The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning hosted its annual awards luncheon Feb. 22 at the University Club, honoring several students for excellence in undergraduate research as well as a faculty mentor.
The Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award consisting of $1,000 and a plaque was presented to Ethan M. Netsch by Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Bowling Sr. This award has been made possible by donations honoring the memory of Michael Bowling Jr. and Christopher Jones, two IUPUI biology students who lost their lives in a tragic vehicular accident, and Raymond Russo, their faculty mentor, who passed away shortly thereafter. Ethan is a computer science student.
Vice Chancellor for Research Simon J. Atkinson presented the second plaque and a $1,000 award to Celia Leticia Ochoa, the recipient of the Richard E Ward Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Recognition Award. Celia is a student of Biomedical Engineering. She also received the very prestigious IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, which was conferred at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation in April.
Joseph Michael Wallace, Ph.D, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, was the recipient of the Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research. He was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 monetary award by Wilson, the founding director of CRL.
This award has been made possible by a generous gift from Wilson and her husband, Daniel R. Wilson.
The CRL RISE to the IUPUI Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards are designed to bring new students into the research and creative enterprise. These awards, in the amount of $1,500 each, are also funded by Daniel and Kathryn Wilson. The five scholars recognized this year were Daniel Alejandro Di Martino (quantitative economics), Jeongwon Lee (biology), Kelly A. Lentsch (biology), Harkaranveer "Veer" Mahal (mathematics), and Jacob Wood (chemistry (ACS)).