CS&E Student Named Goldwater Scholar

April 17, 2017

Computer Science and Engineering major Rahul Parhi has been named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The scholarship awards up to $7,500 per year for two years of undergraduate study. This year 240 scholars were selected nationwide from a field of 1,286 students who were nominated by their colleges and universities.

Parhi plans to complete a Ph.D. in computer science or applied mathematics with an emphasis on quantum computing and machine learning. A participant in the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program, he began working on the problem of fault tolerant arithmetic circuits while in high school with Professor Chris Kim. His development of partial triple modular redundancy to achieve high fault tolerance won him recognition as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and as a Seagate Rising Star.

As an undergraduate, Parhi has worked with CS&E Professor Nick Hopper to develop a private presence protocol to provide secure digital messaging. And he is creating more efficient rank aggregation algorithms for sorting data with Professor Soheil Mohajer. His research has been supported by two Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) grants and has been published in the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.

Three other juniors in the University’s College of Science and Engineering and College of Biological Sciences received honorable mention. They are physics and math majors Kendra Bergstedt and Ryan Schmitz and chemistry/biochemistry major Merrick Pierson Smela.

Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship in the future should visit the Office of National and International Scholarships website or contact Timothy Jones at natschol@umn.edu.

For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship, visit the Goldwater Scholarship website.

Written by the College of Science and Engineering and reprinted with permission: “CSE student named Goldwater Scholar

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