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Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/PhD in Biomathematics at UCLA.
Yuxi was born in Germany to Chinese parents who both switched from careers in physics to computer programming so that they could better support their family. After early years with his grandparents in Shanghai, he moved at age four to be with his parents in Canada; they moved to Southern California when he was eight. While the transition to a new country was difficult, Yuxi quickly embraced the diversity, passion and drive so embedded in the United States.
In high school, Yuxi excelled at academic competitions such as Science Olympiad and the USA Mathematical Olympiad. His love of math and science fueled his decision to attend UC-Berkeley, where he double-majored in physics and molecular and cell biology. Yuxi took full advantage of the world of knowledge available to him in college, pouring himself into every science and computer science class he could take. He also worked part-time as a research assistant in Dr. Peidong Yang’s chemistry lab where he studied gold nanoparticles. Yuxi graduated with 19 A-pluses on his transcript, and with the university’s highest distinction in general scholarship.
Currently, Yuxi is studying biomathematics as part of his MD/PhD education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is being mentored by Dr. Marc Suchard. He is interested in developing statistical analysis methods for large-scale observational health datasets. In particular, he would like to create efficient solutions for analyzing electronic health records, which have produced an immense quantity of data that can benefit drug safety, comparative effectiveness, and health policy research. There is also an increasing demand in medicine for “personalized medicine” that utilizes health database information. As patient care becomes more data driven, Yuxi wants to help ensure that data analysis is conducted in a computationally efficient and statistically rigorous fashion.
Thirty Outstanding Immigrants & Children of Immigrants Each Awarded $90,000 For Graduate School By The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program announces 2016 Fellows; Fellows reflect accomplishments and diversity of immigrants and refugees in the United States; Launch 2017 Application
April, 12, 2016 (New York) - Today, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants, announced their 2016 recipients. The thirty recipients, called "Fellows", were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field, and were selected from a pool of 1,443 applicants. With a two percent acceptance rate, it was the most competitive year in the Fellowship’s history.
Daisy M. Soros and Paul Soros (1926-2013) founded the Fellowship program in 1997, which has awarded more than 550 Fellowships over its 18 year history. The couple, both Hungarian immigrants, has contributed $75 million to the organization's charitable trust.
In addition to receiving up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice, each new Fellow joins the prestigious community of recipients from past years, which includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, leading Ebola researcher Pardis Sabeti, Aspiration founder Andrei Cherny, Oscar health insurance co-founder Kevin Nazemi and over 535 other New American leaders.
“The Fellows are from all different countries and socio-economic and religious backgrounds, and they have come to the United States in a myriad of ways – but they all bring excellence to the table," said Craig Harwood, who directs the Fellowship program. “They demonstrate that immigrants, regardless of their background, continue to be a critical part of our nation.”
The 2016 Fellows, who are 30 or younger, come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, and are all naturalized citizens, green card holders, DACA recipients, or the children of immigrants. Their backgrounds reflect the diversity of recent immigrants and refugees in the United States. Those who were born abroad hail from Bangladesh, Burma, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
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