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Princeton undergrads named Goldwater scholars

Maheshwari and Mathur plan to pursue doctoral research in their field of interest to address gaps and translate into tangible products.

Arya Maheshwari and Reha Mathur. Image - Princeton University/Photos by Ashwin Pazhetam and Jessica Cui

Two Indian-origin Princeton University students have been awarded the 2023 Goldwater Scholarships for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Arya Maheshwari and Reha Mathur, were among the 413 scholarship recipients selected across the United States, according to the University press.

A computer science sophomore, Maheshwari plans to pursue a Ph.D. and research career in quantum computing. He is also passionate about closing the gap between those who have early access to programming instruction and other STEM education and those who do not. Maheshwari was awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and the Freshman First Honor Prize, according to his bio.

A chemical and biological engineering student, Mathur plans to obtain a Ph.D. in computational biology or bio-engineering with the ultimate goal of leading a team at a biotech company or starting her own, to translate her research into tangible products.

A Shapiro Prize recipient, Mathur is currently the director of Tigerlaunch, one of the world’s largest student-run entrepreneurship competitions, and the founder of the Princeton Biotech Group, a group of 80 undergraduates interested in biotech. She received the Shapiro Prize in both her freshman and sophomore years.

The scholarship program named after Sen. Barry Goldwater was created as part of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, a federally endowed agency instituted by an act of Congress in 1986.