Indian Named Youngest UCB University Medalist in a Century

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How does an undergraduate top off a whirlwind tenure at the University of California, Berkeley, highlighted by experiments with nanowires and biofuels, brainstorming sessions with corporate executives, poetry readings, and educational outreach to students?

For Ritankar Das, the answer, of course, is to be named University Medalist, the prize given to the year's top graduating senior.

Not only is Das completing his studies at UC Berkeley with a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology and a minor in creative writing, he is doing so in only three years.

And at the age of 18, Das is the youngest University Medalist in at least a century, reports UC Berkeley in a press release.

The young Indian American is also the first student from the College of Chemistry in 58 years—and the first ever from the Department of Bioengineering—to earn the honor, which includes a $2,500 scholarship.

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