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Microbiology major Monil Mehta named one of seven 2017 Torchbearers

Microbiology major Monil Mehta named one of seven 2017 Torchbearers

Seven UT students have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award.

The students were recently notified of their selection with surprise visits from Chancellor Beverly Davenport and other UT administrators while in class, in student organization meetings, and even in their coach’s office. They will receive a Torchbearer medal during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wednesday, April 19. The event is the university’s largest recognition event of the year.

Monil Mehta, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is majoring in microbiology and is president of the UT Student Dental Association. He founded a nonprofit organization, Global Services Projects, to address health disparities. As a Baker Scholar, he explored research on issues affecting the dental profession. As a Chancellor’s Honors student, he has been an undergraduate research assistant. He is also active in the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. He has been recognized for his volunteer work with Remote Area Medical, Zoo Knoxville, and Ronald McDonald House.

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