Valedictorian Megan Gunn ’23, a math and engineering double-major with minors in computer science and physics, was recently honored as the winner of the H.W. Murray Medal for Scholarship. RMC’s highest academic honor, the H. W. Murray Medal for Scholarship was established in 1889 by legacy of Mrs. W. T. Goodwin of Louisa County, Va., in memory of her father. It is awarded to the member of the graduating class who holds the highest cumulative grade point average.
“It’s definitely a great honor,” Gunn said of winning the award. “It goes without saying that there’s always people behind that; faculty and staff, and friends and family, deserve a shout out for all their help and support.”
Gunn, an Honors student from Mechanicsville, Va., was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, and was honored with the John B. and Anita S. Werner Award, given annually to no more than two graduating seniors who have been elected to PBK and made outstanding contributions to the College and community.
Additionally, Gunn earned membership in the Chi Beta Phi Honorary Scientific Fraternity, the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon National Math Honor Society, and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. An accomplished undergraduate researcher, she was also awarded the Smithey Mathematics Prize, the Ray Martin Award for Excellence in Engineering, the Moore-Peace Prize for Mathematical Scholarship, and the William Hesse Memorial Award in Physics.
Gunn was involved in campus life beyond the classroom, serving as a tour guide and subject tutor and actively participating in intramural sports. She will continue her education in the fall at the University of Virginia, pursuing a Ph.D. in systems engineering.