The Research & Development Council of New Jersey has named Radha Sai Yamarthy, an incoming freshman at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), an Outstanding Science Scholar.
The Council gives the $5,000 award yearly to a high school senior who intends to pursue a technological degree from a New Jersey research university.
Yamarthy won the award because of her outstanding academic success, especially in the sciences, at Princeton High School. She ranked in the top 5 percent of her class with a near perfect grade-point average.
“Her high school credentials are outstanding, with SAT scores in the top 5 percent in the nation,” said Joel Bloom, Ph.D., vice president for academic and student services and dean, Albert Dorman Honors College. “She won numerous honors at Princeton High and took many advanced placement courses in the sciences, mathematics and even the humanities. We anxiously await her arrival on the NJIT campus.”
Yamarthy, of Cranbury, will attend the Albert Dorman Honors College, where she will major in biomedical engineering. Dorman offers special classes, seminars and honors colloquia to some of the nation’s brightest students.
Bob Schaffhauser, vice chairman of the Council, said the award is intended to encourage top students, such as Yamarthy, to pursue their education here in New Jersey.
"Studies show,” he said, “that students often accept their first job close to the area where they attended college. We hope this scholarship recognizes outstanding students like Yamarthy while also encouraging them to study at New Jersey’s first-rate research universities such as NJIT.”