May 21, 2012—Eric McKee of Naperville earned two academic awards during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
McKee was recognized with the 2012 Outstanding Major in Finance Award and the 2012 Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award.
McKee is a senior triple-majoring in actuarial science, finance and classical civilization. He is the son of Roger McKee and Diane Zurbriggen and a graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton.
After graduating from North Central in June, McKee will pursue a master’s degree in mathematics, actuarial science sequence, at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. As a student at North Central, he worked as a mathematics tutor through the College’s EDGE Structured Study program. He participated in North Central’s College Scholars Honors Program and conducted research with Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor of economics and finance.
McKee presented his research findings, “The Effectiveness of Precious Metals and Commodities in Hedging Inflation,” at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and at the College’s 2012 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. He was a dean’s list scholar and played on the school’s men’s tennis team.