Vermillion, USD junior wins Covenant Award for Excellence Dan Day from Vermillion, a junior biology and computer science major, is the winner of the Covenant Award for Community. Covenant Awards are presented five times each academic year, one award for each of the Collegeâ�?�?s core values: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. In selecting the recipient of the award for Excellence, a committee of faculty and staff reviewed nominations from the entire campus community. â�?�?Dan is noted for being a catalyst to ramp up a bioinformatics program, and both the computer science and biology faculties have been discussing how they can engage in this relatively new and dynamic field,â�? said Dr. Gary Earl, professor of chemistry. Following his freshman year, Day did research in bioinformatics at The University of South Dakota. The next year his research in the same field took place at the University of Minnesota. This summer he will be working with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. In April, he presented a summation of last summerâ�?�?s research at the Poster on the Hill program in Washington, DC. In the nomination process, a fellow student said of Day, â�?�?He understands the importance of a job well done, and never allows his performance to fall short of the standard of excellence that has become synonymous with his name.â�? Day is the son of Lynne and David Day.