Thursday, May 30, 2013

Congratulations to 2013-2014 Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The University Graduate School wishes to congratulate all recipients of awards and fellowships. We have chosen to feature a recipient in this article to especially honor Saurabh Betawadkar the recipient of the 2013-2014 Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

The Santosh Jain scholarship honors the memory of the spouse of Chaman Jain, a senior lecturer in SPEA. Santosh Jain was well known among international graduate students. She was born in Lahore, India, which is now part of Pakistan. She first came to the United States from New Delhi, India, in 1970 with her husband and their two small children in order for Chaman Jain to attend graduate school at IU. Throughout the years, she supported her family as they pursued higher education, and was passionate about serving her community and promoting education. She was a founding member of the India Society of Bloomington, a group dedicated to assisting impoverished women and children in India. She was also well known in the graduate student community for her culinary skills.

The 2013-2014 recipient, Betawadkar, is from Hyderabad, a city in southern India. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Biotechnology from Sri Ramaswamy Memorial (SRM) University, Chennai. Betawadkar says he has always been fascinated with science and all of its wonders. “Thus I chose Biotechnology as a major” to learn more about science. During his undergraduate years he had a strong inclination towards protecting and preserving the environment. This is why he chose Environmental Sciences as his major at IU.

“Nature has been my passion,” says Betawadkar. And his main research interests are the “discovery and use of technology that while supporting our needs also conserves the environment.”

Among his many achievements, Betawadkar counts the Santosh Jain award among the highest. He says that receiving the award is “an encouragement which I have received from the world for the work I have done and provides me with a boost to believe in my way of looking at the world and keeps me going.”

Betawadkar’s passion for the environment goes back to his undergraduate days at SRM University. He was an active member in a club called Eco-Youth which worked for environmental conservation on the SRM campus as well as Chennai. As a member of Eco-Youth he also participated in a social education street play titled “Tigrave,” focused on protecting endangered tigers. He was also active in educating peers about environmental stewardship.

Betawadkar continued his environmental work after his time at SRM University by working with a friend to promote environmental conservation in Dhanbad, India. He worked with school children in a program called “Moksh.”  They taught the students “the basics of English and also tried to instill environmental values into them. Suarabh says, “I have always felt it was my duty to help the needy and will always do so.”

Betawadkar looks “forward to a career in committed environmental science and humanitarian activities.”

Once again congratulations to Saurabh Betawadkar, the 2013-2014 recipient of the Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The University Graduate School's Seventh Annual Awards Reception

            On April 19, The University Graduate School hosted the Seventh Annual Awards Reception. This event is created to recognize outstanding scholars from multiple disciplines at Indiana University.    For more information about internal awards, grants, and other funding opportunities, please visit The University Graduate School’s website.

 Among the fellowships and scholarships that were recognized were the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the Grant-in-Aid for Doctoral Research, the Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship, the University Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, the Wells Graduate Fellowship, as well as awards given by the Graduate and Professional Student Organization.
 For more information about internal awards, grants, and other funding opportunities, please visit The University Graduate School’s website.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Graduate School Boot Camp at IUPUI

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Graduate Office is presenting a free “Graduate School Boot Camp” to help graduate school applicants whip their admission efforts into shape.

The daylong event at the IUPUI Campus Center on Friday, July 12 is open to all applicants, regardless of where they intend to apply for admission. Boot Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Among topics graduate admissions experts will cover are:

• Personal statements
• CV preparation
• Funding considerations
• Exam preparation (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
• Gaining credible letters of recommendation

“The topics covered are essential to a quality application,” said NaShara Mitchell, assistant dean at the IUPUI Graduate Office. “A lot of students who would be great candidates and would do well as graduate students struggle with the application process.”

While there is no cost to attend, participants must register in advance. To register visit:
In addition, participants must submit a draft of their personal statement before the event to attend. Each statement will be critiqued by either a graduate professor or graduate admissions committee member and then returned to the participant at Boot Camp with feedback.

Email questions about the event to

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 2013 Graduate Student of the Month Ryan Krause

The Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and University Graduate School (UGS) congratulate our April student of the month, Ryan Krause!
Ryan is a PhD student at Kelley School of Business after completing his undergraduate degree in finance here at IU.  The Chicago native’s academic interests are in the areas of corporate governance and strategic leadership.  ”I’m fascinated by the work of those who lead large organizations,” Ryan explains. “As soon as I decided that I was going to pursue a Ph.D., I knew that I wanted to study these individuals and what they do.”  He credits regular interaction with his dissertation chair, Matt Semadeni, and Dr. Semadeni’s guidance and encouragement as the most important factors in his academic progress.  “It makes graduate school so much easier when you have a dissertation chair who is as excited as your research as you are,” Ryan explains.  Of all his myriad accomplishments that make him worthy of this award, he is proud of his publications, dissertation work, and rapport with his colleagues, but he is most proud of his marriage to “the most beautiful woman in the world.”  Ryan reports his wife is also an opera singer, and notes that his favorite way to spend his rare free time is traveling with her and listening to her perform.

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 2013 Graduate Student of the Month Darci Trader

The Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and University Graduate School (UGS) congratulate our March student of the month, Darci Trader!
Darci comes to us from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), where she initially planned to be a pharmacist.  ”After my first chemistry class I quickly changed my mind,” she recalls. Darci discovered her passion for synthesizing molecules while conducting research in organic chemistry as an undergraduate student.  She came to IU to put her organic synthesis skills to work in the more biologically focused lab of Dr. Erin Carlson.  Darci is currently interested in the development of technologies to discover new molecules that have some kind of important biological activity.  When asked about the accomplishments of which she is most proud, Darci names two: “Last summer I won a travel award through the American Chemical Society to attend the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. This was my first international conference and I was selected to give an oral presentation. This trip allowed me to meet some fantastic chemists from the US and also make connections with those that shared research interests similar to mine in Europe. I am also very proud of obtaining a postdoctoral position at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL. It has been through a lot of hard work and perseverance at IU that I will be able to pursue cutting-edge research at a premier institute.”  Darci cites perseverance as the most essential quality for a successful graduate student.   “It is also helpful sometimes to remember that if it was easy, everyone would do it,” she notes. “Also, taking time away from lab/work and relaxing with friends is a great way to de-stress and allow you to come back later with fresh determination to solve the problem.”  In addition to time with friends, Darci’s favorite non-academic pursuits are getting outside with her dog as much as possible, particularly running on the B-Line Trail.  When asked to break the GPSO Graduate Student of the Month Cake-or-Pie tie, she boldly asserted “I prefer cake because they usually are for special occasions. When something significant happens in lab, like a publication, grant, or award we always have cake. Professor Carlson is not only a fantastic scientist and mentor but a great baker too!”