student at Michigan Tech.


Award Recipients

Tessa Steenwinkel

Tessa Steenwinkel

B.S., Biological Sciences

Recipient's Bio

This year’s recipient of the Provost’s Award for Scholarship is Tessa Steenwinkel from Biological Sciences. 

Tessa attended Preview Day in the Spring Semester prior to becoming a student on campus. She impressed Dr. Thomas Werner so much, he recruited her for a research position in his lab and became involved in academic research on her very first day of college.

Her department states in support of Tessa: “I consider [Tessa] invaluable and irreplaceable to the operations of my lab and research...Her intellectual capacity is unparalleled...I recognize her as my intellectual equal because of her terrific writing skills, her love for her experiments and science, nad her dependability in the lab.”

  • Tessa has co-authored multiple publications

  • Goldwater Award finalist

  • Soyring Foundation Scholarship Recipient awarded for work on solutions to prevent and cure cancer.

  • Pavlis Honors Student. 

We are proud to recognize Tessa with the Provost’s Award for Scholarship.


The Provost's Award for Scholarship is given to a senior who best represents student scholarship at Michigan Tech. This outstanding student is considered excellent not only by academic standards, but also for participation in research scholarship activity, levels of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and communication skills.


Award Recipients

Elise Cheney-Makens

Elise Cheney-Makens

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Recipient's Bio

Elise is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Spanish. Elise is actively involved both in her field and on campus.

  • Elise has served as the President of the Biochemistry Club and a mentor in the Young Women Leaders Program.

  • Currently serves as a troop leader for a local Girl Scout Troop. 

  • Involved on campus as a writing coach in the Multiliteracies Center, Summer Youth Program Counselor, and a Pavlis Honor Student.

  • Participated as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School in the Department of Neuroscience. While in Rochester, MN volunteered at the Ronald Mcdonald House providing support and care for the families as they are navigating their difficult situations.

  • Created and founded the Science Fair Mentoring program where under-served 4th and 5th grade students are paired with Undergraduate Students who helped design, execute, and present science fair projects. 

Elise has been able to serve those around her by contributing both to the campus and the community in extraordinary ways. Congratulations, Elise.


The Dean of Students Award for Service is given to an undergraduate Michigan Tech student who has performed volunteer services which have provided both benefits for the people served, as well as valuable learning experiences for the student.