Coppell student wins Priddy Award

By Deborah Wormser / September 2011

Indu Bedi, a 16-year-old senior at Coppell High School, joined the STARS program after winning the 2011 Kathryn and Ashley H. Priddy Award.

Her science fair project used readily obtainable chemicals to measure the amount of dietary starch in a variety of foods. Her work so impressed STARS representatives at the Dallas Regional Science Fair in February that they chose her for the prestigious fellowship. The Priddy award includes an invitation to participate in the STARS summer program, bypassing the usual application process

Indu Bedi worked this summer in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Pieper after winning the 2011 Kathryn and Ashley H. Priddy Award.

“I had heard about the STARS program and the wonderful opportunity it provides for interested students to gain experience in laboratory work and the process of scientific investigation,” Ms. Bedi said. “Unfortunately, I had not heard about the program until after the application deadline had passed. Thus, I’m greatly appreciative of the opportunity to participate this year.”

During the summer, she worked with neuroscience graduate student Ginger Becker in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Pieper, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biochemistry. Her project focused on exploring new treatment strategies for Huntington’s disease.

Ms. Bedi, who was born in Haryana, India, and came to the U.S. when she was 8, plans to major in biochemistry in college and attend medical school. She said she believes the summer research experience will help her decide how best to focus and balance her clinical and research interests.