Radha Velamuri

This year's Dr. Tom Rocklin Meet the Challenge Stretch Award winner goes to Radha Velamuri! "...one student [in class] changed my perspective. He refuted the negative context of the prompt and frankly stated that persistence is always a little delusional and that continually working towards something when obstacles are constantly put in the way is a bit absurd, yet we do it anyway. Simply put, we are alright with delusion if the cause is just. I resonated with that unique response - I never thought I would consider myself delusional, but I have stretched myself in so many ways in the past couple years (and faced many challenges), yet I continue to persevere. Ultimately, my undergraduate experiences have shaped my future and it would not have happened without my perseverance and, dare I say, delusion," says Velamuri.