Susan Mathai is the daughter of naturalized US citizens of Kerala Origin, She is a first-year M.D. candidate at Yale. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 2005 with a degree in social studies. While at Harvard, she received grants to support senior thesis research concerning health care in Cuba and community health work with Partners in Health.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Mathai conducted research in Cuba and has been involved in activities utilizing her language skills, such as clinical research on reproductive health and clinical translating. While at Harvard, she directed the Mission Hill After School Program, a student-run project serving children in Roxbury, Mass. Mathai uses her domestic and international experiences to inform her education about the structural and social forces that shape the course of diseases disproportionately affecting the poor. She plans to dedicate her medical career to reforming health-care practices through direct service as a physician and through advocacy and research.
Now in its ninth year of operation, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans have already become one of the most highly recognized and sought-after awards for graduate study in the United States. Almost 800 applicants – naturalized citizens, resident aliens, or the children of naturalized citizens – completed applications this year. They represented 134 countries of origin and 360 colleges and universities.
"These candidates truly exemplify the kind of creative, multitalented, and extraordinarily accomplished New American that Paul and Daisy Soros want to honor and support through this program," noted Warren F. Ilchman, director of the fellowship program.