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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Indians-Abroad/Six-Indians-win-Soros-fellowship-award-/articleshow/4385455.cms
Six Indians win Soros fellowship award
10 Apr 2009, 1603 hrs IST, PTI

HOUSTON: Six Indian-Americans are among 31 students
chosen for the prestigious fellowship for immigrants or children of immigrants.

The 2009 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship entitles the students to receive a grant of USD 20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow.

Ashish Agrawal(22), a student the University of California has led two volunteer programmes. While, Chitra Akileswaran (26) a student at Harvard Medical School plans to work for health finance programmes in poor countries.

Tarun Chhabra (28) has a PhD in international relations at Oxford. While, Shantanu Gaur, 22 year-old first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, recently solved a major problem in the field of cell biology. Sushma Sheth (29), a graduate of Brown University with focus in development studies and the sixth person of Indian origin to get the fellowship Previn Warren (26) is a first-year student at Harvard Law School.

The 2009 Soros Fellows, ranging from 21 to 30 years of age, were selected from nearly 750 applicants from 266 undergraduate and 137 graduate institutions.

"Our criteria are designed to identify people who will make a success of their lives and who will contribute something to this country, in whatever area of endeavor they choose," Soros said in a statement.

Click here for detailed profile and pictures of the scholars.
http://www.pdsoros.org/current_fellows/index.cfm/yr/2009

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ASHISH AGRAWAL is pursuing a career as a physician/scientist and a clinical researcher. He is a first-year MD candidate at the University of California at San Francisco, where he is a Regents Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 2008 in biochemical sciences. At Harvard, he led and expanded two volunteer programs, one which provided support for low-income hospital patients and the other of which trained CPR and First Aid instructors. He founded a UCSF chapter of Crisis Health Initiative to sponsor American public health study for physicians from developing countries. He has extensive research experience at Harvard and UCSF, and recent work at the Gladstone Institute at UCSF netted him co-authorship of several papers, abstracts, and his name on two patent applications. Now 22, he was born in the US to Indian immigrants who continue to send money to family in India for their schooling; a practice he contends introduced him to the ethic of service. His parents are naturalized citizens, and his mother resides in Fremont, CA.

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CHITRA AKILESWARAN intends to combine her knowledge of medicine, global health and business practices to provide effective health financing options in the world's poorest areas. Currently a third-year student at Harvard Medical School, she will begin a combined program with Harvard Business School in September. She received a BA in Community Health, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where she also got her start undertaking community-based work on global health inequities. She has studied sexual violence and HIV among female migrants as a Fulbright Grantee to South Africa, traveled to the Dominican Republic to address the needs of Haitian batey communities, and most recently collaborated with a private bank in south India to create a maternity financing product for rural women. Now 26, she was born in Portland, OR to parents who emigrated from India and are naturalized citizens. They now live in Seattle, WA.

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TARUN CHHABRA aspires to work for the US government in the areas of foreign and national security policy. He is a first year JD candidate at Harvard Law School and a DPhil candidate in international relations at Oxford. He earned a BA, with honors and distinction, in international relations and Russian language and literature, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A Fulbright Scholar to Russia, he studied Russian perspectives on US foreign policy at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). He later received a Marshall Scholarship to study at Merton College, Oxford, where he received a MPhil in international relations and won a Clarendon Award. Tarun worked on the staff of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's High-level Panel for UN reform and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. He later served as a consultant-advisor to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on its nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives. Now 28, he was born in the US to parents who emigrated from India and are now naturalized citizens. They reside in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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SHANTANU GAUR plans a career as a physician-scientist, translating his work from bench to bedside. Completing his BS in biology from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa, he is now a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. As a sophomore in college, he co-authored a paper in Human Molecular Genetics and recently cracked a major problem in the field of cell biology, earning a first-authorship in an article submitted to Nature. In addition to his studies, he made time to co-found the Harvard Online Pharmacy Project; to found the Harvard Undergraduate Research Symposium, and to jump-start the Harvard Cricket Club. Now 22, he was raised by Indian immigrants to Canada and later western Pennsylvania. He and his family are naturalized US citizens, residing in Canonsburg, PA.

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SHARMEEN PREMJEE sees for herself a career in urban youth development. To that end, looking for additional skills to add to her existing six years of experience, she is applying to schools of public policy to do a master's degree. Graduating from Yale University in 2002 with distinction in two majors, she was honored at graduation for her profound social and academic contributions to the Yale/New Haven community. She attended Yale as a Gates Millennium Scholar. On a Fulbright, she did a certificate at the School of Oriental And African Studies in London. Since graduation she has worked with Human Rights Watch, the Los Angeles chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and since 2006 in the Los Angeles Mayor's office in an effort to reduce gang participation and warfare in the City. Now 28, she was born in Southern California to parents who emigrated from Pakistan and are now naturalized citizens. They reside in Birmingham, AL.

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SUSHMA SHETH is a community organizer who is applying to business and public policy programs to gain management skills and study social entrepreneurship. A 2001 graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in development studies, she is director of programs for the Miami Workers Center. There, she helps develop grassroots leaders as well as build coalitions around such issues as affordable housing and economic development. Since 2007, she has also been active in building a national coalition of similar organizations, Right to the City Alliance. Born in Miami and now 29, she is the daughter of immigrants from India. They are naturalized citizens and reside in Miami, FL.

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PREVIN WARREN plans a career in legal scholarship. Preparing for that aspiration, he is in his first year at Harvard Law School. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he majored in social studies, graduating magna cum laude, earning election to Phi Beta Kappa, and receiving a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. His honors thesis on the philosophy of Habermas and Peirce received the prestigious Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize. While an undergraduate, he co-founded a student advocacy group championing progressive causes and co-edited a book about youth civic engagement after 9/11. Since graduating, he has worked with indigent criminal defendants while at the Federal Defenders and articulated economic development and poverty policy as an adviser with the Mayor's Office in New York City. For five years, he played bass guitar in a Brooklyn-based rock trio, The States. Now 26, he was born in California to parents who emigrated from India. Both parents are naturalized US citizens and they reside in Huntington Beach, CA.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 08:35am »

In 2008 there were 6 soros scholars from our community

http://www.pdsoros.org/current_fellows/index.cfm/yr/2008
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