Patrick Sullivan, BS biology ’08, is more than just a stellar student. The 2008 AU President’s Award winner’s array of community service projects is as impressive as his near-perfect undergraduate GPA. “My parents were always involved in community service when I was a kid,” says Sullivan, “so I was always really encouraged to be involved, too.”
In his four years at AU, Sullivan organized various fundraising projects on campus. Last October, he directed the Sixth Annual American Classic 5K. Sponsored by on-campus club Team Running Heads, the event raised over $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity. Sullivan also directed Derby Days, a weeklong fundraiser sponsored by the Sigma Chi fraternity that raised over $4,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
In addition to these on-campus projects, Sullivan completed an Olympic-distance triathlon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, and, for the last two years, he worked at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. There, he contributed to research on the interactions between two cancer-inhibitor drugs currently in clinical trials in humans. “Sometimes when you use two drugs simultaneously in treatment, you find that they have synergistic instead of additive effects,” Sullivan explains. “Hopefully in the future we will be able to use this research to develop more specific treatments for cancer.”
In addition to assisting various causes and organizations, Sullivan’s service work provided him with a side benefit during his years as a busy student. “They force me to budget my time,” he says. “When I am most busy, I get the most done.”