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.