McKendree University Awards Kyle Garrett with Technos International Prize

Kyle GarrettChemistry major and outstanding debater Kyle Garrett is awarded during commencement on May 13

(LEBANON, Ill., May 19, 2022) – Kyle Garrett of Troy, Ill., is this year’s recipient of the Technos International Prize. The award was presented on May 13 during the undergraduate commencement ceremony, where Garrett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

Garrett plans to attend a PhD program in chemistry at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He was also a member of the award-winning McKendree debate team, a participant in McKendree’s Model United Nations program, and a coach for Triad High School’s debate team. As a junior, he was awarded the American Chemical Society St. Louis Chapter Outstanding Junior Award. His research involves designing and synthesizing dye compounds for use as lymph channel tracers in breast cancer surgery.

“Kyle easily combines the two criteria of outstanding academic performance and a commitment to the cause of international understanding. His preparedness, probing questions, and discerning comments are prized in the world of debate,” said Dr. Alan Alewine, associate provost. “Clearly, Kyle’s future is bright. He is a model of an emerging world citizen and worthy of the Technos International Prize.”

In April Garrett was recognized by the university for his outstanding academic achievement in chemistry. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Delta forensics (public speaking and debate) honor society and a student of McKendree University’s Honors Program.