CLEMSON — Austin Herbst of Easley has been awarded the 2016 Norris Medal at Clemson University.

Austin Herbst

Austin Herbst

The Norris Medal was established in the will of D.K. Norris, a Clemson trustee. This honor is awarded to one graduating senior who exemplifies the best qualities in a Clemson scholar. The Norris Medal is considered the highest honor for an undergraduate student.

Herbst graduated from Clemson this month with a dual degree in biochemistry and genetics. He has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while serving as president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Engineers without Borders program. He also was active in the Blue Key Honor Society and Engineering World Health. Herbst was involved in undergraduate bioengineering research during his first three years at Clemson.

Herbst also made time to write and publish five peer-reviewed articles. He spent time abroad volunteering in several countries, including South Africa and Honduras. In 2015, Herbst was awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

“It’s a very humbling experience, and for me I think it’s going to serve as a reminder to keep pushing for more and trying to do more in my involvements,” Herbst said. “I’d really like to thank my parents, Maria and Brian, for all of their support during my time at Clemson; Dr. Michael LeMahieu, Jamie Williams, Dr. Sarah Winslow, Katie Maxwell and all of the incredible people at the National Scholars Program and Calhoun Honors College; Dr. Michael Sehorn, Dr. Frank Alexis, and all of the amazing Clemson students who have made the Clemson experience truly one of a kind.”

Herbst plans to attend Harvard medical school in the fall. He would like to pursue a career in global health and work internationally.

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