We are thrilled to announce the formation of the Laidlaw Scholars Advisory Board, a pivotal step forward in our dedication to co-creating our programmes, incorporating the essential perspectives of Scholars.
For over seven years, the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership & Research programme has been shaping the hearts and minds of students at top universities globally, embedding the principles of research-driven decision-making and leading with integrity. The Laidlaw Scholars Advisory Board, composed of a diverse and dynamic group of Scholars, is set to bring a fresh perspective to our initiatives. Their mission is clear: to amplify the voices of our Scholars, ensuring their insights and needs shape the programme's evolution. The Board will serve as a bridge between the Scholars and the Foundation, fostering a relationship based on mutual growth, inclusivity, and innovation.
Join us in welcoming these inspiring Scholars who are set to make an impactful contribution to the Laidlaw community.
Cornell University | 2023 Laidlaw Scholar
A sophomore at Cornell University from Texas, USA, Trisha is majoring in Environment and Sustainability and minoring in International Relations and International Trade and Development. Her work bridges the realms of food security, climate, environmental governance, and wildlife conservation. As an aspiring environmental policymaker and writer, she is passionate about making scientific information more accessible.
As a Laidlaw Scholar on the Morally Contested Conservation team, Trisha researched the impact of climate change on human-wildlife conflicts in East and Southern Africa. In her free time, she finds solace in painting and upcycling, and loves jigsaw puzzles, outdoor activities, and culinary adventures.
My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
University College London | 2022 Laidlaw Scholar
Keir, an undergraduate History student at University College London, focuses on public nature engagement with an emphasis on heart-centred approaches. His research with a UK conservation NGO and the American Bird Conservancy reflects his dedication to strengthening connections with nature through justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Keir is deeply interested in our relationship with the Anthropocene and the narratives we create about our environment. He has collaborated with organisations like the British Trust for Ornithology, the National Park City Movement, and the RSPB, working on strategies for youth engagement in environmental issues.
Don’t Save The World, Serve the World and Let the World Save You.
Columbia University | 2022 Laidlaw Scholar
An Institute of Global Politics Student Scholar at Columbia University studying Sustainable Development, Harrison’s Laidlaw research explores the intersection of tourism and environmental sustainability. His first project developed an interactive map of ecotourism in New York City, emphasising environmental justice, circularity, and emissions reduction. In Santiago, Chile, Harrison collaborated with FEDETUR, Chile's tourism enterprise federation, to aid tourism businesses in their community impacts and reduce their carbon footprint. With a lifelong passion for exploration and education, Harrison combines his interests in ecotourism to contribute to Earth's restoration and mitigating climate conflicts. He applies his knowledge to both the local New York context and broader national settings in Chile, aiming to transform how people interact with nature through tourism.
Cornell University | 2022 Laidlaw Scholar
Armita, a junior at Cornell University, uniquely combines her studies in Computer Science and Women’s Health as a College Scholar to explore interdisciplinary areas. Her Laidlaw project, inspired by traditional Iranian remedies from her grandmother, led to the founding of Aunt Flo’s Kitchen. This pioneering startup provides Middle Eastern treats that naturally alleviate hormonal imbalances causing menstrual cramps, a widespread issue affecting women globally. Armita’s pursuit of women's menstrual health extends to conducting an IRB-approved clinical trial assessing the efficacy of her product, her entrepreneurial journey with Aunt Flo's Kitchen, and her thesis project for the College Scholar program. Her commitment to women's health further expanded during her second summer with Samphire Neuroscience, where she immersed herself in the intersection of neurotechnology and women’s health, aiming to bridge gaps in global health disparities.
You can do anything you set your mind to. (Something my dad always told me growing up)
Trinity College Dublin | 2021 Laidlaw Scholar
Joe is an Engineering with Management graduate from Trinity College Dublin, currently working as a Software Engineer at Akara Robotics. His journey from mechanical engineering to full-stack software development highlights his adaptability and passion for technology. Joe's love for coding, creative UIs, video games, and music drives his innovative approach. His experiences range from deep-learning and computer-vision research with the Laidlaw Foundation to interning and working as an early intern and cinematographer at Akara Robotics. An ambitious worker and fast learner, Joe also enjoys Dungeons and Dragons and has a strong presence in content creation, including music and digital media.
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." — Anatole France
University of St Andrews | 2022 Laidlaw Scholar
Campbell, a University of St Andrews student, combines a passion for Scottish politics and culture with a keen interest in International Relations. His Laidlaw project focused on the lives and identity of the Scottish diaspora worldwide, a subject that has been central to his past, present, and future research. At university, Campbell has amplified his peers' voices as a Class Representative and Editor-in-Chief of The Drew, an online student publication that ignited discussions on Scottish issues important to many students. Campbell aspires to pursue his diverse interests and ambitions in academia, music, and in the third sector throughout his life.
Find your passion and pursue it relentlessly; find your friends and love them dearly; know the world and better it stubbornly.
Tufts University | 2022 Laidlaw Scholar
Isabella is a dedicated student at Tufts University, majoring in Cognitive and Brain Science (BS) and Science, Technology and Society (BS). She has a deep passion for psychology and research, coupled with a strong commitment to community service and the outdoors. As a research assistant in the Tufts Applied Cognition Lab, Isabella has spearheaded multiple studies such as "Cognitive States," “HRV and Attention”, and “Attentional Control”, delving into proactive and reactive control states in the brain as well as exploring the cognitive mechanisms behind multitasking, memory, and attention. She has presented her research on these projects at various conferences in New England, including the Laidlaw Scholars Global Conference and the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) annual conference. Her academic pursuits are directed towards a career that is impactful, and she strives to make a meaningful difference while learning from others. Outside of academia, Isabella enjoys trying new foods, working out, playing music, baking, skiing, and playing with her two huge dogs.
“When you’re young, everything feels like the end of the world. But it’s not - it’s just the beginning.” —Zac Efron
The London School of Economics and Political Science | 2023 Laidlaw Scholar
Ladajah, a Law student at LSE, is a proactive Youth Campaign Officer at Living Streets. Her experience includes founding two youth advisory boards, showcasing her understanding of youth engagement. Ladajah's role in reviewing conversations on issues, especially concerning disadvantaged communities, has honed her skills in integrating young people's feedback into meaningful discourse. In her work at Living Streets, she has effectively combined research and strategy to promote environmental awareness, demonstrating her commitment to impactful environmental advocacy.
Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and lead with empathy, integrity, and a commitment to continuous learning.
ERNEST K.W. YIP
The University of Hong Kong | 2023 Laidlaw Scholar
Ernest Yip is a second-year medical student and President’s Scholar at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Ernest's passion lies in translating clinical and ethical research into improving public policies, with research previously centred around population health, medical big data and data discovery, which he presented at the Annual Laidlaw Conference at Trinity College Dublin. Ernest also actively engages in humanitarian medicine and overseas exchange, spearheading a thalassemia medical humanitarian trip in Guangxi, China, valedictorian at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), and recent exchange in the Balkans as a Hong Kong youth delegate. His dedication extends to youth development and public engagement, where he contributes to university-wide academic reviews, emcees, and youth mentorship. He serves as the youngest Council Member (& past President) of Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Association.
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." — Maya Angelou