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Mathematical Statistics major named Truman Scholar


The Harry S. Truman Foundation has named Purdue University junior Mikaela Meyer a 2017 Truman Scholar. She is the first Boilermaker to earn the highly competitive federal scholarship, which recognizes demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

The Valparaiso, Indiana native passed through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process to receive the award. Meyer is one of just 62 Truman Scholars selected nationally from a record number of participating institutions. She will receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help her prepare for a career in public service leadership.

Meyer is studying mathematical statistics in the College of Science and pursuing a minor in political science. She is also an active member of the Purdue Honors College. After graduation, Meyer hopes to work for the federal government, using statistics to inform public policy. She would like to assist in adapting regulations to better fit the evolving needs of the American people.

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