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The Chawla/Ochoa Academic Achievement Award

Presented to students who have shown a commitment to enhancing their educational experience through research, conference presentatins, and published works, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement (cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher).

Our Namesakes: Drs. Kalpana Chawla and Severo Ochoa

Dr. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American woman to fly in space. She was selected for a second flight in 2000 and tragically died in the 2003 Columbia disaster. She logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space.

Dr. Severo Ochoa was born in Spain in 1905 and naturalized to the United States in 1956. Four years later, in 1959, He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with Dr. Marianne Grunberg-Manago in discovering an enzyme that builds RNA and DNA.

 I grew up knowing my parents were superheroes as they were able to come to a new country, learn a new language, and build a new life for themselves at 18 years old. I can only hope to emulate their courage and strength.

Diana Castillo | Chawla/Ochoa Awardee

It was incredibly important to me to create an atmosphere of family and community for students of color at IC, because I know how much I appreciated that as a freshman and it was what kept me at this school.

Aisha Mae Mughal | Chawla/Ochoa Awardee