School of Science honors record number of graduates in 2016

Release Date: 
Jul 8 2016
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IUPUI School of Science Graduation Ceremony
 

INDIANAPOLIS— The IUPUI School of Science awarded a record 765 degrees total during its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 8. The graduating class of 2016 consists of a record 582 bachelor's degree recipients, 153 master's degree recipients and 30 doctoral degree recipients.

School of Science Dean Simon Rhodes introduced the class of 2016 with a few remarks about the impact an IUPUI education has.

"Because of the path that you have taken here in science at IUPUI you are optimally prepared to be successful – you have done real research that has taught you how to address important questions, how to problem solve, how to be independent, how to communicate, how to work in a team… in other words, it has taught you the skills that an employer, a graduate school or a professional school is looking for. You are already research scientists, contributors, mentors and leaders."

Zachary Reynolds, a computer science student was chosen to represent the School of Science Class of 2016 class with a commencement speech. Reynolds reflected on his research, study abroad and mentoring experiences while at student at IUPUI.

The teaching, research and outreach done by students included:

  • Exploring how a history of high caffeine and alcohol consumption may influence how individuals interact with other drugs of abuse
  • Developing new techniques to help forensic detection of crimes and prevent cheating in motor sports
  • Investigating why some amphibians can regenerate after spinal cord injuries to help provide more effect treatments in human spinal cord injuries
  • Using geographic information to help improve public health during extreme weather and infectious disease outbreaks 
  • Studying the effects of a soybean product in cancer therapy
  • Improving treatment programs for Parkinson's disease
  • Using mathematics to model and understand blood flow in certain human diseases

Surveys of graduates from May 2015 indicated that nearly 40% of School of Science bachelor’s degree recipients attained jobs after graduation and a little over 30% attended or planned to attend graduate of professional school. 

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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.