Chan Yik Hei (Marco)

Student, The University of Hong Kong
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Andrea Miramontes Serrano

Energy Coordinator, Cornell University

Kunj Kapur

Student, Durham University

Hello! I'm Kunj and I am a second year student studying Integrated Masters in Chemistry at Durham University with a love for organic and material chemistry. My research project will seek to evaluate how slight changes in the structure of the solid state electrolyte and cathode can can impact the ionic conductivity of lithium and sodium-ion batteries and to use the research findings to develop NASICONs of high energy density, with maximum compatibility.

Peter Dowling

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi my name's Peter,  My project on the potential of Bioremediation of Microplastics in soil looks to help protect out environment from microplastics and their affect on human and animal health.

Ellesha Fielding

Student, University of York

Amy Mann

Student, University of Toronto

I am going into my second year studying physics and mathematics. I’m interested in the Arctic’s changing climate as well as environmental solutions. My current project is about mapping the trajectory of sea ice in the Last Ice Area. Feel free to reach out - I am always happy to chat!

Samuel Allen

Chemistry and Physics Student, University of St Andrews

Primarily my studies are in physics, but I am undertaking research in synthetic and analytical inorganic chemistry. The aim of my project is to optimise the carbon dioxide adsorption behaviour (by optimising pore structure changes, gating effects and pore sizes) of merlinoite (zeolite) molecular sieves, for use in carbon capture in industry. This includes development of reliable synthetic routes for merlinoites and developing an analytical model for their kinetic adsorption behaviour.

The project will hopefully produce practical results which can be implemented to make gas purification in industrial processes, natural gas upgrading and waste processing more environmentally friendly.

My future research interests lie at the interface between physics and chemistry, particularly in solid state chemistry and in developing and using novel analytical techniques. I am interested in materials engineering, particularly within the energy sector, for example in carbon capture, nuclear fusion energy, and renewables.

Outside of studying and research, I have keen interests in writing fiction, amateur rocketry/aeronautics, cookery and philosophy. I also play tennis, football and chess.

Karl Nicholson

Student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi! I am a current second year Physics student in Trinity College Dublin. My research is on radio-astronomy of the Sun with particular interest in predicting potentially disruptive solar weather. 

Apart from physics I'm interested in running, rugby, card games and snowsports. I enjoy being outside, exercising, film/TV and getting involved in the Student's Union. I am particularly interested in connecting with students from around the globe and broadening my horizons!

XIN Jiayi

Undergraduate student , The University of Hong Kong

Hello, nice to meet you! I am Raina, an undergraduate student studying Applied Artificial Intelligence in the University of Hong Kong. My research topic is using artificial intelligence (AI) to turn a mobile smartphone into a stethoscope. What we want to do in this project is to build an AI-assisted mobile application on smartphones to perform cardiovascular disease early screening.

Eli Newell

International Agriculture & Rural Development Student, Cornell University

I am an undergraduate at Cornell currently pursuing a double major in Agricultural Sciences and International Agriculture & Rural Development (IARD). I am fascinated by agriculture’s position at the nexus of human health, environmental impact, economic prosperity, and political stability. My long-term aspiration is to improve agricultural reliability and resilience in arid and semi-arid environments. Some of my specific interests include Circular Bionutrient Economy (CBE), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), soil science, and Agriculture for Peace. My research with Professor Rebecca Nelson on the use of human urine as a fertilizer combines several of these interests.

I was introduced to agriculture at a young age while working for a diversified livestock farm in my hometown, where I gained an appreciation for the scientific method and agricultural research.

I am motivated by exhilarating collaboration, the excitement of being on the cutting edge of agricultural research and development, and agriculture’s vast impact on society and the environment.

In my free time I like refining local clay soils into potting clay, which I form into pots of varying complexity.

Tam Ching Hin Anfield

BSS(GL)&LLB Student, The University of Hong Kong

Asher M. Berlin

Student, Tufts University

Hello! I am a first-year from Walnut Creek, California (just outside San Francisco) studying History at Tufts University. I am, predictably, very interested in history, especially Roman history. At Tufts, I am active in Hillel and Model UN. If you have any questions about my research, or anything for that matter, feel free to contact me!

Ellen Lavender

Scholar, University of York

I'm a 2nd year psychology MSci student specialising in developmental disorders. My project focuses around the development attention in infants and if certain maternal strategies scaffold joint attention and how this varies cross culturally in the UK and Uganda.

I'm really excited for the Laidlaw programme by building my confidence through the leadership programme and exploring my passion for research further!

Audrey Chung

Administrative Assistant, Horizons Office, The University of Hong Kong

Edmund C. M. Tse

Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Passionate Researcher, Learning Facilitator, Motivational Mentor
The Laidlaw Scholars Programme has been made available to HKU students (HKU Laidlaw Scholars) in 2019 by the generous funding support from Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. As a prestigious scholarship programme embedded at the Universities of Leeds, Oxford, UCL, York, to name just a few, the Laidlaw Programme equips students with research and leadership skills to help them pursue their academic and professional aspirations beyond their current course of study.
Nikol Chen

Design and Development Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. I am a fan of all things human- and design-related, as well as an avid swimmer, obsessive podcast listener, documentary enthusiast, and film photography fan.

Drop me a line if you'd like to chat and let's connect on LinkedIn! 💬👀

Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion. 

For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

Please feel free to reach out on the network, on LinkedIn, or by email. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/creative writing or even ballroom dance :)