2017 Fellows

Reflecting the Albright Institute's multidisciplinary and global ethos, the 2017 Fellows come from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds. The class of 2017 consists of 24 juniors and 16 seniors majoring in 27 different fields ranging from Art History to Physics. The students represent fifteen different countries: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), France, Germany, Greece, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, United States, and Venezuela.   

Nisreen Abo-Sido

Nisreen is a junior taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental science, with a focus on food sovereignty and a growing interest in agroecology.  During the summer of 2016, Nisreen worked alongside rural leaders from poor communities in Asia and Africa at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI).  At ARI, she practiced sustainable agricultural techniques and learned from grassroots leaders training to separate their communities from an environmentally and economically unsustainable reliance on synthetic chemicals.  Moreover, Nisreen continues to perform collaborative research exploring the potential to utilize battery waste to reduce the risk of lead exposure from urban soils.  You may also find Nisreen promoting the movement for global health equity, as the team coordinator of the Wellesley College chapter of Partners in Health (PIH) Engage, or teaching a spin class on campus.  Nisreen aims to continue to analyze global food systems and investigate viable ways to promote sustainable agriculture.

Victoria Angelova

Victoria Angelova was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. She had the opportunity to travel extensively, and learn about the history and culture of different nations across the world, which sparked in her an interest in international relations and global affairs. An economics major, she has an avid interest in macroeconomics, both domestic and international, enjoying the challenge of analyzing why countries make certain decisions and their impact on a country’s population. For example, together with two of her classmates, she wrote a paper on the economic benefits (or lack thereof) of membership in the European Union  just a month before Britain voted to leave it. 

Faith Arimoro

Faith is a senior majoring in sociology and on the pre-medical track. She is passionate about combining her love of sociology with her passion for health through her research in adolescent health at the Wellesley Centers for Women. The summer before her senior year, Faith interned at the Obafemi Awolowo University-College of Health Sciences in Nigeria, where she was privileged to learn about Nigerian health care from the lenses of academics, health care providers, and patients. In Boston, Faith has been a patient escort volunteer at Massachusetts General Hospital. On campus, Faith is a staff assistant at the college Copy Center and a writing tutor for Writing 201. Additionally, she has been a part of Wellesley African Students’ Association and Black Women’s Ministry during her years at Wellesley. After graduation, Faith aims to work with a healthcare related organization on improving Nigeria’s primary health care system. 


Abena Asare

Abena is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health and Society. In the summer of 2016, Abena attended a Pre-Medical program at the University of Virginia Medical School and also taught STEM to elementary students in Philadelphia through the Temple University Science Department. In the summer following her sophomore year, combining her interests in public health and medicine Abena interned at Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC), whose mission is to improve perinatal and pediatric health in Southern New Jersey. At SNJPC she helped analyze focus groups with at risk mothers on the topics of health care access and lead poisoning in the city of Camden. On campus, Abena is the Health Career Liaison in the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), a student assistant in the Office of Admission, a member of the arts and music society Tau Zeta Epsilon (TZE), Ethos, the Wellesley African Students Association (WASA), and Wellesley’s Track and Field team where she is ranked All-American in the long jump. She is interested in the intersection of health and wellness around the world and after graduation Abena hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in global health as well as an MD degree, specializing in pediatric medicine. 

Lauren Bazley

Lauren is a junior studying Mathematics and Economics. In the summer of 2016 she researched migration and the narratives of mobility in the context of the current European refugee crisis with the Wellesley College Anthropology department. Passionate about statistical modeling, she also attended the Quantitative Analysis Institute at Wellesley to learn methods of communicating the powerful trends shown by mathematical analysis. On campus, Lauren is a rower on the varsity crew team, recently winning the 2016 NCAA championship. After graduation, Lauren hopes to use her mathematical and economic background to analyze global health issues to better inform crisis responders. 

Tiffany Z. Chung

Tiffany Chung is a senior majoring in International Relations - Political Science, with a particular interest in Nuclear Weapons and the Middle East. She is also interested in American Criminal Law, and especially the study of Capital Punishment in the South. She is completing an independent study on the Fourth Amendment focusing on race and unlawful searches and seizures, and furthers this research at Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice. In the summer of 2016, Tiffany worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as an Intern Investigator, where she supported the Parole division. On campus, Tiffany is on the Political Science Majors' Council. She has a working knowledge of Cantonese and Mandarin. Tiffany's goal upon graduation is to work within a legal context, either through providing direct services, policy, or academia. 

Alexis Crayton

Alexis is a senior who, in addition to her Chinese Language and Cultures major, is a Biology Major on the pre-medicine track. She has conducted research under professor John Goss in the Biology department for three years and is currently a candidate for an honors thesis. She is very passionate about her research. The components of her research involve using fission yeast to study highly conserved mechanisms in the cell such as cytokinesis and cell division. As a Pre-Medical student and mentor, she also serves as the president of Wellesley college’s Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPS). The goal of MAPS is to provide a resource for minority students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare. For her Chinese major, in addition to taking classes on the language in the US and abroad, she has conducted research in the Chinese department on how novels like The Journey to the West have shaped the ideologies of people living in modern day China. In the future, as a medical doctor Alexis plans to serve as conduit for the minorities and Chinese people in the US, with the hope of using her skillset to help make a positive impact on the health and the lives of her patients. 

Shivani Dayal

Shivani is a junior majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Health and Society. She is particularly interested in the interaction between culture and health. In the summer of 2016, Shivani volunteered with hospice patients and worked as a consultant at N-of-One Therapeutics, where she supported efforts to introduce precision medicine into cancer treatments. Shivani has worked as a clinical assistant at a hospital in Spain and continues to volunteer at a rural hospital in India. Shivani spent the fall semester of her junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark; in addition to her studies there, she organized a Refugee Action Committee where she helped facilitate dialogue between American students and refugees in Denmark. On campus, Shivani works in a Neuroscience lab and is part of Wellesley’s Association of South Asian Cultures. She has working knowledge of Hindi and Urdu. Shivani’s goal upon graduation is to work with an international organization in the field of global health and eventually pursue a degree in medicine.

Ciaran Gallagher

Ciaran is a senior who created an interdisciplinary individual major of Environmental Chemistry with a minor in Religion. She is merging her interests in the fall semester by undertaking an independent study that investigates how environmental activists draw from sacred texts and traditions. In the summer of 2016 Ciaran was a NOAA Hollings Scholar and conducted research on organic pollutant contamination in Puget Sound, WA. Ciaran’s internship at the Center of Sustainable Energy the previous summer resulted in the publication of report on natural gas as a bridge fuel with her as a contributing author.

On campus Ciaran works in a transdisciplinary and collaborative geochemical research lab that investigates how to mitigate lead contamination in urban settings, particularly in an urban farming and harvesting context. Ciaran and her team presented their findings at the National Geosciences Society of America Conference in the fall of 2015. The lab strongly considers the human health and environmental justice implications of their work, not just the scientific research. As lab manager, Ciaran also assists in the creation of collaborative and educational space for underclasswomen. She is also a three-time student leader, currently in the role of First-Year-Mentor Supervisor. After graduation, Ciaran aspires to shape urban environmental policies guided by her interdisciplinary and chemical knowledge. 

Arela Haluci

Arela is a junior majoring in Political Science and Economics. In the summer of 2016, Arela worked as a researcher and writer alongside European Horizons on a policy paper regarding the prospective impact of the 2016 American Presidential Election on transatlantic relations. During her sophomore year, Arela served as a fellow for the Hillary for America Campaign assisting field organizers, phone banking events and canvasses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As a Davis UWC Scholar, Arela spent her high school years in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she participated in student-led volunteer work in local refugee camps and schools for children with special needs. On campus, Arela works as a student assistant in the Political Science and Economics departments, and she is an assigned tutor for the Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis course. Arela is the cofounder and political chair of the European Network student organization as well as a core member of Wellesley Students for Hillary. She is fluent in Albanian, English, and French. Arela’s goal upon graduation is to pursue law school and in the future, she seeks to contribute to the field of international law through international organizations or the public sector.


Siena Harlin

Siena is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Economics. Her main academic interest lies in studying the complex relationships between aid organizations and the people they serve. Over the last two summers, Siena completed a Global Engagement internship at Field Museum of Natural History and has worked as a research assistant in health economics and public policy at MIT. On campus, she works as a student manager at the Clapp Library, serves at the president of the International Relations Council, and in her free time plays on both the rugby and quidditch teams. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. She hopes to intern at a social accountability or human rights-focused organization in Latin America and to continue to pursue her interest in development agencies after graduation.

Amanda Hernandez

Amanda is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies. She has a passion for the intersection between science and environmental justice, with a specific focus on environmental health.  In the summer of 2016, Amanda conducted research on microbial respiration in response to climate change in the Northeast U.S. On campus, she is active in her dorm community, works as a Public Speaking Tutor for the campus tutoring center, and conducts research on the intersections between women’s health and the environment. In the fall of 2016, she spent a semester sailing aboard a scientific research vessel in the Mediterranean studying the evolution and experience of disease in port cities. Upon graduation from Wellesley, Amanda hopes to continue studying the global implications of decision making on the environment and the people with those environments. 


Christina Holman

Christina is a senior majoring in Economics and Art History with a certificate in Engineering. In the summer of 2016, Christina worked as an intern with INIDA on Santiago Island in Cape Verde, where she developed partnerships between Wellesley and local organizations as well as developed a paper on the productivity of water. The previous fall, Christina spent her semester in Freiburg, Germany. She travelled extensively to learn about the European Union, specifically regarding digital and technology markets. On campus, Christina is the founder and co-president of the Wellesley Engineering Society, and she tutors for the Physics Department. Christina has working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese-based Creoles in addition to basic knowledge of German, Portuguese and Italian. After graduation, Christina hopes to work with an organization interested in assistive technology and development economics. 


Ayeona Hopkins

Ayeona is a junior majoring in Economics and Spanish, and is interested in how economic development, international aid, and foreign policy confront and engage with specific cultures, specifically in Latin America. During the summer of 2016, Ayeona interned at the United States Department of the Treasury where she worked in the Office of Financial Institutions. At the Treasury Department, Ayeona worked closely with the Office of Consumer policy on projects concerning financial inclusion and financial literacy.  Ayeona is currently spending the fall semester studying abroad in Córdoba, Spain where she hopes to reach fluency in Spanish and experience how culture, race-relations, and immigration, manifest themselves in Spain and in a changing Europe. At Wellesley, Ayeona is involved with WASA (Wellesley African Student Association), Amnesty International and the Student Organization Funding Committee. After Wellesley, Ayeona hopes to work in foreign policy and economic development, while also promoting discourse on the need for development strategies and foreign policies that allow countries to build sustainable economies and infrastructure and reflect their 21st century needs.

Lamisa S. Hossain

Lamisa is senior majoring in Economics and Political Science, and is particularly interested in socio-economic development, poverty eradication and education. She is currently pursuing an Honors Thesis on the cultural legacy of British imperialism and the impact it had on primary education in Bangladesh. In the fall of junior year, Lamisa studied Politics at the University of Oxford; last summer, she interned at Social Accountability International, a labor rights organization based in New York. At Wellesley, Lamisa is the President of Slater International Student Organization, and is the Senior Interviewer at the Office of Admission. She is fluent in Bengali, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and spoken Hindi. After graduating in May 2017, Lamisa hopes to be engaged in a role that will prompt her to dive into issues of policy-making and international affairs, and further develop her quantitative and qualitative research skills.


Jülide Iye

Julide is a junior majoring in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Psychology. This past summer of 2016 she interned at the Tangier American Legation Institute of Moroccan Studies in coordination with Archnet of the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT. Throughout her internship Julide’s archival and photography work sought to preserve and record the urban changes of Tangier’s built environment. She is currently an undergraduate researcher at the McGovern Brain Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying striosomes and their role in Huntington’s Disease. On campus Julide is Vice President of Al-Muslimat, the Muslim student organization, and works in the Sponsored Research Department. Julide co-founded Muslim Youth Support Network, a platform for students experiencing bullying as a result of their Muslim identity. She speaks Turkish, French, and Arabic. Julide is interested in pursuing work further exploring and improving health and education access to refugee populations in the Middle East.




Basma Jaber

Basma is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and International Relations with a concentration in Political Science. She is currently one of two student managers at the Art Library in Wellesley College, and over the summer of 2016, worked in Massachusetts as an intern at Cranberry Management – a small company invested in building apartment complexes for low income families. On campus, Basma is the President of the Wellesley Arab Women’s Association, the librarian for Society Zeta Alpha, the literary society, and spent a year as Middle Eastern Representative for Slater International. Basma is fluent in three languages – Arabic, French and English. Basma’s next professional goal is to have an internship in either international law or policy making regarding the mental health of prisoners around the world.

Cate Johnson

Cate is a senior double majoring in Classical Civilization and History. Her studies in History have centered around ethnic identities, violence, and associated political shifts. Last summer, she completed an internship in Bonn, Germany, at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Secretariat for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. There, she worked in the Communications and Outreach team to promote the policies and activities of the Convention by researching and writing materials for official websites and meetings, and creating social media strategies. During the summer of 2015, Cate interned at Earthjustice, the largest nonprofit environmental law firm in the United States, researching up and coming environmental concerns and creating relevant content for the Earthjustice blog and social media. In 2014, she interned for the United States Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, progressing constituent casework, especially surrounding Veterans Affairs, and drafting memoranda. On campus, she works as a student assistant in the Department of Classical Studies. Cate is interested in the intersection between people, environmental concerns and public policy. After graduation, she would like the gain environmental policy experience with an internationally focused organization, and learn another language.


Selma Khalil

Selma is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She is a student worker at the art library, co-vice president of the Wellesley Arab Women’s Association and a general member of the Café Hoop cooperative. In the summer of 2016, Selma worked at a neuroscience lab on the Wellesley campus that explored the neural correlate of attention. During the summer of her sophomore year, she interned at an NGO in Beirut, Lebanon that primarily focused on providing support through educational programs and scholarships to the underserved community of the country.  She is fluent in French and has advanced knowledge in Arabic. Selma’s next professional goal is to have an internship in humanitarian law. 

Julie Kim

Julie is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is doing an independent research study that examines the quality of long-term health care institutions in the United States. Currently, Julie is working as an undergraduate research intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where she studies the effects of diversity on team performance in corporations; in particular, she is helping to develop a wellness app that gathers opinions from a diverse array of doctors to diagnose a patient. On campus, Julie is one of two Honor Code Council Representatives for the Class of 2017 and is an active member of the First Generation Network. She has professional knowledge of Korean. Julie’s goal upon graduation is to work with a health care organization or technology company, preferably in the West Coast.

Stephanie Kim

Stephanie is a junior majoring in Biochemistry at Wellesley with an interest in primary care and public health policy. In the Fall of 2016, Stephanie spent a semester abroad in Germany where she studied socialized medicine and the different approaches to healthcare and welfare around the world. During that time, Stephanie interned at a private nephrology clinic and visited the World Health Organization in Geneva to learn more about the dimensions of international public health. At Wellesley, Stephanie is a coxswain on the varsity rowing team and a student teacher at the Child Study Center. She also conducts biochemistry research in the Darling Lab which aims to characterize the mechanism of interaction between cardiac ion channels that contribute to sudden cardiac death. Over the past two summers, Stephanie continued this research, gaining experience with various molecular biology and biochemical techniques. Upon graduation, Stephanie plans on working abroad to practice her French and Spanish skills in a professional setting before pursuing a joint MD/MPH degree.



Amanda Kraley

Amanda is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is currently a research assistant at MIT’s Displacement Research and Action Network, which brings together policy makers and academics to build new theory on internal displacement. Her current project – creating an interactive mapping tool that looks at eviction rates in Boston’s Chinatown – synthesizes her interests in public affairs and technology. On campus, she is the editor-in-chief of Wellesley’s international relations magazine, The Globalist. Outside of the academic world, Amanda has spent several years working at a government tech startup and as a Student Activist Coordinator with Amnesty International. She is proficient in French and plans to learn Korean. Upon graduation, she hopes to spend time abroad and pursue a career in Internet policy.


Kethu Manokaran

Kethu is a junior majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in South Asia Studies. Interested in how both nature and nurture influence infant and child development, Kethu uses computational methods to study the neural substrates involved in bi-lingual language learning in a zebra finch model with a professor at Wellesley. In the summer of 2016, she interned as a teacher at Vincent Girls' High School (VGHS) in Batticaloa, where she taught English to seventh grade students. Kethu also worked with teachers and students at VGHS to develop an English Activity Room where students at all grade levels may practice and hone their English skills through creative and interactive activities and games . On campus, Kethu serves as Co-President of Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures (WASAC) and was also a Resident Assistant in her sophomore year. Kethu is fluent in Tamil and has a working knowledge of French. After graduation, Kethu hopes to continue onto medical school and to one-day practice medicine and develop programs to improve health access, awareness, and outreach in her native Sri Lanka.


Jennifer Mou

Jennifer is a junior double majoring in economics and psychology. In the summer of 2016, Jennifer participated in The University of Hong Kong's Learn, Live and Intern in China program, where she worked at a market research and consultancy agency based in Shanghai. She enjoyed being able to utilize her major knowledge and Mandarin Chinese language skills, as well as experiencing a different living and working culture. In the fall, she is studying abroad at University College London as an Affiliate Economics student. Back at Wellesley, Jennifer pursues her passion for the arts outside of classes, working as a student design assistant for the Communications & Public Affairs office, a contributing photographer for the Wellesley News, the co-publicity chair for the Taiwanese cultural organization, and also takes voice lessons with the music department. Jennifer is looking forward to going abroad again this coming summer, hopefully working with an organization that promotes mental health awareness and treatment.


Alondra Navarro

Alondra is a junior majoring in sociology with a minor in philosophy. During the summer of 2016, she worked with the Summer Institute for the Gifted, serving at their University of California Berkeley site as both a program counselor and teaching assistant. During the school year, Alondra volunteers as a counselor for the Mission Hill After School Program, helping to facilitate both personal and academic growth in program participants through personalized tutoring. On campus, she works as a writing tutor for the Wellesley College Writing Program, assisting students across all disciplines to build strong writing skills. In addition to her job and volunteer work, Alondra has conducted extensive research with Professor Peggy Levitt of Wellesley’s sociology department to study the existing transnational resource networks of emigrants living abroad. Upon graduation, Alondra hopes to pursue work in the field of education that focuses on assisting students from traditionally underserved backgrounds.





Fani Ntavelou-Baum

Fani is a senior from Athens, majoring in philosophy. She is currently writing a collection of essays on epistemic injustice as part of her honors thesis. After spending the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in the University of Oxford, Fani conducted research in social epistemology in Monash University in Melbourne. On campus, she works as a writing tutor and serves as the Vice-President of the Shakespeare Society. Post-graduation, Fani hopes to pursue a PhD in philosophy and attain eudaemonia.


Lily Odekirk

Lillian is a junior from Charleston, West Virginia majoring in English and Theatre Studies. She interned for the American Shakespeare Society in 2015. This past summer, she made her professional acting debut with the Wellesley Repertory Theatre and soon after traveled to Iceland, where she researched and wrote about the country’s theatrical practices. She returned home to work for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. On campus, Lillian acts as an active member of the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society and is currently directing a production for Upstage Theatre. Her interests lie in applying classical theatre to modern social justice issues and in using the art form as a means for education and empowerment on local and global scales. Her goal upon graduation is to pursue a graduate degree in classical theatre and continue to serve the community through the international art of telling stories on the stage. 

Zilpa Oduor 

Zilpa is a junior majoring in International Relations – Economics with a minor in Africana Studies. In the summer of 2016, she interned at the Aga Khan Educational Services (AKES) in Kampala, Uganda, where she helped develop and implement curricula. She has also interned in the Reception and Placement department at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Albany, NY where she helped refugees resettle and adjust to life in the US. On campus, Zilpa is a First Year Mentor, works as an assistant in the Africana Studies department and as a bookkeeper in the Student Bursar’s office. She is also a member of the Wellesley African Students’ Association (WASA) and the Yanvalou drum and dance ensemble. Aside from English, Zilpa also speaks Swahili and Dholuo, both from her native country, Kenya. She hopes to someday work with intergovernmental organizations to promote economic growth and development initiatives in Africa. 


Heather Orta-Olmo

Heather is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. And within Economics, she concentrates on international macroeconomic development, specifically in Latin America. In the summer of 2016, she worked for Microsoft as an Investment and Non-Standard Deal Strategy intern where she used data to make decisions about Microsoft’s partnerships in South East Asia. At Wellesley, Heather works for Admissions, the Investment Office, as well as serving as a Spanish tutor. She is extremely passionate about her work with refugee and immigrant children of the exile community in the United States. She volunteers as a mentor and as a “big sister”, and hopes to continue that work after graduation. 

Yuanzhen (Jen) Pan

Yuanzhen is a junior double majoring in Economics and Media Arts and Sciences. She has a diverse range of global internship experiences across Asia. Last summer, she worked as a summer analyst at Rogers Investment Advisors in Tokyo, and she conducted research on Asia-focused hedge funds and the Japanese venture capital industry to identify potential investment opportunities. In her first-year summer, she worked at a Chinese tech startup where she assisted in the firm’s overseas marketing campaign and helped the mobile application to break into Southeast Asia market. Yuanzhen is also passionate about education and has been actively involved in relevant volunteering and advising services. Currently, she is partnering with a Wellesley alumna on an education business in China and Singapore. An entrepreneur herself, Yuanzhen hopes to cultivate entrepreneurial eco-system on campus and she co-founded WeStart, the Wellesley Entrepreneurship Club in spring 2016. In the future, Yuanzhen would like to leverage her interdisciplinary skill sets and unique global perspective to drive positive changes in the intersection field of international business and technology.

Christina Phelps

Christina is a Sociology major and Education Studies minor with an interest in the democratizing function of the American education system. She is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her senior thesis seeks to understand how community college students make meaning of their circuitous route through higher education, and the role that the community college plays for students in emerging adulthood. In the summer of 2016, she spent time in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio conducting in-depth interviews for her thesis. Additionally, she served as a teacher for the Mamelodi Initiative, a non-profit organization that serves students in the township of Mamelodi, South Africa. On Wellesley’s campus, Christina is a leader of the Stronger Communities Stronger Schools volunteer organization, and president of Black Women’s Ministry. After graduation, Christina hopes to work with underserved African American youth before pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology.


Mehak Sarang

Mehak is a junior majoring in Physics with a minor in Philosophy with a focus on normative ethics and questions related to the law. This summer, she worked on developing the SeedKit (Science Education Equity Development Kit) in Ghana. While there, Mehak worked with teachers, policy makers, and individuals in STEM NGOs to develop hands-on science experiments to teach STEM in low-resource environments. In the past, she interned at the Adler Planetarium developing a computational astronomy curriculum for students from the Chicago Public School system. On campus, she is co-president of Science Club for Girls and still actively involved with SeedKit. She has a working knowledge of Hindi and is proficient in Spanish. Mehak's goal for next summer is to continue exploring her interest in international STEM education either from a grassroots or policy level.


Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca is a senior majoring in Health and Social Justice. Having transferred at the start of her Junior year, she enjoys taking WGST and statistics courses here. In the summer of 2016, Rebecca served as a writing tutor for Wellesley’s Pre-College Program and as a math tutor at MassBay Community College. During the school year, she works in the Office of Residential Life and plays Ultimate frisbee with the Whiptails. She hopes to improve upon her intermediate Spanish and apply the statistic skills she is developing in addressing public health issues. Upon graduation, Rebecca plans to gain experience across different avenues of public health and eventually pursue a Master of Public Health. 

Shreya Thatai

Shreya is a senior majoring in Women’s and Gender studies with a minor in Biology. In the summer of 2015, she worked as an intern with Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization which advocates for nuclear disarmament and mitigating the effects of climate change from the perspective of health. Shreya spent the fall of her junior year in Edinburgh, Scotland. On campus, she is president of the literary society - Zeta Alpha, plays frisbee with the Wellesley Whiptails, is a peer Sexual Health Educator, a registered EMT, and researches under a professor about the prison health care system and Black Panther Movement. Shreya is proficient in Hindi and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Her goal after graduation is to attend medical school and work to develop policy around health care in the carceral state. 


Azalea Troche

Azalea is a junior majoring in Economics with a potential minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She is passionate about leveraging economic tools within her fields of interest which include education, economic policy and the energy sector. Most recently, Azalea worked as a Consulting Analyst Intern for Accenture under a public sector project in the greater New York area. On campus, she is a returning Resident Assistant and enjoys getting to know her residents and working with her residential staff. Azalea is also an active member of Mezcla, the largest cultural organization for students of Latino/Hispanic descent, where she shares food, art and history relating to her Mexican heritage. Upon graduation, Azalea hopes to relocate to New York and find the perfect balance between business and philanthropic work.


Tanvee Varma

As a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Health and Society, Tanvee is an advocate for health equity, access to health resources, and justice. During the Summer of 2016, she worked as a clinical research intern at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, investigating the importance of communication amongst patients and physicians in reducing healthcare costs. In the past, she has also worked as a research intern at Harvard Medical School and the Rockefeller University. In addition, she is a member of the Campus Leaders Council for END7, an international advocacy campaign working to raise awareness and the funding necessary to control and eliminate the 7 most common neglected tropical diseases by 2020.  At Wellesley, Tanvee is actively involved with Science Club for Girls, Honor Code Council, the Wellesley News, the Balance Health Educators, and Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures. Following graduation, Tanvee hopes to work in global health policy before pursuing a dual MD/MPH degree.

Farida Virani

Farida is a junior majoring in Computer Science. She is an international student from India. During the fall semester of her junior year, Farida studied abroad at Aquincum Institute of Technology in Budapest, Hungary. At Wellesley, Farida has been a part of Let’s Get Ready, an organization focused on providing free SAT and college applications help to high school students from low-income families. Coming from a low-income, first generation background herself, she is very invested in helping other students from a similar background realize that they can achieve their dream of going to a great college. She speaks Hindi, English, Gujarati, Telugu, and some French and Hungarian. Being a multilingual person whose parents speak little to no English, and spending time as a non-Hungarian-speaking individual in Budapest and a part-time tourist in Europe, she has spent a lot of time observing the effects of a language barrier on people’s lives and one of her long term goals is to try to find a solution where diversity of languages doesn’t restrict learning but promotes it. She is very passionate about educational justice and hopes to use the amazing reach and capability of technology to get a little closer to making online education not just a perk for the English-speaking population of the Western world but a reality for people all over the world.


Noa Weinstein

Noa is a junior majoring in Spanish and on the pre-med track. In the summer of 2016, she took a research-based global health class through Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies in northeastern South Africa. While staying in a small village in the Limpopo Province, she focused her research on the connections between unemployment, access to and views on education, and health outcomes in the village. In the summer of 2015, Noa interned in the Emergency Department of Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, rotating through different wards of the department talking with and bringing food and water to patients, shadowing doctors, assisting with patient transport, observing surgeries, performing EKGs, and helping to translate between Spanish-speaking patients and their doctors. Noa’s summer at Bellevue confirmed her desire to pursue a career in medicine. She spent her junior fall abroad in Córdoba, Spain, studying at the University of Córdoba. At Wellesley, Noa is on the varsity crew team, works as a Spanish tutor for the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center, and served her sophomore year on the Honor Code Council as an ombudsman. After graduating, Noa hopes to work in a medical setting in South or Central America before applying to medical school. She would ultimately like to pursue an M.D./M.P.H degree.


Linda Zhou 

Linda is a junior majoring in Political Science and Chinese Language and Culture, with a particular interest in Chinese political economy and society. In the summer of 2016, she worked as a consultant in Shanghai on a Global Engagement internship, conducting consumer research and analysis for foreign firms. Besides English, Linda has native fluency in Mandarin and Shanghainese, proficiency in French, and is actively learning Cantonese. On campus, she is a First Year Mentor and one of the directors for Chinatown Afterschool program, a community service program that provides academic enrichment for underprivileged youth in Boston’s Chinatown. Linda seeks to pursue further research on China’s political scene, as well as a career that allows her to take advantage of her language skills and further China’s development on an ethical and sustainable scale.


Amina Ziad

Amina is a senior majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies, with a focus on health and bioethics. As a birth doula, her interests lie at the intersections of reproductive health, identity, and community-based social change.  Amina is currently writing her senior thesis on the ideals of Muslim womanhood in a post-9/11 sociopolitical context.  This past summer, she worked as an intern at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, cataloging and archiving visual media documenting the architectural transformation of the city of Tangier.  During past summers, Amina has conducted research in Professor Heather Mattila’s honeybee lab, collecting data to better understand the impacts of malnutrition on honeybee performance. On campus, Amina works as a writing tutor and is involved with Al-Muslimat. She also recently co-founded the Muslim Youth Support Network, an organization providing emotional support to Muslim youth members experiencing bullying due to their Muslim identity. Upon graduation, Amina intends to pursue an MD-PhD program, focusing on global health policy related to reproductive health.