Congratulations to the 2019 Simons Award Recipients!



Seven UBC students have been selected by the Liu Institute for Global Issues in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs for the Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security. The award is funded by an endowment provided by the Simons Foundation and supports UBC students intending to undertake research on topics related to nuclear disarmament and global security. Students will produce a research paper by May 1st, 2019. They are expected to attend any seminars, workshops and other activities related to nuclear disarmament and global security organized by the Liu Institute for Global Issues or the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Upon satisfactory production of the paper, undergraduate and graduate students will receive awards of $1,000 and $1,500 respectively.

The selected students span a range of backgrounds and areas of interest. They are:

Aileen Murphy, Undergraduate student majoring in Hispanic Studies, The Representation of Nuclear Weapons in American Cinema and the Influence on Public Opinion

Athena Kerins, Undergraduate student majoring in International Relations, Deterring Nuclear Terrorism

Atieh Razavi Yekta, MPPGA student, The Effects of the Iran Missiles Program on Global Security: Assessing Operational Criteria and Military Effectiveness of the Iran Missiles Program

Fardous Ahmed, Undergraduate student majoring in International Relations, The Militarization of Outer Space Under U.S President Trump

Jenna Rogers, Undergraduate student majoring in International Relations and German, Iran’s Best Way Forward

Sky Shin, Undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and International Relations, The Impact of South Korea’s Political Regime on Nuclear Disarmament in North Korea

Tracy Ly, MPPGA student, Cancellation of Vietnam’s First Nuclear Power Plants and Implications for Energy Security in Southeast Asia



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