Aylar Atadurdyyeva is a third-year student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Global and International Studies, Microbiology, and Political Science with minors in German Studies, Psychology, and Russian and East European Studies. She is an active member of the University Honors program, where she served as a Student Ambassador. An advocate for interdisciplinary education, Aylar's academic interests span several academic fields. This past summer, Aylar was a clinical research assistant at the University of Kansas Medical School and studied the recurrence of prostate cancer. She is currently interning with Education USA, a U.S. Department of State program. Aylar is also involved with Student Union Activities, The Big Event, and Slavic Club. After graduation, Aylar intends to pursue a Ph.D. in either Microbiology or Political Science with hopes of becoming a scholar-practitioner. Aylar is originally from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.