Dean Chamberlain Awarded Student Pinnacle
Madison, NJ (May 30, 2008) — Fairleigh Dickinson University graduating senior Dean Chamberlain, a resident of the Stockholm section of Hardyston, NJ, was honored with the College at Florham 2007 Pinnacle Award, the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a student, during Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Commencement ceremony at Continental Airlines Arena on May 22, 2008.
The award is given to one graduating student from each campus that has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University. Chamberlain received his bachelor of science degree in biology at the event.
Chamberlain, one of only two student voices at the ceremony, represented the graduates of FDU’s College at Florham as he addressed an audience of more than 10,000 graduates, faculty and guests.
“I will tell you what I believe to be my purpose in life,” said Chamberlain. “I believe that my purpose in life is to improve the lives of my fellow human beings and give back as much as I can to those around me. No one would be here be here today without the help of someone else. I want you to thank a person today who helped you, be it in a small way or a large way. I also ask you to do more than just thank someone. I want you to help not just yourself or someone you know, but also a complete stranger.”
Chamberlain has achieved outstanding honors in his field of biology. His research has been accepted by the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting, awarded first place at the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists meeting and published in The Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science.
As a campus leader, Chamberlain served as vice president of academic affairs, academic affairs senator and was a resident assistant. He also organized events to promote awareness of biology and environmental issues as vice president of the Biology Club and a member of the Green Club.
As a volunteer EMT with the Florham Park emergency squad, Chamberlain assisted students on campus who needed emergency care. He also worked in a hospital emergency department, where he prepared patients for examination.
Chamberlain was recognized as a Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholar, Charter Day Scholar and a member of the Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society. He will begin medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine this fall.