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Priya Kheradia

Purdue School of Science
May 2005

Students often feel the road to a college degree is a long one, but few have come as far as Priya Kheradia. Priya, a junior in the Purdue School of Science who plans to pursue a career in oral health at the IU School of Dentistry, based at IUPUI, began her journey toward that degree in her birthplace, Nairobi, Kenya.

Priya, whose family moved to Indiana less than a decade ago, is making the most of her trek. She has plunged headlong into campus life since arriving at IUPUI, working for Team IUPUI and volunteering her time for the annual Jam the Jaguar Bus food drive, the ever-popular United Way "Chili for Charity" luncheon fund-raiser, Team IUPUI and the campus's traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

She's equally successful in the classroom, ranking as one of IUPUI's Top 10 female students for the 2004-05 school year, and traveling throughout the country making presentations of her research work before national and international audiences. Priya is a member of the Urban Pre-Dental Club, the Asian Student Association, the Biology Club and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations. She's filled numerous leadership roles in student groups, including the Indian Students Association presidency. Among her IUPUI honors and awards are grants from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, a show case award for the "Making It Happen Fair", and the O-Team Student Leader Award.

Priya recently attended the International Congress of Physiological Sciences in San Diego to present a poster about her research. She has been a Department of Chemistry Peer Scholar since 2002 and received the Outstanding Women in Leadership Award in 2003.