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Laidlaw Scholars undertake a research project at any world-leading research institution, along with an exclusive programme of leadership training. A list of Laidlaw Scholars and the details of their projects are provided below. The projects are wide-ranging, but can broadly be categorised by different Oxford University divisions, by applying a filter below.

More extensive Scholar profiles can be found in our 2017 Yearbook and in our 2018 Yearbook.

Eleni-Maria Athanasiou


About Eleni-Maria

  • College: Worcester College
  • Degree: BA History
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

The role of historians in commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising: a comparative study of the semi-centenary and centenary anniversaries.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Bob Harris
  • Organisation: University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Diana Avadanii


About Diana

  • College: University College
  • Degree: M Earth Sciences
  • Year of Study: 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

New methods for micro-mechanical testing of minerals: implications in subduction initiation

Olivine is the dominant material in the upper mantle and its mechanical properties influence large scale tectonic processes. One of the current scientific debates is on strain localization and initiation of subduction zones. Numerical models using classical fluid dynamics fail to predict subduction as we observe on Earth. Many plate tectonics simulations rely on experimentally derived flow laws for olivine under lithospheric conditions. These experiments use olivine aggregates so that the mean effect is the cumulative contributions of intrinsic crystal strength and interactions between crystals at grain boundaries. In order to fundamentally study the properties of olivine I applied materials science techniques to an Earth Science problem. I used the focused ion beam (FIB) to manufacture olivine micro-cantilevers by shooting gallium ions at a magnesium rich olivine sample.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Angus Wilkinson
  • Organisation: Department of Materials, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Connor Beattie


About Connor

  • College: Magdalen College
  • Degree: BA Ancient and Modern History
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

Reputation, manipulation, and negotiation: the personal politics behind senatorial decision-making in 2nd century BC Rome

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Jonathan Prag
  • Organisation: Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Kyle Bennett


About Kyle

  • College: Lincoln College
  • Degree: M Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 4
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

Phenotyping the Human Germinal centre

The germinal centre is an essential structure in the immune system acting as the site of clonal expansion and affinity maturation of antibody-producing B cells. The production of which is essential for the bodies adapted immune system, and ability to effectively combat infection. Understanding of the germinal centre has further clinical significance, as stimulating a B cell response is key to the generation of immunity during vaccination. Furthermore, dysregulation of proliferation in the germinal centre can lead to currently poorly treated cancers such as B cell lymphomas. As such significant interest is placed on understanding the germinal centre in more detail. My project aimed to do two things; firstly, to show that Zellscanner technology could effectively be used to study human tissue samples and to furthermore answer meaningful scientific questions.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr Christian Willberg
  • Organisation: Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Adam Bush


About Adam

  • College: Keble College
  • Degree: MEng Engineering Science
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Carboplatin Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Mathematical Model for FUS-BBB Disruption in the Brain Tumour Microenvironment

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Costas Arvanitis
  • Organisation: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Thomas Campbell


About Thomas

  • College: Lincoln College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Simulating the Turbulent Dynamo Mechanism in converging plasma flows.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Gianluca Gregori
  • Organisation: Physics Dept, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Samuel Cole


About Samuel

  • College: Worcester College
  • Degree: BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Soc Sci

Project Summary

How well does the IS-LM model fit UK liquidity trap data? A structural vector autoregression approach

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Christopher Bowdler
  • Organisation: Dept of Economics, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
William Crawford


About William

  • College: Worcester College
  • Degree: Medicine (Graduate Entry)
  • Year of Study: 1
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

How Lung Bypass Harms the Brain: The Role of the Glycocalyx

My research project looked at identifying how neurological side-effects occur in patients receiving lung bypass. Patients with severe chest infections (for example severe pneumonia) are often put on lung bypass, allowing proper blood oxygenation which provides valuable time for antibiotics and other treatments to take effect. Unfortunately, this intervention is commonly associated with neurological events, such as stroke, coma and brain death. To determine how lung bypass may cause these side-effects, I performed numerous experiments on sheep samples. These sheep previously had severe pneumonia induced in an experimental context, and were put on lung bypass. After sheep were sacrificed, I took brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. I performed numerous experiments on the CSF samples, quantifying protein and inflammatory markers. I then performed electron microscopy on the brain tissue, looking for damage to blood vessels. My results suggest that lung bypass damages microscopic blood vessels in the brain, resulting in bleeding and inflammation in the brain. This work will be continued in the future to verify these findings.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. John Fraser
  • Organisation: The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Joshua Dickerson


About Joshua

  • College: Oriel College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

Experimental investigation of the hypothesised improved diffraction efficiency offered by higher incident beam energies for macromolecular X-ray crystallography experiments using microbeams or microcrystals.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Elspeth Garman
  • Organisation: University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Joshua Downe


About Joshua

  • College: The Queen's College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Characterising the phase transitions of coccolith Ca2+ -binding macromolecules

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Assaf Gal
  • Organisation: Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Dominika Durovcikova


About Dominika

  • College: New College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Building a laser intensity stabilisation servo (ISS) for the use of optomechanical squeezing in future GW detectors

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Nergis Mavalvala
  • Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Carolina Earle


About Carolina

  • College: Pembroke College
  • Degree: BA History and English
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Humanities / Social Sciences

Project Summary

Memorialising History: Evaluating the success and social impact of the UN Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr Peter Bearman
  • Organisation: Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Ryan Ellison


About Ryan

  • College: Exeter College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS/Med Sci

Project Summary

Hijacking the Type VI Secretion System to develop a Bacterial Anti-Cancer Therapy

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Eric Cascales
  • Organisation: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Aix-Marseille University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Morgan Elsmore


About Morgan

  • College: Trinity College
  • Degree: M Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS, Medical Sciences

Project Summary

‘The Immune Bomb’ – Investigating immunotherapy combinations for use in ultrasound triggered liposomes in targeted treatment of cancer

During my project in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Oxford I worked on developing liposomes containing immune modulators including the immune checkpoint inhibitor monoclonal antibodies anti-OX40 and anti PD-L1.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Robert Carlisle
  • Organisation: Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Elizabeth Evens


About Elizabeth

  • College: New College
  • Degree: BA History
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

Sex, Syphilis, and Suspect Sisterhood Female Physicians, Venereal Diseases, and Sex Instruction in early-twentieth century America

My research project looked at women doctors and venereal disease in the Progressive era: and in doing so engaged with wider historical debates regarding gender, social, and medical history. My supervisor, the archivists, and the other staff members at the Legacy Center were welcoming, supportive, and enthusiastic when sharing their—abundant—expertise. We had regular informal discussions and meetings, which maintained an open dialogue about my research. The Legacy Center team were able to provide unique insights into the large, diverse collection of historical material at the archives.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Ms Joanne Murray
  • Organisation: The Legacy Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Jack Foden


About Jack

  • College: New College
  • Degree: BA History
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

The Cinematic Caliphate: Islamic State, Imitation and Hollywood

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Hamid Dabashi
  • Organisation: Columbia University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Yiqin Fu


About Yiqin

  • College: Lincoln College
  • Degree: BA PPE
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Do Gender Quotas Have Multiplier Effects on Female Representation? Evidence from Taiwan

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. David Kirk
  • Organisation: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Isabel Galwey


About Isabel

  • College: St.Hilda's College
  • Degree: BA Oriental Studies (Chinese)
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

A study of contemporary Chinese animation’s portrayal of urban life, with a focus on the city of Shanghai

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Margaret Hillenbrand
  • Organisation: University of Oxford China Centre
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Thomas Gate


About Thomas

  • College: St.John's College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Urushiol Biosynthesis in Poison Ivy

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Jing-Ke Weng
  • Organisation: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge MA
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Magdalena Georgieva


About Magdalena

  • College: Keble College
  • Degree: MMath Mathematics and Statistics
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

Connecting models of disease spread over realistic population networks and over the mathematical ‘fully-mixed’ society.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Vittoria Colizza
  • Organisation: Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM)
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Hannah Healey


About Hannah

  • College: Harris Manchester College
  • Degree: BA History of Art
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

Lucia Moholy: Approaching the Individual

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Geraldine Johnson
  • Organisation: History of Art Department, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Cecilia Hoegfeldt


About Cecilia

  • College: The Queen's College
  • Degree: BA Human Sciences
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

An exploratory pilot study of the relationships between gestational diabetes and antenatal depression in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof Dinky (Naomi) Levitt
  • Organisation: University of Cape Town
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Anna Howes


About Anna

  • College: Christ Church
  • Degree: MChemistry
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: MPLS, Medical Sciences

Project Summary

Investigating the role of PPIase proteins in splicing

The aim of my project was to investigate the roles of PPIases (a family of proteins) in splicing and alternative splicing. During the flow of information in the cell from DNA to mRNA (transcription) and mRNA to proteins (translation), splicing occurs to process pre-mRNA to mRNA. This is necessary to remove regions that do not code for protein (introns) and join together protein coding regions (exons). Exons can be recombined in different ways in alternative splicing. My proteins had previously been shown to interact with the spliceosome, a large dynamic molecular machine responsible for carrying out splicing. The project consisted of protein expression and purification of wildtype proteins and mutants, as well as the subsequent use of these proteins for in vivo and in vitro experiments (splicing assays).

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Reinhard Lührmann
  • Organisation: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Lachlan Hughes


About Lachlan

  • College: St.Hilda's College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

From invocation to invective: Jacopone da Todi and the repurposing of the laude (1278–1306)

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Matthew Treherne
  • Organisation: Leeds Dante Centre, University of Leeds
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Leon Hughes


About Leon

  • College: Mansfield College
  • Degree: BA History
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

A cartographic reconstruction of the matrix of emotions in Revolutionary Paris, 1792: a study of the emotional rhythm of violent, non-violent and demonstrative protest.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Micah Alpaugh
  • Organisation: University of Central Missouri
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Alicia Hunter


About Alicia

  • College: New College
  • Degree: Medicine - Preclinical (3yr)
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Med Sci

Project Summary

Prevention of virulence in Shigella

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Christoph Tang
  • Organisation: Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Petr Jakubcik


About Petr

  • College: New College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

Design and development of muon tagging optical modules for calibration of Cherenkov neutrino detectors in view of future upgrades to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Janet Conrad
  • Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Bethan James


About Bethan

  • College: Somerville College
  • Degree: BA English Language and Literature - Course I
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Class, nation and voice: Sounding Welsh at elite English universities.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Nikolas Coupland
  • Organisation: Cardiff University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Kristiina Joon


About Kristiina

  • College: Worcester College
  • Degree: MEarthSci Earth Sciences
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

Effects of iron limitation on the elemental stoichiometry of different phytoplankton.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof Rosalind Rickaby
  • Organisation: University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Mustafaen Kamal


About Mustafaen

  • College: Harris Manchester College
  • Degree: BA Theology and Religion
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

The varying experience of Islamophobia in Muslim diaspora communities (focussing on Pakistani communities in London and assessing a number of socio-economic indicators).

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr. Ali Meghji
  • Organisation: Cambridge University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Jiaqi Kang


About Jiaqi

  • College: St Catherine's College
  • Degree: BA History of Art
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

How does Frédéric Bruly Bouabré subvert the colonial construct of race in his early 21stcentury drawings, in the Cantor Arts Center collection, Stanford University?

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Gervase Rosser, Oxford University
  • Organisation: Oxford / Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Ishaan Kapoor


About Ishaan

  • College: St Hilda's College
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences (Undergraduate)
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

An investigation on the role of SIRP-alpha as a laminin receptor in increasing dendritic spine stability during synaptogenesis.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Koleske
  • Organisation: Yale University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Roshan Karthikappallil


About Roshan

  • College: University College
  • Degree: Medicine - Preclinical (3yr)
  • Year of Study: 1
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences / Medical Sciences

Project Summary

Investigating the role of DNA repair pathways in health-span and longevity.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Aditi U. Gurkar, Ph.D
  • Organisation: University of Pittsburgh
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Emma Kendall


About Emma

  • College: Hertford College
  • Degree: BA Geography
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS, Social Sciences

Project Summary

Impacts of African Elephants on Pongola Reserve, South Africa

My project was focused on African elephants (Loxodonta africana) and their impacts on reserves. I spent six weeks in South Africa, in Pongola Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, researching the effects of elephants on vegetation and the resultant influence on herbivore distributions and habitat preferences. African elephants are ecosystem engineers, which means they affect the availability of resources for other species by causing physical changes. They therefore can have huge impacts, both positive and negative on vegetation and other animals within a reserve. Pongola Reserve offered a rare opportunity to study the impacts of elephants by comparing different densities in the elephant population. For several years, due to the drought, the elephant population has been decreasing as they have relocated to nearby reserves, where vegetation is more nutritious. At the beginning of this year, the entire elephant population had left the reserve. I hoped to study how the vegetation responds, and herbivores alter their distributions in response to the removal of elephants from the reserve.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr Heather Gilbert
  • Organisation: Operation Wallacea, South Africa
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Kayla Kim


About Kayla

  • College: New College
  • Degree: BA English Language and Literature - Course I
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Fashion in the Ferghana Valley: How Tajik national identity in a multinational region manifests in individual dress.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr. Diana Kudaibergenova
  • Organisation: Cambridge University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Dominykas Lukauskis


About Dominykas

  • College: St.Edmund Hall
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Estimation of changes in protein-protein binding affinity upon protein mutation via rigorous free energy calculations

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Bert de Groot
  • Organisation: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Jonathan Machin


About Jonathan

  • College: Corpus Christi College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences / Medical Sciences

Project Summary

A study of the structure-function relationship and protein interactions of Vms1/ANKZF1 in the ribosomal quality control pathway.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Sichen Shao
  • Organisation: Harvard University, Department of Cell Biology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Kishan Makwana


About Kishan

  • College: Wadham College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

The Dynamics of Sheared Liquid Nanofilms: Binary Viscous Model

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Sandra Troian
  • Organisation: California Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Lusya Manukyan


About Lusya

  • College: St Peter's College
  • Degree: BA Biological Sciences
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

Evaluation of photosynthesis and yield performance in eggplants (Solanum melongena L.) with accelerated relaxation of photoprotective mechanisms.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Amanda P. de Souza
  • Organisation: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Kieran Marray


About Kieran

  • College: St.Catherine's College
  • Degree: BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS/Soc Sci

Project Summary

FORTEC: An Empirical Forecasting Model of the Development of Artificial Intelligence Up to 2050

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Robert Axtell
  • Organisation: George Mason University, Fairfax VA
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Andreas Masvie


About Andreas

  • College: Wycliffe Hall
  • Degree: BA Philosophy & Theology
  • Year of Study: 1
  • Division: Humanities, Social Sciences

Project Summary

I Receive, I Give: An interdisciplinary research project on human flourishing

My research dealt with questions at the intersection between philosophy, sociology, theology, history and economics – these were questions related to the nature of human flourishing. The research can be divided into two parts: one theoretical and one practical. Part one (theoretical): how can theories of gift-giving enhance our understanding of the nature of human flourishing? Part two (practical): how does social exclusion effect the way in which one perceives economic inequality?

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Bertil Tungodden
  • Organisation: The Choice Lab, Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Kiran Modi


About Kiran

  • College: Mansfield College
  • Degree: BA PPE
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Understanding Mandates The Role of Mandates & Mission Statements in Monetary Policy

I worked on a project assessing the flexibility to which central bankers felt when conducting policy with specific reference to the mission statement & mandate of the central bank. Logistically it turned out to be easier to have supervision run remotely and as such the support I received was via Skype and email. This involved being put in touch with former central bankers, planning interview questions and reviewing the interviews.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Carl Walsh
  • Organisation: Department of Economics, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Alexander Morch


About Alexander

  • College: Worcester College
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Med Sci

Project Summary

The stoichiometry of the CD4/Lck complex in T cells

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Simon Davis
  • Organisation: Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Re'em Moskovitz


About Re'em

  • College: Christ Church
  • Degree: M Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 4
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

The importance of oxygen-position in the alkylation of iminosugar antivirals

Dengue virus infects up to 500 million people a year and may result in hemorrhagic fever, while the related zika virus resulted in the 2015-2016 zika epidemic, with cases associated with microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults. Initially my research project intended to focus on the effect of antiviral compounds on infection with dengue virus and zika virus. While assessing the ability of iminosugar compounds to reduce viral infection by both dengue and zika, it became apparent that variation occurs with different cell types, as well as between the two viruses. As such, my project focused on the optimisation of virus growth on different cell types, which will be used in the future to test these antiviral compounds.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Ian A. Wilson
  • Organisation: The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Johanne Nedergaard


About Johanne

  • College: Brasenose College
  • Degree: BA PPL (Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics)
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

Aphasia in West Greenlandic affects syntax but not morphology

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Kasper Boye
  • Organisation: Dept. of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Ellie Ong


About Ellie

  • College: Jesus College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Developing Novel Ozone Parameterizations to Speed Up Climate Change Simulations

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Peer Nowack
  • Organisation: Imperial College London
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Daniel Park


About Daniel

  • College: Somerville College
  • Degree: BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Does universal income have universal effect? An investigation into how ethnicity affects the results of guaranteed income schemes.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Evelyn Forget
  • Organisation: University of Manitoba
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Michael Pears


About Michael

  • College: Jesus College
  • Degree: BA History
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Hums

Project Summary

Tales from Kuba Country: Memory of Genocide and the Bakuba Rebellion of 1904

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Martin Conway
  • Organisation: History Faculty, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Maia Perraudeau


About Maia

  • College: Somerville College
  • Degree: BA Jurisprudence
  • Year of Study: 4
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

Mapping the challenges for environmental law after Brexit: accountability and the courts

My project considered how UK courts have enforced EU environmental legal obligations, to understand what challenges environmental law will face when the UK leaves the EU. To explore this I looked at the EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment and how the EU principle of effectiveness has changed the way UK courts enforced the law. I explore the theme of legal accountability to question what role courts should play in decisions about our environment, and explore how the EU legal culture has provided a framework for the relationship between courts and public authorities in environmental decision-making.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Liz Fisher
  • Organisation: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Alessandra Peters


About Alessandra

  • College: Lady Margaret Hall
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences / Medical Sciences

Project Summary

An investigation into the effect of cefiderocol, a novel 'Trojan-horse' style antibiotic, on Neisseria gonorrhoea growth in the absence and presence of bound metal ions.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth M. Nolan
  • Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Praveen Prathapan


About Praveen

  • College: Trinity College
  • Degree: M Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Defeating Cancer

My project involved developing a technique that is used to characterise cancer cells in a novel way, by taking into account the unique environment of each individual cell. As this project was geared towards technique development as opposed to cell characterisation, I worked in a physics laboratory as opposed to a biochemical one.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Mr David Weitz
  • Organisation: Physics Department, Harvard University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Katherine Pye


About Katherine

  • College: Magdalen College
  • Degree: BA History & Politics
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

A community under attack: the foundations of Islamism in pre-9/11 Britain

My project focused on examining the Muslim community in Britain using the East End of London as a case study. I focused my research on the development of their communal identity before 9/11 and how global events shaped how they viewed their religion and their status as British citizens to explain why at the end of the 20th century some began to turn towards religious fundamentalism as a solution to their grievances.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr Sian Pooley
  • Organisation: History Faculty, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Muyi Qiu


About Muyi

  • College: Oriel College
  • Degree: M Engineering
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Numerical Analysis of Variable Intake Valve Timing on Diesel Engine Combustion and Emissions

Nitrogen oxide emissions are overtaking other chemical compounds as the most damaging to the ozone layer and air quality. In an experimental test on a prototype for the year 2021 Jaguar Land Rover engine, by adjusting the flow of air into a combustion chamber, NOx emissions were notably reduced for a slight tradeoff in unburnt fuel. My project was to conduct a numerical analysis to understand NOx emissions for phase air-fuel mixing using Converge, a computational fluid dynamics software, and a pre-existing model of the engine. Data was collected by running cases for different phases between the two air intake valve cycles to the combustion chamber and then meaningful hypothesis for the reduction in NOx were formed from the data.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Dr Martin Davy
  • Organisation: Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Yixuan Song


About Yixuan

  • College: Mansfield College
  • Degree: MEng Materials Science
  • Year of Study: 1
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Investigating Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides in Fabry Perot Cavity

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Further details

  • Supervisor: David Hunger
  • Organisation: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Rosemary Sourbut


About Rosemary

  • College: Somerville College
  • Degree: BA English Language and Literature - Course I
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Social Sciences

Project Summary

An investigation into the association between universal credit and food poverty in the United Kingdom.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Mary Daly
  • Organisation: Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Thomas Stevens


About Thomas

  • College: Lincoln College
  • Degree: BA History and Politics
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Soc Sci

Project Summary

The Radicalisation of Lone-Actor Terrorists: A Cognitive-Affective Approach to Ideological Change

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Stephane Baele
  • Organisation: Dept of Politics, University of Exeter
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Daniel Sutton


About Daniel

  • College: St John's College
  • Degree: BA Ancient & Modern History
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Humanities

Project Summary

Thucydides and Truth: Sincerity and Irony in the History of the Peloponnesian War

I worked on an independent project investigating the way Thucydides explores notions of truth, both in his own period and for his own History. I originally intended to pursue a comparative study of the notions of truth in the work of Thucydides and Edmund Burke, expecting that there would be fruitful contrasts and links to the present; when I began looking into the Thucydidean scholarship in earnest, however, I decided to focus purely on his History. This decision arose partly because I discovered the topic of truthfulness in Thucydides was relatively understudied, and yet was a basis for some extremely prominent debates and works. I was also convicted early in my planning phase that a crucial element of Thucydides’ style and authority had been missed by the previous scholarship: he treated his own claims to truthfulness with a dose of circumspection and irony, as a way of demonstrating both his artistry and sincerity.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Tim Rood
  • Organisation: ; Classics, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Alexander (Sasha) Thompson


About Alexander (Sasha)

  • College: Jesus College
  • Degree: BA History and Modern Languages (FRE)
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: Soc Sci

Project Summary

"Fighting for Russia’s future online Alexei Navalny’s presidential “campaign” and the challenges of social media political campaigning."

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Further details

  • Supervisor: John Lloyd
  • Organisation: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
James Topping


About James

  • College: Keble College
  • Degree: MMath Mathematics
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

The student has become the master: what can recent advances in artificial intelligence teach us about our own learning?

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Wei Ji Ma
  • Organisation: Centre for Neural Science/Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Ryan Veryard


About Ryan

  • College: Christ Church
  • Degree: BA Biological Sciences
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

An investigation into unknown dispersal barriers and poaching impacts on Jaguars (Panthera onca) in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Claudio Sillero
  • Organisation: University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Noam Vogt-Vincent


About Noam

  • College: St.Anne's College
  • Degree: MEarthSci Earth Sciences
  • Year of Study: 3 of 4
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

DOES ICE-RAFTED DEBRIS DISRUPT THE NEODYMIUM PALAEOCIRCULATION TRACER?

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Joerg Lippold
  • Organisation: Heidelberg University
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Jessica Walton


About Jessica

  • College: New College
  • Degree: MChemistry
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Do Animals Really Use Quantum Mechanics to Sense the Earth’s Magnetic Field?

For my research project, I investigated the quantum mechanical magnetic field effects of natural flavo-proteins, which are potential candidates for magnetoreception in animals and plants. By understanding the origins of magnetoreception, we hope that it will begin to give some understanding as to how animals migrate and contribute to the emerging field of quantum biology. During my 8 weeks of placement, I learned to use a spectroscopic technique which is unique to Oxford University called Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy (CDRS). This involed using three class 4 LASERs and having LASER safety training. Using this technique, I worked with a DPhil student to analyse the magnetic field effects of two different biological proteins. We then worked up the data using matlab coding skills, which meant I was very involved in not only the processing of the data but also the statistical analysis of it.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. Stuart Mackenzie
  • Organisation: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Emma Watts


About Emma

  • College: St Anne's College
  • Degree: M Earth Sciences
  • Year of Study: 3
  • Division: MPLS

Project Summary

Analysis of Vesuvian eruptions in the 18th & 19th century; Is there evidence that magma batches were involved?

Between 1631 and 1944 Vesuvius was active with its eruptions varying between fire fountaining and slow effusive style. My research project was to investigate what caused these variations and how society viewed them. This was done by doing chemical analysis of pyroxenes in lava samples and the use of artwork and literature. The samples I used were provided by Oxford University’s Natural History Museum. They have a large range of samples from this time period that were collected by previous professors of the university such as John Philips and Charles Daubeny. The samples I used were from the Philips work, however they had not been catalogued or analysed previously. Once they had been catalogued, I was granted permission by the museum to analyse them. This included looking at the whole rock composition, creating thin sections of them, imaging the pyroxenes on the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Once I had identified the pyroxenes in a sample I would select 10 to analyse, on the Electron Probe, how the chemistry varied across the zones of the mineral. This chemical variation across the growth zones reflects how the magma chamber that the pyroxene grew from changed during the period of growth.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Prof. David Pyle
  • Organisation: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2017
Phoebe Whitehead


About Phoebe

  • College: St Catherine's College
  • Degree: BA Human Sciences
  • Year of Study: 2
  • Division: Medical Sciences

Project Summary

Does the environment influence the development of visual responses in zebrafish larvae?

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Professor Robert Hindges
  • Organisation: King's College London
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Andrew Williams


About Andrew

  • College: St Hilda's College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Project Summary

An investigation of the dynamic drivers of weak increases in extreme precipitation over the Northern Hemisphere during June-July-August.

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Paul O'Gorman
  • Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Year of Scholarship: 2019
Laurence Wroe


About Laurence

  • College: Pembroke College
  • Degree: MPhys Physics
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: MPLS/Med Sci

Project Summary

Why do medical LINACs fail? A comparative analysis of radiotherapy provision in the UK and Africa

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Suzie Sheehy
  • Organisation: Depts of Physics and Oncology, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018
Stanislau Yatskevich


About Stanislau

  • College: Christ Church
  • Degree: MBiochem Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Year of Study: Final
  • Division: MPLS/Med Sci

Project Summary

Molecular details of interaction between cohesin and DNA

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Further details

  • Supervisor: Kim Nasmyth
  • Organisation: Dept of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
  • Year of Scholarship: 2018