Armaan RowtherUC Irvine Class of 2013

Major: B.S. in Biological Sciences, Minor in Public Health, Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

"With the Olive Tree Initiative, I learned more about the difficult realities that define structural violence than I have ever learned in a classroom.  I was inspired by the perseverance that I witnessed in the people of the region, who face seemingly insurmountable barriers of violence and anger.  Moreover, while mediating student dialogue and field study in Israel-Palestine, I witnessed the power of education to shift paradigms and connect people."




After OTI:

After his participation in the Olive Tree Initiative trip in 2010, and then again as a returning student in 2011, Armaan received the 2011-2012 UC Irvine Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, an annual undergraduate award that recognizes intellectual distinction, service to the community, and commitment to ethics, peace and positive global relations.  With project funding from the international Dalai Lama fellowship, Armaan launched an interfaith service initiative focused on hunger and homelessness entitled Leap of Faith, the core of UC Irvine's participation in the White House Interfaith and Community Service Challenge (launched in spring 2011).  As a part of Leap of Faith, Armaan served as the moderator for a conversation with Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan through the Living Peace Series at UCI in May 2012.

That year, Armaan was appointed as the sole undergraduate member and UC Irvine representative on UC President Mark Yudof's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.  The purpose of the council was to advice the UC President in addressing challenges to, and identifying promising practices for, enhancing tolerant and inclusive environments on each of the ten University of California campuses.  During his service on the Council, Armaan was a member of the fact-finding team charged with the evaluation of the educational and co-curricular experiences of Muslim and Arab students, which culminated in a report and recommendations issued in July 2012.

In 2012, Armaan was also nominated for the UC President's Award for Outstanding Leadership, received the UC Irvine Alumni Association's Laud & Laurels Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student award, was accepted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was awarded the UC Irvine Distinguished Anteater Scholarship.

Upon graduation, Armaan was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and accepted as a research fellow to the 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Jordan.  He currently resides with his wife in Amman, Jordan, where he is studying Arabic and conducting research at the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation's Institute for Family Health on computer-aided diabetes risk assessment and education in a medically underserved population.  The purpose of his research is to develop a convenient tool for use in research limited settings, such as among displaced populations across the Middle East.  After the conclusion of his fellowship, he will begin his studies toward a combined MD-PhD in public health under the Johns Hopkins University Medical Scientist Training Program.