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Natural & Applied Sciences Department – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2023 graduation awards. The awards were presented during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 4 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The Department of Natural & Applied Sciences offers a variety of innovative majors to prepare students for careers ranging from education to the environment, including chemistry, computers, pre-engineering, and health care.

A cadaver lab was added in 2016, enhancing the educational experience for pre-med students.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

Annaliese Marsiglio

Outstanding Graduate in Applied Sciences & Sustainability

Lynnea Compton

Outstanding Graduate in Biology

Audrey Bowman 

Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry

Megan Redding

Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science

Justin Battaglia

Outstanding Graduate in Healthcare

Gabrielle Fink

Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics

Hayden Pyle

Outstanding Graduate in Pre-Medicine

David Buck

Outstanding Graduate in Math Education

Samantha Nicholls

Outstanding Graduate in Biology Education

Lexie Sutherland

The Class of 2023

Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary celebrated 579 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 4. Graduates earned a total of 24 doctoral, 154 master’s, 357 bachelor’s, and 44 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AAs are from Evangel’s James River College campus.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at