Peter Ma

Research Assistant, University of Toronto | UC Berkeley
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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/ 

Keah Sharma

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi, I'm Keah (she/her)! I'm currently a student at the University of Toronto where I study political science, contemporary Asian studies, and literature and critical theory. 

My research revolves around women in South Asian diasporic literature and poetry and how, through their analyses, one can deconstruct damaging meritocratic-centric ideas in Canada and contribute to a more sensitive and understanding public discourse regarding immigrant women. 

Ecem Sungur

Research & Design Assistant, University of Toronto

Hi, my name is Ecem and I’m a current architecture student, research assistant, and web/graphic designer!

Internalizing the current issues of cities including crisis management and housing problem, I work on multiple volunteer, mentorship, and leadership projects. My research for the Laidlaw Program revolves around how architecture can be designed as a crisis management tool and its applications in the past, present, and future.

Pearls Eddo

Law LLB, University of Leeds

Hi, my name is Pearls (She/Her); I am a second-year Law LLB student at Leeds.

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My first-year research measured the impact of gamifying learning on improving the attainment score and content retention levels of ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students at Multi-Academy Trusts. 

I co-founded the Leeds University branch of the 93% Club and acted as its Schools Outreach Officer for nearly two years. In recent years I have volunteered at my local Citizens Advice. I will be tutoring primary level English as part of the Laidlaw Foundation’s tutoring initiative with The Tutor Association.

This June, I will be embarking on a year-long placement as a Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company.

Kimberley Guy

B/Sc Adult Nursing , University of Leeds

Nathan Ching

Student, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Hi! 🧐 My name is Nathan, and I am a coming Junior at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) majoring in Criminology, Public Policy, with a minor in Political Science. My research project focuses on Criminal Law and Domestic Abuse cases, investigating the Criminal Justice System's role in breaking the cycle of violence that exists in domestic abuse cases. Outside of academics, I am a huge (and i mean humongous) fan of the arts! Film, photography, music, anything that expresses creativity is automatically a key to my heart. Drop a message and I'd be more than happy to connect with you! ⚡️

Salma Ragheb

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Immunology and Visual Arts.

As for my job, I am currently a research student and lab assistant at the SickKids Research Institute (Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning) in the David Kaplan Freda Miller Cancer & Stem Cell Lab in the Department of Neurosciences & Mental Health. I also sell prints of my art upon request. 

For my Laidlaw research project, I joined the Iscove lab in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to characterize the cell surface antigens on leukemic stem cells in a HOXB4-transgene-dependent leukemia model maintained in mice. 

In the future, I am interested in working on research projects that combine neurobiology and immunology.

Nicole Wolff

Student, Columbia University

Hi! I’m Nicole and I’m a first-year undergraduate at Columbia University planning to study astrophysics. This summer, I’m living in New York City and conducting remote astronomy research. My project is searching for gravitational wave counterparts, particularly binary-black hole mergers, by looking for signature halos of scattered X-ray light. Aside from research, I love rock climbing, playing tennis and piano, and exploring the city! 

Isabel Kestler

2021 Scholar, University of St. Andrews

I am an undergraduate student at the University of St. Andrews, studying Philosophy and Mathematics. I am interested mainly in Logic and the Philosophy of Science and my research project will focus on the Philosophy of Space Exploration and Exoplanet Science.

Asha Mior

Student Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi there! My name is Asha, and I am a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying global health, political science, and psychology.  My Laidlaw research project is focused on determinants of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among minority populations in Canada, and potential approaches to vaccine outreach and education.  I'm always eager to chat about topics in global health, particularly those related to public health policy, planetary health, and social epidemiology! 

Fatima Formuli

Student Researcher, University of Toronto

Hi! I'm an undergraduate scholar from the University of Toronto and am interested in inclusion and mental health. With my research project, I hope to explore how we improve mental health support and treatments to make them more accessible and inclusive of Canadian Muslims. Beyond my research interests, I enjoy connecting with people and learning from people's diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. I'm a keen listener and love learning new things!

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. 

Rachel Kim

Student, University of Toronto

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I am a second-year Computer Science and Math student at the University of Toronto. My research project involves computationally analyzing Universal Basic Income (UBI) discussions on Reddit, combining my interests in computer science and public policy.

Dalal Mahir

Research Assisstant , University of Toronto- H.E.A.L Lab

Hello! My name is Dalal Mahir, I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, pursing a major in Psychology with a double minor in Biology and Anthropology. My research interests primarily revolve in the field of social psychology, more specifically concerning the topics of: empathy, awe, compassion, and how it may potentially influence our physiology. 

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. 

Justice Tomlinson

Research Assistant, University of Toronto

Yusra Shafi

Research Assistant at WISH Lab, The University of Toronto, St. George

Hello! My name is Yusra, and I am a third-year Psychology student at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am passionate about mental health, especially in the disciplines of Education and Organisational Behaviour.

Schools and Universities do not only provide an academic education - they also serve as a premise for self-development and the formation of interpersonal connections. My research utilizes the concepts of Self-determination theory, and focuses on analyzing the biggest barriers to a 'positive' university experience, possible solutions that can be enacted, and how all these factors can influence student mental health.

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 the climate education. My project investigate collective responsibility regarding climate change in the primary years of school.

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!