Hult Prize

Early Education for Kids in Urban Slums

Fully committed on all fronts: In the rare moments when they’re not busy with their research, Zurich PhD students Shan Krishnan, Nina Stojeva, and Marta Morawska are working hard to win a million dollars to help the poorest of the poor through early education in urban slums. In the video they explain how they’re going about it.

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Did they win? The three UZH PhD students in London after the jury’s decision. (Video: UZH, Brigitte Blöchlinger)

Shan, Nina, and Marta have a plan: They want to win the Hult Prize, a major award partnered by the Clinton Global Initiative. Once a week they make sure they’re out of the lab by 6pm to meet and work on their application. They’ve already cleared the first hurdle by winning a place at the regional final in London on 13 and 14 March and the chance to take the University of Zurich’s good reputation out into the wider world. The Hult Prize, endowed with USD 1 million and open to applicants from all over the globe, is the world’s largest student competition. The brightest and best minds from all continents are rising to the Hult Prize challenge, teaming up to find ways of combating poverty and making the world a fairer place. The motto of the Hult Prize is “How will you change the world?”

PhD candidates Shanmugarajan Krishnan (from India), Nina Stojeva (Macedonia), and Marta Morawska (Russia) are all working on research projects at the University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich. Shan and Nina are investigating brain tumors and stem cells at the Laboratory of Molecular Neurooncology, while Marta is working on the Sleep and Health Clinical Research Priority Program.

It’s remarkable that in addition to their arduous research, these doctoral students are also taking on the pressing issues of our time. In this UZH News video they explain what motivates them.

Brigitte Blöchlinger, Video-Journalist, UZH News.

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Prakhar Tripathi commented on Perseverance and Patience It is admirable on these students' part to not just work through their hard and challenging science research but to also manage their time and giving it their full to understand something as complex and serious as early-childhood education among the developing parts of the world, including, of course, India from where I come. They're all dedicated and greatly conscious about the structural problems of different societies undergoing rapid and often uneven industrialization. Being a student myself, this gives me a great motivation to pursue my own designs in this and if I may add, to forever banish from my mind the inexcusable excuses I often end up making to kill time, esp. when such persevering individuals micro-manage their time to the final second, from research to society. My very best to them all.

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