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BLOOMINGTON – Jeffrey Andrew “Andy” Kast of Tell City has been named an Indiana University Founders Scholar for 2013 in recognition of his exceptional academic work. He achieved this distinction by earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 or higher, which places him in the top tier of Bloomington undergraduate students.
Kast will be formally acknowledged as a Founders Scholar at this year’s honors convocation April 7. This event celebrates the success and accomplishments of Founders Scholars and is also a part of the university’s observance of Founders Day, which marks the anniversary of IU’s founding in 1820.
Kast is a biological-sciences major. He plans to attend Indiana University’s Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology Graduate program. This interdisciplinary program provides students a large number of potential research projects. New students participate in lab rotations to sample the interest, approaches and styles of three different laboratories. This allows students to make well-informed decisions about what area of research to pursue and which laboratory to join. Students in the program may graduate with a Ph.D in molecular, cellular and development biology, genetics or plant sciences.
Kast is the son of Jeff and Nikki Kast of Tell City and the grandson of Glenn and Anna Hamilton of Cloverport, Ky., Allen Kast of Tell City and the late Nancy Kast.