MSU student shunned in Egypt wins coveted PD Soros Fellowship

Raeuf Roushangar (L), an MSU graduate student studying biochemistry, has won a prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. He is studying in the lab of George Mias, MSU biochemist and molecular biologist. Photo by Katie Stiefel

Raeuf Roushangar, a Michigan State University graduate student studying biochemistry, has won a prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – an honor that comes with up to $90,000 stipend.

Roushangar was one of 30 winners of the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. The recipients, chosen from a pool of 1,200 applicants, were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field.

While winning the award is a high achievement, what Roushangar had to overcome is equally praiseworthy. Roushangar was born in Oman, to an Iranian father and Egyptian mother, and grew up and attended high school in Cairo, Egypt.

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