NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Diya TV) — An Indian-American medical student at Yale University has been named among 30 recipients of the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Handed out annually, it is aimed at rewarding and supporting graduate students who demonstrate “creativity” and “originality” in their lives.
For Durga Thakral, the fellowship will help her continue on her current path of obtaining her MD/PhD in genetics at the Yale School of Medicine, the university said in a statement.
Thakral says her work in communities with minimal healthcare has exposed her to the “dire need for better access to medical care and affordable biomedical devices.” She hopes to take advantage of the growing power of molecular medicine in her work to improve the human condition and empower others.
The 30 selected were pulled from a pool of over 1,400 applicants, and will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in their pursuit of a graduate education. The assistance and stipend can be applied to any field and in any advanced degree program in the U.S. Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants, established the program in 1997 to support the graduate education of students born abroad but have become permanent or naturalized U.S. citizens.
Each award recipient must have “demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of her or his life,” as well as “a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort,” a statement said.
Additionally, each recipient must have shown a commitment to the values expressed in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Born in Illinois, Thakral is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.