McKendree 2016 Graduate Christin Austin Wins Technos Prize

Political Science Major is Honored for Academics, International Understanding

(LEBANON, Ill., May 6, 2016) — Christin Austin, a McKendree University political science major from Wayne City, Ill., has won the 2016 Technos International Prize. It was presented on April 28 awarded during Honors Convocation held as part of the Academic Excellence Celebration.

Through the continuing generosity of the Tanaka Educational Trust, one graduating McKendree University senior is selected each year to receive the Technos International Prize.

Selected by the faculty, recipients demonstrate outstanding academic performance and an abiding commitment to the cause of international understanding.

Throughout her McKendree career, Austin maintained an outstanding grade point average to earn membership in several honor societies, and participated in debate, student government, and other activities. She excelled academically beyond the classroom as well, co-writing a paper with Dr. Brian Frederking, titled “Evaluating the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review” and presenting it at the International Studies Association conference. She represented McKendree on the Technos International Week trip to Japan and went on a medical mission trip to Haiti; the experience inspired her senior thesis on the World Health Organization’s efforts there.

“Christin is an emerging global citizen and clearly worthy of the Technos International Prize for her commitment to international understanding,” said Dr. Christine Bahr, provost and dean.

The 2016 magna cum laude graduate plans to study health law at Saint Louis University.


Photo of Christin Austin with Technos International Prize

McKendree University 2016 graduate Christin Austin, this year’s recipient of the Technos International Prize