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Undergraduate Migrations Scholars

The undergraduate Migrations scholars collaborate with the Einaudi Center's Migrations team to help shape the content and direction of Cornell's Migrations Global Grand Challenge.

In addition to participating in Migrations initiative programs, the undergraduate Migrations scholars coordinate an annual research symposium, as well as monthly migrations events throughout the semester.

Become a Migrations Scholar

Apply by June 15

Are you an undergraduate migration studies minor or interested in migration studies? Join a team of undergraduate Migrations scholars! 

Scholars gain leadership experience, interact with faculty and visiting migration scholars, and develop their interest in and familiarity with key issues in migration studies through collaboration and student-centered programming. Scholars receive a $250 stipend per semester to help coordinate a monthly migration-themed salon, promote the minor, introduce guest speakers at Migrations events, help plan an annual symposium, and more. 

To apply, send a letter of interest and CV to with "Migrations Scholar Application" in the subject line. Please indicate in your letter if you would like to be considered for the fall 2022 semester or the full 2022-23 academic year.

Current Scholars

IAD virtual intern Danielle Berkowitz-Sklar ’22 with sea turtles in Costa Rica

Danielle Berkowitz-Sklar

Developmental Sociology

Danielle’s interests include the environment, public health, and human displacement. Her interest in migrations stems from her work on sea turtle conservation with an NGO she co-founded when she lived in Costa Rica. She hopes to keep exploring migration through a multidisciplinary lens encompassing science, history, economics, politics, ethics, and agriculture.

Alexis Fintland, Undergraduate Migrations Scholar

Alexis Fintland

Industrial and Labor Relations

Alexis is a senior studying Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in migration studies and law & society. She spends her time as a research fellow for the ILR Worker Institute studying how various legal statuses impact migrant worker precarity. This research will turn into her senior honors thesis, and she will examine COVID-19's impact on undocumented and lawful permanent resident workers. Inspired by her Cuban roots, Alexis hopes to dedicate her career to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.

Aliou Jabari Gambrel wears traditional African dress and stands near a bull

Aliou Jabari Gambrel

College Scholar (Intra-African Displacement) & Africana Studies

Aliou’s research attempts to discern and record disparate Senegalese public opinion concerning the nature and intention of economic development programs. Moreover, he aims to center these varied concerns, arguments, and philosophies in an analysis of informal outward migration and transformation of space and civil society.

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Joanna Moon

Biological Sciences

As a biological sciences major, Joanna has always been interested in research centered around the human body, health, and well-being. She is involved with community-engaged courses and organizations that have inspired her to think critically about global health and human rights within underserved communities. She hopes to continue to actively participate in these discussions focusing on access to healthcare for vulnerable migrant populations.

Vanessa Olguin

Vanessa Olguín

College Scholar (Climate Refugees) & Government 

Vanessa’s interests lie in the intersections between migrations, environmentalism, and international relations. She aims to understand the impact of climate change on migration in Central America and how climate migration is examined in international politics. She hopes to continue to discover the impact of international migration policy on climate refugees to ultimately aid in advocacy and policy solutions. Watch Vanessa Olguin '22: Einaudi Student Path (video).

Undergraduate Migrations Scholar Danny Strouse

 Danny Strouse

Policy Analysis and Management

Danny’s research aims to expand the understanding of the economic, political, and social motives underpinning immigration from the Northern Triangle by examining socioeconomic and security conditions. He hopes to broaden the discussion of immigration policy’s role around the world and build empirical evidence for more empathetic, efficient policy-making.


Undergraduate Migrations Scholar Luis Tamayo

Luis Tamayo

Sociology & Spanish

Luis seeks to understand migration as a life-long social process that requires a humanistic perspective. As a research assistant with Dr. Filiz Garip, he has studied migration both in Mexican and American contexts. Through these research experiences, he became fascinated by qualitative research methods as they have enabled researchers to see beyond statistics. He plans on becoming an immigration attorney to help uplift his community and contribute to comprehensive legislative reform.

Beyond Borders Symposium

Our virtual research symposium on May 7, 2021 highlighted undergraduate research in migrations from all disciplines.

LA Times journalist Molly O'Toole '09 joined us for a virtual roundtable. Read about the symposium in the Cornell Daily Sun.