ASU recognizes Yash Raka as outstanding graduate

Raka’s contribution to service and leadership has earned him the recognition

Yash Raka named outstanding graduate by The Honors college / Image - ASU/website

Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, has recognized an Indian American student, Yash Raka, as an Outstanding Graduate from the spring 2024 graduating class.

Raka, who will receive a bachelor's degree in biomedical informatics, is among seven exceptional graduates set to be felicitated during the honors college's convocation on May 6.

As per the university, throughout his academic journey, Raka has demonstrated remarkable leadership and commitment to service. He has served as an ASU Undergraduate Student Government senator and  spearheaded initiatives to support mental health services for all ASU students.

Additionally, Raka served as a student ambassador, representing his peers and advocating for the benefits of higher education. He has volunteered with organizations such as the ASU Prison Biology Initiative and the New Song Center for Grieving Children.

The Indian American senior has interned at the Washington University School of Medicine and contributed significantly to research, focusing on topics ranging from Zika-carrying mosquitoes to the impact of fungicide exposure on honeybees. His work has won accolades in prestigious competitions such as the Mayo Clinic Health Futures + CHS Clinical Solutions Competition.

“Barrett Honors College’s core values are community and belonging, leadership and agency, courage and curiosity. These outstanding graduates are exemplars of the values in action and represent the excellence of all honors students. We’re confident they’ll all take these values into whatever they do next, including careers, graduate and professional schools, and public service,” said Barrett Honors College Dean Tara Williams.