|Daniel Duzdevich - Recipient of the 2012 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for new Americans
Biology PhD student, Daniel Duzdevich
, is a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Paul
& Daisy Soros Fellowship for new Americans.
Daniel's bio from www.pdsoros.org:
Award to support ongoing study toward a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Columbia University
was born in New York City to a Hungarian mother and Croatian father. As
an undergraduate research assistant in Eric Greene’s laboratory at
Columbia University, he showed remarkable talent with highly technical
studies of interactions of single molecules. On graduation, Daniel
received a prestigious Cambridge European Trust Fellowship to pursue his
master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. Working in the labs of
Robert Henderson and Michael Edwardson with atomic force microscopy, he
studied the unusual, repetitive DNA structures that appear in patients
with Huntington’s disease. That work led to lead authorship of a paper
published in a major academic journal. Returning to Prof. Greene’s lab
as a Ph.D. candidate, Daniel is now aiming to devise a way to visualize
DNA replication and repair at the molecular level. In his first year he
won the James Howard McGregor Award, given to “the graduate student
[who] shows unusual promise as a teacher of zoology.” Daniel also has a
deep interest in making biology accessible to a general audience. His
“translation” of Charles Darwin’s “surprisingly difficult” Victorian
prose in the Origin of Species into “clear modern English” will be
published by Indiana University Press in early 2013. He plans a career
in basic research as well as in popular science writing about biology.
PAUL AND DAISY SOROS PROGRAM AWARDS $2.5
MILLION TO NEW AMERICAN WINNERS OF GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
SOURCE Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
NEW YORK - A Guatemalan-American
who sought asylum in the U.S. when she was 11 and is now pursuing her doctorate
in biology at Harvard; a Somali-American who spent 16 years in refugee camps
and is beginning work toward his Master's degree in Public Policy; and a Mexican-American
who is returning from a Fulbright fellowship studying traditional Korean architecture
to pursue advanced degrees in East Asia and art history at Harvard are just
three recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
today, thirty new Americans - immigrants and children of immigrants from 20
different countries - have won the prestigious fellowships to pursue advanced
degrees. Each award provides up to $90,000 in tuition and maintenance support
for two years of graduate study in the United States in any field of study.
Daisy M. Soros, Chair of the
Board of the Fellowship Program, said of the new Fellows, "They have been
selected because of their accomplishments, drive, and vision. Paul
and I are confident that they - like their 415 predecessors as Soros New
American Fellows - will enrich and strengthen American society and
institutions. They remind us of the key role that immigrants
have played in the past and will continue to play in the future of this
the 30 new fellows, half are themselves immigrants and are now either
naturalized citizens or permanent residents.
The other half - children of immigrants - also demonstrate extraordinary
commitment to education and achievements that will significantly impact
American society. In addition to
the individuals described above, other new fellows include:
A woman of
Hungarian descent who fled Romania when she was 14, was placed in foster care, put
herself through two undergraduate programs, and will begin work in the fall on
a PhD in medical sociology at the University of California at San Francisco.
who crossed Mexico to California when he was 15, spent 4 years acquiring legal
status, put himself through college and is now, as a leading figure in the
deciphering of Maya glyphs, pursuing work leading to a PhD in Archeology.
who fled Baku when she was an infant, returned 22 years later as a Fulbright
scholar, and will begin work on a Master's in post-Soviet Area Studies at
Harvard in the fall.
Indian-American who immigrated when he was 14 and now serves as student
representative on the Stanford Board of Trustees, will enter the Mayo Clinic
Medical School in the fall.
in 1998, the Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellowships have rapidly
achieved recognition as prestigious awards that are comparable in
competitiveness to the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. Mr. and Mrs. Soros, themselves immigrants from
Hungary who struggled to support their graduate studies, have chosen to honor
the continuing promise of immigrants by funding these awards. The current class brings to a total of 445
the mutually-supportive community of New Americans who are pursuing their
individual American dreams in the sciences and humanities, medicine, law,
business, public policy, and the arts. The
program emphasizes the special significance for immigrants of active
citizenship and the continuing importance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights
in American political and civic life. Biographical sketches and pictures of the
fellows are available at www.pdsoros.org.