Record Number of Science Students Named to Top 100 for 2014

Release Date: 
Mar 27 2014

The School of Science announced today that a record 41 of its students will be recognized by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 11.

“Each of these students has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence as well as our community—characteristics so often found in the high-quality students in the School of Science,” said Dean Simon Rhodes. “We congratulate these Top 100 honorees who have found success within the School through real research and leadership opportunities that prepare them for ongoing achievement.”  

Among this year’s 41 recipients, eight reside in the Women in Science house learning community. In 2013, 39 students were named to the list, and seven of those were named among the Top 20 students on campus. All of the Top 100 honorees will be recognized at the annual reception dinner on April 11. The Top 10 males, Top 10 females and Top Male and Female students will be named at that time.

The Alumni Council and SOAR sponsor the annual awards, which is in its 15th year. More than 1,400 nominations were received in 2014. A panel of alumni, faculty and staff select the top students based on nominations by faculty and staff. The students who were selected were strong in three major scoring areas: scholastic achievement, collegiate and co-curricular activities and civic/community service.

The following School of Science students were named to the 2014 Top 100 list:

  • Andrew Alexander, senior, psychology
  • Kelly Biro, senior, biology*
  • Corinne Blackburn, junior, biology*
  • Jessica Bosse, junior, forensic science and chemistry*
  • Anna Brenneman, senior, biology*
  • Sujay Chandorkar, senior, computer science
  • Brittany Collins, senior, psychology
  • Michel Companion, senior, psychology/neuroscience
  • Hardeep Dhillon, junior, biology
  • Chelsea Dodge, senior, forensic science - biology concentration*
  • John Fierst, junior, biology
  • Sarah Flores, senior, biology*
  • Sarah Fortney, junior, biochemistry
  • Rachel Giordano, senior, biology*
  • Hayley Grzych, senior, biochemistry
  • Vinayak Gupta, senior, biology
  • Juyeon Han, senior, applied mathematics
  • Alan Hancock, junior, computer science
  • Maria Harlan, junior, biology
  • Ryan Hopkins, junior, chemistry
  • Sara Ibrahim, senior, biology
  • Benjamin Judge, senior, biology
  • Brandon Kellinghaus, senior, biology
  • Mai Khuu, junior, biology
  • Christian Lee, junior, mechanical engineering**
  • Matthew Logsdon, senior, biochemistry
  • Victoria MacLain, junior, psychology and criminal justice
  • Ahmed Malik, senior, biochemistry
  • Gabriel Martinez, senior, biology
  • Salamatu Momoh, junior, chemistry
  • Anh Nguyen, senior, biology
  • Shivani Parikshak, junior, biology/psychology
  • Jheel Patel, senior, biochemistry
  • Emily Potts, senior, biology and Spanish
  • Victoria Rarity, senior, biology
  • Marina Sharif, senior, biochemistry*
  • Kaylee Shirrell, senior, psychology
  • Anthony Taylor, junior, biology
  • Katie Uppfalt, senior, physics
  • Leah Van Antwerp, senior, psychology
  • Yuese Zheng, senior, biomedical engineering**

 * indicates a resident of Women in Science house

** indicates a student who is pursuing a minor in the School of Science


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