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Student Recognized for Outstanding Community Service
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/11/2018

Since his freshman year, biomedical engineering senior Anant Naik has been involved with Engineers Without Borders (EWB).

His interest in the public health component of the organization prompted his trip with a group of engineers to Yulo, a rural village in the Bolivian Andes. There they worked to secure the sustainable transportation of water from a spring to the community.

After this experience, Anant focused on leadership roles in the organization, serving as the fundraising officer and later as president, overseeing the start of its new Ethiopia program and the closeout of its Uganda program. Lately, Naik has coordinated the research program in EWB and worked to ensure training and mentorship of younger board members.

Naik's efforts in EWB have not gone unnoticed. In February he received the Outstanding Community Service Award, the highest honor the University gives to a student for service to the community.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Naik talked about his interests and dreams last year, when he was awarded a scholarship at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

The Eagan, Minn., student has been juggling the taxing workload of a biomedical engineering student in CSE along with community service.

"I love math, physics, and biology," Naik said. "I wasn't particularly good at it initially, but my fascination for these subjects drove to a major where I could do all three, nearly at the same time."

Naik plans eventually to enroll in an MD/Ph.D. program to intersect his biomedical engineering major with his neuroscience minor. His passion centers around biomedical technology, and he aspires to use his biomedical engineering background to discover new and affordable ways to address neurodegenerative diseases.

Despite being awarded the E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Scholarship for his many efforts to make change throughout the U of M campus and his community, Naik stands by the statement that "we should not do what we do for an award." That being said, he is still humbled and honored to receive financial assistance in his collegiate journey.

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