Carnegie Mellon University Junior Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, April 7, 2006

Carnegie Mellon University Junior Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University junior Satyan Pai was recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Pai, who is eligible to receive up to $7,500 through the scholarship, was one of 323 college sophomores and juniors nationwide selected for the honor.

The son of Mukund and Surekha Pai of Solon, Ohio, Pai is majoring in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. After completing his bachelor's degree, he plans to pursue an advanced degree in molecular biology and ultimately conduct research in a pharmaceutical or academic environment.

At Carnegie Mellon, Pai conducts molecular biology research with Peter Berget, associate professor of biological sciences in the Mellon College of Science. His research involves analyzing a novel method of fluorescently labeling proteins so they can be visualized and monitored inside their cellular environment. In addition, he serves as a member of the Biological Sciences Student Advisory Council, which advises the department on ways to improve undergraduate education and plans events that impact the department and broader community.

Amy Burkert, teaching professor and associate head of the Department of Biological Sciences, nominated Pai for the Goldwater Scholarship. "Satyan is exceptional by every metric one could choose," she said. "He is dedicated to using his love of science to make a difference in peoples' lives, and I feel certain that many will benefit from his work."

This summer, Pai will intern at Merck Pharmaceuticals Research Labs in New Jersey, where he will conduct research pertaining to the treatment of diabetes.

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 4,885 scholarships worth approximately $48 million.

By: Lauren Ward