Sara Shayanian

Mentor: Dr. Berta Hernandez-Truyol
Levin College of Law
"I want to find a realistic solution to the atrocities that have plagued Syria these past few years, and I wish, in particular, to create a plan to aid the enormous refugee populations that are fleeing from the region."


Political Science


Art History

Research Interests

  • International War Crimes
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Graham Center Ambassador


  • Secretary for UF Student Legal Services
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Ramblewood Band Camp

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing the flute and piano
  • Soul Cycle
  • Musical Theatre
  • Tudor History

Research Description

The Syrian Refugee Crisis
The essential question is, do the Syrian people have the right to seek refuge from the atrocities being brought upon them, and does Europe have the ability to accommodate them properly? By exploring this question, I intend to seek clarity on all sides of the issue at hand by looking at data on European economic situations, the interaction between European society and Muslim citizens, and the crimes of war and living situation of those who are fleeing Syria.