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IUPUI Senior Awarded First Sukhatme RISE Scholarship

Release Date: 
May 22 2012

Senior IUPUI student Morgan Rhodes has been awarded the inaugural Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship.   

Established by former IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Uday Sukhatme, the inaugural RISE Scholarship memorializes Indumati, his mother, who died in 2010. The Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship has honored her life and inspired others to contribute to new RISE Scholarships, which emphasize the growing importance of supporting Research, International, Service learning and Experiential learning (RISE) experiences for today's students.

“Dr. Sukhatme’s gift is extremely generous and insightful. He realizes that modern science is an interdisciplinary and global enterprise. We are proud that the School of Science at IUPUI can offer our students experiences that optimally position them for future success,” said Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science.

Morgan Rhodes, a pre-med psychology major with aspirations of working in child and adolescent psychiatry, will earn course credit while participating in the IES Abroad Santiago Health Studies Summer Program in Santiago, Chile. She will participate in a clinical observation internship and a course in Spanish for healthcare practitioners.  

Morgan Rhodes said she is “especially excited to be living in a homestay to experience family life in Santiago and to learn more about the Chilean culture.” 

With goals of working in healthcare and with Hispanics here in the United States, she said she is honored to receive the first Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship. She hopes to continue Indumati’s legacy of wanting people to explore different cultural perspectives and to be internationally engaged. Morgan Rhodes also hopes to gain valuable hands-on experiences while in Santiago that will forever shape her education and future career.

The School of Science at IUPUI looks forward to providing more students with the opportunity for invaluable international experiences and study through the Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship.