OSU Graduate Named 2019 Rhodes Scholar

March 21, 2019
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The Film Studies Program is proud to announce that Laila Ujayli will be a U.S. Rhodes Scholar beginning next fall!

From osu.edu
"Laila Ujayli, a 2018 graduate of Ohio State, has been named the school’s seventh Rhodes Scholar.

Ujayli graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State with double majors in international relations and English and minors in screenwriting and general business. She’ll continue to explore her passion for international relations at the University of Oxford, where she plans to pursue master’s degrees in refugee and forced migration studies and world literatures.

Ujayli said her screenwriting minor was an important part of developing her knowledge of international relations."

“I discovered how significantly the cultural realm influences our understanding of international relations,” she said. “The stories we tell about crises can determine our political will to engage, the types of solutions we pursue and whether we center the voices of victims.” 

Currently... " Ujayli is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at Win Without War in Washington, where she advocates for conflict-stabilization policies prioritizing development and diplomacy." (WOSU)

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of many research opportunities and fellowships designed for students from all fields of study. "The Ohio State University [is dedicated to working with] students interested in national fellowship opportunities and prestigious scholarships [...]." (osu.edu) Students interested in more information should contact the Undergraduate Fellowship Office, located within the University Honors & Scholars Center."