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9 Outstanding South Asian Students Win Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship


9 Outstanding South Asian Students Win Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

India-West Staff Reporter

NEW YORK, NY – Eight Indian Americans and one Sri Lankan American are among 30 recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants. They were selected from nearly 2,000 applicants and will each receive up to $90,000 in funding to support graduate school at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Yale University.

The South Asian winners are: Dhruv Gaur, Shyamala Ramakrishna, Jaspreet Kaur, Omair M. Khan, Nathan Mallipeddi, Arjun Menta, Vaibhav Mohanty, Shomik Verma and Ashri Anurudran.  Fellowship Director Craig Harwood said of the awardees, “Immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees have and continue to make our nation stronger. The diverse perspectives and approaches that each fellow this year, and the many who have come before them, bring to their fields and our society are remarkable and inspiring.”

The Fellowship also pointed out the august company the new class of fellows will keep, which includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who is the first surgeon general of Indian descent and helped lead the national response to Ebola, Zika, and the coronavirus.

Shomik Verma: PhD in mechanical engineering at MIT. Child of immigrants from India; Duke graduate; working on improving the reliability of renewable energy and on a power, plant based on thermophotovoltaic power conversion.

Shymala Ramakrishna: JD at Yale University. Child of Tamil immigrants from India; Yale graduate; focused on workers’ rights and future of work policy; lead vocalist in her band, FORAGER.

Vaibhav Mohanty: MD/PhD in chemistry at Harvard University and MIT.

Child of immigrants from India; Harvard graduate; accomplished composer; theoretical physicist aspiring to develop novel therapeutic approaches to combat evolving diseases.

Arun Menta: MD at Johns Hopkins University. Child of immigrants from India; UT Austin graduate; holds multiple patents; accomplished researcher leading multiple scientific and translational efforts in neurosurgery.

Nathan Mallipedi: MD/MBA at Harvard University and Stanford University.

Child of immigrants from India; UCLA graduate; founded Myspeech to connect people who stutter with critical speech therapy resources; biotechnology investor.

Omar M Khan: MD/PhD in stem cell biology & regenerative medicine at Stanford University. Child of immigrants from India; authored his first scientific publications in high school; Yale graduate; working in policy and venture capital while he pursues a career as a physician-scientist.

Jaspreet Kaur: MFA in writing for screen & television at the University of Southern California. DACA recipient from India; Harvard graduate; Brown Girl Joy Productions co-founder; creating films to uplift intersectional narratives of underrepresented communities.

Dhruv Gaur: PhD in economics at MIT. Child of immigrants from India; Brown graduate; won Jeopardy! College Championship tournament; studying the effects of severe marginalization on health.

Ashri Anurudran: MD student at Harvard University. Child of immigrants from Sri Lanka; emigrated from the United Kingdom and Malaysia; Harvard graduate; aspiring physician-advocate committed to advancing gender equity in global health.

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  • Jaspreet Kaur should never have gotten it. She is an ILLEGEAL LGBTQ (fraud) alien!!
    She got it under that quota as LIBERALS embrace illegals and LGBTQ. Her parents used 9/11 as an excuse to justify crossing the southern border illegally. They would never have been allowed legally to enter the US. What a racquet. No other country would have done this. She would have been a NOBODY in India, like so many other Indians in US. All would have been unemployed in India.

    April 26, 2023
    • Shame on you Moe! You have crooked DNA.

      April 28, 2023
  • An endorsement from Soros related foundation is a kiss of death and bad news for India, most of the so called “progressive, liberal woke DAs, council members in various urban cities” get funding from Soros and they create mayhem where ever they step foot.

    April 27, 2023

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