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Deep Shah (’08) Biology, international affairs; rhodes scholar, oxford university; soros fellow, Harvard Medical School

Deep Shah had an illustrious career while at UGA as a Foundation Fellow in the Honors Program. Academically, he combined his interest in public policy and medicine through his research and internship experiences. He studied Parkinson’s disease at Emory University, which resulted in a published paper as second author in the Journal of Comparative Neurology.

The preventive and preparatory measures a college town like Athens can take during a bioterrorism attack was the basis of his Honors thesis. He presented his findings at the annual Honors Program’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium. 

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Deep has a very strong and remarkable record of service and leadership activities, both off and on campus. His campus activities supported his career aspirations in domestic health policy. He co-founded and was president of a student-led think tank, Roosevelt@UGA, which is supported by the Honors Program, and authored several articles in the area of health policy. 

Deep also participated in a public policy internship with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson through the Honors in Washington Internship Program. There he researched policy issues focused on foreign affairs, healthcare, and alternative energy. As a policy intern with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Deep researched issues of emergency preparedness and health economics, while preparing avian influenza guidelines for member hospitals. In the fall of 2007, Deep was the sole recipient from the State of Georgia of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a national award for academically outstanding third-year students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. 

In 2008, Deep was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, which took him to the United Kingdom to study at Oxford University, where he earned a master's degree in comparative social policy.

He recently added to his honors by winning the nationally competitive Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans that will cover up to two years of graduate study in the U.S. He is currently pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School

“I am particularly grateful to the University of Georgia for its support during the application process,” says Deep. “The Honors Program provided valuable guidance throughout this period and organized mock interviews. It is highly unusual for an undergraduate institution to offer this level of assistance to alumni. We should celebrate this special relationship that our university fosters with its students.”

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