University News – March 27

North senior candidate for scholars program

Columbus North High School senior Ujwala Pamidim-ukkala recently was selected as a candidate for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of the most distinguished graduating high school seniors in the nation. It has been extended twice, once in 1979 to recognize students with talent in visual, creative and performing arts; and again in 2015 to include students with accomplishments in career and technical education fields.

Pamidimukkala, the son of Sateesh and Suryakala Pamidimukkala, was chosen based on academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, character and community and school involvement, according to a news release. Pamidimukkala joins more than 4,000 other candidates selected from nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors.

Submissions will be reviewed and 800 semifinalists will be selected in early April. The Commission of Presidential Scholars will select finalists. The 161 winning scholars will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

All scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June for the National Recognition Program and will receive their Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

Area resident named presidential intern at IU

Columbus resident Kaitlynn Milvert is among five Indiana University students to be appointed as this year’s IU presidential interns.

Milvert is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and English. She began her internship earlier this month. She will work with two other students and IU President Michael McRobbie on a research project on the ancient origins of the modern university.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to contribute to such a wide-ranging historical research project,” Milvert said. “It goes beyond researching ancient civilizations in its attempt to understand the tradition of the…

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