University of San Francisco, MA Counseling Psychology (expected 2023)
Columbia University, BA in Sociology and Political Science
Immigration, social welfare
During her time at Columbia, Ayda made the Dean’s List multiple times and served as an editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal. She was also a finalist in Columbia’s annual Entrepreneurship and Design Challenge, for which she co-created a parent-school connection app for families in São Paulo, Brazil. Since graduating from Columbia, Ayda has been working as a Research Associate at the University of California, Berkeley. With her diverse team of international scholars, she has conducted research on child welfare funded by the state of California’s Social Services Department and has published several scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Ayda’s success in academia was something she built on her own from the ground up. Her first foray into the world of academic conferences and publication was with research she had conducted independently, without the backing of a well-connected lab or professor. Remarkably, her efforts met with success—as an undergraduate junior, she gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. This early self-made success led to her becoming involved with research at UC Berkeley and NYU, as well as for city government and public-interest law firms. Thanks to Ayda’s experience breaking into the world of academia as an ingenue, she has a wealth of know-how she can impart to TA’s Research mentees to help them achieve similar success.
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