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Bronwyn Fulton

Student, Tufts University

Hi! My name is Bronwyn, I use she/her pronouns, and I am a senior at Tufts University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. Through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts, I have created my own major, uniquely combining Education, Civic Studies, and Sociology; I am also studying Religion as a minor concentration. At Tufts, I am also involved with the Tisch College for Civic Life as a Tisch Scholar, and have worked with a variety of community-based nonprofits in the greater Boston area for the past three years. At Tufts, I also work as a Spanish tutor and teach a weekly kickboxing class. Overall, I am very passionate about issues of education, specifically literacy, accessibility, sustainability, and holistic equity. I am honored to be a Laidlaw Scholar and feel very grateful for the opportunity to pursue such meaningful work! 

Pia Tiwari

Student, University of St Andrews

Pronouns: she/her, they/them

I am an undergraduate scholar and an International Relations and Social Anthropology student at St Andrews. Growing up in various countries across Asia and Europe, I have become particularly interested in global politics, postcolonialism, and social justice. I am also passionate about languages, and speak Chinese, Persian, Urdu, French, and Spanish to varying degrees, in addition to my native Hindi and English.

Sarrah Hakimjee

Student, Tufts University

I am a rising Junior at Tufts University studying Biology and Computer Science. I tend to get excited about Bioinformatics, computational biology, and data science. This summer my research involves using network propagation methods to determine genes that are associated with Alzheimer's Disease. 

In my free time, I like to journal, explore nature, and travel to new places.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments about my work, I am always happy to chat about it!

Samuel Brill

Student, Tufts University

Cherry Sylge

Chemistry Student, University of York

Hello! I am a third year student studying chemistry at the University of York.  For my research project, I'm interested in ring expansion cascade reactions and how we can effectively synthesise their starting materials.  I'm looking forward to becoming an effective leader who can make a positive impact in whatever industry I end up in, and inspire more women to pursue careers in STEM subjects.   I also love yoga, reading and art history.
Kayla Kim

MSc Candidate, London School of Economics

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. I then worked for the Laidlaw Foundation 2021-22 and am currently completing a Master's Degree in Anthropology and Development Management at the London School of Economics. Please feel free to reach out on the network, on LinkedIn, or by email. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat.
Toni Andres

student, University of St Andrews

I am currently in my fourth year of an undergraduate degree in Classics/Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews and am particularly interested in accessibility within academia through public engagement and community building. In my research project Queer Catullus, Catullan Queers, I looked at the history of queer adaptations of poems by the ancient Roman poet Catullus. Based on this research, I set up the collaborative arts project Catullan Identities which invited people to respond to the ancient poems creatively. During my Leadership-in-Action project I transformed this approach into a series of queer creative workshops which I ran in different parts of Scotland and that aimed at empowering queer communities in the face of rising transphobia and queerphobia across the UK. Please feel free to browse the gallery of Catullan Identities on my website and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.
Annie Layhe

Student Researcher, University of St Andrews

I am a fifth-year studying Theoretical Physics at the University of St Andrews. My research is about quantum thermodynamics, more specifically on how a two-level quantum dot behaves in a dissipative environment with memory. I am also the President of the Physics Society, where we aim to foster a strong community and host academic and careers focused events that help the students learn and network. I can usually be found knitting a scarf or two whilst enjoying a good cup of tea.
Zachary Ferretti

Laidlaw Scholar, Tufts University

Hi all, my name is Zachary Ferretti! I am a senior at Tufts University, pursuing a major in Political Science as well as a double minor in Economics and Urban Studies. My research takes a sorely needed look at the 1,4 dioxane water crisis on Long Island, New York. I am excited to meet everyone and build strong connections across the Laidlaw Network!
Robb Calder

Student, University of St Andrews

I am a third year undergraduate studying astrophysics at the University of St Andrews. My research interest is in exoplanetary science, specifically cloud formation in exoplanetary atmospheres and how this process influences the abundance of bio-tracers in atmospheres.

I enjoy running in St Andrews and at home. I am an active contributor to Strava, and train regularly for running events. I also frequently use the university gym and follow regular fitness routines to complement my running.

My passions also extend to music: I play and conduct in the university wind orchestra and I have also played with several brass bands in the local community. Additionally, I am the events manager for the university music society, and I am working on new and exciting ways to organise online socials for the society. 

Andra Preda

Student, Tufts University

Hi! My name is Andra, and I am a junior at Tufts University majoring in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Child Studies and Human Development. I am currently working as an undergraduate research assistant in a PTSD Neuroimaging lab at Tufts. For Laidlaw, I'll be working in this lab on a project studying racial discrimination as a traumatic stressor.

I'm excited to be a member of the 2021 Laidlaw Scholars Cohort, and looking forward to connecting with others in this network! 

Mindy Duggan

Undergraduate Student, Tufts University

Hi fellow scholars! My name is Mindy Duggan and I am a rising Junior undergraduate student at Tufts University. I am so excited to get to know as many of you as possible and complete my research this summer— which is on autism representation in the hit television show The Good Doctor. I will be asking for participants so if you are interested, please feel free to reach out! During my free time, I love to volunteer with kids— especially children with disabilities. I also love escaping to nature, camping, and trying hole-in-the-wall food places :)

Cesar Urzua

Student, Tufts University

Hello everyone, my name is Cesar Urzua and I am a current sophomore at Tufts University studying Biology and Child Study and Human Development. I am very excited to be a part of the Laidlaw Scholars Program and hope to be able to talk with so many other scholars soon. For my research, I will be focusing on brain response when presented to adverse childhood experiences, and how to possibly develop optimal strategies to combat chronic neural perturbations following these adverse childhood experiences. 

Brandon Yu

Medicine & Health Subject Lead, University of Toronto

I'm a student at the University of Toronto interested in neurological and ocular health, immunological mechanisms and self-immunity, as well as innovations and leadership within health care. I look to empower the aspiring youth through limitless, accessible education, and foster positive change in our dynamic reality!
Maria Valenstain

Student Researcher, University of York

I am an undergraduate Laidlaw Scholar studying Philosophy and Politics at the University of York. I am very interested in climate education. My project investigates collective responsibility regarding climate change in the primary years of school.

Cath Brislane

Subject Lead/ Undergraduate Scholar, University of York

I am a final-year undergraduate scholar pursuing a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of York. Besides being a scholar, I am the Arts and Humanities Subject Lead on the Scholar's Network and the 2020-22 Arts and Humanities faculty rep at the University of York! My first summer of research was based in phonetics, entitled 'The untapped potential of human language: Investigating the perception of typologically unattested and rare sounds'. In it, I get to look at phonemes that are not commonly found in speech, if at all!

My Leadership in Action project was based around the experiences of students with disabilities and long-term health conditions when accessing Higher Education in the UK. I'm currently creating teacher training based on the paper I wrote for this project, and working with UCAS to help inform UK university admissions policy. 

Inkindi Mutoni Sabine

STEM Subject Lead, University of Rwanda

I am a graduate of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Rwanda. I am also the STEM Subject Lead. My Laidlaw research project is about bringing a system that could help in minimizing the number of high-school and primary students who bring cell phones at school since it's one of the major sources of distraction. I am very interested in IoT (Internet of Things) related fields. I enjoy challenging myself because it always helps me to step out of my comfort zone. 

Medicine & Health Subject Lead, the University of Hong Kong

Hi, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong. I have some research experiences in heritage imaging, genome engineering, nanoparticle drug carrier, and surgical augmented reality. And I am currently learning more about computational bio-molecule stimulation and screening model for further studies. I'd love to communicate, share, and build wholeheartedly about the past, present, and future stories.