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Biology Major Wins the Plater Medallion for Civic Engagement

Release Date: 
Apr 13 2011

Senior biology major Rachel Rehlander was honored as a recipient of the 2011 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion at the Showcase for Civic Engagement on April 12, 2011 at IUPUI in the Campus Center. The Plater Medallion is designed to honor the IUPUI students that are most dedicated to civic engagement.

Rachel Rehlander, Senior Biology Major

Rachel Rehlander, Senior Biology Major

In addition to maintaining an excellent academic record, Rachel has served the School of Science as a tutor for the biology, chemistry, and math departments and as the Resident Assistant for the Women in Science House. She is an active volunteer on and off campus for programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and Wishard Health Services, just to name a few. 

Rachel has worked at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and was awarded the Life and Health Sciences Internship, where she was a research intern at the Bowen Research Center in the Indiana University Department of Family Medicine. She has also interned at New Carlisle Family Medicine and South Bend Clinic of New Carlisle. 

“Rachel is one of the hardest working and most dedicated students that I have ever had the pleasure to work with in my 13 years in higher education,” said Melissa Pohlman, Executive Director of Student Affairs for the School of Science. "She has constantly impressed me with her strengths that include: maturity beyond her years, professionalism, leadership, positive and good-natured personality, academic success and her deep care and concern for others."

Rachel was also named IUPUI's 2011 Most Outstanding Female and received the 2011 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the Department of Biology.

This year’s Plater Civic Engagement Medallion 14 recipients represent a broad variety of backgrounds, majors, and types of engagement that have had a major impact both on the IUPUI campus and within the Indianapolis community.

The recipients from other schools are:

  • Megan Blaising- Social Work, IU School of Social Work
  • Aaron Burgess- Geography, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Meghan Cross- Spanish & International Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Evan Danner- Anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Purdey Egnew- Political Science, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Margaret Gleason- Social Work, IU School of Social Work
  • Cora Griffin- Public Affairs Management, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Jennifer McGann- Social Work, IU School of Social Work
  • Courtney Robertson- BioMedical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
  • Jessica Sacks- Economics and International Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Lindsy Schaiper- Anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Jeannie Sego- Interior Design Technology, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
  • H. Anne Weiss- Civic Engagement, Philanthropic Studies, and Social Action, IU School of Liberal Arts