ACHIEVEMENT: White House HBCU Competitive Scholar


Brother Tenecious Underwood is a Spring 2018 initiate of the Gamma Delta chapter who is charting a path to success that is uniquely his own. The senior computer information systems major began his academic year with the coveted honor of being selected as one of 44 White House HBCU Competitive Scholars in the nation, based on academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos. This is the highest student recognition by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities that illustrate that HBCUs produce – often against the odds – strong, impressive educational, economic and societal results that impact the communities in which they serve. Everyone knows that a frog says “ribbit,” but did you know that their calls have a deeper, more impactful meaning? Frogs are considered “canaries in the coal mine,” for their ability to indicate ecological or environmental crises before humans notice a broader impact. Frogs have permeable skin, making them vulnerable to even small changes in their aquatic environment. As a result, 32 percent of frogs are in decline due to a combination of habitat loss, disease and climate change. This statistic worries scientists, so ecologists across the nation are eager to study declining frog populations.Brother Underwood had the distinct opportunity to participate in the Jetstream Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and present his findings at the world’s largest supercomputing conference, SC19, in November in Denver, Colorado. The Jetstream REU invites students to work with Indiana University researchers and staff on mentored research projects that involve the Jetstream platform. Led by the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), Jetstream is a national science and engineering cloud that provides on-demand high-performance computing (HPC) and data analysis resources for research and education. Brother Underwood and his cohort in the Jetstream REU are bringing machine learning and HPC to the pro