Christine White, a political science, economics and Spanish major who just completed her junior year at IU Bloomington was among those named a Truman Scholar this year. This highly competitive award is given to students who wish to work on ways that governments and nonprofit agencies can better serve the public and provides $30,000 for graduate study, along with priority admissions at premier graduate schools. This is the third straight year an IU student has been named a Truman Scholar.
Taylor Webster was awarded a Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program that allowed her to spend her senior year studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Taylor graduated this year from IU Bloomington with degrees in East Asian languages and economics, and a minor in political science.
Four students from IU—three from the Bloomington campus and one from IUPUI—were named 2014 Goldwater Scholars, which provides up to $7,500 a year in scholarship funding for up to two years of study for outstanding math and science undergraduates. This year’s recipients from IU Bloomington were Radhika Agarwal, who is majoring in biochemistry and biology; Christian Hayes, an astronomy and physics major; and Emma Winkler, majoring in biochemistry and microbiology. Devin Bready, a biochemistry major at IUPUI, also was honored.
Three graduating seniors at IU South Bend won National Science Foundation Fellowships and will be continuing their studies in graduate school on full scholarships. Ashley Compton is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and will begin her graduate studies this fall at MIT. Mark Klehfoth is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics and will study theoretical physics at the University of Chicago. Luis Morales is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics and applied mathematics. He will do his graduate work at the University of Notre Dame.
Finally, IU produced among the largest number of student Fulbright award winners. Thirteen IU students won Fulbright awards that fund research and teaching activities, representing a variety of disciplines to a wide array of countries. All but one of the students is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington; the other is enrolled at IUPUI. Congratulations to all our Fulbright recipients:
- Catalin Cristoloveanu
- Katherine Dobson
- Christopher Eichstedt
- Rachel Geissler
- Kathleen Hiatt
- Julie Johnson Searcy
- Emily Krauter
- Allison LeClere
- Robert Smith
- Karli-Jo Storm
- Jennifer Strayer
- Elise Anderson
- Michael Hancock-Palmer
A complete list of major IU and national scholarship award winners can be found here.
Faculty Accolades Continue to Grow
IU’s excellent faculty is core to the university’s academic mission and reputation, and this year once again several members have been honored for outstanding achievement in their fields of study. These honors serve to highlight the groundbreaking research and exceptional creative activity and teaching being performed by our faculty across the university.
Two distinguished professors at IU Bloomington were elected to the newest class of fellows at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in higher education. Susan D. Gubar, distinguished professor emeritus of English, was recognized for her contributions as a leading feminist and cultural critic, while Ellen D. Ketterson, distinguished professor of biology and gender studies, was honored for her transformative work in evolutionary biology. In all, eight faculty members have been elected to the Academy in the last four years.
Adrian Matejka, an assistant professor in English, was named a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2014 in poetry as well as a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry. The Guggenheim Fellowship Competition recognizes men and women in the United States, Canada and Latin America who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability in the arts.
Indiana University Bloomington’s highly regarded Department of Mathematics led all other math departments at U.S. higher learning institutions with four faculty members selected this year as Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Professors Hari Bercovici, Michael J. Larsen, Shouhong Wang and Kevin Zumbrun were recognized by the society for their outstanding contributions to the “creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization” of mathematics.
Two IU professors were among 41 from the U.S., Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and the United Kingdom to be appointed fellows at the National Humanities Center for the 2014-15 academic year. Shannon Gayk, associate professor of English, and William Newman, Distinguished Professor and Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Philosophy of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will have the opportunity to share their work at the center, an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.
Jinfeng Liao, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at IU Bloomington was this year’s recipient of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty and will receive $440,000 from the CAREER Award to help fund his research exploring new states of matter under extreme conditions.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Richard DiMarchi was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this spring for his work on the drug Humalog, a synthetic analog of the human hormone glucagon that has been used by millions around the world to address the complications of diabetes. DiMarchi is among a class of 11 inductees this year. The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to honor the individuals who have conceived, patented and advanced great technological achievements.