Global Induction Session 2022

This Room contains all materials, announcements, and discussions related to the 2022 Global Induction Session which will take place on Wednesday June 8th at 2pm BST | 9am EDT | 9pm HKT.

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Hi all,

Let's get to know each other better ahead of the Global Induction Session! Please introduce yourself to the global Laidlaw community in this thread. 

Here is a template you can use to tell everyone a bit about yourself:

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My name is: ______ (*pronouns*)

I study _______ [course/major] at ________ [university]

My research is about: ______

I chose this research topic because: _______

I am from: ______

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: ________

One thing about me that surprises people: ________

Ask me about: _________  

I'd love to connect with someone who: __________

If you are an alum or completed your first summer last year - share some advice! What do you wish you knew before starting? What is the most valuable thing you learnt from your experience? 

I'm excited to meet you all and hear your stories! 

To start off, a little bit about me ūüėä

My name is: Kayla (she/her)

I studied: English at Oxford, and I was a Laidlaw Scholar in 2019!

My research was about: How national & regional identity impacted popular fashion in the multinational Ferghana Valley region. Check it out ūüďĚ

I am from: The east coast of the USA.

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Ballroom dance, read, and write fiction! I also adore solo adventure travel and have been all over the world. 

Ask me about: Travel tips and moving to a new country. I also previously worked in peacekeeping and gained a real fascination for humanitarian coordination and international humanitarian law, so happy to chat about any of that.

I'd love to connect with: Any new Laidlaw scholars! Seriously, please feel free to reach out. See you soon!

My name is: Bella Sidoruk (she/her)

I study Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Tufts University

My research is about: cognitive control states and if researchers can modulate them. 

I chose this research topic because: I have always been interested in psychology and wanted to apply that interest into a science field

I am from: Northport, New York

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: workout, bake, read, listen to music, sing and play with my dogs.

One thing about me that surprises people: I am kind of shy but I come off as outgoing

Ask me about: anything! I can't wait to meet new people. 

I'd love to connect with someone who: is interested in similar topics to me and wants to chat about it!

My name is: Isabella Garcia Bernstein (she/they)

I study: Spanish/Latin American Cultures and Archaeology

My research is about: indigenous language preservation in Mexico in order to decolonize current educational policies built and developed during Spanish colonization

I chose this topic because: I have always loved seeing how language goes beyond a vessel for communication. I am keenly interested in examining the role that language has in shaping cultural history and collective values. As a Filipino American, I am aware of the efforts that the Spanish took to erase indigenous languages in the Philippines, which is why I am eager to explore the intersection between culture, education, and power dynamics.

I am from: Moorestown, New Jersey (near Philadelphia)

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: cook/bake, read, visit museums, listen to classical and jazz music, play the violin, go on walks, and crochet 

One thing about me that surprises people: I was an athlete for many years growing up. (Now, I am pretty uncoordinated and seemingly unathletic.) 

Ask me about: recipes, my pets, music....or my research. Anything in general! I look forward to meeting you all!

I'd love to connect with someone who is: interested in language learning, history, and educational equity. 

My name is: Armita (she/her)

I study Computational Biology at Cornell University

My research is about: The impact of nutrition on women's menstrual health

I chose this research topic because: I am really interested in women's menstraul health; its such an under-researched field even though one's menstrual health is actually a vital sign of their overall health.

I am from: Raleigh, NC

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Swim, read, hang outside, and try new things!

One thing about me that surprises people: I am a food blogger!

Ask me about: What random thing I'm obsessed with at the moment  

I'd love to connect with someone who: is also really interested in women's health, either from a medical or a biomedical standpoint.

I'm excited to meet you all and hear your stories! 

My name is: Joel Beckles (he/him).

I study Physics at the University of St Andrews.

My research is about: modelling Bose-Einstein Condensate (a special form of matter) at room temperature, using programming.

I chose this research topic because: I have a keen interest in quantum Physics, and am excited about where the field of quantum computing (or computational modelling of quantum systems) can take us in the near future.

I am from: Trinidad and Tobago

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Play chess, play guitar/piano, watch football (or play if I can)

One thing about me that surprises people: If I said it, it would no longer be a surprise ;)

Ask me about: my research, physics in general, music I like, favourite chess openings, or anything else really

I'd love to connect with someone who: is doing Physics research, is from the Caribbean, is interested in science communication for underprivileged communities, or who has any other of my above interests.

My name is: Nikko Juengsophonvitavas (He/Him) 

I study Astrophysics at the University of St Andrews.

My research is about: Identifying active galactic nuclei for the upcoming SPHEREx space mission.

I chose this research topic because: SPACE! I am a massive fan of anything astronomy-related, particularly in the growing field of transient astronomy. Transient astronomy has a massive impact on astronomy, from what was a primarily 'static' observation-based research where changes occur in years down to a span of months or even days. Although I won't be taking part directly in the observational aspect of the project, my work will help lay a foundation for the research group I am working with.

I am from: Bangkok, Thailand

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: stargazing, photography, cooking, magic (Not the conjuring kind), and looking for cats to pet around town.

One thing about me that surprises people: I can't swim. 

Ask me about: what I name the stray cats back home, and anything else really!

I'd love to connect with someone who: fellow (astro)physicists/magicians/cat lovers, and everyone else who shares similar interests.

My name is Rebecca (she/her)

I study Law at the University of Leeds

My research is about young people’s active travel habits 

I chose this research topic because I aspire to be a youth criminal lawyer, so working with and helping young people is important to me. I also love staying active, so finding out more about the barriers to young people staying active and how we can change that is really important to me.

I am from Basingstoke, UK

When I'm not studying/working, I like to meet up with friends for a drink, meal out, or fun night in! I also love to cook, make/play music, go to the gym, and play or watch sports. 

One thing about me that surprises people - my fingers go completely white when I’m cold!

Ask me about anything! My research, my life, which sports teams I support, or even my favourite McFlurry!

I'd love to connect with anyone! If you share the same interests that would be great, but I’m happy to connect with anyone and meet new people! 

I'm excited to meet you all and hear your stories! 

My name is: Maria Gerella (she/her)

I study Law at the University of Leeds.

My research is about young people's active travel habits.

I chose this research topic because I like working with young people and I, myself, like to stay active because it is how I de-stress. This research is important to me because I want to find out the barriers that are keeping young people from being able to active and hopefully come up with ways to improve the situation for them or to encourage them to use more active travel.

I am originally from the Philippines, but I grew up in Qatar. 

When I'm not studying/working, I like to read, listen to music or watch movies. I also do like going for walks in the park, especially if the sun is out. I also do love a good meal out, so if I have the time, I'll meet up with my friends for a meal. I like trying out new restaurants and since I'm new to Leeds, there's still so many more restaurants I'm dying to try. I try to go to the gym as well in the morning because it helps starts my day off on the right note. 

One thing about me that surprises people - I'm a 4th Dan black belter in Taekwondo. 

Ask me about anything - I'm open to chatting to people about anything and everything. I love a good chat and I'm eager to learn more about different people's perspectives on the world. 

I'd love to connect with anyone. But if we have the same/similar interests then even better! But I feel like interesting conversations come from people with differing interests so it would be nice to chat to people who can tell me about things I don't know.

Hopefully I get to chat to some of you guys and even meet you in person soon!

Maria :)

My name is: Susanna (she/her)

I am the CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation. I studied English at Cambridge.

My dissertation was on the writings of the American Revolution.

I chose this topic because I was fascinated about how a country uses language to define its identity, whilst using the language of the country from which it is breaking free. Today, I research best practises in education, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds; how to embed ethics in business and leadership; and what to do to break glass ceilings.

I was born in Vermont, USA, lived in Germany until I was two, then moved to Greece and then to England when I was four.

When I'm not studying/working, I like to go for long hikes with friends, short runs listening to podcasts, swim in lakes and lidos, and go to the theatre.

One thing about me that surprises people is that my mother went to Cornell. 

Ask me about anything to do with the Foundation, Laidlaw Scholars Ventures, Women in Business, Ethical Leadership - whatever.  I would love to hear from you.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and seeing the great work you produce. 

My name is: Patrick Hughes (he/him)

I study Biology at Durham University 

My research is about: how protiens affects memory and learning 

I chose this research topic because: I wish to develop deeper into the medical sciences 

I am from: Manchester 

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: run, play tennis, and have a night life. 

One thing about me that surprises people: I am a good skier

Ask me about: my research, medicine, anyhting really (I am a big fan of the nba so prefer to talk about that than work when possible). 

I'd love to connect with someone who: is also on the Laildlaw course, be great to branch out more and network for even more oppoturnities. 

I'm excited to meet you all and hear your stories! 

My name is: Beth Norfolk

I study: English Literature at the University of Leeds

My research is about: Unsolved murders of older female victims across the UK

I chose this research topic because: I have a deep interest in and passion for justice; there are a huge number of unsolved murders in this country and the victims deserve to be remembered. I believe justice can still be achieved for these women.

I am from: Leeds.

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Read, walk, listen to true crime podcasts, watch football and tend my allotment.

One thing about me that surprises people: I worked for the library service for 10 years before beginning my degree.

Ask me about: My research, unsolved murders and crime more generally and literature

I'd love to connect with someone who: shares a similar interest in crime and justice, or anyone else who loves literature!

My name is: Sarah Routley (she/her)

I study: Philosophy at the University of St Andrews

My research is about: epistemic injustice in cases of sexual assault and its implications for university and legal policy.

I chose this research topic because I am really interested in the connection between philosophy and social issues, particularly how we can use the tools of philosophical analysis to shed light onto contemporary concerns. 

I am from: Bristol, UK

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: play clarinet in my Wind Band, play tennis and netball, go for brunch, or volunteer in a group building community relations

One thing about me that surprises people: I used to be very shy (and now am much less so!)

Ask me about: my research and wider philosophy, music, pro-social leadership, community relations or really anything else!  

I'd love to connect with someone who: shares any of my academic or non-academic interests.

My name is: Ola  Czyzak (she/her)

I study:  Medical Sciences at University College London (UCL) 

My research is about:  Understanding the fitness landscape of aging tissue

I chose this research topic because: it is focused on computational biology which I think has a great potential and future in medical sciences research! My topic helps to understand how cell ages and what mutations lead to cancer which are two of the greatest medical mysteries. 

I am from: Gdansk, Poland

When I'm not studying/working, I like to:  surf, play tennis and read books

One thing about me that surprises people:  I have danced ballet for 15 years and can perform anything from swan like (inlcuding playing the music theme) 

Ask me about: anything!

I'd love to connect with someone who: can recommend me any book to read during the summer, or/and shares similar interest to me!

My name is: Harrison Wilson (he/him)

I study:  Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University

My research is about:  Creating a medical device for use in preventing and treating orthopedic complexities

I chose this research topic because: I love the combination of clinical research, prototyping, engineering design, and computer science that are involved in medical device work. Our work will hopefully contribute to meaningful impact in orthopedic recovery and treatment.

I am from: Wenham, Massachusetts USA

When I'm not studying/working, I like to:  run, go on bike rides and hike with friends, cook, and spend time by the beach.

One thing about me that surprises people:  I grew up on a farm.

Ask me about: engineering, medicine, corgis, or anything, really!

I'd love to connect with someone who: loves to travel, enjoys literature, or just wants to chat!

Hello!

My name is: Asher Berlin (he/him)

I study History at Tufts University

My research is about: the Jewish emancipation in Great Britain

I chose this research topic because: it's a fascinating time period, with all sorts of complexities and oddities that had profound ramifications for British society. I also have a personal connection to the topic, as some family of mine immigrated to the UK at the turn of the 20th century.

I am from: Walnut Creek, California

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: read, play video games, spend time with friends

One thing about me that surprises people: I am a diehard Patriots fan despite being born and raised in California (my dad is a Pats fan)

Ask me about: anything, though I'll probably be best prepared to answer questions regarding California, the Patriots, or history  

I'd love to connect with someone who: wants to!

My name is: Jenniffer Koita (she/her)

I study Neuroscience and Behavior as well as Feminist/Intersectional Science and Technology Studies at Barnard College

My research is about: Black maternal health as it relates to the pedagogy, current practices and history of doulas, midwives, and OB/GYNs. 

I chose this research topic because: The US has one of the worst maternal health care in the world and these disparities are even deadlier for Black women. Change in maternal health care needs to be made across all fields for the betterment of all mothers and their children. After undergrad I plan to become a midwife as well as do research regarding how trauma from oppression affects brain development and function.

I am from: Connecticut, USA

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: bake, read, crochet, and explore NY

One thing about me that surprises people: I'm an only child

Ask me about movies (especially Marvel), cooking, or just anything haha 

I'd love to connect with someone you all! I'm looking forward to my first summer as a Laidlaw Scholar

My name is: Joseph Patrick Meadows (he/him)

I study: Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University

My research is about: Investigating and mapping the phytogeography of ethnographically used plants in Mesopotamia during the Bronze Age.

I chose this research topic because: of two primary reasons. One, researching how settlement access to ethnographically used plants changed over time with the climate is a vital part of understanding the archaeological context of the region. Two, in the Late Bronze Age, severe climate change may have been one of the contributors to the Bronze Age Collapse and mapping and comparing settlement distributions with contemporary plant distributions and their change over time can help shed light onto how human populations adapted to a transforming landscape. I love archaeology because I think it can be a very useful tool in modern international politics.

I am from: I was born in the United States, other than that it's complicated!

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: I love to wander and explore (i.e. choose a direction and walk) but I also enjoy learning languages, playing the fiddle, and gardening. 

One thing about me that surprises people: I don't mean to brag but I bet I could out sling a Balearic slinger. 

Ask me about: how many miles/kilometres per day a cow/pig/goat or sheep can typically walk, because you learn that sort of stuff in archaeology (along with much much more)!

I'd love to connect with someone who: loves to explore and discuss the human past and debate how we define heritage!

My name is: Holly (she/her)

I study: German and English Literature at the University of Leeds

My research is about: investigating the history of the German department at the University. I am specifically interested in decolonisation and the portrayal of the German language, in addition to how German language teaching and learning, changed throughout significant world crises of the 20th Century such as WWI and WWII - why do Britain insist that German sounds 'aggressive'? I am also interested in how language learning, specifically German language learning has been affected by changing international relations - such as the relationship between Britain and Germany following in Brexit, making Germany the powerhouse of the European Union.

I am from: near Leicestershire - my hometown is in a really, really tiny county that nobody has ever heard of called Rutland (which is mostly populated by sheep) :)

When I am not studying/working I like to: read, write, paint and listen to German podcasts/do anything German related

One thing about me that surprises people: I am a massive metalhead and I have been vegetarian for almost 10 years 

Ask me about: ANYTHING GERMAN! The perception of Germany abroad, the language, why it is important that we address the UK's ambivalence to learn languages

I'd love to connect with someone who: loves German or languages in general. I would also love to meet someone else who is passionate about literature

My name is: Mariela (she/her)

I study Communications, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) and Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) at the University of Toronto Mississauga

My research is about: the diffusion of information about COVID-19 on social media and its impacts on people's perceptions of the pandemic in Brazil, Canada, and the United States

I chose this research topic because I’m interested in investigating how people make sense of events, like the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the information that spreads on social media.

I am from: Argentina and Brazil (born in the first country, raised in the second one)

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: read, write, listen to music, play piano or guitar, sing, and hang out with my friends

One thing about me that surprises people: I'm very tall (6'1''/ 185 cm approx.) -- much taller than average where I am from!

Ask me about: my research, my writing, music, books, and current events (but anything will do, really)  

I'd love to connect with someone who: anyone really! I look forward to get to meet you all and learn from your experiences!

My name is: Thomas (or Tom) (he/him)

I study Medicine at Hull York Medical School (University of York) 

My research is about:¬†ūüďčunderstanding the complications that can happen in patients who are being treated for Sickle Cell Disease¬†

I chose this research topic because: It is really interesting to me how sometimes in medicine curing one thing can lead to a whole host of other complications, and if we can reduce the 'side effects' of treatments we can create a more effective and efficient health care system, both in this country and in less-developed countries.

I am from: The United Kingdom

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Sing, Perform, Watch Netflix, Hang with Friends, Watch YouTube - a bit of everything to be honest!

One thing about me that surprises people: People are usually surprised when I tell them about the range of music I listen to... 

Ask me about: Anything! I find lots of topics interesting and would be happy to chat with anyone.

I'd love to connect with someone who: Can teach me something new, has similar interests and someone who is down for a good chat about everything, and nothing!

Hey everyone!!

My name is: Olivia Calkins (she/her)

I study Chemical & Biological Engineering at Tufts University

My research is about: Improving the nutritional profile of 'lab grown' meat, specifically made of insect cells, for pet food applications! 

I chose this research topic because: I have always been very passionate about the field of alternative proteins and sustainability. Ever since I discovered cellular agriculture, the production of food through cell culture, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life! Plus, I am vegan so the idea of making animal-free animal products is super cool to me :)

I am from: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts (a small town in western Mass)

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Cook, go on walks/hikes, lift, and spend time with friends and family

One thing about me that surprises people: I eat broccoli with ketchup. I don't know if this is surprising or just a tad weird but people always find this to be quite interesting. 

Ask me about: Anything but I would love to chat about what 'cell-ag' is and about my favorite vegan recipes & substitutes!! 

I'd love to connect with someone who: is also interested in a career in sustainability, maybe even in the food science realm!

Can't wait to meet everyone!! :)

My name is: Je Ho Cho (he/him)

I study International Relations at the University of Toronto

My research is about: Comparing the usage of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications across regime types

I chose this research topic because: I'm big into comparative politics, political science, and the current academic discussion around the various impacts of COVID-19 that aren't just limited to the public health sphere. Digital privacy is also a topic that began to pique my curiousity after I took a course on it in my first-year, so I decided to wed my own personal experiences with Contact Tracing Applications together with my interest in political science!

I am from: Seoul, South Korea: but I call Singapore my home as I lived there for 17 years!

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Hop on video games, watch some anime, doomscroll Twitter, and occasionally drag myself outside for extended karaoke with friends

One thing about me that surprises people: I'm actually not very smart! I may look like a stereotypical nerd but in reality most of my friends are much more intelligent than I am!

Ask me about: Being a Third Culture Kid, anything about Riot Games, Korean food recommendations, and History/Political Science discourse  

I'd love to connect with someone who: Has similar interests in PoliSci/History and also has an active craving to pursue a career in a related field

Excited to get to know everyone better!

My name is: Alicia (she/her)

I study Chemistry at the University of York, UK

My research is about: Investigating the release of different drugs from PEG hydrogels as they are degraded with different enzymes.

I chose this research topic because: I am really interested in the applications of this research in medicinal chemistry. I would love for the outcome of my research to be a small advance in the search for more effective, side-effect free and non-invasive tissue regeneration therapies.

I am from: Alicante and Madrid, Spain.

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Swim, try out different restaurants/cafes and make oil paintings!

One thing about me that surprises people: English is my second language!

Ask me about: Anything! I love to learn about art history :)

I'd love to connect with someone who: Is also interested in medicinal chemistry/biomedical engineering or about research in neurodegenerative diseases. I would love to learn more about these areas!

My name is: AJ (Anuj) Manchanda (He/Him)

I study Commerce at the University of Toronto

My research is about the impact of environmental corporate social responsibility initiatives on consumer behavior in the fast-moving consumer goods industry

I chose this research topic because of my deep passion for environmentalism, marketing, and commerce!

I am from Bangkok, Thailand!

When I'm not studying/working, I like to travel, spend time with friends and family and explore nature.

One thing about me that surprises people: I can eat a lot of lemons.

Ask me about: Anything! I am particularly passionate about marketing, finance, and the intersection between business and social impact

I'd love to connect with:  Everyone! Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajmanchanda/ or Instagram @ajmanchanda 

So nice to meet you all and am looking forward to a very exciting summer ahead!

Hi everyone!

My name is: Anna (she/her)

I study Philosophy & Economics at University College London

My research is about: Game theoretic modelling of principal-agent relationships in proxy wars, and the potential impact of these on bargaining between principals in conflict resolution.

I chose this research topic because: I've always wanted to try my hand at game theory, and thought this specific topic had great potential for real world understanding and impact. The scope and implications of this field are significant, and I hope my project will be a small contribution to the wealth of research that's growing as we speak.

I am from: Singapore

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: Go on walks, get comfy with a good book, or run off to the theatre. I hand-sew a bit too.

One thing about me that surprises people: Little me loved Greek mythology.

Ask me about: Books, mostly, anything from deep chats to literature jokes. (In London I discovered Graham Greene, and my latest fancy is Much Ado About Nothing.) Musicals. Whatever you will ‚ÄĒ talk to me about your interests too!

I'd love to connect with someone who: Likes any of the above, or has a similar research topic, but really I’m down for any conversation. Excited to meet you all!

My name is: Nicole Entin (she/her)

I study: Art History and English at the University of St Andrews

My research is about: exploring how the edition of Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron presented challenges to gender roles and tradition in the formation of Victorian artistic and literary legacies.

I chose this research topic because: as a joint major student, I'm extremely passionate about discovering thematic and contextual connections between art and literature, and understanding these subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective. Furthermore, the opportunity to apply my self-defined research to a practical leadership project is truly unique to Laidlaw, and often rare for Arts students like myself! I hope to be able to demonstrate this topic's contemporary relevance as I present the overlooked contributions of a female photographer in one of the most dynamic transitory periods in art and literature. I'm also extremely excited about the opportunity to work with world-class resources and rare books in the university's Special Collections!

I am from: Toronto, Canada

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: read with a cup of Earl Grey tea, discover new bookshops, write poetry and plays, travel, sing everything from jazz to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and I've also just started to learn ballroom dancing.

One thing about me that surprises people: my first job was as a children's swim instructor.

Ask me about: art and literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century is my particular field of interest, but I also love to give people book recommendations, so feel free to get in touch if you're looking for something new to read!

I'd love to connect with someone who: is dedicated and passionate about what they're researching ‚Äď which just means all of you, because that's really why we're here! I'd love to chat with any of you about your projects, and hear about what you think are the most important subjects in your field of study. I'd especially love to meet some other scholars doing any projects in literature or art history.

My name is: Ruhani Walia (she/her)

I study Economics, Statistical Science, and the Psychology of Economics and Management at the University of Toronto.

My research is about: how different types of observation impact prosocial decision-making. 

I chose this research topic because: I'm fascinated by behavioural economics and want to learn more about how data can teach us more about human irrationality and its impact on the choices that we make.

I am from: Toronto, Ontario

When I'm not studying/working, I like to: read, write, hike, listen to music, play music, sing, or walk my dog

One thing about me that surprises people: I can play four different instruments!

Ask me about: more like "talk to me about" all things philosophy

I'd love to connect with someone who: wants to play we're not really strangers :)