Recent UC Riverside alumni with international backgrounds, achieve great things:
Phong Au-Hong graduated from UCR with a B.S. in entomology in 2018 and was selected to participate in Harvard’s Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS) research program. He is also the recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award, which will place him in Germany. Au-Hong won many awards while at UCR, such as: a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship to conduct research in Germany Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to support study abroad in Germany, and Donald A. Strauss Scholarship to start an Afghan refugee support program called “Project 51-The Refugee Empowerment Project.” Au-Hong and his family immigrated from Vietnam, and he is a first-generation college student.
“This acceptance and my accomplishments have been a product of the unconditional support my faculty mentor and medical students have provided me. Under their mentorship, I was able to grow both personally and intellectually,” Au-Hong said. “After graduation, I hope to continue working in my community, and give back to the place that helped me grow so much.”
Mina Hanin graduated with a B.A. in political science in 2018 and was selected by the Capital Fellows Program to be a state legislative aide in the California Senate Fellowship. While attending UCR, Hanin was a University Honors ambassador and editor for UCR’s multidisciplinary journal. He was named valedictorian for the University’s Honors program and also for College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS). He received the Academic Excellence award for Political Science and the Outstanding Achievement award for CHASS. Hanin and his parents fled Egypt due to political strife when he was a teenager, and both of his siblings attend UCR.
“I learned to step outside of my comfort zone, take risks, learn something new, and succeed,” said Hanin.