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Members of the Class of 2024 share their memorable moments, favorite projects and more.

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As the world’s population rises and the effects of climate change threaten crop yields, food insecurity is an urgent matter. With the support of University Trustee Melih Keyman and Zeynep Keyman, Northwestern researchers are pursuing a novel approach to farming with the potential to make a substantial impact on the global food crisis.

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Sarah Sobol, wearing safety glasses, a light blue lab coat with a Northwestern research logo and orange gloves, is conducting synthetic biology research in a lab.
The Lucks Laboratory developed a home test that can detect common contaminants in water. The technology, called ROSALIND, harnesses the “molecular taste buds” found in bacteria and programs them to glow when they detect a contaminant.

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In a lab environment, Julius Lucks, wearing a dark suit and a purple striped tie, stands beside a Northwestern researcher wearing a light blue lab coat. Their mouths are open as though in conversation, and they are gesturing while looking at a laptop screen.
Northwestern has been awarded $50 million over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Simons Foundation to establish the National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology (NITMB) — the first institute of its kind in the U.S.

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A close-up infrared image of a fruit fly’s brain, displayed in neon reds, greens and yellows.
Music is integral to the plot of Down Below, an in-progress feature film by independent filmmakers Collin Davis ’11 and Matthew Valdez Litwiller ’11. In October 2023, Davis and Litwiller called upon Northwestern student musicians to record two original works for the film in Galvin Recital Hall.

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Down Below director of photography Travis LaBella operates a camera while Northwestern student musicians perform original works.

Timeless Threads

Spring 2024
In her senior honors thesis, art history major Elizabeth Dudley explores the influence of technology — from the invention of the sewing machine to the rise of social media — on fashion and aesthetic trends. She focuses on cottagecore, an aesthetic reflecting a pastoral way of life that exploded in popularity during the pandemic.

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Elizabeth Dudley smiles in a forested area wearing a floral crown and an off-shoulder smocked white top with a dark pink spaghetti-strapped dress over it.

Senior Sendoff

Spring 2024
Traditions for the graduating class create a bridge to the alumni community.

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A group of six Northwestern seniors smile at the camera. Each of them is curling one of their hands into a Wildcat “claw.” The student on the far left holds a purple pennant with the words “Go! Northwestern Go! Homecoming and Reunion 2023” on it, followed by the school’s academic N. Two other students on the far right hold a cut-out image of Willie the Wildcat, who is wearing a purple shirt with the academic N on it.
Anyone who makes a gift of any size for three or more consecutive years is recognized as a member of NU Loyal, the University’s largest giving society, with more than 42,000 active donors. Gifts from members of NU Loyal have impacted more than 1,500 areas across the University.

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NU Loyal members David Leuchter and Dulce Vasquez pose together in the stands at a Northwestern football game at Wrigley Field, smiling for the camera. Leuchter is wearing a Northwestern jacket and scarf, and Vasquez is wearing a hat with a Northwestern N. A large crowd is visible in the background as well as several football players on the field.
University Archives is home to documents, artifacts and mementos that showcase the rich history of Northwestern and its community, “items that will help people better understand the University we love,” says University Historian Kevin Leonard ’77, ’82 MA. The collections span 25,000 linear feet and include everything from a limited-edition Northwestern University Barbie to a real taxidermized wildcat.

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Man walking down a hallway in Northwestern's Archives Vault
With his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and storied career as a writer, actor, director and producer, Garry Marshall ’56 made an indelible mark on American film and TV. His legacy lives on at Northwestern with the donation of the Garry Marshall Papers to University Archives.

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Portrait of Gary Marshall from Northwestern’s 1956 Syllabus yearbook.