Celebrating the Class of 2018

By Kyle Hornyak, May 18, 2018
Over 1,200 students will graduate at the 123rd Commencement ceremony.

This year, more than 1,200 students will walk across the stage at IC's commencement, and each one has a unique narrative to share about their experiences. Here are a few standouts:

After connecting with faculty through a friend in IC’s figure skating club, Samantha Brown got the opportunity to help develop a “smart blade” to measure force outputs of figure skaters on the ice. The athletic training major jumped (or triple axeled) at the chance to participate in the research, which had never been done before.

During his junior year, biochemistry and mathematics major Dallas Fonseca was awarded two scholarships, including the highly competitive Barry Goldwater Scholarship, to study gene editing. He hopes to one day harness molecular biology and genetics to shape new ways to combat pollution and clean up damaged ecosystems.

Inspired by a Music as Medicine course exploring how music impacts the mind, music and voice major Jessica Voutsinas collaborated with a Pennsylvania State University student to create headphones that can adjust the music they play based on the listener’s mood. The students’ startup, Musical Minds, now counts 30 student neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians, and musicians among its ranks of researchers.

Filmmaker Tyler Macri got a jump-start on his burgeoning career when he was awarded the top prize in the Kodak Student Scholarship Program as a junior. The cinema and photography major’s winning short film, What Comes from a Swamp, was shot for an advanced cinema production course in which students are tasked with organizing a crew and completing an entire film in one semester. The funds and film Tyler received from Kodak for his win supported his film, Pond.

Through her work on campus, Chanel Underwood is one of the most active and visible members of her class. The Martin Luther King scholar and finance major, who has already landed a job at “big four” accounting firm Ernst & Young, was treasurer of IC’s African-Latino Society in her sophomore year and volunteered with Project Generations, a club focused on elder care. Chanel was also president of IC’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, during which time she secured funding for the group to travel to an industry conference where half of the chapter’s members received interviews either for jobs or internships.