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Laidlaw Scholars 2021

The inaugural cohort of Laidlaw Scholars comes from every corner of Cornell University. Over two years, the Laidlaw Scholars Program will support them in their research, provide extensive leadership training, and give them opportunities to apply their skills at home and abroad. 

Chris Betancourt

Laidlaw Scholar Chris Betancourt

Environment & Sustainability

Project: Addressing Food Insecurity through Kodomo Shokudo

Medha Bulumulla

Laidlaw Scholar Medha Bulumulla

Biometry & Statistics

Project: Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation: Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning to Feed the Future

Elena Chatrchyan

Laidlaw Scholar Elena Chatrchyan

International Agriculture & Rural Development

Project: Developing a Comprehensive Soil Health Roadmap for Armenia

Kristen D'Souza

Laidlaw Scholar Kristen D'Souza

Industrial and Labor Relations

Project: Intercultural Communication in the Call Center

Ethan Goldman

Laidlaw Scholar Ethan Goldman

Computer Science & Linguistics

Project: Interpopulation Competition and Cooperation: Mexican Maquiladoras and Local Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Mira Kudva Driskell

Laidlaw Scholar Mira Kudva Driskell

International Agriculture & Rural Development

Project: Grassroots Organizing within Podemos' Political Project

Neha Malepati

Laidlaw Scholar Neha Malepati

Computer Science

Project: Engineering Communications

Melanie Marshall

Laidlaw Scholar Melanie Marshall

Food Science

Project: Japanese Understanding of Insects in the Age of Mass Extinction

Samuel Meisner

Laidlaw Scholar Samuel Meissner

Information Science

Project: Using Big Data to Investigate the Impact of Immigrants

Dana Oshiro

Laidlaw Scholar Dana Oshiro


Project: Quantifying Violence against Women in Trinidad and Tobago

Tina Ou

Laidlaw Scholar Tina Ou

Information Science & Economics

Project: Biculturalism and Social Changes

Emily Park

Laidlaw Scholar Emily Park

English & Business and Cognitive Science

Project: French Complicity in the Holocaust during German Occupation

Shilvaan Patel

Laidlaw Scholar Shilvaan Patel

Policy Analysis and Management

Project: Environmental Impacts of Index-Based Livestock Insurance on Local Rangeland Health

Ainav Rabinowitz

Laidlaw Scholar Ainav Rabinowitz


Project: Consequences of Militarized Law Enforcement: Middle East and Latin America

Makenna Ramsay

Laidlaw Scholar Makenna Ramsay

Animal Science

Project: International Comparison of Animal Shelter Oversight, Policies, and Results

Kobi Rassnick

Laidlaw Scholar Kobi Rassnick

Biological Sciences

Project: Genetic Evaluation to Improve Dairy Cattle Health and Production

Hal Reed

Laidlaw Scholar Jenn Reed

History & Information Sciences

Project: Indenture and Voluntary Labor Migration

Maiko Sein

Laidlaw Scholar Maiko Sen


Project: Snakes, Insects, Straw Roofs and Sustainability

Scott Siegel

Laidlaw Scholar Scott Siegel

Industrial and Labor Relations

Project: Assessing Priorities of Transatlantic Building and Construction Unions during COVID-19

Lia Sokol

Laidlaw Scholar Lia Sokol

Government & College Scholar Program

Project: Competition in an Authoritarian Regime: New Actors in Russian Politics

Andrew Talone

Laidlaw Scholar Andrew Talone


Project: Barbados's Implementation of the UN Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Krinal Thakkar

Krinal Thakkar - Laidlaw Scholar

Psychology & Biology and Society

Project: Addressing Disability in Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Desai Wang

Laidlaw Scholar Desai Wang


Project: 20-Minute Cities: Using Mobility Simulation to Strengthen Urban Resiliency

Sarina Zhou

Laidlaw Scholar Sarina Zhou

Economics & Law and Society

Project: Implementing UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Barbados