Melissa Rose (She/Her)

Development Partner - Laidlaw Scholars, University of York
Álvaro López-Acosta

Postdoctoral Researcher , Université de Strasbourg

They say you can't be an actor and a scientist. But what if the greatest role is leading the charge for change?  I'm a PhD chemist with a flair for the dramatic (and public speaking!). Research is my forte, but my passion lies in using science to create a positive impact. Academia's a great play, but I'm itching for a bigger stage. The Laidlaw Network? My backstage pass to a world of impactful leaders I can learn from.  Can I combine my love for science with the thrill of leadership? The curtain is about to rise on my next adventure. Let's connect! Countries I lived: 🇪🇸 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 🇹🇿 🇮🇱/🇵🇸 Passionate about ✈️ and 👨‍🔬. Love 🧳, 🎾,  🎭 and 🌐🇪🇺 interpreting.
Christopher Cullen

Programme Manager, UCL

I work in UCL Education and Student Affairs at UCL as a Project Manager. Our office has responsibility for improvements in education and the student experience, including the integration of teaching and research. I have managed high profile projects including a Graduate Support Scheme and a Review of Postgraduate Education. I currently manage the day to day administration of the Laidlaw Programme.
Shehnaz Sheikhdon Salad

Islamic Relief Regional Desk Intern, University of York

Hi, I'm a 2021 Laidlaw Scholar Economics and politics 2023 graduate from University of York.  I'm from Somalia and spent most of my life there. I'm passionate about Leadership and Research in social development. My 2021 summer research was on how the sustainable Development Index correlates with other Economic measures such as Economic growth and Inequalities.  Hobbies: Reading,adventure and trying out new outdoor sports.  Would love to connect with everyone, so don't hesitate to say Hi . 
Alessia Vlasceanu

Student, University of York

My name is Alessia and I am going into my 3rd Year of Psychology at the University of York. I am currently researching action perception and how autism can impact it. In my free time, I like to delve deeper into the human-computer interaction and the future of AI, as well as topics in marketing and global competitiveness.
Andrew Singleton (he series)

Administrator, Office of the Provost, Tufts University

Andrew Singleton has recently joined the Tufts-Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme team as a Programme Administrator and is excited to continue to elevate the Laidlaw Programming for current and future scholars. He joined the programme from Venture Café, which connects and educates the entrepreneurial and innovation community in Boston through programs/spaces/events and many other cities around the world. He has a B.S. from MIT in Biology and a background in social-impact enterprises, wind-power, user-computer-interfaces, as well as computer network design. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys travel, hiking, and wildlife photography.
Sunwoo Joo

Student, The University of Hong Kong

Audrey Chung

Administrative Assistant I, Horizons Office, The University of Hong Kong

Audrey is Administrative Assistant I of the Horizons Office at the University of Hong Kong. Audrey has been working in the field of international education in Hong Kong since 2010; her portfolio of work spans from programme development and implementation at the undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty level, marketing and promotion, organisation of international conference and events, and providing secretarial support to various committees pertaining to scholarships, fellowships and international mobility schemes.  Her current portfolio includes management of the HKU Laidlaw Scholars Programme, Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme, short-term experiential learning programmes outside of Hong Kong, and HKU-Common Purpose UK leadership development programmes in Bangalore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Hanoi. Currently she is setting up two new initiatives, namely EUREKA and The Hong Kong Project, where students will have the opportunities to undertake research methods online course and conduct a EUREKA research project in the former, and collaborate with community partners by proposing practical solutions to real-life problems in the latter. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in TESL and has an MA (Hons) in Translation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 
Rebecca Shaw

Laildaw Scholarship Programme Manager, University of Leeds

Angel Wu

BBA(Law)&LLB Student, The University of Hong Kong

Colleen Dougherty

Assistant Director, Center for Research & Fellowships, Georgetown University

Colleen manages the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme at Georgetown University. Through her work, Colleen aims to increase accessibility in fellowships advising for all Georgetown students with a special focus on reflective practices intended to help students identify and develop personal and career goals. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Colleen served as the Assistant Director for Early Career Initiatives with NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she managed professional development programs for undergraduate student, graduate student, and new professional members. Colleen holds a master’s degree in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine and bachelor’s degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Anthropology from the University of Delaware.
Grace McWilliam

Student, University of York

I am an impassioned student deeply engaged in the multifaceted realm of social and political science. At the heart of my academic pursuits lies an ardent exploration of critical theory, where scholars like Foucault, Fanon, Mbembe, Tyler and Rodney build transformative insights. My scholarly interests are wide-ranging, encompassing a nuanced understanding of anti-colonialism and its enduring impact on global dynamics. The urgency of global issues fuels my exploration of global apartheid and necropolitics, where I scrutinise the intersections of power, race, and sovereignty in our interconnected world. My current extracurricular focuses are drug policy and refugee rights, through an intersectional lens with issues of race, class, and disability being considered. In the realm of disability studies, my focus extends to unravelling societal constructs that perpetuate ableism, pushing the boundaries of inclusivity and accessibility in my research. Simultaneously, I delve into the intricate dynamics of capital, exploring economic disparities and the role of capitalism in shaping global power structures. When envisioning my future, I aspire to be the head researcher at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), where I can translate my academic passion into impactful initiatives, contributing meaningfully to social justice causes and transformative change. 
Thomas Williams

Third Year Medical Student, Hull York Medical School

Hi, I'm Thomas (or Tom)  I'm a Third-Year medical student studying at Hull York Medical School (HYMS). So far, the course has been great and I have really enjoyed meeting lots of new people. My research project focuses around an area of biology I have found super interesting since joining medical school - the blood and the immune system! As well as my studies, I am a Choral Singer for Hull Minster where I sing a whole range of music, as well as performing with other various music groups in the Yorkshire Area. I am also the Regional Student Volunteering Officer for the North East.  In terms of the future, my plans aren't completely set in stone yet - I'm open to many new experiences before I make that decision. If you have any questions for me, I would love for you to get in contact :) 

Administrative Coordinator, Tufts University

Research and Academic Administration
Ellen Lavender

Scholar, University of York

I'm a final 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 hoping to pursue a PhD in the future!
Patrick paul martin

Student, Uni of york

Becky Caulfield

MSc Psychology Student, University of York

An aspiring Clinical Psychologist, currently an undergraduate studying Psychology (Integrated MSci) at the University of York. I see a future in which mental healthcare is adaptive to an individual's cultural and personal needs. I am also interested in alternative/ complimentary therapies for treatment resistant mood disorders such as deep brain stimulation and psilocybin therapy. My current research involves working with a Prosopagnosic (face blind) individual to better understand how we both learn and recognise faces.  For my Leadership in Action programme, I am working with "MakeSense", an organisation based in Mexico City. I am developing a social empowerment project supporting rural communities in Mexico.  
Irene Monreal Campos

Student, University of York

Hi! I'm Irene.  I'm studying chemistry at the Uni of York. I'm really interested in environmental chemistry and atmospheric sciences (and anything that involves the sea!) .  In my free time I do triathlon and Waterpolo.
Pritika Ganguly

Student, University of York

Hello! I am Pritika and am a second-year Medical Engineering student at the University of York. my research proposal is on how to develop a prosthetic that can grow with a child, so the child will not need to replace the prosthetic often. Furthermore, looking into the use of AI so the prosthetic can learn and develop alongside the side.
Emily Bowen

Student, University of York

I'm a third year History student at the University of York, with an interest in archives and public history. Improving the accessibility of history is of great importance to me, both in terms of access to resources and the historical narrative. I've had experience in archives ranging from the Cambridge Arts Theatre, dating from 1934, to St Peter's School, York, which dates back to 627 AD. Whilst at the Arts Theatre I also received accredited training from the Oral History Society, which I have since been able to apply to other oral history community projects.
Jerome Pek

Student, University of York

I am a Film and Television Production undergraduate from the University of York. Prior to undergraduate studies, I took a gap year as an intern for a TV production house for national broadcast in Singapore. I aspire to use my post-production skills to tell stories that make a positive impact.