The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) has recognized Joseph Tompkins, a double major in electrical engineering and physic at UNC Charlotte, with its Award of Merit as the outstanding ROTC cadet in the Southeast Region.
The Southeast Region encompasses about 50 ROTC detachments as far west as Louisiana and as far north as Virginia. Tompkins was recognized with the distinction at an awards ceremony on the April 25, 2013.
The SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal with bronze key replica, It was authorized in 1948 to be awarded annually to outstanding junior and senior engineering students in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces.
A central military service board in each case selects the outstanding students for the awards from nominations submitted by the Professors of Military Science and Technology, Professors of Naval Science, and Professors of Aerospace Studies. A student winning the senior award who had won the junior award is presented a bronze oak leaf cluster in lieu of another medal.