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Junior biology student named IUPUI's 2016 most outstanding male student

Ayodamola Otun, a School of Science junior, was named the most outstanding male student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for 2016.

INDIANAPOLIS – Science students represented half of this year’s Top 20. The selection of IUPUI outstanding students was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 8. 

To the surprise and delight of attendees at the awards dinner, Otun sung his acceptance speech. Otun, a biology student, aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

Zachary Bennett, Joseph Bondi, Mark Daiuto, Faisal Khan, Ayodamola Otun, Greg Rothchild, Bryce Wray-Nelson were honored in the Top 10 Male Students. Kelly Moors, Melanie Scheive and Dana Yenko were named to the Top 10 Female Students.

Selection of the 2016 most outstanding students began with faculty and staff nominating more than 2,000 students. From the top 100 female and male students, a panel of alumni, faculty and staff chose the top 10 female and male students. The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) sponsor the event.

Students are selected in recognition of their scholastic achievement, co-curricular activities on campus, and civic and community service. To be named a top student, students had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI, completing a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program, and achieving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The following School of Science students were named to the 2016 Top 100:

Name Hometown Major Year
Dana Alhaffar Fishers Neuroscience Junior
Macy Ballard Greensburg Psychology Junior
Zachary Bennett Aurora, Illinois Biology Senior
Adam Bogs Munster Chemistry and Spanish Junior
Joseph Bondi Whiting Biology Senior
Emma Brown Arcadia Chemistry Junior
Felix Casiano Manati Pre-Medicine Biology Senior
Mark Daiuto Greenwood Community Health and Biology Junior
Fatima Delgado Lima, Peru Biology and Neuroscience Junior
Timothy Emmel Vincennes Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry Senior
Kaitlyn Engle Floyds Knobs Neuroscience Senior
Melissa Gronceski Valparaiso Biology and Neuroscience Senior
Alexandra Hochstetler Middlebury Biology Junior
Rebekah Hodge Indianapolis Neuroscience and Psychology Senior
Sarah Islam Greenwood Biology and Neuroscience Senior
David Kane New Albany Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics Junior
Faisal Khan New York Biology Senior
Mary Klueh Evansville Biology and Neuroscience Senior
Audrieanna Kramer Fishers Biology Senior
Sharifah Kyazike Kampala Biology Senior
Gabriela Mazur La Porte Biochemistry and Neuroscience Junior
Stephanie Michalski St. Louis, MO Neuroscience Senior
Casey Miller Fort Wayne Biology Junior
Kelly Moors Evansville Neuroscience and French Junior
Morgan Moran Indianapolis Psychology Senior
Ryan O'Shaughnessy Fort Wayne Biology Junior
Ayodamola Otun Nigeria Biology Junior
Elena Peters Fishers Psychology Junior
Luis Ramos Cidra, PR Biology Junior
Zachary Reynolds Sheridan Computer Science Senior
Greg Rothchild Griffith Biology Senior
Steven Scally Wheatfield Psychology Senior
Melanie Scheive Schererville Neuroscience Junior
Casey Sieferman Avon Biology and Neuroscience Junior
Amna Sohail Lawrence Chemistry Junior
Oliver Strobel Fishers Biochemistry Junior
Ali Tahir Zionsville Biology Senior
Samantha Thomas Richmond Biology, Pre-Dentistry Senior
Khoa Trinh Saigon, Vietnam/ Muncie Biology Junior
Whitney Walker Fort Wayne Interdisciplinary Studies Senior
Kamilah Walters Mount Vernon Neuroscience Senior
Amanda Waninger Ferdinand Psychology Senior
Phillip Witcher Fishers Chemistry and Biochemistry Junior
Bryce Wray-Nelson Indianapolis Biology Senior
Dana Yenko Bremerton, WA Forensic & Investigative Science Senior
Lauren Yoder Goshen Biology Senior


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.