Senior biology major Floyd Nichols has been named the winner of the 45th annual Saint Vincent College President’s Award. The College’s highest honor, it is annually presented to the member of the graduating senior class who best embodies what the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences college values in its students – outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service.
In bestowing the honor on Nichols, College president Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D. commented, “For his academic accomplishments, including research experience at Notre Dame and Case Western Reserve, studying abroad in London, Paris and South Africa, and co-authoring a project on probiotics and anxiety; for his leadership ability, serving as prefect, participating in track and cross country and tutoring students in math and science; for community service, especially in the Planetarium – where he even developed his own planetarium show on extra solar planets; for being a genuinely kind and humble person who will always brighten your day; for treating everyone with dignity and respect; for having a holistic awareness that utilizes the perspectives of a liberal arts education; and for his commitment to the Catholic, Benedictine values of Saint Vincent College, it is my honor to convey upon Floyd Nichols the President’s Award on the 24th day of April, 2019.”
A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Nichols is the son of Raeko and Gary Nichols. Throughout his four-year undergraduate career at Saint Vincent, he has been involved in a range of clubs and organizations, all while excelling in the classroom.
Named to the Dean’s List in every semester during his time at Saint Vincent, Nichols has been an active member of Saint Vincent College’s Environmental Awareness Club, Women in STEM Club and the track and cross country teams, and he has served as a prefect (resident assistant) in Saint Benedict Hall for the past three years.
Nichols is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Beta Beta Beta national honor societies, and has been named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.
In addition to his work on campus as a prefect, he has worked as a host in Saint Vincent’s Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium, a research assistant in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, a teaching assistant in astronomy, tutor for the Opportunity Program and buddy in the Bearcat B.E.S.T. (Building Education through Skills Training) program.
In 2016, Nichols completed a research internship in biology at Case Western Reserve University, while in 2018, he spent the summer at the University of Notre Dame performing research in biogeochemistry.
Following graduation from Saint Vincent, Nichols will attend Northwestern University to pursue a graduate degree in earth and planetary science. He plans to pursue a career in either scientific communication or as a college professor.