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Director, Cox Research Scholars Program

Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010

Growing Cox Research Scholars Program welcomes new class

Sept. 13, 2010

EDITORS: A complete list of 2010-11 Indiana University Cox Research Scholars appears at the end of this release. For more information on the Cox Research Scholars Program, contact Heidi Schulz at

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- With the addition of 19 freshmen this fall, the prestigious Cox Research Scholars Program (CRSP) now has more than 100 students pursuing college careers at Indiana University Bloomington. The 2010 freshman class joins 88 Cox Research Scholars already on campus who are in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

The 2010 entering class includes nine National Merit scholars. The students, all of whom are Indiana residents, hail from 15 different high schools. Four of the incoming CRSP freshmen were valedictorians, two were salutatorians, and three are AP Scholars with distinction.

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The Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Research Scholars Program offers a full-ride scholarship with a total value of more than $68,000 over four years. The funds cover tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and a stipend for the scholars' work as undergraduate research assistants. The faculty-student mentoring relationship is a signature component of the Cox Research Scholars Program.

"I am delighted to welcome this year's class of Cox Research Scholars," said Karen Hanson, provost and executive vice president at IU Bloomington. "The program's current students and their faculty mentors represent a wide range of disciplines from biology and business to dance, philosophy and neuroscience. I'm also delighted to see that this program, in which the education and research missions of Indiana University intertwine, continues to thrive. I'm grateful to the many faculty members who have heartily embraced the program and whose mentorship allows students to learn and discover in exciting ways."

Earlier this year, the Cox Research Scholars Program became an official part of IU Bloomington's Hutton Honors College, which recruits highly motivated students and offers a range of small courses along with a variety of extracurricular and service programs.

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"We are so pleased to see the Cox Research Scholars Program deepening its ties with the Hutton Honors College," said Matthew R. Auer, professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and dean of the Hutton Honors College. "It is amazing to see students' research skills develop and flourish over four years. Our juniors and seniors are already seasoned researchers, so the new class of scholars has much to look forward to. Meanwhile, the Cox Research Scholars Program is helping advance our esteemed faculty's research across the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and business."

Y-Lan Khuong, an incoming freshman from Bloomington, Ind., was accepted to 11 universities, including Washington University in St. Louis and Rhodes College, but settled on the Cox Research Scholars Program.

"Indiana stood out from the other institutions because of the opportunities it can provide. The Cox Research Scholars Program may have been the strongest factor in my college decision," Khuong said. "The opportunity of guaranteed research during all four years of my undergraduate education is simply too great to deny. Now I do not have to worry about financing my studies, but rather get to enhance my education through research."

Khuong, a tennis champion and accomplished pianist as well as top-notch student, plans to major in biochemistry and become a surgeon.

Y-Lan Khuong

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Y-Lan Khuong

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To qualify for the scholarship, students must be Indiana residents, admitted to Indiana University Bloomington, and also eligible for admission to the Hutton Honors College. The program is a highly effective tool for attracting exceptional students to IU and retaining those students throughout their academic careers.

Funding from Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox also established the Cox Scholars Program, a separate program that rewards students who balance both work and school in the pursuit of an IU degree.

2010-11 Cox Research Scholars, and their hometowns, include:

  • Anurag Bhattrai -- Carmel High School
  • John DeBrota -- Zionsville Community High School
  • Laura Douglas -- Zionsville Community High School
  • Grant Eyster -- Bloomington High School North
  • Adriana Giuliani -- Harrison High School
  • Katie Jensen -- Homestead High School
  • Maria Khokhar -- New Palestine High School
  • Y-Lan Khuong -- Bloomington High School South
  • CJ Lintner -- Covenant Christian High School
  • Adam Nichols -- Bloomington High School North
  • Julia Peceny -- Boone Grove High School
  • Drake Reed -- Pendleton Heights High School
  • Niyati Shah -- Munster High School
  • Kelsey Shrank -- Fishers High School
  • Taylor Twiggs -- Terre Haute South Vigo High School
  • Marcus Wadell -- Columbus North High School
  • Tara Wills -- Northeastern High School
  • Alexander Wilson -- Batesville High School
  • Jake Wycoff -- Fishers High School