7 Indian American students win Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Over 1,600 students applied for the award.

By Deepak Chitnis

WASHINGTON, DC: The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded seven Indian American students with prestigious scholarships, funding their higher education pursuits over the next one or two years.

A total of 283 collegiate students won the award, which grants scholarships of either one or two years in length to an institution of their choice for post-graduate studies in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Established in 1986 and named after former Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, the scholarship seeks to award individuals who are pursuing high-level careers in the hard sciences.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and up to $7,500 worth of room and board for each student. Over 1,660 students applied for the award this year, making this one of the most competitive years for the award.

The Indian-origin winners for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  • Adam Ramsaran – a neuroscience major at the University of Delaware, with careers goals of a Ph.D. in neuroscience in order to “conduct research in teratology and learning and memory while teaching at the university level.”
  • Swati Sureka – a biology and chemistry double-major at Cornell University, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry to “conduct research in biomolecular engineering and teach at the university level.”
  • Radhika Agarwal – a biochemistry and biology double-major at Indiana University at Bloomington, pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. to “conduct research in bacterial antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation and teach medical students.”
  • Nitin Anantha Krishna – a mathematics and computer science double-major at Western Kentucky Univeristy, pursuing a Ph.D. in applied mathematics to “conduct research in mathematical biology and teach at the university level.”
  • Loveprit Singh – a chemistry and applied mathematics double-major from the University of Oregon, pursuing a Ph.D. in “synthetic organic chemistry” in order to “conduct research designing synthetic molecules and studying their possible applications.”
  • Sivabalan Manivasagam – a chemistry major from the University of North Texas, pursuing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in order to “develop novel theoretical approaches to describe molecular processes and teach at a major research university.”
  • Tushar Swamy – an electrical engineering and physics double-major from Northeastern University, pursuing a Ph.D. in “hardware security” in order to “continue research into Side Channel Analysis and appropriate counter measures.”

To contact the author email to deepakchitnis@americanbazaaronline.com

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