- Udall Scholar (2019)
Caleb King earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from Indiana University in 2020. King identifies as Sugpiaq and is a citizen of the Alaskan indigenous Seldovia Village Tribe. As president of the Native American Student Association and a member of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, King is an advocate for native students on campus. Last year, he worked with the Bloomington Office of the Mayor to officially proclaim Oct. 8 Indigenous Peoples Day.
King is studying neuroscience and plans to bring a focus on equity to the health care field. Through an internship at Hoosier Hills Food Bank that is part of his Cox Civic Scholarship, King has served people with diverse backgrounds -- an experience that he said will help him provide equitable care to diverse communities as a physician. King is interned in the Neitz Vision Lab at the University of Washington, researching the molecular biology of human retinas. In addition to working in the lab, King is also a teaching assistant for the Summer Health Professions Education Program, a program for minority students interested in health professions.
In 2019, King was one of 50 students nationwide to receive the Udall Scholarship, a congressional award to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. He is the first IU student in 10 years to receive the award.