Honors Convocation

Program for April 9, 2022

Welcome

Jane R. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Science
Associate Professor, Psychology

Remarks from the Dean

John F. DiTusa, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science
Professor, Physics

Keynote Speaker

Robert W. Berbeco
Executive Director, Information and Informatics Services
IU Health

School Awards

John F. DiTusa, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science
Professor, Physics

Jane R. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Science
Associate Professor, Psychology

Department/Program Awards

Presented by the Department Chair, Program Director or Representative

Biology
Theodore R. Cummins, Ph.D., Chair

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Partha Basu, Ph.D., Chair

Computer and Information Science
Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., Chair

Earth Sciences
Kathy J. Licht, Ph.D., Chair

Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Christine J. Picard, Ph.D., Director

Mathematical Sciences
Jeffrey X. Watt, Ph.D., Chair

Neuroscience
Teri Belecky-Adams, Ph.D., Director

Physics
Horia I. Petrache, Ph.D., Department Representative

Psychology
Stephen L. Boehm, Ph.D., Chair

Closing Remarks

Jane R. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Science
Associate Professor, Psychology

Keynote speaker

Robert W. Berbeco

Executive Director, Information and Informatics Services
IU Health

Indianapolis native Bob Berbeco leads informatics and information services for IU Health in key function areas including Health Plans, vendor relationships, procurement, contracting, demand management, and executive leadership of all the system regional site leaders.

Prior to that, he was CTO of Adult & Child Health where he received 2018 Indianapolis Business Journal CTO of the Year Honoree. During that time, he led the enterprise data warehouse build to consolidate data from multiple EMRs, Finance, external claims, and HR; and led the Data Governance plan that increased data literacy and reduced data reporting inconsistencies. Prior to Adult & Child Health, he worked within the healthcare technology sector as a leader for over 19 years with a specialization in predictive analytics, process optimization, ADKAR change management, service line administration, business intelligence, process and data governance, experience design, demand management, information security, and Six Sigma as a Black Belt.

Bob earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Purdue Lafayette and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from IUPUI (Purdue).

School Awards

Trustees' Teaching Award

The Trustees’ Teaching Award honors individuals who have a positive impact on learning through the direct instruction of students, especially undergraduates. Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence and must have completed at least three years of service at IUPUI or IUPUC to be eligible.

Tina Chen
Psychology

Patrick L. Gentry
Biology

Doan V. N. Le
Mathematical Sciences

Jingzhi Pu
Chemistry

Susan Walsh
Biology

Research Award for Tenure-Track Faculty

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of research by a tenure-track faculty member.

Jing Liu
Physics

Research Award for Tenured Faculty

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of research by a tenured faculty member.

Christopher C. Lapish
Psychology

Service Award

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of service by a full-time faculty member.

Andrew D. Gavrin
Physics

Full-Time Lecturer Service Award

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of service by a full-time lecturer.

Joan P. Rainey
Mathematical Sciences

Associate Faculty Award

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of teaching by an associate faculty member.

Sharmistha Bhattacharjee
Mathematical Sciences

Academic Advising Award

This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of academic advising by a full-time faculty or professional staff member.

Beth Goodman
Psychology

Partners in Education Full-Time Staff Award

The Partners in Education Full-Time Staff Award recognizes staff who make significant contributions in support of their department and the mission of our School. This award acknowledges an individual whose performance is notable among his or her peers and who demonstrates exemplary service.

Jim Crase
Chemistry

Cynthia C. Williams
Neuroscience

Teaching Assistant Award

This award honors a teaching assistant for outstanding teaching, for demonstrating superior ability to impart knowledge to students, and for stimulating student’s desire to master these topics.

Azam Shafieenezhad
Physics

School of Science Innovative Educator Award

This award honors a faculty or staff member who has had a substantial impact on the formal or informal education of students in the School, through an outstanding record of innovation and creativity in or out of the classroom and laboratory setting.

Lin Zhu
Chemistry

Malik-Evenbeck-Baker Advocacy and Opportunities Award

Established by Keith and Sally Anliker, this award honors a faculty or staff member who has had a substantial impact on the professional development and career trajectory of a faculty or staff member in the School.

Teri Belecky-Adams
Biology

Herron-Bodner-Boschmann Award for Scholarly Work in Science Education

This award honors a faculty member who has engaged in and published or presented their scholarly work in Science Education. This work, including educational research, development of new teaching approaches and technologies, and investigations or implementations of high-impact educational practices, has positively impacted the School of Science.

Jeffrey X. Watt
Mathematical Sciences

Chancellor's Scholar

This award is granted on behalf of Interim Chancellor Andrew Klein. It recognizes outstanding performance by students who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average as determined by their School. Each year this distinguished award is only conferred upon twenty-two students campus-wide. Below is the 2022 recipient for the School of Science.

Bryan A. McClain
Computer Science and Mathematics

Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award Nominees

This award is a campus-wide honor given to an IUPUI graduating senior for excellence in independent research who demonstrates a commitment and a desire to explore more deeply the rich knowledge in his or her chosen discipline. The School of Science nominated the following students who demonstrate this excellence.

Bryan G. Blackburn
Chemistry

Alexa Soto
Psychology and American Sign Language

Scholarship Recipients

Hawryluk Family Scholarship

The Hawryluk Family Scholarship was established by dedicated School of Science alumnus and entrepreneur P. Kent Hawryluk. This scholarship supports academically strong students from Indiana who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree with a major in the School of Science.

Anders J. Brown
Applied Computer Science

Jeanette Glenn
Psychology

Faith V. Hart
Biology

Mercades L. James
Psychology

Kitty Lark
Physics and Sculpture Fine Arts

Spencer D. Mullins
Computer Science

Alexis Navarro
Psychology

Connor M. Watkins
Geology

Payten M. Ybanez
Biology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Desco E. McKay and Jeffrey X. Watt STEM Scholarship

The Desco E. McKay and Jeffrey X. Watt STEM Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in physical sciences, secondary math education, secondary science education, or any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.

Noah M. Trejo
Mathematics and Physics

Varma-Nelson Scholarship

Dr. Pratibha Varma-Nelson and Dr. John Nelson established this scholarship to recognize outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Science. Students must be peer-leaders in the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) program and have a strong academic background.

Logan M. Boyer
Biology

Ryli E. Justice
Biology

McBride Family Equity Scholarship

The McBride Family Equity Scholarship was established by Bill and Karen Christensen, friends of the School of Science, IUPUI, and Indiana University. This scholarship supports full-time undergraduate students in the School of Science who are pursuing a major in a STEM discipline.

Ransome M. Adeyeye
Neuroscience

BioStorage Technologies RISE Scholarship

The BioStorage Technologies RISE Scholarship supports undergraduate students with a declared major in the School of Science who have an interest in a life sciences-related career, as demonstrated by major or intended career path. This scholarship will support a Research, International, Service Learning, or Experiential Learning (RISE) experience.

Tessa C. Eller
Biology

Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship

Established by former IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Dr. Uday Sukhatme, the Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship memorializes his mother, Indumati. This scholarship honors her life and inspires others to contribute to new RISE Scholarships, which emphasize the importance of supporting Research, International, Service Learning and Experiential Learning (RISE) experiences for students.

Catherine E. Sellmer
Psychology

William H. and Elizabeth M. Reid RISE Scholarship

Established by Dr. Bart Ng, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the School of Science at IUPUI, this scholarship honors his mentor, Dr. William H. Reid, and his wife, Elizabeth M. Reid. This RISE scholarship honors the Reid’s legacy and supports outstanding undergraduate students from the School of Science who participate in an international experience.

Alexis J. Hecker
Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

W. Michael and Susan L. Wells RISE Scholarship

Established by dedicated friends of the School, the W. Michael and Susan L. Wells RISE Scholarship supports students with a major in the School of Science who have an interest in a life sciences career and have integrated one of the four IUPUI RISE initiatives into their studies.

Elizabeth D. Kaufman
Psychology

Gene and Dorothy Marrs Memorial Scholarship

The Gene and Dorothy Marrs Memorial Scholarship supports travel and registration costs for undergraduate science majors interested in attending and presenting at academic conferences relevant to their research. Students must have an accepted poster or oral presentation to be eligible.

Luke R. Jackson
Chemistry

John D. Barnwell Memorial Scholarship

The John D. Barnwell Scholarship was established by Dean Emeritus Dr. David L. Stocum as a tribute to his friend and student, Dr. John D. Barnwell who was a scientist, writer, and musician. The award is given to a student in the School of Science who has effectively integrated the arts and sciences into their degree program.

Danilo M. Almeida
Biology and English Creative Writing

Frank G. and Ernestine M. Lambertus Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Ernestine Lambertus in honor of her husband, Frank, who was a valued advisor to the Dean of the School of Science. Through their generosity, the Lambertus family has supported many science students in the school over the past three decades. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown progress and improvement in their academic program.

Jacob D. Gammons
Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Katrina N. Hoetmer
Mathematics

Connor M. Watkins
Geology

Science and Mathematics Future Teacher Scholarship

The Science and Mathematics Future Teacher Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate science or mathematics education major who demonstrates a record of academic excellence and a commitment to the vocation of K-12 science or mathematics teaching.

Olivia K. Brown
Biology Teaching

School of Science Alumni Association Academic Achievement Scholarship

The School of Science Alumni Association Academic Achievement Scholarship is awarded to a continuing undergraduate science major who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the School.

Siangsin M. Lal
Biology

Kiersten H. Peña
Neuroscience

Class of '84 Scholarship

Established by dedicated School of Science alumnus, Stephen A. Freeland, this award recognizes an exceptional undergraduate student in the School of Science Honors Program.

James B. Zwierzynski
Biology

The Indianapolis Project SEED Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian, a valued friend to the School and an active supporter of the Project SEED Summer Research Program for high school students. The scholarship supports former Project SEED participants that attend IUPUI and pursue a degree in the School of Science with a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, forensic and investigative sciences, geology, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and/or psychology. Consideration may be given to students pursuing degrees in engineering, technology, nursing, or public health.

Selome T. Tefera
Biology

William and Donola Orr Scholarship

The William and Donola Orr Scholarship supports students with a major in the School of Science.

Rachel S. Zelaya-Escobar
Neuroscience

Fatima Hassuneh Undergraduate Research Memorial Scholarship

Fatima Hassuneh was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend with a passion and enthusiasm for science. This scholarship was established to honor her life and continue her legacy of generosity, service, academic achievement, and curiosity. This scholarship is given to students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree in the School of Science and are actively engaged in undergraduate research.

Macy M. Deckert
Chemistry

W. Michael and Susan L. Wells Women in Science Scholarship

The W. Michael and Susan L. Wells Women in Science Scholarship was established by W. Michael and Susan Wells, friends of the School of Science, IUPUI, and Indiana University. This scholarship supports full-time undergraduate students in the School of Science who are academically strong and have a declared major in which women are underrepresented in the school.

Morgan L. Fischer
Physics

Abigail L. Meaden
Geology

Christina Naing
Biology

Megan Wells
Biology and Neuroscience

Women in Science Scholars

This award honors outstanding female science students, providing academic and professional development activities designed to enhance educational success, research learning experiences, mentoring, and service learning and community-based activities.

Shelby D. Alexander
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Kasey K. Andrews
Neuroscience

Ayomide B. Betiku
Biology

Katelin I. Buckmaster
Biology

Natalie A. Bush
Biology

Janet Chen
Biology

Steph L. Creech
Biology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Janaki C. Dave
Neuroscience

Tiffany L. Figueroa
Dental Hygiene

Alyssa N. Geer
Dental Hygiene

Alexandra N. Gregory
Interdisciplinary Studies

Precious Harvey
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Isabella A. Hocking
Forensic & Investigative Sciences and Psychology

Sophia C. Koesterer
Psychology

Medha Vijay Kulkarni
Computer Science

Anjali K. Patel
Biology

Olivia R. Pedigo
Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Spanish

Ines M. Rivera Rodriguez
Psychology and Media Arts & Sciences

Gillian I. Rockwell
Environmental Science

Gina N. Romines
Psychology

Chloe A. Small
Biology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Alexa Soto
Psychology and American Sign Language

Cynthia A. Van Eaton
Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Sophia L. Zavala
Biology

Biology Awards

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Bachelor of Arts

Karmyn A. Kissling
Biology

Logan Lew
Biology

Bachelor of Science

Hanisha L. Battina
Biology and Neuroscience

Ronald E. Kirk Award

Established in memory of biology professor Dr. Ronald E. Kirk, this scholarship is awarded to the top student in freshman biology.

Maya El-Chal
Biology and Psychology

Lauren R. Fancher
Biology

Precious A. Ijimakinwa
Neuroscience

N. Douglas Lees Scholarship

For more than 45 years, Dr. Lees served the Department of Biology, School of Science, and IUPUI. Established in 2019 upon his retirement, this scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in biology who is in good academic standing.

Shajasha R. Lee
Biology

Richard O. McCracken Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Richard O. McCracken was a biology professor whose passion for research and teaching was reflected upon those with whom he had contact. In his honor, family and friends established this scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior biology major.

Noah T. Hamilton
Biology

Robert W. Tuveson Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mary Ellen Tuveson and Dr. David L. Stocum, this scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in the biological sciences, with strong academic performance and future promise.

Ryli E. Justice
Biology

Joseph Russo Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of biology professor Dr. Joseph Russo, this scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in biology.

Jordan E. Nus
Biology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Tah-Tah Self Achievement Award

Tahnesia “Tah-Tah” Towner was a strong, independent woman who studied biology in pursuit of her dream to be a pediatrician. Upon her passing, friends and family chose to keep Tah-Tah’s spirit alive by establishing this award, which is made to an African-American female who is pursuing a medical career.

Safia H. Ahmed
Biology

Outstanding Research Award

Baccalaureate

Faith R. Prochaska
Biology and Neuroscience

Master

Brandon C. Wysong
Biology

Doctorate

Alexandra E. Hochstetler
Biology

Elizabeth Steele Creveling Memorial Scholarship

In memory of his wife, Dr. Howard F. Creveling Jr. established this scholarship for an outstanding master’s or doctoral student in biology.

Laura E. Hawley
Biology

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Awards

Patricia A. Boaz Awards

Dr. Patricia A. Boaz’s passion was her students’ success. Named in her memory, this award is made to the graduating senior with the highest academic achievement in the Bachelor of Arts chemistry program.

Amber L. Pagan
Chemistry and Geology

Loren T. Jones Award

A former Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology chair, Dr. Loren T. Jones, is honored each year with this award. The recipient is a graduating senior with the highest academic achievement in the Bachelor of Science chemistry program.

Brendon J. Glass
Chemistry

Frank J. Welcher Award

Dr. Frank J. Welcher served the Department of Chemistry as its chair before IUPUI was officially established. The award was established in Dr. Welcher’s honor by his wife, Helen Beasley Welcher, and is given to a graduating senior with the most outstanding professional promise.

Gary Mann
Chemistry

American Institute of Chemists Student Research and Recognition Award

Awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in chemistry or biochemistry.

Prabhnoor S. Nagra
Chemistry

Distributed Drug Discovery Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry

Awarded to students who have shown outstanding academic performance in organic chemistry within the classroom and laboratory, mental attitude, and work ethic.

Macy M. Deckert
Chemistry

Theodore W. Cutshall Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Patricia Cutshall and family to honor her husband, Dr. Theodore W. Cutshall. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry in the School of Science who has completed and excelled in their organic chemistry research.

Jake Staker
Chemistry

James R. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. James R. McCarthy to honor his legacy and lifelong commitment to philanthropy, K-12 education, and higher education. The scholarship supports a promising undergraduate chemistry student who is pursuing a degree in the School of Science.

Isaiah M. Dixon
Chemistry

Jacob D. Gammons
Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Bonner-Ferguson-Kelley Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student worker who has been engaged for at least two terms as a storeroom assistant, recitation instructor, or laboratory teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The awardee will have demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and have been an effective contributor to the department’s educational mission.

Macy M. Deckert
Chemistry

Outstanding Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Student

This award recognizes the outstanding undergraduate student in Analytical Chemistry.

Archit S. Shah
Chemistry

Scott Alan Kent Memorial Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kent established this scholarship in memory of their son, Scott Alan Kent, who graduated from IUPUI with a degree in chemistry. This scholarship is awarded to a promising sophomore or junior chemistry major.

Briyanna G. Herrera
Chemistry

Loren T. Jones Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Loren T. Jones, this award provides a summer research stipend to a continuing undergraduate student.

Annika R. Bleeke
Chemistry

CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award

The CRC award recognizes the outstanding student in the freshmen chemistry courses.

Will E. Clark
Chemistry

Rich-Keller Elementary Chemistry Scholarship

Established by Dr. Erwin “Erv” Boschmann, this scholarship is awarded to a student who excels in the elementary chemistry lecture and laboratory courses (CHEM-C101 and CHEM-C121), and honors Dr. Ronald L. Rich and Dr. Raymond N. Keller, both of whom mentored the scholarship donor.

Giselle Calderon
Nuclear Medicine Technology

Sabrina Omer
Health Sciences

Graduate Chemistry Research Scholarship

This scholarship supports one continuing doctoral student who is conducting research in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The recipient’s mentor must be a full-time faculty member in the Department.

Krishnakumar Sachidanandan
Chemistry

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Dissertation Scholar

This award is given to an outstanding graduate student during the final year of their dissertation research.

Adrianna N. Masterson
Chemistry

Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award

This award is given to a third or fourth year graduate student for extraordinary service and/or leadership to departmental activities and the profession. The recipient goes above and beyond the normal responsibilities as a graduate student.

Hannah Zimmerman-Federle
Chemistry

Computer and Information Science Awards

Gersting Award for an Outstanding Undergraduate Student

During their tenures at IUPUI, Drs. John and Judy Gersting have dedicated much of their time to students. In gratitude for the Gerstings’ devotion to teaching, a number of their students, now computer science alumni, established this annual award (and the one following) in their honor. It is made to a graduating senior for exceptional work in the baccalaureate program.

Bryan A. McClain
Computer Science and Mathematics

Gersting Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student

This award is made to a graduating student in the master’s or doctoral program who has attained academic excellence and who is dedicated to the profession.

Nathan Swearingen
Computer Science

Raymond and Jane Chin Undergraduate Research Award

Dr. Raymond Chin, Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Computer and Information Science Department, has been an exceptional advocate of undergraduate research opportunities. In his and his wife’s honor, this award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate researcher who has not only demonstrated an aptitude for research but also has significantly contributed to the research mission of the department, especially in the domain of Computational Science.

Drew A. Bieger
Computer Science

Gloria and Andrew Olson Undergraduate Service Award

Dr. Andrew Olson, Professor Emeritus in the Computer and Information Science Department, has been a strong proponent of service activities for undergraduate students. In his and his wife’s honor, this award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student who has significantly contributed to all aspects of the service mission of the department.

Raj V. Aherrao
Computer Science

Outstanding Woman in Computer Science Award

This award is given to a female computer science major that has shown outstanding promise in the Computer and Information Science program.

Medha Vijay Kulkarni
Computer Science

Promising Freshman Award

This award is given to a freshman who has shown outstanding promise in the Computer and Information Science program.

Grace T. Nguyen
Computer Science

Teaching Assistant Award

This award is made to a graduate teaching assistant who has demonstrated excellence in performance over the course of two consecutive semesters.

Hongyan Zhou
Computer Science

Earth Sciences Awards

Earth Sciences Alumni Scholarship

Established and supported by many IUPUI earth sciences alumni, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Spencer T. Strout
Geology and Chemistry

Indiana Geology and Gem Scholarship

This scholarship is given to an environmental science or geology major at IUPUI to further the student’s undergraduate degree program.

Cassia N. Snyder
Geology

Women in Geology (CACC Geology) Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding female geology student who has studied volcanology or petrology.

Nicole M. Shields
Geology

Drs. Arthur and Patricia Mirsky Student Enhancement Scholarship

Jae G.-A. St. Pierre
Geology and Anthropology

Dr. Arthur Mirsky Graduate Fellowship

Drs. Arthur and Patricia S. Mirsky established this fellowship to support graduate students who are studying geology at IUPUI. This scholarship is a tribute to the more than 50 years the couple spent in education - he as the founder and former Chair of the IUPUI Department of Geology, now Earth Sciences, and she as the Director of Special Education and school psychologist in the Speedway school system.

Wenzhe Jiao
Applied Earth Sciences

Forensic and Investigative Sciences Awards

Jay A. Siegel Award

This award is given to the top student in FIS 20500 Concepts of Forensic Science I in honor of Dr. Jay A. Siegel, Founding Director of the IUPUI Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program.

Elise S. Scrogham
Accounting

Outstanding Research Award

This award is given to an outstanding student who has demonstrated excellence in research with commitment and desire to advance the field of forensic science.

Gillian E. Truong
Forensic & Investigative Sciences and Biology

Academic Achievement Award

This award is given for outstanding academic achievement, including high GPA and challenging course enrollment.

Giana M. Bender
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Student Leadership Award

This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated leadership and service in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) Program and/or the Forensic Science Club.

Abigail C. McMillen
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Charles (Chuck) Gould Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Charles (Chuck) Gould, who was a Forensic and Investigative Sciences graduate student and an analyst with the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency (IMCFSA). Established by his family in his memory, this scholarship supports a graduate student pursuing a degree in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program.

Roman A. Castillo
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Madison D. Reavis
Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Mathematical Sciences Awards

Yuri Abramovich Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family and friends of Dr. Yuri Abramovich, this scholarship commemorates Dr. Abramovich’s legacy as a colleague, mathematician and educator. This scholarship supports students who have a keen interest in the study of mathematics, who demonstrate academic excellence, especially in mathematics courses beyond the sophomore level, and who show promise for a career in mathematics.

Undergraduate

Michael A. Carabantes
Mathematics

Graduate

Erin O. Zhao
Mathematics

Anna K. Suter Scholarship

Professor Anna K. Suter was an advocate for students, promoting academic success and encouraging many students to persist and achieve their degree objectives. This scholarship was established in her memory to support full-time undergraduate students, thus ensuring that the next generation of mathematicians would be recognized for their achievements.

Freshman

Jordan E. Fryman
Mathematics

Continuing

Katrina N. Hoetmer
Mathematics

Noah R. Hout
Mathematics

Sanika A. Kotnis
Mathematics and Quantitative Economics

Emily G. McClear
Mathematics

Geraldine and David Rigdon RISE Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Robert D. Rigdon, a dedicated emeritus faculty member of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, to honor the memory of his parents, Geraldine and David Rigdon. This award supports undergraduate science majors who have integrated one of the four IUPUI RISE initiatives into their studies.

Croix M. Gyurek
Mathematics and Computer Science

Isaac Manring
Matematics and Computer Science

Charalambos D. Aliprantis Prize

This award was established by Dr. Bart Ng, Dean Emeritus and Professor of the School of Science, to honor the memory of Dr. Charalambos D. “Roko” Aliprantis and his contributions to the development of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Aliprantis was a dedicated faculty member from 1974 through 1996 and contributed greatly to interdisciplinary research in mathematics. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding mathematics graduate students who exemplify outstanding scholastic achievements as well as leadership qualities.

Sushmanth Jacob Akkarapakam
Mathematics

Runzhong Zhao
Mathematics

Cowen Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Carl Cowen and Janice Wheater-Cowen to honor and memorialize Janet Catherine Cowen for her lifelong commitment to philanthropy and education. This scholarship will support a promising graduate student who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences.

Amanda L. Albright
Mathematics

Dustin W. Newland
Mathematics

Outstanding Beginning Mathematics Graduate Student Award

Keshav Keshav
Mathematics

Outstanding Advanced Mathematics Graduate Student Award

Maxim Kosmakov
Mathematics

Outstanding Beginning Statistics Graduate Student Award

Yishan Cui
Applied Statistics

Outstanding Advanced Statistics Graduate Student Award

Debolina Chatterjee
Mathematics

Outstanding Master's Student in Statistics Program Award

Junjie Zhang
Applied Statistics

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Debolina Chatterjee
Mathematics

Outstanding Senior Actuarial Science Major Award

Abby L. Roeder
Mathematics

Outstanding Senior Applied Math Major Award

Joshua A. Balda
Mathematics

Outstanding Senior Math Education Major Award

Grace C. Hamilton
Math Teaching

Outstanding Senior Applied Statistics Award

Isaac Manring
Mathematics and Computer Science

Outstanding Math Assistance Center Tutor Award

Eli M. Kindomba
Mechanical Engineering

Outstanding Math Assistance Center Mentor Award

Jacob E. Bailey
Accounting and Finance

Math Major Spirit Award

Croix M. Gyurek
Mathematics and Computer Science

Bernie Morrel Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award

Doan V. N. Le
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Bernie Morrel Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award

Sarah J. Simon
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Neuroscience Awards

Academic Excellence Award

This award goes to the graduating neuroscience major who has the highest GPA.

Aiysha Amjad
Neuroscience and Biology

Yosef N. Arab
Neuroscience

Murad K. Nazzal
Neuroscience

Seth Sears Memorial Outstanding Service Award

This award is made to a graduating senior for considerable and outstanding service to the neuroscience program at IUPUI.

Eriel Wise
Neuroscience

Outstanding Research Award

This award goes to a graduating neuroscience major who has extensively participated and excelled in research in the neurosciences.

Hanisha L. Battina
Neuroscience and Biology

Physics Awards

University Physics Award

This award is given to an outstanding student in the PHYS 15200/PHYS 25100 course sequence.

Croix M. Gyurek
Mathematics and Computer Science

Forrest Meiere Prize for an Outstanding Undergraduate Physics Major

Dr. Forrest Meiere was the Physics Department’s first and longest-serving chair, dedicating 32 years to physics education and research at IUPUI. This award is made to an undergraduate physics major who has achieved an outstanding academic record.

Alexander Q. Phillips
Physics and Computer Science

D.J. Angus-Scientech Education Foundation Physics Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the D.J. Angus-Scientech Education Foundation. It is awarded to a sophomore or junior student who is in good academic standing and has shown significant improvement in grade average.

Madeline L. Haines
Biomedical Engineering

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Jacob E. Muldoon
Physics

Han Paik Mentoring Award

The Han Paik Mentoring Award is given in honor of long-time physics faculty member, Dr. Han Won Paik. Dr. Paik joined the faculty of Purdue University in Indianapolis in 1962. He was a devoted teacher of physics throughout his career, and after his retirement in 1993, Dr. Paik continued to mentor students in physics on a volunteer basis. This award is given to a physics major or minor who has shown a commitment to mentoring other students in physics.

Joshua C. Everetts
Physics

Psychology Awards

Robert G. Neel Award

Dr. Neel is a former chair of the Department of Psychology, and this award honors his many years of service to the School. This award recognizes a senior with the highest GPA.

Levi Bolinger
Psychology

Robert I. Long Award

As department chair, Dr. Long made considerable contributions to the psychology program. This award is made to a graduating senior for excellence in leadership, research, and service.

Tyler A. Melloh
Psychology

John F. Kremer Undergraduate Mentor Award

Throughout his career, Dr. Kremer believed that peer mentors could have a powerful effect on student success in an introductory psychology class. This award is given to the peer mentor who best exemplifies the characteristics associated with this success: dedication, relentless persistence, creativity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and the ability to connect with all students.

Holly E. Carver
Biology

Dr. Robert Stewart Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Stewart was an accomplished Research Scientist and later Senior Lecturer in Psychology from 1995-2020. As a scientist, Rob mentored many students in research. As an instructor, Rob made important contributions to the undergraduate teaching mission of Psychology. The Rob Stewart Memorial Scholarship not only celebrates Rob’s many contributions to teaching and mentoring, but also marks the considerable debt of gratitude that Rob’s students and colleagues owe him even today. This award is given to an accomplished first-generation Psychology major in their junior or senior year.

Damon Germano
Psychology and Health Sciences

Undergraduate Research Award

This award is based upon the total papers accepted for publication, papers accepted for presentation, or amount of contribution by the student to research, especially in generating research ideas and in writing papers.

Alexa Soto
Psychology and American Sign Language

Outstanding Student Teaching Award

This award recognizes outstanding student teaching assistants for their superior ability to impart knowledge of chosen topics to students and to stimulate their desire to master such topics. The award recognizes that teaching extends beyond the classroom and includes activities such as mentoring and motivating of students, either formally or informally.

Undergraduate

Delaney Connolly
Psychology

Graduate

Aubrey L. Shell
Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology Award

This award recognizes a graduate student with outstanding performance in clinical work and training.

Aubrey L. Shell
Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology Award for Service

This award recognizes a graduate student with outstanding performance in citizenship service to the department.

Richelle L. Clifton
Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology Award for Research Excellence

This award recognizes a graduate student who goes above and beyond the research requirements of the graduate degree and shows outstanding performance in research.

Annalee V. Johnson-Kwochka
Clinical Psychology

Paul J. McKinley Award

This award is presented to a student in the Addiction Neuroscience doctoral program in memory of former student Paul J. McKinley.

Mitchell D. Morningstar
Addiction Neuroscience

McKinley Award for Outreach, Public Engagement, and Diversity

Kari M. Haines
Addiction Neuroscience

Outstanding Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Student Award

This award recognizes an outstanding master’s student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Mya C. Findley
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Applied Social and Organizational Psychology Graduate Student Award

This award recognizes an outstanding doctoral student in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology.

Brittney Amber
Applied Social and Organizational Psychology

Outstanding Clinical Practicum Supervisor Award

This award recognizes exemplary supervision and training provided to graduate students in clinical psychology who are engaged in clinical practice.

Pamela Phillips, Psy.D., HSPP

2022 IUPUI Top 100 Undergraduate Science Majors

Sponsored by the IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR), the IUPUI “Top 100” Student Recognition Awards honor students for their scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities on campus, and civic and community service.

Of this year’s Top 100 students, 48 hailed from the School of Science.

Rebekah J. Addison
Biology

Pawas Aggarwal
Computer Science

Alexandra N. Alderdice
Biology

Aiysha Amjad
Biology and Neuroscience

Iqra Asad
Biology

Samuel A. Bartrom
Biology

Hanisha L. Battina
Biology and Neuroscience

Kesha C. Bhatt
Biology

Logan M. Boyer
Biology

Mason G. Christie
Psychology

Ana R. Danner
Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology

Caroline Dunbar
Neuroscience

Kelechi Echeumuna
Biology

Maggie M. Granatir
Biology and Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Kartikay Gulia
Computer Science

Hamna Hamna
Biology

Olivia T. Hendzel
Biology

Muntaseer M. Islam
Psychology

Nur H. Koksal
Biology

Medha Vijay Kulkarni
Computer Science

Mackenzi N. Lawson
Neuroscience

Gretchen A. Leis
Biology

Hope E. Leonard
Psychology and Music Technology

Gary Mann
Chemistry

Verayna R. Newland
Biology

Walker J Nurrenbern
Chemistry

Amber L. Pagan
Chemistry and Geology

Rujuta Parekar
Psychology

Reggie S. Parker
Biology

Olivia R. Pedigo
Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Spanish

Jasmine K. Pond
Biology

Morel H. Pond
Biology

Kristina Powlen
Biology

Faith R. Prochaska
Biology and Neuroscience

Aditi Ravikumar
Biology and Neuroscience

Gina N. Romines
Psychology

Mark Saad
Biology

Meghana Sankar
Biology

Hanna N. Schreiber
Biology

Bryce M. Selman
Biology and Medical Humanities & Health Sciences

Caleb D. Shannon
Psychology

Benjamin Shoemaker
Physics

Sylvia J. Singh
Biology

Alexa Soto
Psychology and American Sign Language

Roman Strobel
Biology

Seth D. Weir
Neuroscience

Jesszca N. White
Neuroscience

Dru A. Wilkerson
Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Sciences