2022 - 2023 Fellows

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Astha Lakhankar (she/her) is an Honors College junior, majoring in Economics and minoring in Statistics and Latino & Caribbean Studies. During her time at Rutgers, she has grown an interest in academia by working as a research assistant through both the Aresty Research Center and the School of Communication and Information. Through these institutions, Astha has studied the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children's behavioral health as well as methods related to computational social science. Additionally, she has worked as an intern for the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, a designated organization within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, focused on promoting clean transportation and alternative fuels. Currently, Astha is the head news editor of The Daily Targum, where she investigates and reports on a number of issues relevant to the Rutgers community, such as funding for graduate students and University administration initiatives. After she graduates, she hopes to work as an economic analyst in the sustainable technology and transportation fields. During her free time, Astha enjoys learning about fashion history, watching horror movies, and trying out hot chocolates at different cafes.