Princeton alumni Yuno Iwasaki and Ananya Agustin Malhotra awarded Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships

Yuno Iwasaki and Ananya Agustin Malhotra

Recent Princeton graduates Yuno Iwasaki, Class of 2023, and Ananya Agustin Malhotra, Class of 2020, were named recipients of the 2024 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants.

Soros fellows receive funding to support their graduate studies at institutions across the country and are "recognized for their achievements and their potential to make meaningful contributions to the United States across fields of study," according to the fellowship. This year, 30 fellows were selected from 2,323 applicants.

Iwasaki, the daughter of a Japanese father and a Romanian mother, immigrated to the U.S. from Japan as a high school sophomore. At Princeton, she majored in physics and pursued a wide variety of subfields through her undergraduate research. This inspired her to develop experimental techniques for testing theoretical predictions of fundamental physics.

Iwasaki’s senior thesis was on her original design of an electromagnetic filter to detect relic neutrinos and was awarded the Kusaka Memorial Prize in Physics. She will use the grant to support her work towards a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Malhotra, the daughter of immigrants from India and the Philippines, majored in the School of Public and International Affairs. She also earned certificates in European cultural studies and French language and culture. As a Rhodes Scholar, Malhotra earned her master's in modern European history at Oxford.

Malhotra served as president of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and Education (SHARE) Peer Program and was a first-year student mentor for the Program in Humanistic Studies. Her international experience included serving as a legal research intern with the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest through the University's International Internship Program. The grant will support her pursuit of a J.D. degree at Yale Law School.