Shahrzad Mohtadi, a rising sophomore at Columbia University in New York City, has been selected for the Bulletin's 2011 Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship to pursue a study of "Climate-induced migration and its responses." Her project will focus on southeastern Turkey, which has been affected by severe drought since 2006.
In addition to receiving funding for her travel and research, Mohtadi will be invited to participate in the organization's November 2011 Doomsday Clock Symposium and to submit her report for possible publication in the Bulletin.
The Bulletin created the Rieser Fellowship in 1999 in memory of longtime Board chair Leonard Rieser, a Dartmouth physics professor and provost. The fellowships, generously funded by Rieser's family members and friends, support undergraduate students who pursue research projects at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy.