CWRU graduate student named finalist for prestigious fellowship

Anisha Rastogi, a CWRU medical and doctoral student, has been named a finalist for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The fellowship gives immigrants and children of immigrants who are attending graduate school up to $90,000 in scholarships for tuition and living expenses over two academic years.

Rastogi, the daughter of two doctors who immigrated from India, is studying biomedical engineering. She studies brain-computer interfaces, which use neural signals to help paralyzed people control objects. When she graduates, she wants to do a medical residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Rastogi completed her undergraduate degree at the Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Thirty students will be selected for the fellowship, with the final announcement of winners coming in April. Rastogi is one of 77 finalists, selected from a total of almost 1,200 applicants. She will have to participate in two 30-minute interviews in either Los Angeles or New York City before the fellowship committee makes their final selection.

The fellowship looks for students who have “demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of his/her life,” according to the website.