Students at IU Bloomington are charting a course to leadership through their academic and extracurricular activities. Recent student achievements in Fall 2012 include awards for student journalism, grants for women tech students, trailblazing international engagement, and record-breaking student fundraising to support pediatric medical research and care.
Awards and Grants
Journalists at Indiana University's student publications received four national first-place awards, and Inside, the university's student magazine, received the prestigious Pacemaker Award from Associated Collegiate Press. Seven women technology students at IU Bloomington also received recognition in the form of scholarships and professional development awards from an eBay-funded scholarship program created by IU computer science alumnus Neel Sundaresan. Additionally, a pair of graduate students in the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing are part of a team selected to compete in a U.S. Defense Agency robotics challenge to create robots capable of executing vital tasks in dangerous human-engineered environments.
Scholarship and Service
Kelley School of Business graduate student Ryan Krause co-authored a suprising study challenging the conventional wisdom that CEOs should not chair their companies' advisory boards. Students involved in the IU Dance Marathon also bucked expectations by exceeding their ambitious fundraising goals and raising more than $2.1 million for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
More than 2,200 IU Bloomington students studied abroad last year, moving the campus up to seventh place among more than 1,200 American universities for total number of students engaging in international learning experiences. Students are also participating in high-profile public discussions on international relations, such as School of Public and Environmental Affairs student Shuang Zhou's presentation at the China Town Hall meeting on "China-U.S. Relations: Opportunities and Challenges."
Indiana University Bloomington junior Nathaniel Sims is a 2013 Beinecke Scholar, one of only 20 students nationwide to receive the honor. A Hutton Honors College scholar majoring in linguistics and East Asian languages and cultures who will graduate in 2014, Sims spent this school year in Chengdu, China, through IU's Chinese Flagship Program. More »
Winners of the 2012-13 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity are Amal Akbik and Andrew Johns in the category of Social and Applied Sciences; Courtney Burroughs in Natural and Mathematical Sciences; Angela Ratigan in Arts and Humanities; Ross Smith in Professional Inquiry; and Larrea Young in Performing and Creative Arts. More »
About 20 IU undergraduate women participated in a full day of tours and meetings at Argonne National Laboratory just outside Chicago as part of IU initiatives focused on science, technology and mathematics careers. Argonne employs 1,250 scientists, and also 650 graduate and undergraduate students, who work on some of the most advanced research topics related to energy, the environment and national security. More »