Summer 2017 Cohort
Ashly is a Political Science and Chinese Language student at McGill University. As an Oslo Scholar, Ashly is undertaking an internship with Dr. Alaa Murabit to broaden her understanding of the field of human rights. During this mentorship program, she is refining her public speaking skills, research capabilities, and writing capacity while gaining invaluable insight into diplomacy and multilateral organizations through Dr. Murabit. Passionate about women's rights and access to justice, she hopes to use this platform to bring awareness to the importance of gender equality in international development.
Jasleen Ashta will be entering the final year of her undergraduate degree at McGill University. She is pursuing studies in Cognitive Science, with a focus on computer science, as well as International Development. Jasleen plans on using her education and extracurricular experience to pursue further studies and a career within the realm of public health research and policy. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be a mentee of Dr. Murabit through Human Rights Foundation’s Oslo Scholars Program, and is looking forward to learning as much as she can from Dr. Murabit and her team.
Winter 2016 Cohort
Peace and Security Research and Policy Intern
A third-year student at Tulane University in New Orleans, the city that has her heart, Hanan is studying Neuroscience and Public Health with career goals either in international law or palliative care. To keep well-adjusted, Hanan balances her mostly science-leaning course load with well-developed outside interests, ranging from elderly care to refugee relief, writing, and travel. Hanan is passionate about finding creative ways to uplift traditionally silenced voices, and is super excited for the opportunity of mentorship from Dr. Murabit!
Public Policy Intern
Aàron is a Law student based in Montreal, originally from El Salvador. He loves to travel and enjoys conversations with people from all around the world with different positive ideas. With an interest in security, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East, Aàron believes the law will lead to improved and sustainable ways of solving global security issues.
MICHAEL J. SMITH
Health Research and Policy Intern
Based in New York City Michael is completing a Master's of Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He previously has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and has over five years of experience in scientific research and human health. Michael has co-authored a published paper in a national genetics journal and is co-authoring a manuscript to be published in 2017.
Summer 2016 Cohort
Nayana Bijli is a recent graduate from Tufts University. Born and raised in New Delhi, she came to Tufts to extend her interests in history, economics and politics. Majoring in International Relations and Economics exposed her to coursework on the socio-political climates in Europe and Asia and international finance.
Her aspiration to work with a strong and respected advocate for human rights culminated in an application to the Oslo scholars program and ultimately an internship with Dr. Alaa Murabit. As a scholar/intern with Alaa, she gained practical experience on the workings international institutions, speech writing, negotiation, and diplomacy. She values the experience for both professional and personal reasons.
I look up to Alaa for many reasons. She is a strong, dynamic powerhouse of a leader, who offers everyone she encounters with the same level of respect. She values good work, but also pushes for great improvement. Finally, she is my friend/boss/mentor/ all in one- I feel lucky to have had this opportunity.
Benya Kraus is a third year student at Tufts University, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security.
Being an Oslo Scholar and working with Alaa this past summer was such a meaningful experience, as it helped shape her understanding of and career trajectory in the fields of gender, security, and peace and conflict negotiation. While working with Alaa, she also interned at The Constitution Project, a DC based bipartisan legal think tank advocating for equity under the law, especially for the most marginalized members of society.