NYU Steinhardt News

Student Spotlight: Khirad Siddiqui ‘19

Headshot of Khirad SiddiqiKhirad Siddiqui ‘19 has earned a fellowship to the doctoral program in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Khirad’s passion for criminal justice reform inspired her to use her honors thesis to investigate legal petitions filed by parents against their children. She said, “When I came to NYU, I realized pretty early on that what I really cared about was criminal justice reform. Through my own honors thesis and internships in those fields, I was able to hone in on the specific areas that I wanted to work on.”

Like many of her peers and colleagues, Dr. Shabnam Javdani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, is excited to see all that Khirad will accomplish. Dr. Javdani shared, "Khirad is a treasure. In addition to her diligence, incredible skills in critical thinking, and her unwavering commitment to social justice intervention and research, Khirad is a poised and thoughtful leader who pursues collaboration above competition and does not sacrifice humanism for scholarly excellence (or vice versa!)."

While reflecting on her time here at NYU, Khirad shared, “I’ve felt such a sense of community within the Applied Psychology community, and I think it’s very special to be able to walk into my lab, class, or club advisor’s office at almost any time of the school day and find people who care about the same kinds of issues as me.”

Outside of the classroom, Khirad is deeply involved in a variety of campus activities. As a Presidential Intern, Juvenile Justice Advocate, and the President of the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Club, she keeps herself busy. She also had the opportunity to participate in a two-week global study experience in South Africa through the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). The GLS is an NYU program jointly sponsored by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs through a partnership with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

As she begins to prepare for the next steps in her academic journey, Khirad offers the following advice to rising seniors: “Don’t lose track of student life just because you’re busy! One of the only things that kept me sane this year in between the pandemonium of classes, applying to grad schools, my honors thesis, my research team, and my on-campus job was to stay involved in club life. Attend events, and if you can, apply to join the e-board of a club that you care about!”

She also encourages students to carefully consider all their options. From her perspective, “if you’re even remotely interested in pursuing either a research career, a Masters, or a Ph.D. program, apply to do an honors thesis or an independent project. The process is not only valuable for your applications, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re done and you have all those research experiences under your belt before you’ve even graduated.”