Junior biology student named IUPUI's 2016 most outstanding male student

Release Date: 
Apr 27 2016

Ten Science students named to Top 20

INDIANAPOLIS – Ayodamola Otun, a School of Science junior, was named the most outstanding male student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for 2016. Science students represented half of this year’s Top 20. The selection of IUPUI outstanding students was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 8. Top student

To the surprise and delight of attendees at the awards dinner, Otun sung his acceptance speech. Otun, a biology student, aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

Zachary Bennett, Joseph Bondi, Mark Daiuto, Faisal Khan, Ayodamola Otun, Greg Rothchild, Bryce Wray-Nelson were honored in the Top 10 Male Students. Kelly Moors, Melanie Scheive and Dana Yenko were named to the Top 10 Female Students.

Selection of the 2016 most outstanding students began with faculty and staff nominating more than 2,000 students. From the top 100 female and male students, a panel of alumni, faculty and staff chose the top 10 female and male students. The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) sponsor the event.

Students are selected in recognition of their scholastic achievement, co-curricular activities on campus, and civic and community service. To be named a top student, students had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI, completing a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program, and achieving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The following School of Science students were named to the 2016 Top 100:

ZacharyBennettAurora, IllinoisBiologySenior
AdamBogsMunsterChemistry and SpanishJunior
FelixCasianoManatiPre-Medicine BiologySenior
MarkDaiutoGreenwoodCommunity Health and BiologyJunior
FatimaDelgadoLima, PeruBiology and NeuroscienceJunior
TimothyEmmelVincennesBiomedical Engineering and BiochemistrySenior
KaitlynEngleFloyds KnobsNeuroscienceSenior
MelissaGronceskiValparaisoBiology and NeuroscienceSenior
RebekahHodgeIndianapolisNeuroscience and PsychologySenior
SarahIslamGreenwoodBiology and NeuroscienceSenior
DavidKaneNew AlbanyMechanical Engineering and Applied MathematicsJunior
FaisalKhanNew YorkBiologySenior
MaryKluehEvansvilleBiology and NeuroscienceSenior
GabrielaMazurLa PorteBiochemistry and NeuroscienceJunior
StephanieMichalskiSt. Louis, MONeuroscienceSenior
CaseyMillerFort WayneBiologyJunior
KellyMoorsEvansvilleNeuroscience and FrenchJunior
RyanO'ShaughnessyFort WayneBiologyJunior
LuisRamosCidra, PRBiologyJunior
ZacharyReynoldsSheridanComputer ScienceSenior
CaseySiefermanAvonBiology and NeuroscienceJunior
SamanthaThomasRichmondBiology, Pre-DentistrySenior
KhoaTrinhSaigon, Vietnam/ MuncieBiologyJunior
WhitneyWalkerFort WayneInterdisciplinary StudiesSenior
KamilahWaltersMount VernonNeuroscienceSenior
PhillipWitcherFishersChemistry and BiochemistryJunior
DanaYenkoBremerton, WAForensic & Investigative ScienceSenior

*Bolded names are Top 20


The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The school is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy.