What makes me proudest in my scientific career is participating in initiatives that support women and underrepresented minorities to pursue interests in science.

Lekeah Durden

And, participate she does. For two years, Durden has instructed high school students through Foundations in Science and Math, a summer program organized by IU graduate students. She has volunteered at IU Science Fest and the state science olympiad. She also assists with science outreach at local elementary schools.

Durden encourages students to find ways to explore even the slightest interest in science. “You never know what you’ll find if you don’t take the time to search,” she advises.

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2016-17 Goldwater Scholar

Sophomore Hannah Busey has been named a 2016-17 Goldwater Scholar, a highly competitive national award recognizing outstanding college sophomores and juniors who have shown great promise in math, science, or engineering.

Busey is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Using horned beetles as a study system, she researches the evolution of head development in insects in Professor Armin Moczek’s lab. Busey plans to earn a doctorate in biology and to conduct research in the field of evolutionary biology.

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Aggressive hamsters
A female hamster displays aggressive behavior. Photo by Frank Scherbarth.