The award, presented annually to an undergraduate student who has experienced the transformational power of education, is named for emeriti faculty members Dr. Colin Harris and Dr. Duane Davis.
An anonymous College of Professional Advancement faculty member provided the initial gift of approximately $25,000 to endow the award.
Anderson, originally from Greenville, Mississippi, is an informatics major completing his coursework this semester with plans to participate in commencement in May. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and has been selected multiple times to the President’s and Dean’s lists.
“I am surprised and honored to be the first recipient of the Harris Davis Transformational Power of Education Award,” said Anderson. “I would like to thank all of my professors in their efforts to educate me, and especially Dr. Feng Liu for helping guide me toward my career goals.”