Where Are They Now Wednesday

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Robin Trenbath

Robin Trenbath, from the University of Manchester, was Highly Commended in 2016 for his paper “Bordering and Ordering: A Discursive Analysis of Power in Public Space”.

After submitting to The Undergraduate Awards, Robin Trenbath graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, where he was awarded the Edwards & Hooson Prize for outstanding dissertation in social responsibility. His research was also published in an international peer-reviewed journal, Political Perspectives, and he was shortlisted Best Speaker at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. One of his most memorable experiences at undergraduate level was contributing to the Manchester Refugee Support Network heritage project, for which he collected oral histories of Bosnian refugees who fled violence caused by the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990’s.

Following this, Robin completed an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford and moved to Bogotá, Colombia, where in the midst of the country’s transition from conflict he has been brushing up on his Spanish and working as an independent International Consultant for various United Nations System agencies and INGOs in topics such as gender equality and business development. He hopes to build on this experience through a practical and evidence-based application of value chain development to post-conflict contexts, thereby achieving the interconnected and mutually dependent goals of peacebuilding and inclusive economic growth. In time, he would like to complete a PhD in this topic, but isn’t in a rush!

Since arriving in Latin America, he has been fortunate to travel to Panamá, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay for both business and pleasure, and has plans to explore many countries besides. He also enjoys playing football, often finding that his Welsh style of play is no match for the much more skilful Colombians around him, and learning about the music and culture of his adopted home.

To get to this point, Robin took an unusual path. Having left school early and worked for several years in the healthcare sector supporting adults and children with disabilities, before teaching himself high school qualifications in his mid-20’s, he appreciates the kind of trajectory-changing experience that education can be. He also understands profoundly the kinds of opportunities that The Undergraduate Awards can bring. Robin recounts his experience with fond memories and gives his advice to undergraduates in the position to submit their work this year;

It might be daunting to share your ideas and writing, especially on a global scale, but submitting an essay to The Undergraduate Awards pushed me to have confidence in my ideas. Doing so – and being recognised for doing so – is an exercise that is very much worth the pain!

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Kyra Reynolds

Kyra Reynolds was the Global Winner of the Agriculture and Environmental Sciences category of  The Undergraduate Awards(UA) 2013 with her paper on the history of ice sheets in Scotland thousands of years ago, “Fact or Fiction?- Debating Ice Sheet Existence in Scotland during the Windermere (Lateglacial) Interstadial”. This paper highlights the potential lessons to be learned in relation to the impacts of climate change now and in the future, through analysing the past.

When Kyra submitted to UA in 2013, she had just completed a BSc. degree in Geography at the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, based in Ulster University. Given the topic of her winning paper, it might be somewhat surprising to learn that Kyra’s area of specialism is actually in the arena of Human Geography. Since winning her award at UA, Kyra has undertaken a PhD study exploring the conflict in Israel-Palestine, which involved conducting fieldwork in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. She successfully graduated from her PhD in December 2017, having gained valuable insights, experiences and international publications. 

Kyra completed her PhD in the same school and university department at Ulster University where she studied for her undergraduate degree, having fallen in love with the subject and the working environment. She has recently taken up a job in local government, working as part of the three-person management team for implementing the EU funded PEACE IV Project in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Northern Ireland. The borough-wide programme, which involves funding of approximately £3.5 million, aims to further improve relations between conflicting groups, thus locally progressing the peace process that began in Northern Ireland in 1998. Kyra explains her commitment to occupations with a global responsibility to us;

I’m interested in all things humanitarian and sociological and am always keen to emphasise the importance of doing work that has a real and meaningful positive impact upon people’s lives rather than simply doing things for economic and personal gain.

Kyra hopes to continue to be able to do a diverse array of things in the coming years to make a contribution to our currently troubled world.

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Maija Absetz

Maija Absetz, from the University of Helsinki, was Highly Commended in the History category in2016 for her paper: “Statistics as a rhetorical mode – The Meaning and Use of Statistics in the English 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act”

Maija still lives in Helsinki, Finland and started her Master’s programme in History last year. She will graduate next year but before that she has an adventure before her: she will study Russian linguistics and culture at the Kazan Federal University in Tatarstan, Russia for half a year.

“The best thing you can learn from studying at the university is what to do with all the freedom and responsibility. I love to organise my days, set goals, and pursue them. It takes a lot of self-discipline to study and work but it requires even more to manage your schedules so that you also have time for the other important things in life: seeing friends and dancing to your hearts content. I hope to use these skills after graduation as well.”

Right now she is studying Russian linguistics and writing her Master’s thesis on Finnish unemployment legislation in the 1980’s. They are sort of “modern poor laws”, a theme she already studied in her Bachelor’s thesis. Although the era and country have changed, the topics and themes of interests are the same: how do policymakers justify their decisions concerning the unemployed. Maija is very grateful for the opportunities afforded to her after participating in The Undergraduate Awards.

“Power, moral and fairness are still themes that intrigue me. Writing my dissertation, which I sent to the Undergraduate Awards(UA) 2016, made me realise that I enjoy doing research. Because of the award I received from UA, I was able to publish my text in a Finnish web journal and it has probably helped me get a few study grants.”

After the UA experience she finished her Bachelor’s Degree and worked as a trainee for six months at a Military Museum operated by the Finnish National Defence Forces. By giving daily guided tours about the military history of Finland, both in English and in Finnish, she learned the skill of popularising science. Although she is heading for an academic career, she believes it to be crucial not only to find out complicated interconnections between historical phenomena but also to learn to explain them to whomever –  a professor, a PhD student or a schoolgirl.

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Claire Errington

Claire Errington studied Law at the University of Durham and was Highly Commended in The Undergraduate Awards 2016 for her paper discussing the legal and historical dichotomy between the ‘object and effect’ of anti-competitive restraints on competition.

Claire graduated from Durham University in Summer 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Law. Having led various pro bono projects at Durham University, wherein she worked to provide legal expertise and support to victims of torture, forced displacement and domestic abuse to name but a few, in countries from the UK to Syria, she was strongly motivated to pursue a career in Human Rights. Immediately after graduation she spent an exciting year travelling around Europe, Africa and South East Asia; working specifically on human rights advocacy work in places such as South Africa and Kenya.

Keen to continue her student experience, Claire is now studying in New York City, reading her M.A. Degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. The access to numerous specialists she has gained throughout this programme (both professors and classmates!) who are all passionate, motivated, diverse and fascinating people committed to the promotion and protection of Human Rights, has been of immeasurable inspiration to Claire.

Specifically, Claire is specialising in international humanitarian and criminal law; her current thesis project is looking into the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence at the International Criminal Court, with specific reference to the pivotal Bemba case. She also recently co-organised a 50th anniversary conference at Columbia Law School reflecting on the events of the ‘My Lai Massacre’ during the Vietnam War; inviting and organising a variety of panellists such as Academy-Award winning journalists, historians, 

legal practitioners, and even participants, to share their thoughts and reflections on the regulation of war crimes in past conflicts and in modern times.

Claire is loving life in New York; the buzz, fast-pace of life and variety of people she’s meeting makes for a whirlwind love affair with the Big Apple! Despite being an avid Newcastle United football supporter, she’s found another new-found love in all things Yankees and Tino Martinez. When she’s not been pulled between her studies or sports, she’s been enjoying exploring the beautiful East Coast with friends, bonfires, country walks, s’mores and of course, cider. Claire is passionate about continuing to pursue her post-Columbia career in gender justice and international humanitarian law, in whichever corner of the world that may take her!

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Laura Collins

Laura Collins studied Biology at the University of St Andrews and was a Highly Commended Entrant of the Undergraduate Awards in 2015 for her paper “Garden birds and their use of provisioned water”. Changing behaviours in birds and community migrations can be seen as indicators of environmental health. Her study investigated whether fresh water increases the attractiveness of gardens to birds, how birds interact with different water sources and how water use varies between species. Laura argues that this area of research is pertinent as an understanding of effective water provisioning would be valuable since providing artificial sources of water in gardens may contribute vital resources to species of conservation concern, which rely on urban gardens as an important habitat. 

Having always dreamt of studying abroad, following graduation she  never expected that she would be able to do so, not once but four times over! This was made possible through a scholarship for an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO). This unique Masters programme focuses on researching the risk of extinction of many species through global warming. This is achieved through analysing certain areas that present the biggest risk to the degradation of the planet, for example land use and the destructions of habitats and tropical rainforests.

 This important programme took Laura from Brussels to Brisbane, then Paris and Singapore, in a whirlwind two years that she will never forget. She finished the Tropical Biology Masters in September after submitting her thesis entitled: “Support base for discourses on mangrove forests in Singapore and assessment of (mis)matches with management and regulations”.

Some areas of the programme were incredibly challenging, but there were numerous highlights; above all learning about the cultures of new friends from all over the world.

Crazier highlights include swimming in a lake with a crocodile, riding a camel in the outback, seeing wild elephants in India, helping a Buddhist monk shower the monastery crocodiles, eating bamboo with the locals in Vietnam and living with an employee of French vogue on Rue de Seine.

Laura has always had a passion for writing and editing, so she took the opportunity to start herown travel blog documenting her experiences :“Topical Tropical Travelogues. The opportunity to live and study in these different countries also gave her an understanding of the fundamental importance of education. Laura has been a Trainee Editor with CGP books (an educational publisher in Cumbria, England) since January, which has given her an opportunity to grow her interest in education and writing.

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

Where Are They Now Wednesday- Surer Mohamed

Surer Mohamed, from Western University, was a Highly Commended entrant at the Undergraduate Awards (UA) 2014, for her paper ‘The Trouble with ‘Tribe’: Beyond a Monocausal Explanation for Ethnicized Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa’ in the Politics & International Relations category.



Surer’s paper shines a light on the lack of emphasis on ethnicity with the all encompassing term ‘tribe’, which neglects the structural considerations that grant ethnicity its salience. The paper investigates numerous critical causes that lead to the instrumentalization of ethnicity, such as the use of ‘tribe’ as a political currency by African leaders. Surer pushes back against the widely held belief that “ethnic conflict and ‘tribalism’ are exclusively at the heart of civil conflicts and electoral contests in Africa”.

 Surer Mohamed is currently studying at the University of Cambridge, where she is pursuing a PhD in Politics and International Studies.

Attending the Undergraduate Awards Summit in 2014 was an important formative experience for Surer.

At the UA Summit, I began to envision myself as a part of a community of scholars, and began to pursue an academic career.

Since the Summit, Surer has completed a M.A. at the University of Western Ontario and an MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She has been the recipient of scholarships from the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, the Mackenzie King Trust, and the Rotary Foundation.

Surer has a keen interest in critical theory, postcolonial African studies, and critical approaches to transitional justice. Her doctoral research considers property disputes in the Somali capital city, Mogadishu, as a site of justice contestation in the post-conflict era. She considers how mass violence creates competing claims of “victimhood” that have important political ramifications for the emerging state and society.

In addition to her studies, Surer is a Research Assistant on the “Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives” project, where she is works with partner organisations from Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya that address innovative approaches to transitional justice in their immediate contexts. She is also a co-host on the Declarations podcast that considers the complexities of human rights in the real world.

Surer is interested in pursuing a career in academia that straddles the divide between scholarship and practice. She is passionate about challenging the boundaries of knowledge production and producing scholarship that can enable grassroots political engagement.

Read Surer’s Highly Commended paper in the UA Library.

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Will Heegaard

Will Heegaard from University of California, Berkeley was Highly Commended in the Politics and International Relations Category in 2013.


Will was highly commended for his paper “Military Security and Environmental Degradation: Challenges and Opportunities” in which he assessed the ecological impact of the U.S. Armed Forces, arguing that the focus on military combat on foreign soil has ” created environmental threats more dangerous and pressing than our human foes.”

Since participating in the Undergraduate Awards in 2013, Will has been involved in numerous exciting and rewarding projects that have given him the opportunity to travel abroad. Will has trained clinicians as a Programme Manager in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak and responded with Team Rubicon after disasters in Louisiana and Minnesota. Team Rubicon is an international NGO, formed in 2010 following the earthquake in Haiti, that unites skilled veterans with first responders to swiftly deploy emergency response units in disaster situations.

Will is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He splits his time working as a Paramedic while launching  his start-up Footprint GBC, which provides sustainability consulting for disaster response agencies. Footprints modus operandi “combines sustainability consulting with clean energy deployment so every humanitarian organization can fulfill their commitment to first do no harm, and every affected community can develop through disaster.”

Will Heegaard and the Footprint Team

Will recently deployed a solar micro-grid to offset diesel use at Black Rock City’s Rampart Medical Clinic, and is now working with a community in Puerto Rico to power their recovery with clean energy.

I’m fascinated by the connection between public health, environmental science and humanitarian crisis, and love projects that connect emergency response with sustainable development.

 

When he’s not on an ambulance or in the field, he likes to cook, write, travel and tinker on his off-grid tiny house!

Read Will’s Highly Commended Paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library

If you would like to find out how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards click here.

 

 

 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Melissa Hughes

Melissa Hughes from Western University was Highly Commended in the Social Sciences category in 2015 for her paper, “The Westray Mine Incident: Corporate Violence and Governmental Crime as the Roots of Disaster.”

Since graduating from Western University in June 2015, she has moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability, and she is currently also working for the Federal Government at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) as a Junior Environmental Assistant. As one of the largest Government of Canada departments, PSPC is one of the Government’s primary common service providers; accordingly, she works within National Portfolio and Asset Management in order to ensure there are effective environmental components embedded in real property investment decision-making and, more generally, in the services they provide to their numerous client departments.

In addition, she is working on her Master’s thesis, which will explore whether intergovernmental conflicts are an explanatory factor for the persistence of unsafe drinking water on Indigenous reserves in the province of Ontario – although her research orientation is constantly evolving. She has always been deeply intrigued and simultaneously troubled by the notion that environmental issues will disproportionately affect vulnerable communities, and she believes that policymakers have both the power and the duty to revert this trend.

When Melissa graduated from Western, she knew the right thing to do was to take a step back from academia and to give herself the time to be a 22-year-old and to let her heart guide her in the next direction. She began working at a microbrewery in her hometown of London (Ontario) pursuing two of her well-known passions: craft beer and local watering holes.

“After attending the Undergraduate Awards that November, I returned home with an overwhelming source of inspiration and desire to try to change the world for the better, and to pursue my (slightly more productive) passion, which is environmental policy. I attribute much of this renewed inspiration to the many wonderful, involved, intelligent, and determined individuals I had the pleasure of meeting during that special week in Dublin, and I will forever be grateful that I have been able to immerse myself in this community of bright scholars, still maintaining some of those friendships years after (#CraicSquad for life).”

When Melissa is not at work or nestled away researching in some book somewhere, you’ll find her roaming around the nation’s beautiful capital city (usually looking for dogs to pet), or experimenting with recipes in her tiny apartment kitchen. She also plays volleyball every now and again with some good friends or you can find her with her number one girl, Marley the Goldendoodle.

Read Melissa’s Highly Commended Paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library. 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Erika Davis

Erika Davis from McGill University was Highly Commended in 2015 in the Music, Film, Theatre & Art History category and in 2014 in the Media & The Arts category.

She was Highly Commended for her papers “Space-Space: How Artists Have Attempted to Change Human Understandings of ‘The Final Frontier’” and You Really Shouldn’t Have: A Critique of the Gift Shop’s Exemption from Cultural Education”.

Since her UA recognitions in 2014 & 2015, it’s certainly been an adventure.  She graduated from McGill University in May 2015 and hit the ground running. Almost immediately, she started as an office assistant at Atlantic Music Festival, working with Pulitzer, Grammy, & Oscar winning composer John Corigliano, and coordinating an experimental music concert series of her very own. After the festival concluded, she went on to work at a Masterwork a gallery in Boston, Galerie d’Orsay, as operations director. She has touched a Rembrandt through sterile white gloves of course!.

“Eventually, my activist instincts got the best of me—I got my degree in Art History with a focus in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist studies after all. I wanted to escape the commercial art world, and enter the museum sphere, where I could try to have some positive impact on my community.”

She moved to Providence, Rhode Island to work at Old Slater Mill Association, an industrial history museum, national historic landmark, and recently a part of the Blackstone River Valley National Park. As Program Director, she has produced Jazz Concerts, a Labor History/Experimental Noise collaboration, an outdoor film series focusing on immigration and empathy, a contemporary textile art exhibition, and countless other events.

But her work beyond her career has been even more fulfilling. In May 2016, she recruited to become a member of Providence Roller Derby, one of the countries founding leagues. She has since become the captain of one of their two travel teams, and a member of the coaching staff for new recruits. Everyone knows her as Rocket!

Erika sang opera growing up, but she is now a vocalist for two very different genres:  Western Stars is a western swing band covering Patsy Cline, Fats Waller etc. with an eight piece ensemble, including a pedal steel. The Sweeties is a collaborative synth pop duo featuring two femme voices, and a loop pedal.

She has put her training to good use by volunteering to teach vocals with Girls Rock! RI, a program where women learn to play an instrument, write a song, join a band and attend empowerment workshops. The most important lessons she imparts are “you don’t have to be a good singer to be a good vocalist,” and “make your voice heard.”

“I carved  through 20 linoleum blocks, filled pages with watercolours, and cut up dozens of books into collages. I learned how to do a headstand. I died my hair hot yellow. I came out of the closet. I was published in a Montreal Magazine, Echelles. I spoke at an International Women’s Day talk. I protested. God, did I protest. I continue to protest. I attended the wedding of my best friends. I have striven every day to be a better self.”

Read Erika’s 2014 and 2015 Highly Commended Paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Carly Welham

Carly Welham from University of British Columbia was the 2014 Global Winner in the Cultural Studies category.

Carly is a community-based researcher and health activist living in Vancouver, Canada. After completing her undergraduate degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, she undertook a Masters of Public Health specialising in Indigenous Health. Carly’s graduate research explored how environmental health impacts food security and reproductive health.

While completing her graduate studies in Montreal, she also interned with Breast Cancer Action Quebec to develop and evaluate an environmental health program for high school students focused on overcoming environmental risks through community action. Throughout her degrees, Carly presented and published research on food sovereignty and environmental threats to health at conferences across Canada.

“Receiving the Undergraduate Award in 2014 for my paper “Selfies vs Sealfies: Inuit Subsistence Hunting, Food Insecurity, and Animal Rights” helped me realise my passion for research as a tool for social change.”

Carly currently works as the Data and Evaluation Officer on the research team at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, an innovative HIV health care facility. Through the Foundation’s harm reduction programs, Carly has had the opportunity to contribute to addressing the opioid overdose crisis currently devastating North America. Her main role is providing knowledge translation and capacity building support to other community-based organisations who are implementing Supervised Consumption Services in order to prevent overdoses and the transmission of infectious diseases.

Carly also spent the last two years contributing research to student food non-profit Meal Exchange’s Real Food Challenge campaign to shift post-secondary food systems to more ethical and sustainable food sources. She founded and is a facilitator of a national book club on Decolonizing the Food System, which explores the role of colonialism in Canada’s food systems. Carly built on this experience as a member of the 4RS Youth Movement’s National Learning Community, a network looking to build respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through cross-cultural dialogue.

Carly loves getting the opportunity to share her passions with others. She has volunteered as a sexual health educator in high schools and online with a variety of community-based organizations, as well as volunteering as a birth doula.  She enjoys hosting a series of DIY community workshops on toxic-free body products, and was recently recognised as one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for her volunteer work as an environmental educator. She sits on the Board of Directors of Learning for Sustainable Futures, a non-profit which seeks to integrate sustainability education into all levels of schooling. In her spare time, she also started a line of eco-friendly soap and candles made from organic herbs she grows and harvests herself.

Carly follows in a line of quilters and bakers, and also loves to spend her time gardening. Since graduating, she has enjoyed having time to indulge her passion for science fiction and explore the beautiful west coast of Canada.

Read Carly’s Winning paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Natalia Beghin

Natalia Beghin from Australian National University was highly commended for two papers in the 2015 programme. Her papers entitled “Just a little bit of healthy competition” in the Economics category and “This is how we drink up the sea” in the Philosophy & Theology category.
Also in 2016 Natalia was the Global Winner in the Politics & International Relations for her paper “Perverting the Panopticon: Feminism, Peace, and the prospect of a ‘new Totalitarianism”.

Natalia has completed her Masters in International Affairs and Development from the Australian National University in July, and have since started work as an advisor within the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (AKA the Australian Nudge Unit!). There she works on  policy and projects, with a focus on the aid and security space.

She is passionate about aid and development, and has a particular interest in access-to-medicines issues. In 2013 she started the first Asian chapter of the advocacy group ‘Universities Allied for Essential Medicines’. The group petitions universities across Australia to allow their medical breakthroughs to be distributed in generic form, so that people all over the world will have affordable access to the medicines they need to survive and prosper.

“Even though I’m not at university anymore I’m still passionate about scholarship, and I’m still working on a couple of papers and at the moment. In November, for instance I was invited to present at the Conference of the International Society for Military Ethics about Thomas Aquinas’s ‘Doctrine of Double Effect’, why I think it might be wrong, and what this could mean for the future of war.”

 

Read Natalia’s Highly Commended Economics and Philosophy & Theology papers on The Undergraduate Awards Library. Also take a look at her 2016 Global Winner paper in the Politics & International Relations category. 

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Laura Cummins

Laura Cummins from University of Leeds was highly commended in 2015 in the Music, Film, Theatre & Art History category.

Her paper was titled ‘The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “state of emergency” in which we live is not the exception but the rule.’ (Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’) Discuss this quote from Walter Benjamin in relation to the films/texts explored on this module.

“Before the UA global summit, I hadn’t considered doing a master’s degree, but while I was there I met a few organisations and realised it was an option for me. The experience also showed me that I was good enough to continue my academic work.”

Laura was lucky enough to win a scholarship to Uversity’s MA in Creative Process in 2016-2017, meaning she got the opportunity to return to Ireland to study. She was able to design her own master’s across three different universities, and so spent a semester each in Dublin, Limerick, and Galway, studying diverse subjects from playwriting to cultural policy and festival management at UCD, UL, and NUIG.

“I conducted a research project that established a link between doodling and the development of ideas, and built on this for my thesis, which was the development an artwork and research project that demonstrated the potential of drawing as a means of investigating inequality in culture.”

This resulted in her creating a participatory artwork with members of the public on the main street in Galway, making a large communal drawing that was then displayed in Dublin. She has since been commissioned to repeat the project, and hope to add to it in a few different settings.

Having finished her MA, Laura has continued her itinerant lifestyle and is currently doing some project work with an arts organisation in Wakefield (in Yorkshire) aimed at increasing diversity in arts leadership and the cultural sector. She also doing some freelance article writing for people like Visual Artists Ireland, and working on a public health project that will use drawings for maternal education practices in The Gambia. As might be apparent, she has very varied interests, and is always willing to work on something if she think it’s interesting or important, so she doesn’t know what she will be doing next but she is sure it will at least be a challenge.

Read Laura’s Highly Commended Paper on the Undergraduate Awards Library.

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