School of Science Honors the Class of 2014

Release Date: 
May 19 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— The School of Science at IUPUI awarded 741 degrees during its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 11. The graduating class consists of 507 recipients of bachelor's degrees, 202 recipients of master's degrees and 32 recipients of the Ph.D.

The graduates ranged in age from 19 to 60 and represented 30 different countries. Additionally, 132 were first generation college students.

This class also included the first graduating class of IUPUI Honors Scholars. These students began their college careers four years ago or less as first-time freshmen recruited for the then-new IUPUI Honors College. Of the 106 Honors Scholars graduating from IUPUI, 39 are Science students.

Forensic and Investigative Sciences undergraduate student Jon Carnahan delivered remarks on behalf of the class of 2014. Dean Simon Rhodes also addressed the class.

“Because of the path that you have taken here at IUPUI, you are optimally prepared to be successful—you have done real research that has taught you how to address important questions, how to problem solve, how to be independent, how to communicate, how to work in a team,” Rhodes remarked during the ceremony. “In other words, it has taught you the skills that an employer, a graduate school or a professional school is looking for. You are already research scientists, contributors, mentors and leaders.”

Among the research conducted by the graduating class are studies that will:

  • Help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs more efficiently with less cost
  • Develop new analytical techniques to help solve crimes
  • Assist banks and insurance companies with running more efficiently, resulting in lower premiums
  • Improve understanding of predisposing traits for alcoholism in the hope of developing better treatments for the disorder
  • Help understand how individuals with schizophrenia manage their illness
  • Explore how plant roots respond to physical obstacles and have applications in agriculture

Surveys of graduates from May 2013 indicated that nearly half of School of Science bachelor’s degree recipients planned to attend graduate or professional school programs. Most of the graduates indicated they were staying in Indiana for work or study—helping to meet the need for graduates with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.


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.