Fraser honored as “Most Outstanding” IUPUI student; Fifteen Liberal Arts students among Top 100

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Sarah Grace Fraser, a senior English major in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was named the 2017 Nelle Godio Most Outstanding Student at the 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner.

Each year, the IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors. Students are recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and civic and community service.

More than 1,600 students were nominated. From the top 100 students, the “most outstanding” and the top 10 students were chosen by a panel of alumni, faculty and staff.

Fraser is a Bepko Scholar, an Honors College scholar, and a Sam H. Jones Community Service Learning Assistant. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and China. She served the IUPUI Office of International Affairs through both the International Peer Mentor Program and the Program for Intensive English. Fraser, whose English major concentration is language and linguistics, maintained an outstanding GPA and was named the IUPUI English Department’s top linguistics student in 2016.

“I am not exaggerating when I say Sarah Grace has been the strongest, most focused undergraduate student I have ever worked with as an English professor at IUPUI,” said Thom Upton, director of the Program for Intensive English (PIE), professor of English, and Fraser’s academic advisor. “While Sarah Grace’s excellent grades speak to her intelligence, reliability and her strong personal initiative, she has an intense desire to serve and make a difference.”

Upton recalls that as an international peer mentor, Fraser did such an amazing job interacting with the non-native speakers of English in the Program for Intensive English, students asked specifically for her help, both with their English skills and with navigating cultural differences.

Fraser’s recognition as “Most Outstanding” student marks the first time that two students from the same family have received the honor. Fraser’s brother, Andrew, was also recognized in 2012 while a junior studying Biomedical Engineering.

Top 10 students

Jenny Yang, a junior double majoring in biology and Spanish, was also announced as one of the top 10 students at IUPUI. “[Yang] is a thoughtful and dedicated student, has participated in study abroad programs, and is involved in community service projects,” said Amy Bomke, Spanish lecturer and coordinator of First Year Spanish Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “Jenny is good at seeing the big picture and how she fits into it and does what she needs to get there. For example, Jenny recognizes the importance of personal contact with native Spanish speakers in their own environment as vital in her understanding of culture and language which will allow her to better serve Hispanic patients in her future career as a physician. This has driven her to add study abroad to her already packed academic schedule. All of these attributes have also led to her being awarded this year’s Spanish Academic Award.”

A complete listing of Liberal Arts students in the Top 100 follows.

Sarah Bahr, Junior, English, Journalism, Spanish
Priya Dave, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies, Neuroscience
Abigail Delph, Senior, History
Sarah Grace Fraser, Senior, English
Daniel Kinsey, Junior, Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Kelly Moors, Senior, French, Neuroscience
Maria Paez, Senior, Communication Studies
Abigail Parker, Senior, Biology, Spanish
Matthew Preston, Senior, Philosophy and Political Science
Jennifer Rojas, Senior, English
Brittany Sherrill, Senior, Communication Studies, English
Megan Smith, Junior, French, Ceramics
Lynette Taylor, Senior, History and Sociology
Edward Vaughan, Senior, Global and International Studies, German
Jenny Yang, Junior, Biology, Spanish

To view the complete 2017 list of Top 100 students, click here.

To be named a top student, from which the most outstanding students are selected, a student had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI; completed a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program; and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The 18th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott.

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations sponsored the event.

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