Sharisa graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2015 with university honors and a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and Russian. She received Honorable Mention in the 2015 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. She just completed her first year as a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include literature written during the Soviet Union in opposition of the regime. She will be studying Ukrainian this summer at the University of Pittsburgh.