Nicole is a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Staten Island, New York, and currently plans on majoring in Culture and Politics with a minor in Italian. Growing up, she spent half of her summers with family in Italy, which helped to form her interest in Italian politics and international affairs. Nicole first became interested in research and the various forms it can take as a student in Professor Jennifer Long’s “Tsar and the People” freshman proseminar. As a Mortara Fellow, she works with Professor Rochelle Davis, who specializes in refugees and conflict. In her six months with Professor Davis, Nicole has conducted research into durable solutions for internally displaced persons in Iraq, as well as done media roundups of news articles and reports on refugees from around the world. Nicole hopes to research the integration of and durable solutions for refugees in Italy, and how they are affected by factors such as place of origin and religion. Outside of MURF, Nicole is a member of the Italian Club, dances in Rangila and Reventon, and can be found enjoying a good book.