Bryley Williams

Student, Columbia University
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Asper Al-Shimi

Law Student, University of York

Hi everyone! I am Asper, a first year law student at the University of York and a 2022 Laidlaw Scholar. My research project is about the legacy of British Imperialism on nationality law in post-colonial territories and Jordan specifically. Feel free to drop me a line if you'd like to chat 💭🥰
Ana Eveleigh

B.A. Candidate in Religion and Human Rights, Barnard College

Ana is a junior at Barnard College pursuing a combined major in religion and human rights. She is specifically interested in religion in U.S. politics, law, and histories of empire. Her other passions include Arabic language study, vocal jazz, and coffee culture.

I was fortunate enough to conduct academic research under the supervision of Stephen Gethins, former MP and Professor of Practice in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Stephen introduced me to a truly fascinating yet often overlooked area of International Relations: sub-state and regional actors and their place in global politics. Through this, I have developed an interest in Scotland's place in the world as a nation without an independent foreign office, but as a nation with extensive international influence and a powerful global diaspora. This topic formed the basis of my Laidlaw project and future research.

Through my time studying International Relations the University of St Andrews, I have developed a keen interest in Terrorism Studies, identity politics, African international relations, foreign policy, and Postcolonial Theory (among other critical theories).

In my second year of university, I founded The Drew, an online student publication based in St Andrews which publishes articles on Scottish politics and culture. There was an unfortunate lack of Scottish issues being discussed in St Andrews (despite bearing the name of Scotland's patron saint and being home to Scotland's most ancient university), and so The Drew was set up to help foster more discussion. 

I am quite frankly a sucker for all things politics, history, and philosophy. Although an International Relations student first and foremost, I had the joy of studying Ancient History and Classics alongside my degree. If I were to ever win the lottery, you would find me endlessly cycling University, spending my remaining days studying Ancient History and Philosophy, Politics, Egyptology, Theology, Theoretical Physics and Maths, or whatever subject I develop an interest in down the line.

I am always down for a discussion and chat about my areas of interest - so never shy away from reaching out if we have any interests in common.

Isabella Whitney

Student, Barnard College of Columbia University

Joshua Grundhoefer

Laidlaw Scholar, Georgetown University

Incoming second-year student at Georgetown University, pursuing degrees in Economics & Government! I am conducting research on reinterpreting the Child Tax Credit (CTC) as an automatic stabilizer. Passionate about social policy, international affairs, and the intersection between the private and public sectors. 

I'm living in the U.S. right now but I used to live in Singapore, Thailand, and Morocco so I consider each of those places my home. 

Mia Fulford

English and Art History Student, Undergraduate Research Scholar, University of Leeds

I am a member of the University of Leeds' 2021 Laidlaw Scholar Cohort. My self-defined project explores the representation of concurrent themes of nature and isolation in 20th century and contemporary literature. I study English and History of Art and have a love of all things books, art and the outdoors! I also run a zine that features contributions from young creatives across the UK. 

Please take a look at my blog which delves into my research project a bit deeper here: https://outdoorfiction.blogspot.com/ 

Daniel Taylor

Student, University of Leeds

I am a first year student at the University of Leeds studying Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng.

Lucia Cathers

Student, University of St Andrews

I am a 4th year History student from the University of St Andrews. I spent the past year studying and working abroad in Oslo and in Prague. My research analysed the words and phrases of key documents of 1910s Ireland, and used these to evaluate the wider ideologies of Nationalism and Unionism, particularly concerning individual experiences of the ideologies. My research proved the value of speeches and literature to the historian in uncovering wider society. Determined to build upon this research, I am currently creating a website. This will function as an online archive for speeches and literature and offer my research as an interpretation to aid in understanding. I hope that this will be an accessible and beneficial tool for those interested in Irish history. When I'm not reading, researching and writing about History, I run my own small-business, enjoy traveling, and have a passion for learning languages.  Feel free to connect here!
Jenny Liu

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Immunology as well as minoring in Creative Expression & Society. With a background in molecular genetics wet laboratory research and creative writing, I value cultivating an interdisciplinary perspective to more uniquely engage in the field and better foster impactful connection. 

Oran O'Neill

Student, University of Leeds

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Claudia Friel

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi! My name is Claudia, and I’m an undergraduate philosophy student at TCD. My Laidlaw research project regards the public’s reaction to the Covid-19 related lockdown measures, with a view to providing some insight into the current socio-political zeitgeist. I’ll be doing this with the help of the work of political theorist & philosopher Hannah Arendt.

Pearls Eddo

Law LLB, University of Leeds

Hi, my name is Pearls; I am a third-year Law (Industrial) student at Leeds. I am currently in a placement year at The Walt Disney Company as a CPGP Contract Management Intern! My first-year research project looked at the way game-based learning could be incorporated into Multi-Academy Trusts (aka MATs) to improve the academic attainment and classroom engagement of GCSE-year black students. For my Leadership-in-Action project in 2023, I will be travelling to Peru with MakeSense to plan ways to empower the indigenous communities which reside in the country.

Hello, I'm a first-year chemical engineering student at UCL. My research project for this programme looked into the economic feasibility of three different wastewater treatment solutions for organic matter removal and energy production. I also explored the environmental sustainability of these technologies through a self-assessed quantitative impact assessment.

Lia Sokol

Student, Cornell University

Hi! My name is Lia, and I am in my final year at Cornell University. I'm majoring in Government and pursuing an independent major that combines politics, international studies, and sociology. My first-year Laidlaw project was focused on researching Russian political parties in the lead-up to the country's 2021 parliamentary elections. During my second summer, I traveled to Choma, Zambia through the Laidlaw centralized project with Columbia University.
Eva Macdonald

Student, Durham University

Hello! I'm Eva, an history undergraduate from Durham University. My interests lie in uncovering often overlooked narratives within minority histories. My research project will focus on medieval race theories through the lens of the Hereford World Map.

Michael Officer

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a third year zoology student at Trinity College Dublin.

My research will investigate factors contributing to the transmission of avian influenza to farmed poultry. I'm delighted to be a part of the Laidlaw community and am really excited to get in touch with many of you! My current interests are in rewilding, phenological responses to environmental change and behavioural ecology. But really anything!

Georgia Dillon (she/her)

Law Student, Trinity College Dublin

I am a second year law student at Trinity College Dublin, conducting a research project on period poverty and how it impacts participation in education in Ireland.

I currently work as a Policy and Advocacy Advisor at The Pad Project, and am especially interested in in social justice, access to education, gender equality, sustainability and human rights.

Joe Linogao

Research Student, Engineering wth Management, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! My name is Joe Linogao (he/him), and I am an Engineering with Management student at Trinity College Dublin. I became a Laidlaw Scholar for TCD on April 2021 with my research proposal, "Automated Procedure for the Microbial Analysis of Contact Plates."

For my course, I specialise in Energy/Fluid studies, focusing on fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and engineering design. Despite this, I have taken a keen interest in robotics and machine learning which were major influencers for my research project. Additionally, I am currently a part of a student-led Robotics research team under the same supervisor I have for Laidlaw.

Outside of college work, I am very interested in Arduino, coding (MATLAB/Python are my strongest languages), Solidworks and 3D Printing, all of which I have great knowledge with. However, I am always willing to hone my skills and learn other skills if need be.

My hobbies include music and Dungeons & Dragons (like the absolute nerd I am). Regarding music, I've posted many songs (covers & originals) on outlets such as Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more (check out my website for more details)! Due to this, I also have plenty of experience with software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Isla Thomson

Undergraduate Student, University of York

I am a BA Global Development student at the University of York with an LGBTQ+ focused research interest. 
Sarina Zhou

Undergraduate Researcher, Cornell University

Hi, everyone! My name is Sarina Zhou, a Class of 2024 student at Cornell University! I am major in Economics and minor in Law and Society. The aim of my research is to implement the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Barbados, bridge the gap in understanding between legislators and their constituents, and improve the lives of those in disadvantaged and marginalized communities. I always seek opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge in various subject areas, particularly in the fields of law and business. I hope to pursue a career in immigration or corporate law in the future.

Also, fun fact: I am an artist specializing in acrylic landscape painting and graphite portrait drawing!

Please don't hesitate to connect with me! :)