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Miami students named Goldwater Scholar and Honorable Mention
Rajan, from Mentor, has been conducting independent study research with Blanton Tolbert, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, since his first semester at Miami.
“Prashant has endeavored to understand how the HIV virus hijacks host proteins to regulate the expression of its genome. He has collaborated with a senior research associate, graduate and undergraduate students to determine the high-resolution 3D structure of a key RNA molecule from HIV. This work was recently published in the Journal of Molecular Biology,” Tolbert said. “Prashant is truly a remarkable young man … I am sure that the Goldwater scholarship is just one of many more prestigious accolades in his future."
Rajan has also conducted clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic in pediatric neurology during the past two summers working with children with autism and with Tourette’s syndrome. This summer he will work in a molecular oncology research position at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
At Miami, Rajan is president of the honors and scholars advisory board, a member of the honors program and a Harrison Scholar. He is a resident assistant for Bishop Hall (current year and next year) and is also a member of Miami’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. This year the program awarded 282 Goldwater Scholarships, worth up to a maximum of $7,500 per year, out of nearly 1,125 students who were nominated by faculty at their institutions.
Rajan is one of five students at an Ohio public university to receive a Goldwater Scholarship; Auman is one of five students at an Ohio public university to receive an honorable mention.