Four Stanford alumni win Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Four Stanford alumni are among 30 recipients of this year’s Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which support graduate study for immigrants and immigrants’ children.

Amin Aalipour will pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in Stanford’s bioengineering program (Courtesy of Stanford News).

Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years to attend any graduate school in the U.S. The Soros program aims to both assist promising young people with their education and increase awareness of immigrants’ contributions to America. The fellowship was founded in 1997 by the late Paul and Daisy Soros, who immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary.

The Stanford alumni recently honored include Amin Aalipour ’14 M.S. ’14 M.D. ’18, who will pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in Stanford’s Bioengineering program; Ellora Thadaney Israni ’14, who will study at Harvard Law School; Peter Hong ’12, pursuing a degree in business administration at Harvard Business School; and Andrey Sushko ’16, pursuing a Ph.D. in experimental physics at Harvard.

Aalipour’s fellowship will go toward his participation in an interdisciplinary program hosted by both Stanford’s School of Engineering and its School of Medicine. Raised in California by parents from Iran, Aalipour’s interest in science was stoked early on by his mother and father’s own STEM

Ellora Thadaney Israni wants to work at the intersection of tech and law (Courtesy of Stanford News).


As an undergraduate and later a master’s student at Stanford, Aalipour studied the interaction between…

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