UC Riverside Student Awarded Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Phong Au-Hong to participate in Junior Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College

Phong Au-Hong

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Phong Au-Hong, a junior in the entomology department at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded one of 20 spots in the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA JSI) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

“As an entomology student, I am attempting to find the intersection between science and social activism,” Au-Hong said. “This opportunity with PPIA will provide a variety of different lenses at examining community issues.”

Each year, PPIA awards high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week JSI program before their senior years. The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, international affairs, or a related field. This is made possible through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4,000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

“Phong is that amazing student who embraces the interdisciplinary approach to problem solving,” said Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, the director of Student Success Programs in the Office of Undergraduate Education at UCR. “He has a strong passion for impacting change through policy, and has recognized that his science background will be a great compliment to this goal. I am very pleased that the PPIA Summer Fellowship recognizes his amazing potential.”

Phong is a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Research Fellow working on a public health research project with the San Bernardino Free Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Subica, Sang Nquyen, and Annie Le at UCR’s School of Medicine.

“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.”

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