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YLS Students Paul Linden-Retek ’12, Shayak Sarkar ’13, and Vivek Ramaswamy ’13 Named Soros New American Fellows

Three Yale Law School students have been named Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellows for 2011. Paul Linden-Retek ’12, Shayak Sarkar ’13, and Vivek Ramaswamy ’13 are among the 30 accomplished young people chosen for the honor. The fellowships are awarded to immigrants or the children of immigrants to support their graduate study at any university in the United States.

Paul Linden-Retek ’12, who came to this country from the former Czechoslovakia, is a second-year student at Yale Law School, where he focuses on international human rights law, comparative law, and jurisprudence. He plans to pursue a joint J.D./Ph.D in political theory, in preparation for a career as a legal academic and international human rights lawyer. He’ll use his Soros Fellowship to support the remainder of his studies in law and an initial year of his doctoral work at Yale.

Shayak Sarkar ’13, born to Bengali parents, is currently pursuing both a law degree from Yale and a Ph.D in economics from Harvard. He earned A.B. and A.M. degrees in applied mathematics and statistics from Harvard, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, earned M.Sc degrees in evidence-based social work and development economics. He will use his fellowship to support his continuing studies at Yale and Harvard.

Vivek Ramaswamy ’13, born to Indian parents, is a first-year student at Yale Law School. He graduated from Harvard College with a major in biology. During his senior year, he co-founded, a technology startup company that connected entrepreneurs with professional resources via the Internet. Following college, he worked for three years in life sciences investing in New York. He plans to use his fellowship to support the concluding years of his study at Yale.

The Fellowship Program for New Americans was established by Hungarian immigrants Paul and Daisy Soros in 1997 as a way to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children great opportunities.

Read more about the 2011 Soros New American Fellows here.