Student Story

Shwetha Nair (India): from a scientific background working with wildlife to seeking the opportunity to learn about management and policy

October 9, 2018

Please describe your professional and educational background, and what brought you to MESPOM?

Saatvika Rai '07 (India), PhD Candidate at Kansas University

Saatvika Rai

I am Saatvika Rai, from India, from MESPOM class 2005-07. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department, University of Kansas (USA). I am also a graduate teaching assistant and teach international relations to undergraduate students. My areas of specialization are Public Policy and Comparative Politics, with a minor in Research Methods. My research interests are climate change adaptation and I am keen to explore climate refugees or migration, especially in Africa.

Nga Nguyen '12 (Vietnam)

December 28, 2011

My name is Nga Nguyen and I am a second year student of MESPOM (2010-2012)

I really don’t know how to answer "where are you from" type of question since my fragmented academic career took me on five continents in eight years and by now I should have a case of identity crisis (just kidding). I graduated with a bachelor in applied Mathematics and I just started a graduate certificate in Geographic Information System before joining MESPOM. The reason I chose MESPOM was the interdisciplinary nature of the program, one that can bridge my different interests in sciences, management and policy (as the name literally suggests). I also chose MESPOM because of the distinguished professors and universities in the consortium. However, the moment I joined MESPOM, I forgot about all of these calculations and the journey I had so far was beyond magical. Not only that I was in an elite group of accomplished students, I was also part of a family whose strong bond will last for many years to come.

Anastasiya Idrisova '10 (Tajikistan) and Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji)

We (Anastasiya Idrisova and Alvin Chandra, Batch 4 2008-2010) are pleased to share our recent publication, “Convention on Biological Diversity: a review of national challenges and opportunities for implementation” in the Biodiversity Conservation Journal.

Njisuh Feka '09 (Cameroon)

Njisuh Feka from Batch 3 (2007-2009) is currently volunteering as project development officer for the United Kingdom base charity African Conservation for Development Foundation (ACDEF). In this position, he is principally responsible for identifying and proposing suitable project ideas in the nexus of biodiversity conservation and development in West-Central Africa and participating in the development of fund-raising proposals.