FIU doctoral candidate Honored with Albion College 'Top 10 in 10' Young Alumni Award

FIU doctoral candidate Derek Burkholder, ’04 , was recently named one of Albion College's "Top 10 in 10" Young Alumni Award honorees for 2011.

The award recognizes noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who have graduated within the past ten years. They "highlight the impressive achievements our alumni make, even just a few years out of college," explained Tim Newsted, '78, assistant director of alumni engagement. "We have thousands of fantastic alumni, and it's a pleasure to celebrate their successes.”

Having worked for National Geographic immediately after graduation from Albion, Burkholder is currently working with PBS in the Florida Everglades studying bull sharks. He has recently researched the ecological role of green turtles and tiger sharks in the pristine shallow sea grass ecosystem of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Burkholder is presently finalizing his dissertation at Florida International University, but manages to find time for his passion of underwater/natural-setting photography.

Albion College's 2012 "Top 10 in 10" Young Alumni honorees include a marine biologist, a Web-based entrepreneur, a strategic adviser to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and head coach of the 2010 and 2011 Michigan Class A Boys’ Basketball State Champions. To see the complete list of honorees, click here.

Albion College, located in south central Michigan, offers the innovative Albion Advantage of education, experience, and personalized mentoring that create exceptional career and life work preparation. Unveiled in 2010, the Albion Advantage attracted national attention from such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Forbes magazine for its comprehensive, multiyear vision of liberal arts education as a springboard to student success. Albion offers outstanding programs in law, medicine, education, management and the sciences and regularly appears on “best value” national college ranking lists.