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Teresa Thomas
412-268-2900

For immediate release:
April 22, 2005

Carnegie Mellon University Junior Anita Shukla of Wakefield, R.I., Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University junior Anita Shukla was recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Shukla, who received the $7,500 scholarship, was one of 320 college sophomores and juniors selected for the honor.

Daughter of Arun and Vinita Shukla and a native of Wakefield, R.I., Shukla is majoring in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering. After completing her bachelor's degree at Carnegie Mellon, Shukla plans to pursue an advanced degree and ultimately teach and conduct research in chemical and biomedical engineering.

Shukla, who was selected as a Carnegie Mellon nominee, represented the university in regional and national competitions. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Shukla works as a tutor and serves as an elected member of Carnegie Mellon's Chemical Engineering Student Advisory Council.

"Anita has extensive research experience for someone of her age," said Lynn Walker, associate professor of chemical engineering. "She performed full-time independent research during the summer at MIT and the University of Rhode Island. Her involvement in these activities at such an early stage in her career attests to her maturity and drive."

The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. In its 17-year history, the foundation has awarded 4,562 scholarships worth approximately $45 million.

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