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Student spotlight: Maya Nivarthi ('24)

As a Biotechnology major with a minor in Law and Public Policy, Maya Nivarthi (B.S. ’24) has been determined to explore challenges and opportunities in the biotech field since she was a freshman.

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Student spotlight: Kyle Tucker ('23)

Kyle Tucker, an IU Slavic Department and International Studies 2023 graduate, has been honored as a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, offered through the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.

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Student spotlight: Tim McGowan ('23)

“While touring schools throughout the Midwest and Northeast, I heard about the new program that the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies offered,” explained M.A. student Timothy McGowan, ’23.

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Internship spotlight: Joseph Johnson

A love for music and public service have always been central to Joseph Z. Johnson’s life, and part of why he chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with an emphasis on Public Practice and a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

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Student spotlight: Kate Kwan Tiu ('25)

This past summer, Kate Kwan Tiu ('25) worked as an Eli Lilly and Company Talent Development Academy intern with the assistance of a Lawrence M. Blatt Biotechnology Internship Fund scholarship from the College’s Walter Center for Career Achievement. Her internship is a step toward a career that could include focusing on solutions for public health problems.

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Student spotlight: Rivkah Bunes ('25)

“The POLS D.C. program is one of the best things I’ve done for my academic and professional career. Coming to Washington has taught me so many lessons about myself and the political world in which I plan on having a career. There is nothing like the experience of putting yourself into the political arena as a college student.”

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Internship spotlight: Mickaela Joyce (’23)

This past summer Mickaela had the opportunity to intern at Volition Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her experience as a development intern was funded by the Suzy Kriscunas Internship Scholarship and gave her a peek behind the scenes of what a job in film and television could be like.

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Spotlight: Sydney Foreman ('23)

"As a recipient of the Tracy Gardner Internship Scholarship through the College’s Walter Center for Career Achievement, I not only had the opportunity to further my education and get one step closer to a career in spreading food sovereignty, but also allowed me to make new friends across the Atlantic and made the community of the world all that much smaller. This scholarship provided me with a life changing experience that I will cherish forever!"

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Internship spotlight: McKenzie Bennett ('24)

IU student McKenzie Bennett, a double major in Geography and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, is forging connections and making gains in her fields of study with support from the College.

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Grad student presents mission design project at NASA's summer school

Over the course of 11 weeks, Brandon Radzom and his colleagues at NASA’s Planetary Science Summer School learned to design objectives, methods, and a budget for a hypothetical billion-dollar New Frontiers mission to one of Saturn’s moons.

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Seven Indiana University students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Seven students from Indiana University Bloomington participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program during the summer of 2023. They are among approximately 500 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2023. 

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Internship Spotlight: Lauren "Wren" Garcia

Undergraduate Lauren "Wren" Garcia shares her experience interning with Eli Lilly and Company and the experiences and skills she gained from her time there. 

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2023 McKinney Climate Fellows

In its seventh year, the McKinney Climate Fellowship has created more than 200 student fellowships. This year, students are leading projects in community climate resilience planning, habitat restoration, and clean energy adoption.

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2023-24 Goldwater Scholars and nominees

Two undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington have been awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarships, while two other undergraduates were nominees.

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Students enrolled in the ASPIRE OAXACA program offered through Anthropology and Collins visited Oaxaca, Mexico in May

"Self-Governance, Sustainability, and the Arts in Oaxaca, Mexico" is an 8-weeks course with a two-week travel component that took students to Oaxaca to study the social, political, economic, and linguistic contexts of contemporary Oaxacans.

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IPE grants fund student research focused on the environment and sustainability

The Integrated Program for the Environment (IPE) awarded grants to 15 students, ranging from freshman to Ph.D. candidates, for research projects focused on the environment and sustainability.

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IU College of Arts and Sciences student named Phi Beta Kapa Key into Public Service Scholar

Logan Williams (’24), a rising senior double majoring in Political Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of 20 students nationwide that has been selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by The Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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Student commencement speakers to share messages of gratitude, optimism

Muna Adem and Gayatri Thiru will speak at Friday and Saturday's graduation ceremonies. Adem is earning her doctorate in Sociology and Thiru is double majoring in neuroscience in the College and finance in the Kelley School of Business.

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From childcare to child development: Jurnee Bridgewater on her capstone close to home

Jurnee Bridgewater (B.A. ’23) reflects on a capstone course that takes students into the classrooms of Head Start preschools throughout Bloomington. While she was there, she worked on developmental goals with the children and conducted her own case study of one child.

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College of Arts + Sciences Dissertation Fellowship winners

The College of Arts and Sciences congratulates graduate students who have received prestigious fellowships in support of their research. Each has been chosen from among the top students in their programs by committees of faculty. Graduate student research is what makes the College of Arts and Sciences the heart of our world-class university, pushing the boundaries of research in their fields.

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Out of the classroom and into space

Mathematics Ph.D. candidate Mark Ronnenberg reflects on his internship in NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation Internship Program. He completed a project titled "Mathematics of the solar system internet" which focused on the development of an autonomous, robust space communications system.

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4 students recognized in the world of sports broadcasting

Four IU Media School students who cover a variety of athletics for the university were recently recognized for their broadcasting work. Austin Platt, Jack Edwards, Hayden Smith, and Ben Haller were recognized by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America in their 2022 Calls of the Year.

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Curating a career

Rachel Baylor ('24) is building a customized foundation for her future in the College as a double major in history and folklore & ethnomusicology, and is preparing to attend graduate school for curatorship in order to pursue a museum career.

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Cultural instructor prepares U.S. soldiers for global missions

Emily Stranger prepares U.S. soldiers for missions in the Middle East, Central Asia, and many other areas of the world. As a regional expertise and cultural instructor at the United States Department of Defense, she offers soldiers cultural instruction in the regions they are focused on.

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Medical ethics minor prepping for medical and med-adjacent careers

Keely Mahoney ('23) chose to minor in medical humanities to better prep for her long-term goal of becoming a physical therapist.

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Grace Gott researches global indigenous rights 

Grace Gott wants to spread the word about issues facing Indigenous people. Gott, an Indiana University student in the Hamilton Lugar School, is on track to complete the accelerated International Studies integrated B.A./M.A. program with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies in December 2023.

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Media School team works to make camera equipment more accessible for paralyzed student

A team of IU Media School faculty and staff teamed up with machinists from the psychology department to adapt camera equipment for senior Josh Fugate, a student studying sports media who is a quadriplegic.  

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Merchandising major Lauren Schmahl named NRF scholarship winner

A senior in the Eskenazi School merchandising program, Schmahl was one of five college students in the nation to have reached the final round of the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation Next Generation Scholarship competition.

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Pre-med scholar inspires out-of-state students to come to IU

From Jonesboro, Arkansas, Chutavion Walker knew he wanted to study out of state and the draw of the College’s Human Biology Program was what sold this future doctor on IU.

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College undergrad, EMS researcher is med school bound

Adhitya Balaji ('23) is double majoring in molecular life sciences and neuroscience, minoring in economics, and is designing his future as an undergrad to prepare him for the rigors of medical school. As an EMT for multiple IU Health organizations and co-president of IC-EMS, Adhitya is finding healthcare opportunities everywhere in the College and at IU.

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Exploring healthcare through undergraduate research opportunities

Kara Davis (B.S. ’23), is a human biology major, emphasis on the human. Her studies in the College and School of Public Health have nurtured her interest in people-first healthcare and led her to prepare for a career as a physician's assistant.

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Studying self: Bre Castaneda pursues philosophy to prep for law school

Bre Castaneda is a senior, philosophy major, an Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, and preparing for law school. Her academic interests turn toward social epistemology, or, as she describes it: “How we come to know ourselves as social beings, the knowledge we obtain or are restricted from knowing, and how that knowledge shapes who we ultimately are.”

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IU researchers mapping the human tongue with ultrasound machines

To improve treatment for children with speech difficulties, Megan Diekhoff, a Ph.D. student in the College’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, is using ultrasound technology to map the human tongue for studying speech patterns. Alongside Dr. Steven Lulich, the lab hopes to identify ways that we can improve treatment for children with speech difficulties. 

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Students reflect on their Themester podcasting experience

Every year, Themester interns produce a podcast series which explores the semester's topic. This fall, podcast interns spoke with a variety of faculty members to talk about the 2022 theme, "Identity and Identification." This year’s podcast interns include Brooklynn Shively, Curren Gauss, Kate O’Brien, and Amanda Tinkle.

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Students in Prof. Bianco's Political Analysis Capstone publish "Did Republican-Leaning Polls 'Flood the Zone' in 2022?" in major political blog

Students in Prof. William Bianco's Political Science Indiana Political Analysis Workshop Capstone Seminar published research in a widely read political blog examining claims that the apparent pro-Republican shift in poll averages at the end of the 2022 midterms reflected the release of a disproportionate number of pro-Republican polls, rather than a real electoral shift towards Republican candidates. The answer? Yes, it was the pollsters, not the voters.

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Liam Green (’23) is following in the footsteps of conservation giants

Last summer, Liam’s longstanding interest in conservation led him to reach out to a hero of his, and ended up taking him on a research journey that would send him to Madagascar and the rainforest in search of lemurs.

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Rose Schnabel (B.S./B.A ’24) charts her career in science communications

Rose Schnabel (B.S./B.A. ’24), a senior double majoring in Biology and Spanish, has spread her wings in the College. She is a College Ambassador, helping prospective students by sharing her experience at IU,  as well as a science writer, freelancing for several IU sites and independent science journals.

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Lexi Silva (M.F.A. ‘23) combines acting and creative development for a career in the performing arts

Lexi Silva (M.F.A. '23) is completing her master's in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance in their dramaturgy program, where she studies dramatic compositions and representation and reinterpretation of dramatic works.

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Senior Madeline Tanner (’23) prepares for a biotech career at the intersection of discovery and development

Madeline Tanner is conducting leading edge CRISPR-Cas research in the van Kessel Lab in the College of Arts and Sciences, and she was a drug discovery intern for Eli Lilly and Company this summer. These opportunities are clarifying her future career path and research interests.

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Geography Ph.D. candidate Daniel Fobi tackles food insecurity in Ghana

Focusing his dissertation on food security was personal for Daniel Fobi, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography within the College of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in Ghana, his family experienced food security issues as did many Ghanaians who struggled when dramatic hikes in food prices impacted the country nearly 20 years ago.

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