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SBB Research Group Names UCLA Sophomore as Recipient of Inaugural STEM Scholarship Program

Chicago-based investment management firm’s national scholarship program helps students create lasting impact through the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

SBB Research Group, a Chicago-based investment management firm, has named Aishwarya Atmakuri as the recipient of the company’s inaugural SBB Research Group STEM Scholarship. The $5,000 award empowers students to create value for society through their pursuit of higher learning, especially through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“We are thrilled for Aishwarya and could not have imagined a more deserving individual to receive our first scholarship,” said Sam Barnett, Ph.D., SBB Research Group’s founder and CEO.

Selected from more than 1,600 applicants, Aishwarya Atmakuri is a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), studying Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Global Health. Since beginning her studies at UCLA, Aishwarya has continued her involvement in cancer research and strives to help others through the power of medicine and healthcare. This includes working with the Fellowship for International Service and Health, a student-run organization that provides health and educational services to Maclovio Rojas, an underserved community near Tijuana, Mexico. She also works on improving the quality of patient care through quantitative research with The Healthcare Improvement & Innovation in Quality (THINQ) Collaborative at UCLA. Aishwarya plans to utilize technology to increase access to healthcare through advancements in telemedicine and affordable medications.

“The level of passion and commitment Aishwarya has already shown toward science, medicine, and her community is truly inspiring,” said Matt Aven, the firm’s COO and CCO. “We hope our STEM Scholarship propels Aishwarya’s efforts to improve the health and lives of others.”

Four additional finalist recipients will be named in the coming weeks and each will receive $1,000. To be eligible for the SBB Research Group STEM Scholarship, applicants needed to be full-time students pursuing a degree in STEM, maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher, and complete a 500-word essay on their STEM experience and how they would use STEM principles to benefit the world.

SBB Research Group also plans to launch the next round of its scholarship program on November 8, 2020, which is recognized as National STEM Day. For more information and to learn how to apply for the SBB Research Group STEM Scholarship, please visit


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