Meet the Scholars

2014 COHORT

  • Marianna Brady, Gender Studies and English, Portrayals of Muslim masculinities in American novels written post 9/11
  • Mariya Chadovich, Neuroscience, How physical trauma or brain disease affect the brain and how the brain reacts to the insult and how the brain heals afterwards
  • Tanya Chen, Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Microvasculature blood flow mechanics and biomedical microdevices
  • Tamara Dukich, Neuroscience, Difference in learning between males and females through the examination of patterns within childhood education
  • Sarah Edwards, Spanish, Methods and benefits of a modern Christian liberation theology to Latina women in the United States.
  • Sara Gottesman, Economics, Cultural geography of amateur boxing in New Orleans.
  • Amanda Hardy, Cell and Molecular Biology and Philosohpy, Orthopedics, biology and medicine
  • Hillary Johnson, Anthropology, Anthropological analysis of perceptions of alternative medicine and its efficacy, specifically working-class and American acupuncture.
  • Olivia Mahler-Haug, Psychology and Applied Computation, User Experience Design and assistive technology for individuals with learning disabilities 
  • Kara Ramsey, Philosophy and Economics, comparative effectives research on Louisiana’s mental health system
  • Caroline Sampson, Art History, Societies in the post disaster era and how the arts have influenced and healed societies. The nonprofit sector and how art organizations can rebuild a community
  • Catherine Simpson, Public health, Psychology and Dance, Public health in developing societies with a focus on mental health and therapy through dance
  • Kelley Walton, Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies with minor in Spanish, Sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S., specifically sexual assault prevention programs and awareness
  • Sarah Williams, Neuroscience with minor in Spanish, Socioeconomic barriers in childhood obesity, obstacles to health care facing the homeless population, and working memory’s modulating effect on English/Spanish bilingualism
  • Claire Wilson, Neuroscience and Asian Studies, Prenatal/neonatal development, the connection between mental and physical development, differences in developmental neuroscience due to mental disease, neonatal massage therapy

2015 COHORT

  • Kara Angelini, Political Science and French, Analyzing the portrayal of women politicians and the challenges they are faced with in their field.
  • Izabel Arnold, Economics and International Relations, Relationship between economics and the obesity epidemic, how economic policies can help solve the problem.
  • Cora Boyd, Spanish, Political Science and Creative Writing, How creative acts contribute to the development of sense of self, particularly for girls in the teenage years.
  • Mary Bryan, Public Health with Spanish minor, Current public health initiatives toward homeless populations, their effectiveness, and interventions that could be implemented to ameliorate or prevent homelessness.
  • Stephanie Chen, English and Public Health, Understanding how rural, underprivileged, or immigrant communities respond to government healthcare policies and public health initiatives.
  • Emily Davis, Linguistics, First language prosodic acquisition and language policies in public school systems.
  • Morgan Evans, Neuroscience, The brain’s plasticity in response to trauma.
  • Kate Grover, English and American Studies with Gender and Sexuality Studies minor, The ways popular culture influences life in the United States.
  • Natalie Hare, Public Health with French minor, How improved access to healthcare impacts rural communities and understanding the effects of education of young girls on their healthcare seeking behavior.
  • Maren Heller, Neuroscience and Anthropology, Bio-cultural adaptation of the human brain, phenomenon of behavioral and biological variation.
  • Hannah Horowitz, English, Explore the benefits of different types of art therapy in various cultures and how different approaches facilitate a sense of individual and cultural identity.
  • Angelica Jarvenpaa, Economics and Finance, The effects of remittance income on poverty alleviation and entrepreneurship for migrant worker families.
  • Sophia Leonard, History and English, Southern literature and religion.
  • Suzanne McShane, Political Economy and Cell and Molecular Biology minor, The politics of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment.
  • Victoria Orlowski, Biomedical Engineering, Prosthetic limbs or regenerative organs.
  • Sophie Parker, Political Science and Latin American Studies, Women’s leadership roles in politics and the shaping of women’s future within the field of International Relations.
  • Amie Settlecowski, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, How different processes of evolution affect  the genetic structure of populations of organisms as well as methods for analyzing genetic structure.
  • Maryann Thompson, Psychology and Philosophy, The function of prejudice today and in early human evolution.
  • Alison Waterhouse, History, Anthropology, Spanish, The power structures established by and contributing to Spanish Catholic evangelism in Mesoamerica during the 16th century

2016 COHORT

  • Simone Akgulian, Public Health and Portuguese, Feminization of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Latin America
  • Jennie Barker, International Relations and German,The Kurdish conflict in Turkey; relations between the European Union and the Middle East.
  • Victoria Barry, Art History and English, Modern and Contemporary art in America
  • Nina Baumgartner, Neuroscience and Gender Studies, Sex differences, the applications of gender and sexuality to biological sciences, and the inherent sex bias in biomedical research
  • Amelia Bayroff, Sociology and Social Policy and Practice, Development of girls who play youth sports versus those who do not, particularly in the areas of success in school, developing positive relationships with peers and authority figures, and crime and poverty rates.
  • Erin Brock, Public Health and Latin American Studies, malnutrition, obesity, and food deserts in Central America.
  • Taylor Feingold, Psychology and Digital Media Production, Psychology of serial killers.
  • Taylor Fox, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy; Domestic violence, prison reform, sex worker rights, and AIDS.
  • Margaret (Meg) Harlan, Environmental Science, Environmental Science and the impact of different world cultures on natural surroundings.
  • Sara Beth Harrell, Public Heath, The correlation between poverty and obesity and how an individual’s environment affects their diet.
  • Sarah Lohmeier, Cell Biology and Computer Science, computer programs to predict protein folding.
  • Madeline Nicholson, Public Health, Exercise and nutrition, women’s health, diabetes, and nutrition for mothers and children
  • Anneke Olson, Psychology and Sociology, Developmental psychopathology, particularly regarding the manifestation of  Autism spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders.
  • Kathryn Robinson, Biomedical Engineering, Gene therapy and genetic engineering.
  • Carly Rosen, Neuroscience and Public Health, Cognitive neuroscience.
  • Jamie Rosenberg, Environmental Biology, genetics and evolution at the level of DNA.
  • Gabriella Runnels, Economics and Math, Poverty and inequality in Louisiana at the intersection of race, class, and gender.
  • Michelle Sheena, Neuroscience, Child development and perception.
  • Sheila Wright, Chemical Engineering, Petrochemicals.

2017 COHORT

  • Samantha Adams, Biomedical Engineering, Exploring all forms of regenerative medicine as a means of eradicating disease, analyzing the racial bias of biomedical research and pharmaceutical drug production and usage.
  • Ashley Beggin, Psychology and Spanish minor, Investigating the relationship between previously or concurrently diagnosed psychiatric disorders and addictive behaviors in adolescents.
  • Madeleine Bell, Marketing and Environmental Studies, Gender differences in the psychology of marketing strategies regarding fitness supplements and nutritional aids.
  • Kamaria Brisco, Public Health and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Analyzing the lack of vaccinations in Sub-Saharan Africa and its global effects.
  • Adel Broussard, Gender and Sexuality Studies and French, Researching the portrayal of women in American media and how this affects the growing epidemic of eating disorders in young girls and women, along with analyzing structuralist feminism in French literature.
  • Audrey Davis, Sociology and Spanish, Researching the personality traits of women in power. 
  • Hannah Dean, Latin American Studies and Political Science, Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) and Spanish minors, National immigration reform and its effects on Latino immigrants, public education reform in New Orleans.
  • Laura Edington, Economics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, French, The relationship between poverty and environmental pollution.
  • Layla Entrikin, Public Health and Urban Studies, Analyzing the connection between overall health and ones physical environment.
  • Jolene George, Political Science and Philosophy, Analyzing the causes of wealth inequality and its effects on freedom and equality of opportunity.
  • Abby Jones, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy, Analyzing the connection between cultural constructs of masculinity and violence against LGBT people.
  • Meredith McInturff, Public Health and Spanish, Analyzing successful health outreach programs that have changed the overall health or well-being of underprivileged communities.
  • Taylor McMahon, Linguistics and Political Science, Examining the effect of language on sociology and women’s issues.
  • Kelsey Reynolds, Undecided and African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Emma Saltzberg, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Spanish, Animal behavior.
  • Manali Souda, International Relations and Latin American Studies with an English minor; differences in the culture of achievement for women in the US and Brazil, especially as relating to public fields such as politics.
  • Mikayla Stern-Ellis, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology, The Effect of Orangutan Conservation Education on Conscious Palm Oil Consumption.
  • Mia Tucker, International Relations, French, and Philosophy, Analyzing international, national, and grassroots aid organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of each and how increased collaboration amongst support groups can improve aid efforts towards a common goal.
  • Lilith Winkler-Schor, Social Policy and Political Science, Comparing how education policy in the United States and Germany impacts their respective prison systems.
  • Anne Wolff, Public Health, and Mathematics, The reintegration of children diagnosed with autism into New Orleans public schools through biomedical engineering advances.

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