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UC Riverside graduate student awarded Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship
Date:7/31/2012

nt to support graduate fellowships named for Guru Gobind Singh, a Sikh religious leader. Only one student is selected among all the UCs for the fellowship, with preference given to students who hold a master's degree and are at the dissertation stage of their doctoral degree program.

"I am immensely grateful to receive this fellowship," said Sain, who lives in Riverside. "Its timing is perfect as I am on the verge of completing my research projects, and the funds will give me an opportunity to focus on my research."

Her advice to fellow students is to apply for all fellowships for which they are eligible because they "have nothing to lose."

"I see students shying away from applying for fellowships and awards perhaps because the students think they are not 'good enough' or they feel intimidated by the idea that too many people might have applied," she said. "My advice is: Don't think too much, just apply! I encourage the undergraduates I mentor to do the same, and recently one of them applied for a fellowship and got it even though she was unsure of getting it because she had applied just before the deadline."

An avid reader of scientific journals and P.G. Wodehouse novels, Sain received her bachelor's degree in biotechnology from the Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India. While pursuing this degree, she worked as a trainee at various Indian research institutes. Her interest in fungi and the diseases they cause began at some of these research institutes where she worked with plant-infecting fungi.

In her spare time Sain watches animated movies, cooks Indian food and performs community service. She also practices yoga and meditation.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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