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Edwin Corgiat honored as the H.N. and Frances Berger Outstanding Male Graduate


Williamsburg, KY- On Saturday, May 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented senior Edwin Bernard Corgiat (Norris, TN) with the H.N. and Frances Berger Outstanding Male Graduate Award during the annual commencement ceremony.

His parents are Edwin and Phyllis Corgiat of Norris, Tennessee. Edwin has majors in both biology and chemistry. As a Hearst Scholar at University of the Cumberlands, Edwin completed a Presidential research project in biology with Dr. Andrew Hockert last year and research with Dr. Joan Hembree in 2014. Last summer, Edwin was one of only ten students selected to participate in the prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory University (SURE) program.

Edwin is a member of the UC soccer team and has been recognized as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Last year, he received the Student Government Association’s SGA Student Leader Award and the T. E. Mahan Memorial Award. His academic excellence was recognized this year with the biology department’s Outstanding Senior Award and with induction into UC’s J. T. Vallandingham Society, an honor extended to very few students each year. He has also been selected for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

In addition to his participation on the UC soccer team, Edwin has volunteered as a peer tutor for the Academic Resource Center. He has been active in Environmental Club and serves as Vice President of the Student Government Association. He is in Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society, and he is President of the Beta, Beta, Beta Biology Honor Society. Edwin also serves as a Residence Hall Assistant.

Upon graduation, Edwin plans to gain clinical experience and then pursue both an M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP) in a dual program. A faculty member describes him as “highly motivated with a wonderful ability and desire to succeed.”

The H. N. and Frances Berger Awards have been given each year since 1988 to honor the outstanding male and the outstanding female student from the senior class who have demonstrated leadership in, and service to, the university community and the larger community as a whole as selected by the Senior Awards Committee from nominations by faculty, staff, students and alumni. Recipients must also demonstrate sound academic achievements.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit