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Scholars Celebration Honors Achievements of Current and Future Students

Release Date: 
Feb 27 2013

Science Scholars
The School of Science recently celebrated the academic success of nearly 500 of its students at the annual Science Scholars Celebration held in downtown Indianapolis.

The annual event is designed to recognize those students from all science disciplines whose academic achievements earned them a spot on the Dean’s List or Honors List at IUPUI. In total, 476 Science students earned the distinction.

“This represents the pride we have in the accomplishments of our current students as well as the incoming students who will continue this excellence,” said Dean Simon Rhodes.

Rhodes reminded the crowd—which included 48 high school students offered direct admission into the school for next year—that science will drive the economies of Indiana and the country in the years to come. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are among the most in-demand careers nationally 

“The future of Indiana depends on the success of those of you pursuing science, engineering and math degrees,” Rhodes said. “STEM careers offer more high-paying jobs than there are people to fill them.”

Ed Brizendine, immediate past president of the IUPUI School of Science Alumni Association, urged attendants to get involved while students and continue as proud graduates. Keynote student speaker Jennifer Romine, who will graduate with a biology degree in May and go on to the Indiana University School of Medicine, said it was her involvement and research that made her time in the School of Science special to her.

“In order to make the most of my experience, I decided to seek out every opportunity available to me. I think that was the best decision I ever made during my career at IUPUI,” said Romine, who also has minors in medical humanities and health studies.

Romine is a research assistant at Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, president of the Timmy Global Health chapter at IUPUI, a Fugate Scholar at Indianapolis Public School 46 and an Honors College peer mentor.  Her involvement, on and off campus, allowed her to make an impact on the world while a student, she said.

Science ScholarsThe celebration featured information tables from a host of student and campus groups there to educate and recruit current and future students. Olivia Smith, a 15-year-old future math major from Shelbyville, Ind., said she was a bit overwhelmed by all of the information on hand but was excited to learn more about what might await her as an IUPUI student.

“It’s been great to learn a little more about the School and all of the exciting things happening on campus. It seems like there are so many things to get involved with,” Smith said.

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