Sasha Sabherwal graduated from Fullerton High School in Orange County and came to UCI in the fall of 2009.  She started UCI as an international studies major, and as her interests developed, she added a major in political science and then in Women's studies. She is graduating this summer as a triple major, having completed two honors theses, one in Women’s studies on gender relations and one in international studies on the media coverage of women in India.

An accomplished researcher, she was a fellow during the summer of 2013 at the University of Michigan and has presented three separate papers as part of UCI's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and Summer Undergraduate Research Program. While participating in the UCDC Academic Internship program, she worked as a full time research intern with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She is also an alumnus of the School of Social Sciences Summer Academic Enrichment Program.

Sabherwal complimented her academic success by engaging in numerous co-curricular and community programs. At UCI, she worked on programs to strengthen the bonds between faculty and students while off campus she worked extensively with high school students, providing tutoring services and programs to increase their communication skills. She is a member of the School of Social Sciences Dean’s Ambassadors Council and Humanities Out There, and she founded UCI’s International Studies Club and Mentorship Program which focuses on cultural perspectives, governmental structures and building a network of students to discuss global, contemporary issues.

In 2013, she was awarded the Elena B. and William R. Schonfeld Scholarship and the David Rosten International Education and Service Scholarship. This year, she was selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student on campus by the UCI Alumni Association and she was named the
School of Social Sciences Alumni Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient. She received the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction and the School of Social Sciences Order of Merit in recognition of her exceptional academic achievement and commitment to service to UCI.

Following graduation, she hopes to work at the Greenlining Institute for a year in Berkeley and apply to graduate school for Ph.D. study in anthropology.

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