The iScholars Excellence Award is given each semester to an iScholar who consistently displays teamwork, creativity and dedication in furthering the success of the iScholar program.
"The iScholars program has given me the confidence to pursue my engineering degree," Patton said. "I am grateful Dr. Condoor has put so much time into the iScholars program and seeing his passion makes me want to be a part of such a great experience."
This summer, Patton will be an intern at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She will be assigned to the lunar rover in the power and propulsion center.
The iScholars program is a student-led initiative to promote the entrepreneurial mindset across Saint Louis University campus. iScholars are engaged in different roles and activities, such as community outreach, innovation leadership, creative thinking and design projects. Students who are involved have access to experts from the field for several hours each week as well as a tinker lab, which provides the tools needed to take their ideas to the next level.
The iScholars program is funded by the Kern Family Foundation's Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN). KEEN is a collaboration of 19 universities around the U.S. that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students.