Cal State LA Alumna selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

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Congratulations to Cal State LA Alumna, Juliana Lawrence (Class of 2016)!

Juliana Lawrence is a medical student at Yale School of Medicine. She attended college at age 13 through the Early Entrance Program and Honors College at California State University, Los Angeles, and graduated magna cum laude at age 18 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, through Cal State LA's College of Natural & Social Sciences. While at Cal State LA, Juliana completed an undergraduate research thesis, Nuclear phylogeography of a California-endemic sea slug with a rare developmental polymorphism, with the guidance of Dr. Patrick Krug, Biological Sciences faculty. Juliana is currently a research fellow at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation studying how governments develop health recommendations. She is interested in international health policy and hopes to utilize her medical background to develop collaborations between China and the United States. Juliana is from the United States. (Scholars)

Schwarzman Scholars, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships, located at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, today announced its fifth class. 145 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from more than 4,700 applicants and include students from 41 countries and 108 universities. The Class of 2021 will enroll in August 2020. More than ever before, this cohort expands the community of Schwarzman Scholars to include 12 additional countries and 41 new universities. These future leaders will join a global network of Scholars who have committed themselves to being a force for change, regardless of where their personal or professional passions take them. “I am inspired by these remarkable, accomplished and dynamic young individuals who will be joining Schwarzman Scholars at a time when its mission is more important than ever. I am excited to see how they contribute to both the Schwarzman College and greater Tsinghua University communities, and ultimately how they will apply themselves as people of consequence in their generation,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars.

The 145 Scholars were selected through a rigorous and thorough application process designed to identify academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. More than 400 candidates were invited to interview in Beijing, London, New York or Bangkok, where they went before panels comprised of CEOs, government officials, university presidents, journalists, and non-profit executives, among others. Once admitted, Schwarzman Scholars pursue a Master’s degree in Global Affairs with a core curriculum that is focused on three pillars: China, global affairs, and leadership. The curriculum was designed by talented academics from some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford and Tsinghua. Each year, the academic program is evaluated and refined to ensure alignment with current and future geopolitical priorities and challenges. Scholars also have the opportunity to take elective courses from a variety of disciplines at Schwarzman College, as well as from other departments at Tsinghua University. Scholars are taught by a cadre of leading international faculty, with frequent guest lectures from prominent global thought leaders. (From the Schwarzman Scholars Press Release, Dec. 04, 2019)