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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 13, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 21
Medical student receives Soros New American Fellowship

Shantanu Nundy.

Shantanu Nundy, a second-year medical student, is among the 30 Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellows for 2006 announced last week. Fellows receive up to a $20,000 stipend plus half tuition for as many as two years of graduate study at any institution of higher learning in the United States.

Now in their ninth year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans have already become one of the most highly recognized and sought-after awards for graduate study in the United States. Almost 800 applicants, who are naturalized citizens, resident aliens or the children of naturalized citizens, completed applications this year. They represented 134 countries of national origin and came from 360 colleges and universities. The 30 fellows were selected from 84 finalists who were interviewed in New York and Los Angeles.

Warren F. Ilchman, director of the program, notes that Nundy “truly exemplifies the kind of creative, multitalented and extraordinarily accomplished new American that Paul and Daisy Soros want to honor and support through this program."

Nundy, who graduated from MIT in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in management science and a perfect 5.0 GPA, was born in 1982 in Toronto to parents of Indian descent; the family immigrated to the United States in 1986 and settled in northern Virginia.

While at MIT, he worked part time at various financial institutions and as a researcher at the Harvard Business School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the MIT Economics Department. Each winter, he spent a month in rural India helping develop a sustainable health care program for an underserved village.

Since matriculating at Johns Hopkins, he has conducted research in the Division of Cardiology and published a paper on medical malpractice in Health Affairs. He founded the East Baltimore Community Talent Show to strengthen ties with the local community and the Chick-Webb Mentoring Program for local elementary students. He plans a career in academic medicine, combining his interests in basic research, policy and service.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans were established in 1997 as a charitable trust of $50 million to assist new Americans in furthering their careers through graduate education. The donors, both new Americans, created the trust to thank the United States for the life it has provided for them and their children. There are currently 60 fellows at 21 universities studying 21 different subjects..


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