Intern

Congratulations to our interns of the month and our intern of the week!
Intern of the Week (October 1st): Collin O'Connor
Interns of the Month (September): Sam Quetchenbach and Michalina Kulesza

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Leila Ahdieh
 
 
Farhat Ahmad Farhat will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 from the University at Albany with a double major in Public Health and Globalization Studies. The spring of 2017 was her first semester with GIHHR. As an intern she has researched HIV prevalence in Pakistan and she is currently working on the Online Education for Displaced Syrian Students project. After graduating, Farhat intends on pursuing a Masters in Global Public Health. Recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement Award.

Salma Bah

 
Thomas Banco Thomas will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor in Science degree from the University at Albany. The Spring of 2017 was his first semester interning at the GIHHR. He then spent the following summer working with the GIHHR and now he has been promoted to the undergraduate research assistant position for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. During his time at GIHHR he has done literature reviews of articles concerning HIV in Tajikistan among at risk groups. He is currently conducting a comparative study of the prevalence of mental health disorders among refugees, internally displaced persons, returning refugees and stationary civilians who were affected by the Bosnian War (1991-1995). Thomas plans on attending medical school post graduation. University at Albany Honors College (member)

Pre-Medical Club (member)

Presidential Honors Society (member)

Global Medicine and Human Rights Living-Learning Community (former member)

Aliza Barnett Aliza Barnett is a Biology Major with two minors; psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She began working for the GIHHR in the fall of 2017 and began working on two studies; one on Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Tajikistan, and one on Drug and Injected Drug use among the HIV/AIDS population in Tajikistan. When she graduates in May of 2018, Aliza plans to volunteer for the Peace Corps, and then pursue her Master’s in Public Health. Member of Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society

2017 President’s Award for Leadership: Interfaith Center Award

Presented Research at Annual Life Sciences Undergraduate Symposium

Krista Bennett Krista Bennett is a research assistant at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. Her focus while at the GIHHR has been on health care access for street gang members. She also developed Project Eridu: Increasing Access to Self-Advocacy Among ESL Inmates, a project that translates legal memos for prisoners into their preferred language.
Currently, she is a non-traditional student, a mother of two children (one with a genetic disorder that causes autistic-like symptoms), a wife, and a volunteer for nonprofit organizations. She will graduate in May of 2017 and continue her education in Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She hopes to work on as a micro level social worker within the New York State prison system. As a corrections social worker, she wants to assist clients to realize their strengths and build upon their resiliency.
Presidential Honor Society - Project Coordinator

William Roth Endowed Scholarship - Recipient

Dean’s List: Fall 2015, Spring 2016 & Fall 2016

Baccalaureate Social Welfare Association - Public Relations Chair

Alex Bradt Alexandra is a psychology major with a minor in criminal justice in her senior year at the University at Albany. This fall marks Alex's second semester volunteering for the GIHHR. During her time, she has done research and aided in the creation of a tool to help police officers when they come interact with those who have mental disabilities. While not in the office or in class you might find Alex outdoors enjoying a hike with friends or at a concert. After graduation, her plans are to move to the west coast and pursue her passion of psychology by becoming a substance abuse counselor.  

Valerie Bresier Valerie will be graduating in May 2020 from the University with a major in Biology with a minor in Africana Studies. She is very involved on campus as sophomore representative of the Honors College Governing board, member of Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, NAACP, Haitian Student Association, the Mock Trial Team, and Doctors For Hope. She began interning in Fall 2017 and has been working on literature reviews, grant proposals, and articles concerning HIV/AIDs in marginalized communities and heroin use in Turkey. Following graduation, she plans on attending medical school in the hopes of becoming a physician serving underserved populations and opening her own free health clinic in Haiti. Spellman Academic Achievement Award

NAACP Health Committee

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Honors College Governing Board

Presidential Honor Society

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Tanner Brooks Tanner is a biochemistry major here at the University at Albany. The spring 2017 semester was his first semester with GIHHR. During his time here he has done research, worked on the Online Education for Displaced Syrian Students project, and worked with fellow interns to create the winter GIHHR winter Newsletter. After Tanner graduates in 2020, he plans on attending medical school.

Audrey Caplan Audrey is an Informatics major with a concentration in Interactive User Experience. She was a student in Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei’s Honors College course, Health and Human Rights, in the spring of 2015. She began interning with the GIHHR in Summer 2017, updating and editing the GIHHR website and assisting with other projects. After graduation in the spring of 2018, she plans to seek employment in the Web Development, Information Technology support, or Database Management fields, and hopes to eventually work for a nonprofit human rights or animal rights organization. Honors College

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Honorable Mention, Writing and Critical Inquiry department Writing Contest (2016)

Golden Key International Honour Society

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society

Adriana Celaya Adriana Celaya will be graduating December 2018 she is going for her Bachelors double majoring in Spanish Linguistics and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Fall of 2017 was her first semester at GIHHR, where she collected data for research on Street Gangs and HIV. She also worked on translating legal documents for Prisoners Legal System, in Spanish to English and vice versa for lawyers, staff and importantly incarcerated individuals which allows them to self advocate. This spring she has added on being an Instructor for IELP, working with displaced Syrian students. She hopes to work for a three letter government agency in the future helping human trafficking victims or be part of a narcotics division.

 

 

Bibi Chaterpateah Bibi is a senior majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Globalization Studies. She is on the Pre-Health track. Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a Masters in Public Health. She is very involved on campus. For three semesters, she was a member of Middle Earth and was Community Engagement Chair. She was a Peer Wellness Ambassador. She works with Residential Life (CHARGE Peer Educator representing the Apartments), the Multicultural Resource Center (Peer Educator), and the Living Learning Communities (since freshman year, as a World Representative, World Ambassador, and now as the Community Assistant of the World of Career Discovery). She has spent her summers working for Orientation and Transition Programs (first as an Orientation Assistant and then as a Managerial Assistant in Summer 2017) and the Admissions office (Tour Guide, 2017). Her hobbies include painting and meditating. She is a trained Yoga Instructor with Campus Recreation. She likes to do community service and travel, and spent a week in Costa Rica for an Alternative Spring Break Program in 2017. Awards:

-Emerging Student Leader Graduate (Spring 2015)

-Dean’s List of Distinguished Students (Spring 2015)

-Spellman Academic Achievement Award 2016

-Great Dane Award (2016 President’s Award for Leadership)

 

 

Rachel Dejean Rachel Dejean has worked at the GIHHR since the Fall of 2016. She is a journalism major and art minor and is a part of the Institute’s social media team. During her time as an intern, she has created two newsletters which outline the yearly accomplishments of the GIHHR. In addition, she has helped to write several reports on the Online Education for Displaced Students (OEDS) as well as drug addiction and HIV/AIDS research and treatment in Turkey. She plans to continue working for the GIHHR until she graduates in the spring of 2019. Recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement award (2016, 2017) Dean’s list of distinguished students  Member of the presidential honor’s society  Member of UAlbany’s Honors college

Rachel Eager Rachel Eager has been a Research Aide and Project Coordinator since April 2015 when she joined as a freshman. She is now a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with minors in Political Science and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Rachel started working on Women’s Barnes and Noble Scholar Dean’s List of Distinguished Students Member of UAlbany’s Honors College
Honors College POET
NLNY Graduate Member of the Tobacco-Free Coalition Member of the Campus Life Advisory Committee for OSI

Petar Gajic Petar is a second semester freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He will graduate in May 2020. This is his first semester interning at the GIHHR where he worked on finding research articles on HCV in Turkey. He is also participating on a new project involving HCV, HBV, and HIV in Bosnia. After graduation he plans to attend medical school. Following his passion for science, Petar hopes one day to become a physician-scientist, and teach medical students in his home country of Serbia. -Presidential Honors Society -Dean’s List -Global Medicine and Human Rights Living-Learning Community

 

 

Lindsey Hageman Lindsey is a candidate for a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She started working at the GIHHR in January 2017 as an instructor for the Intensive English Language Program for Displaced Syrian Medical Students. And since her time as an instructor, she has been working on curriculum materials for the program.
           
Ciara Hoye Ciara has been interning at the GIHHR since June of 2016. During her time at the GIHHR she has focused her research on HIV disclosure and HIV specific laws in the United States. In May of 2018 Ciara will be graduating from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a minor in Health and Human Rights. After graduating she intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in the field of maternal and child health. Presidential Scholarship

Deans list                   

 

Oyenike Ilaka In May 2018, Oyenike is graduating from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of science degree in Public Health and a minor in French. After graduation, she hope to become a medical student in 2019. In the future, she hopes to become a public health physician, who has her own practice. She wants to open a women’s clinic in Lagos state, Nigeria and collaborate with Doctors without borders, the WHO, and the United Nations. Two time recipient of the Spellman Achievement Award of Academic excellence (2015-2016). The 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Bazzoni 1906 Fellowship. The University at Albany Rugby Football club Alumni (2015-2017).

September Johnson September graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with minors in psychology and educational studies. She is an aspiring public health professional with hopes to work in the fields of international development, reproductive health, substance use prevention/recovery or HIV/AIDS. Following graduation, she plans to work amnd then return to school to earn her Masters of Public Health. Additionally, she hopes to earn her DrPH. September served as the Intern Coordinator and as a Project Coordinator. During her time here, September researched and wrote reports on health and human rights indicators with regards to HIV/AIDS. She also coordinated our Health Law Project which provides health and human rights training to students in the Middle East. Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research President's Award for Leadership – Middle Earth Award Dr. Dolores Cimini Service Award Four time recipient of the Dr. Seth W. Spellman Jr. Academic Achievement Award Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar NLNY Graduate Dean’s List of Distinguished Students President's Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors

Seika Jono Seika Jono is a senior student who is pursuing a bachelor of political science degree with a minor in criminal justice. She has completed two years of college in her home country of Japan and is expected to gain two degrees both from Japan and from UAlbany. Fall 2017 is her first semester interning at the GIHHR. She tries to connect the institute with organizations in Japan and Korea that share the same goal with GIHHR. She hopes to be an international human rights lawyer in the future so she is planning to attend law school here in the United States after graduating in May 2019. Dean's List of Distinguished Students

Members of the Presidential Honor's Society

Full-scholarship student from Kansaigaidai University

Members of the dual degree program at Kansaigaidai University & University at Albany

Chandan Kang In May 2018 Chandan will be graduating from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Chandan is currently completing a joint honors degree in History & Politics. She has been working with GIHHR since the fall of 2016. During her time at GIHHR Chandan was a student assistant where she assisted in coordinating the Intensive English language Program for Displaced Syrian Medical students, as well as this she was also an instructor. Chandan also worked on a project which aimed at unfolding the main issues regarding the stigmatizing of women in Indian with HIV aids and how this correlates with the lack of women attending clinics for treatment. Following her graduation Chandan plans to attain a law degree in the United Kingdom with a hope of working in America in the future. Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Michalina Kulesza Michalina is in her third year at UAlbany and studies anthropology with minors in Russian and Spanish. She enjoys learning languages and recently studied abroad in Peru working on her Spanish fluency. She will be graduating in 2018 and intends on attaining a Masters of International Relations degree and further working as a diplomat. During her first semester at the GIHHR, she worked translating and sorting data pertaining to sex workers in Tajikistan. She also worked translating legal documents into Spanish for prisoners in the global setting that are unaware of their rights. She is an active member of the Newman Catholic Organization and the UAlbany Dance Council. GIHHR Intern of the Month

Dean’s List

Vice President of Community Service for the Newman Catholic Organization

UAlbany Dance Council Member

Middle Earth Peer Wellness Ambassador

Allyson Marshal Allyson will graduate in May 2018 with a double major in Human Biology and Public Health and a minor in Emergency Preparedness. During her time at GIHHR she has worked on several projects including a research paper on WESR and a grant proposal focusing on building better relationships between police and refugees/immigrants. In the future, she plans to continue her education and pursue a Master's Degree in Epidemiology. Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of the Presidential Honor Society

Member of UAlbany’s Honors College


Shannon Moquin Shannon has interned at the GIHHR since January 2016. During her time at the GIHHR, her main role was in researching and organizing the Intensive English Language Program for Displaced Syrian students. She formatted the curriculum for IELP as well as other classes into the online format. She has also been involved with other research projects, such as the Child Rights in Afghanistan grant, and organizing the study tour for stakeholders in Turkish drug policy to study in various American and Canadian cities. She is currently conducting a comparative study on Internally Displaced Persons and their access to services in Syria and Iraq. Shannon is looking forward to working as an English instructor for the Syrian program next semester. She will graduate with a degree in Public Policy (Human Services Concentration) and Psychology in May 2018. She has hopes to study immigration and refugee law in the future.

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of Presidential Honor Society

Member of Honor’s College

Dhanisha Nandigama Dhanisha is a sophomore pursuing a major in biochemistry at the University at Albany. She will be graduating in May 2019. She joined GIHHR in June 2016. She began by working on the Syrian Refugee Project, where she took videos of lectures at the University at Albany for medical students in Aleppo, Syria. She later initiated a research project in India, in which she explores reasons why there is a lack of Indian women with HIV using helpline services. She is passionate about learning new avenues of public health, and is excited to be part of the GIHHR community. Presidential Honors Society
Member of University at Albany Honors College

Teniola Olafuyi Teniola Olafuyi is a double major in Public Health and Political Science with a minor in History. On campus, Teniola is a member in Women and Children Rights in Africa (WACRIA), UAlbany Go, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Alpha Delta: Pre-Law Chapter and tutors at Albany High School. She began working at GIHHR in the fall of 2017, and is currently working on the application of HIV disclosure law and risk behavior as well as HIV-specific criminal laws in the United States. In Spring 2018, she will be interning in Washington DC for a public health organization. After graduating in May 2019, Teniola intends on pursing a Masters in Public Health focusing on Health Policy and Global Health and eventually, law school. She plans on working for health organization or the government that focuses on advocating for accessible health rights for women and children domestically and internationally. Common Purpose Global Leader Experience Program(July 2017)

Spellman Academic Achievement Award (Spring 2016, 2017)

Emerging Student Leaders Graduate(Fall 2016)

Dean's List of Distinguished Students (Fall 2015, 2016)

Paul Pangburn Paul will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration. Beginning in October of 2016, Paul has been researching diversion programs for low-level drug users and a grant proposal for funding a program that intends to build better police and immigrant relations in the City of Albany. Future plans include attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in Economics.

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of the Presidential Honor Society

Member of UAlbany’s Honors College                   


Sam Quetchenbach Sam will graduate in May 2019 with a political science degree from the University at Albany. Spring 2017 was Sam’s first semester with the GIHHR, during which he worked on several literary analysis projects. Sam plans on attending law school after he graduates in 2019. GIHHR Intern of the Month

Dean’s List

Member of the Presidential Honor Society

Member of UAlbany’s Honors College
 
Lindsey Riback Lindsey graduated in May 2017 with a bachelors of science in public health and a double minor of history and journalism. She will be going on to get her MPH in Epidemiology with a concentration in global health. Upon completing her master’s, it is Lindsey’s goal to to work in a community-based setting focusing on disease prevention, especially STD and HIV prevention. Eventually she would like to work for a non-profit organization as a health and human rights advocate, specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS such as those who have contracted the disease as a result of a human rights violation. During her time at GIHHR, Lindsey has worked on several grants, such as improving access to higher education in Afghanistan and improving the long-term care needs of the aging HIV population. She has also assisted Kamiar with several research papers, mainly focused on risk factors for injecting drug users in Iran. She has also completed her Honors College Thesis with Kamiar, which assessed the social and cultural factors contributing to HIV-status disclosure among the MSM population in New York City.

Member of the UAlbany Honors College

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Mohammad Sarwar Mohammad is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at Rockefeller College; he will be graduating in May 2017. Mohammad is a research assistant at GIHHR with an interest in Health Policy.
 
Emily Schultz Emily Schultz is a research assistant at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. In May 2017 she graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. During her time at the GIHHR she has worked on grants focused on marginalized populations in Iran and Afghanistan. She intends to pursue a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. Dean's List of Distinguished Students
      
Jackie Servideo Jackie is an intern as an Advanced Standing Master's in Social Work student. She also earned her BS in Social Work from UAlbany in 2017. She has completed previous internships with safe houses for homeless and sexually exploited youth, children's residential centers, social work coalitions, and Jewish Family Services of NENY. She currently works for the City Mission of Schenectady as a Program Coordinator, where she runs a group program for individuals moving from poverty to sustainability. She has also interned and volunteered in South Africa and Malawi. She is planning to continue to work in poverty alleviation or social enterprise after graduation.
      
Natalie Turner Natalie graduated in May of 2017 with Bachelors of Science in Social Work and minors in neuroscience and psychology. She is an aspiring social worker and hopes to work with the aging population or in a medical setting. Eventually, she would also like to earn her PhD. Natalie worked as a Student Assistant and Project Coordinator. During her time here she helped set-up a substance abuse hotline in Turkey, developed proposals on increasing access to education for international students and professionals, organized a collaboration between Kurdish scholars and UAlbany faculty, and researched HIV laws and infectious diseases. Presidential Scholarship; Dean’s List of Distinguished Students; Member of the University at Albany Honors College; Member of the Presidential Honors Society; Member of NSCS; AMGEN NIH Scholar (2016); President’s Award for Leadership - Great Dane Award (2016); President’s Award for Leadership - Outstanding Senior Award (2017)

Joseph Walsh Joe will be graduating in the Fall of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in political science and bioethics. He has been with the GIHHR since October 2015. During his time here, he has assisted with the development of several grant proposals and coordinated the Child’s Rights project in Afghanistan. He originally worked on the Health Law project helping with case study development with law students and co-instructors. Currently, he is researching HIV disclosure and risk behavior as well as HIV-specific criminal laws in the United States. After graduation, Joe plans on attending law school to pursue any number of interests including environmental law, IP law, and bioethics. Presidential Scholarship

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

University at Albany Honors College
                   

Billy Zakrzewski Billy is a 2nd year PhD student in the school of Criminal Justice here at UAlbany. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice and Psychology, alongside a MS in Criminal Justice. Additionally, he is certified in Crime Analysis from his previous institution, Radford University. His current research interests involve cross-national research, green criminology, and mapping-based practices. He has worked at GIHHR since September 2016 with the pleasure of exploring various public health related research topics. He hopes to continue developing skills related to mapping-based software, statistical methods and procedures, and other data management tools. Any inquiries or questions can be directed to bzakrzewski@albany.edu.