BME student receives 2021-22 Outstanding International Student award

Julia Sanz Iglesias, a senior studying biomedical engineering, received the top international student award from Purdue University's Office of International Students and Scholars.

The Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student award is presented annually each spring to honor a student who has not only excelled academically, but who has clearly demonstrated a commitment to service, specifically in welcoming and connecting people of all cultures. 

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Julia Iglesias (center) with former Purdue President Dr. Martin C. Jischke (right) and Dr. Michael Brzezinski (left), Dean for International Programs

Faculty and staff were invited to nominate students who best fulfill the following requirements:

  • Graduating senior who has attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Commitment to scholarship (academic achievement or recognition in other areas such as research, publications, presentations, etc.).
  • Commitment to leadership (demonstrated at Purdue through affiliation with a department or student organization or place of employment).
  • Commitment to service (welcomes and connects people of all cultures, both on campus and in the community).
  • Outstanding character.

Jischke was the 10th president of Purdue University, serving from 2000-2007. He established this award to honor a student who not only excels academically, but also demonstrates exemplary volunteer service “connecting people of all cultures.”

"I'm very excited to see Julia awarded this University honor for all the outstanding work she's acomplished both for herself personaly and for local, regional and the international community," said Asem Aboelzahab, lead instructional labs and senior design project coordinator at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and one of Julia's nominators for this award.

Julia hails from São Paulo, Brazil, and proudly promotes Brazilian culture in the Purdue community through her involvement with the Brazilian Student Association. In fact, she was the first woman elected as president to represent the Brazilian community in the Greater Lafayette area. She was also the founder and inaugural president of Investment and Trading at Purdue and was invited by Krannert School of Management to represent the University in the CFA Research Challenge in Indianapolis, where they were the local winner.

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Julia Igleasis competes in a triathlon

A large part of Julia's Purdue experience was participating in the Purdue Triathlon Club. Just days before her graduation, she will be racing at the Ironman World Championship in Utah.

For the past two summers, Julia served as a healthcare summer analyst for Bank of America, developing complex financial models, and upon her graduation in May 2022, she will join them full-time as a Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst in New York City.