Indiana University
Jen-Yu July 2010 Scholar Spotlight
Major: Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health & Disease, Economics and Biochemistry
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
Classification: Alumni


Why do you belong at IU?

IU is a perfect match for me because it caters to all my needs. First, it offers me all the opportunities of a large university, but at the same time, it offers me the intimacy of a small college community. Second, I am able to take a diverse set of classes from dance to gender studies to organic chemistry, which makes every semester more interesting than the last. Last, I love how IU students, faculty, and staff are highly motivated, excited, and eager because it fosters an environment where good ideas can easily turn into reality.

What do you like most about your major or scholarship program?

A R1 university is a university recognized by the Association of American Universities as a research powerhouse. R1 institutions include universities such as Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Indiana University. The Cox Research Scholars Program (CRSP) offers the chance to research in a R1 university's lab as a freshman, an opportunity not typically afforded to underclassmen. As a Cox Research Scholar, I was able to find a lab that loves the same nerdy science things that I do and a community that always supports my learning. (Also, Heidi Schulz, the director of the CRSP, is ridiculously outstanding).

What is an interesting fact about you that most people would find surprising or unexpected?

Because I am petite, most people are surprised that I am an avid rock climber. (By "avid rock climber" I mean that on any given day, you could probably find me eating, sleeping, working, and/or climbing at the climbing gym.) Joining the climbing community has played an enormous role in shaping my life; I have made new friends and have learned to push my physical and mental limits.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

My hands down favorite place on campus is the Collins courtyard. There are always people outside enjoying life: playing Frisbee, drum circles, reading, jamming on the guitar, etc. You can always meet new people there or get information on exciting events.

What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

Any one of my friends can tell you how much I love to eat, so it is a good thing that Bloomington has amazing food. I can easily find a restaurant to satisfy my food cravings, whether it be ethnic, local, or fast food.

Tell us about your family.

I have a younger brother who is sixteen and thinks he is a rockstar. My mom is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and my dad is a chemist at Eli Lily and Company.

What is the best college experience you have had so far?

The best college experience that I have had so far is traveling to Russia and researching its healthcare system through IU's U.S.-Russia Global Health Care Program. The program allowed me to learn survival Russian and to present my research paper comparing pregnant women-physician relationships within the U.S. and Russia. I made incredible friends on my trip and was able to experience Russia's rich and underexplored culture. Because of IU's commitment to international experiences, I received two grants that covered all the program expenses, which enabled me to participate in the program.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

Too many things.

But here are just a few:

-Attend medical school and become a pediatric specialist

-Learn a dance from every continent


-Laugh enough to sculpt my abs

What music are you currently listening to?

"Airplanes" by B.O.B.

What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?

I think that you should go to a university where the opportunities are infinite because those opportunities turn into a diverse set of experiences which allows you to grow into someone you are proud of. Trust me, IU is that university. Being a Hoosier is synonymous with being able to make changes in the world, to mature as a student, and to be humbled as a fellow human being.