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University of Minnesota Twin Cities students named Goldwater Scholars

Aditya Shekhar and Henry Twiss
U of M Twin Cities students Aditya Shekhar and Henry Twiss.

Two juniors at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Aditya Shekhar and Henry Twiss, have been recognized as Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. 

Shekhar and Twiss will receive scholarships worth up to $7,500 for their senior years. This 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. This year, 396 students were recognized as Goldwater Scholars out of 1280 nominees from 461 colleges and universities nationwide. 

Shekhar of Minneapolis is completing a self-designed Inter-College bachelor of science that combines psychology, public health and applied business. As a high school sophomore, he began research on heart disease with Dr. Jagat Narula of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Currently, Shekhar has been conducting neuroscience research with Professor Timothy Ebner at the University of Minnesota since enrolling in 2018. His research includes studies of cardiac cell death and cortical network imaging in mice. In addition, Shekhar has completed independent research in emergency medical technology and care, and he has two provisional patents on medical equipment. 

His work has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal and other publications. Shekhar is also a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Cannon Falls Fire Department and appeared as an EMT on the TV show “Chicago Fire.” He plans to complete a M.D./Ph.D. program. Shekhar plans to devote his career to addressing heart disease.

Twiss of Minneapolis is a mathematics major and has been working with Professor Adrian Diaconu, a 2020 Simons Fellow in mathematics, on a conjecture concerning the asymptotics of moments of quadratic Dirichlet L-functions. In the process, he developed a recursive argument to compute the real roots of the Kac-Moody Lie algebra. Twiss also participates with U of M Twin Cities Ph.D. student Andrew Hardt in the School of Mathematics’ Directed Reading Program, which pairs undergraduate math majors with graduate students to read advanced mathematical texts.

Last year Twiss was recognized by the School of Mathematics with its William H. Burgum Scholarship, which recognizes exceptional undergraduate achievement in mathematics and contributions to the program. Twiss plans to complete a Ph.D. in pure mathematics specializing in algebraic and analytic number theory and differential geometry.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U. S. Senate. Since the inception of the program, 67 undergraduates at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have been named Goldwater Scholars.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities students who are interested in applying for the scholarship in the future may consult the Office of National and International Scholarships by visiting or by contacting Timothy Jones at

For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship, visit

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Mon, 07/27/2020 - 15:42
University of Minnesota Twin Cities students named Goldwater Scholars
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