Five School of Computer Science seniors have been selected as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars for 2021. The award recognizes their academic excellence; volunteerism; leadership; and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts.
Parmita Bawankule, Pranav Kumar, Arnav Mahajan, Stephen Price and Chloe Yan are among 40 students from across the university selected for this honor. Each scholar receives a monetary award from the society to support their academic and personal growth.
Bawankule, a computer science major from San Jose, California, has been involved in both SCS4ALL and Women @ SCS for the past three years, leading meetings, organizing social and orientation activities, and serving as a Women @ SCS Big Sister. She has been a teaching assistant for 15-251, head teaching assistant for 15-151, and has had three internships.
Kumar, a CS major from Houston, Texas, has been the head teaching assistant for 15-122 for multiple semesters and has completed various internships. A member of Student Senate, he serves on the Campus Life committee. He is a member of CMU OM, a South Asian club, and is involved in the Robotics Club.
Mahajan, a CS major from Troy, Michigan, has excelled in both coursework and research in the the Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute. He was one of two presidents of the Robotics Club as a junior, and has served on the Student Senate and its Communications committee. He's also volunteered with CMU's Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Price, a computational biology major from Houston, Texas, has completed four semesters of research in the Department of Psychology and has won awards at medical hackathons sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has attended the Out for Undergrad (O4U) conference and advocated for LGBTQ+ students in STEM, serves as a campus emergency medical technician, and is the founder and first president of the undergrad Computational Biology Society.
Yan, a CS major from Singapore, has helped her fellow students as an EXCEL leader with SCS Academic Development and as a teaching assistant. She joined Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, to volunteer in the community. She also played on the varsity women's basketball team.