Success Stories

Preparing for a lifetime of success

Every Honors student has a different definition of success and a personal story to tell. Our students come from a variety of academic programs, which provide unique opportunities and achievements. They graduate with curricular and co-curricular experiences that create stories of triumphs and rigor.

Making a global impact by combating resource scarcity

Pineda is an international student from Honduras with a passion for applied statistics as well as global and international studies. Her passion has led her to found a nonprofit based in Honduras.

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Shergill’s Path to Medical School

First-generation college student Simran Shergill navigates the pre-med path.

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UPES-IUPUI SDG Study Abroad Experience

Honors students virtually traveled to India to collaborate on projects surrounding SDG goals.

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Fostering Connections For Latinos

Gisela Perez

By combining her passions for nonprofit work and medicine, Perez has improved the lives of Latinos in Indiana. Now, she seeks to make a global impact.

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Faith Odiete and her father’s legacy

Faith Odiete

Faith Odiete is dedicated to serving her community and has a keen interest in law enforcement. Through her participation in the IUPUI Honors College, she’s been able to successfully do both.  

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Making a global impact

Kelechi Echeumuna

From the research lab to service-learning in Costa Rica, Kelechi Echeumuna is improving the lives of people around the world.

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English degree presents opportunities

Eden Rea-Hedrick

Eden Rea-Hedrick's experiences at IUPUI set her on track to be a part of the
inaugural cohort of Yale's Ph.D. program in English and women's, gender, and
sexuality studies.

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Informatics grad earns dream gig at Rockstar Games

Silvia Lawson-Vilches

For Silvia Lawson-Vilches, iconic digital worlds are no longer solely
reachable through a controller and screen - she's creating them.

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Combating disparities


Focusing on combining her passions for science and humanities to address disparities in medicine, this double major gained a variety of experience through research, clinical, and leadership opportunities both on- and off-campus.

Read Nirupama's story

Aiming for the stars


Ten-year-old David Kane watched the movie Apollo 13 and realized what he wanted to do when he grew up. Fast-forward 12 years and Kane is pursuing IUPUI degrees in hopes of landing a career in the aerospace industry.

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Pursuing civic engagement


Gaviola is dedicated in her pursuit of improving the health of individuals and communities locally and globally and has a passion for reproductive health. She is working toward degrees in both Community Health and Epidemiology.

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Embracing cultures


Khan’s passion for science and interest in medical school led him to study abroad in Japan, where he and other IUPUI students experienced health care facilities in a diverse culture. Their trip included a stop at a nursing home in Hiroshima.

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Becoming involved


As a freshman, Hadley was a mentee in the Honors College Peer Mentor program, in which current mentors welcome first-year students to the college, help them build networks, and serve as guides through the first year of college.

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Finding a purpose


In addition to multiple internships, this biology major's research experience started in a freshman Honors Biology lab, where he and classmates worked to identify whether flies were male or female by studying the insects’ DNA.

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