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FINAL: Iris Sidikman plays inside the NIU music building recital hall where she has played 20-30 concerts and two solo concerts during her time as an undergraduate. Kristen Myers, director of the Center for Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality describes Sidikman as “one of the top five percent of undergraduates with whom I have worked in the past 20 years,” and a student who is “outstanding in every way.” Iris will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in music performance with a minor in women’s and gender studies. A talented musician and well-rounded student, Myers has described her as analytically sophisticated, very well-trained, and innate in her talents. Some of her works include educating others through TEDx talks on fatness, body policing and sexism. She has also composed and performed a piece for cello that integrated poetry, music and a feminist critique of break-ups. She is described as truly interdisciplinary and gifted. Iris’ overarching future goals include performing in a contemporary music ensemble, curating new works, continuing to explore her new identity through various artistic collaborations, and to one day run her own new music program at the collegiate level. Sidikman has been accepted to into the M.F.A. music program at the California Institute of Arts in Santa Clarita, CA. Sidikman is a recipient of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Women Student award.