Student News

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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