Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation
Corey Jones

Laidlaw Research Scholar, University of Leeds

Sarah Joyce

Student, Trinity College Dublin

My name is Sarah (she/her) and I study Theoretical Physics at Trinity College Dublin. My research project is about lattice stretching and depletion of electrons - I will be simulating several metals on a software called VASP, changing different aspects of their quantum properties with the ultimate aim of making the metals more magnetic. I chose this research topic because I'd really like to learn more about how physics works on the nanoscale, and how we can tailor materials on this level to give them certain properties to suit particular purposes - for example, if the metals in my project can be made more magnetic then they could be used to create longer-lasting and stronger computer hard drives.

Laoise Murray

Laidlaw Scholar, Trinity College Dublin

I am a third-year law student from Ireland and I have a particular interest in socio-legal work. I like finding connections between the structure of our legal system and various social-demographic features of the population that it governs. Saying that however, I really am interested in all areas of law and I'm sure I will find other interesting research rabbit holes to wander down in the future!

Amy Campbell

Student at Durham University , Laidlaw

Hello! I research illiberal democracy: when democratic process no longer protects our rights and freedoms. I use the political threshold concept to qualitatively assess the points at which our social power is lost; I conducted unstructured interviews in Israel and Palestine in summer 2019 to investigate this. 

I am driven to impact sustainability through political reform, strategy consulting, and creating new legal demands that will shift environmental demands across countries. 

I am a social mobility advocate: always seeking to narrow the disparity between state and private school education.

Aoife Donohoe

Chemistry Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! I'm Aoife and I'm a 2nd year Chemical Sciences student at Trinity College Dublin with an interest in material chemistry and climate action.

My research project aims to develop natural, sustainable materials to be used in CO2 capture.

Maseng Moumakwa

Medical Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi, I'm Maseng- A 2nd year Medical student in Trinity College Dublin, with a particular interest in Reproductive and Women's health. I have a previous degree in Physiology, and 4 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a QC Analyst. Outside of my academics, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading, listening to music and going for long drives.

My research project for the summer is an exploratory study into  differential treatment towards ethnic minority pregnant women and new mothers in Irish Maternity Hospitals. 

Sophia Tierney

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Sara Rahmani

Psychology Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi there! I am a psychology student interested in psychotherapy, computational psychiatry, trauma and stress-related disorders, and the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. 

I am currently working with the Gillan Lab at Trinity College Dublin which has allowed me to explore my research interests further and led me to my research topic where I want to explore factors that may be of use for individualising treatment of psychiatric illnesses.

Freya Coogan

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Julie Dory (she/her)

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi there! My name is Julie and I am a Second Year student of English Literature & German at Trinity College Dublin. On a day-to-day basis, I serve as the Liaison Officer for Trinity's LGBTQ+ society & PRO for our Modern Languages society.

My primary interests lie in contemporary literature and its thematic relevance to current events. My research project will look at internal misogyny in the works of Margaret Atwood.

I look forward to getting to connect with you and getting involved with the programme! 

Eamon O'Cathain

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! I'm an environmental science student at Trinity College Dublin. My primary area of interest is in Blue Carbon. My research project will analyse to organic carbon storage capacity of Irish salt marshes via a quantitative survey of a salt marsh in Balydoyle, Co. Dublin. As a part of the project I will be analysing the differences in carbon storage between healthy, disturbed and recovering salt marsh areas and I will also compare the results of the commonly used Loss On Ignition protocol to the more high definition Elemental Analyser approach. 

Jamie Palmer

Scholar, Trinity College Dublin

Hi I'm Jamie. I am a 21 year old Mechanical Engineering Student from Trinity College Dublin

My project "Thermoeconomic analysis of a Prototype Vapour Compression Distillation Device" aims to combat metal poisining in the developing world.

I'm happiest when building. I've built everything from engines to robots to water filters. I have a keen interest in 3D printing, robotics and vehicle dynamics. I also co-founded Vaporly and have an avid interest in entrepreneurship.

If you are working to solve a hard problem I'd love to here about it! Shoot me a message or email anytime. 

Rucha Benare (she/her)

Co-founder of International Collegiate Alliance, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate, Trinity College Dublin

Jessica Mahon

Human Genetics undergraduate student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi, I'm Jessica Mahon, and I am interested in genetics, both from a conservation and a human standpoint. I'm in 3rd year of Human Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. I'm from Ireland and speak both English and Irish. I spend my spare time taking part in yoga, meditating and enjoying the outdoors. 

My Laidlaw research project is based on the genetic susceptibility of amphibians to chytridiomycosis disease to find a new conservation method for susceptible amphibian species. I'd love to chat with others who are interested in genetics and science!

Sohail Hussain

Medical Student, University of York

Mary Friend

Natural Sciences Student, University of York

3rd year Natural Sciences MSci student at University of York specialising in neuroscience. I am fascinated by the brain and the connections within it, and enjoy combining my knowledge of chemistry, biology, psychology and philosophy to generate new ideas.

Athena Nair

Student, Tufts University

Emily Shepherdson (she/they)

Student , University of York

Hi! I'm originally from Hull, East Yorkshire but I'm currently a first year undergraduate student studying for a BA in Linguistics and ab initio Italian at the University of York. Alongside my studies, I am also the current blog coordinator for the University Feminist Society. Being a Laidlaw Scholar allows me to research the success of speech and language therapies in my project entitled 'Hidden behind a smile: acquisition and societal perception of speech sounds in children with cleft lip and palate.'! 

My pronouns are she/they, please feel free to use either! 

Daniel Faas

Professor in Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Madeleine Atkinson

Undergraduate Scholar, University of Durham

Student at Durham University studying Social Sciences. Staff-Student Representative. Undergraduate Laidlaw Scholar.

My research interests include gerontology, dementia, the social model of disability, and the epistemology of health.

In my spare time I enjoy creative writing, poetry, and queer literature.