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Our 25 scholars for 2020/21 are:

Lewis Anderson

Year of Study: 1

Department: Politics

Research Project Title: Profiteering from poverty: ‘To what extent is the high demand for supported living accommodation used to profiteer by charitable institutions?’

Academic Mentor: Jeremy Moulton

Zsófia Benedek

Year of Study: 1

Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

Research Project Title: Two Sides to Every Story: Exploring memory-based perspectives in audio-visual storytelling

Academic Mentor: Jenna Ng

Annice Bowen

Year of Study: 2

Department: Natural Sciences

Research Project Title: Modelling Gene Drives in Pathogenic Fungi

Academic Mentor: George Constable



Catherine Brislane

Year of Study: 1

Department: Language and Linguistic Science

Research Project Title: The untapped potential of human language: investigating the articulation of unattested sounds

Academic Mentors: George Bailey & Eleanor Chodroff

Cedric Desenfants

Year of Study: 1

Department: Archaeology

Research Project Title: Hope found in the Cave: Reconnecting World Cave Art to the 21st Century Modern World

Academic Mentor: Penny Spikins

Tombae Etheridge

Year of Study: 1

Department: The York Law School

Research Project Title: Cryptoassets, Databases, and Carbon Credits: How has the law dealt with the emergence of novel intangible assets and how might it better meet the challenges raised by them?

Academic Mentor: Sean Thomas

Alessandra Grifi

Year of Study: 1

Department: English and Related Literature

Research Project Title: How modern perspectives on literary and artistic works alter the perception of female historical figures

Academic Mentor: Jonathan Brockbank

Miriam Harmens

Year of Study: 1

Department: Psychology

Research Project Title: Recognising autism in females: exploring via blogs the role of other mental health conditions in females' autism diagnoses.

Academic Mentor: Hannah Hobson

Fae Hicks

Year of Study: 1

Department: Language and Linguistic Science

Research Project Title: How do tautological words, such as interconnect and conjoin, affect the perceived meaning of an utterance?

Academic Mentor: Julia Kolkmann

Louisa Kamajaya

Year of Study: 1

Department: Biology

Research Project Title: Effects of Caspase-1 activation by the NLRP-3 Inflammasome, a key effector of Dengue infection

Academic Mentor: Dave Boucher

Bethan King

Year of Study: 1

Department: Politics

Research Project Title: How and why people chose to leave Venezuela and travel the UK in order to understand the challenges they faced and the contemporary views of Venezuelan migrants settling in the UK.

Academic Mentor: Alejandro Pena

Emel Kucuk

Year of Study: 2

Department: Psychology

Research Project Title: Investigating the Role of the Superior Temporal Sulcus in the Kuleshov Effect

Academic Mentor: David Pitcher

Dane Longden

Year of Study: 1

Department: The York Management School

Research Project Title: How Discretionary Effort Memory Can Impact Employee Motivation

Academic Mentor: Mark Egan


Aaron Mann

Year of Study: 2

Department: Psychology

Research Project Title: The Use of Language by Bilinguals within Different Contexts and the Effects of Language Proficiency

Academic Mentor: Angela de Bruin

Ezri Mannion

Year of Study: 1

Department: Language and Linguistic Science

Research Project Title: How do the properties of constructed language and a contemporary listener’s perception of these properties reflect ideas of human language in popular culture, and how has this changed over time?

Academic Mentor: Sam Hellmuth

Sophie McNally

Year of Study: 1

Department: History

Research Project Title: Does popular culture serve to divide or unite peoples and societies?

Academic Mentor: Oleg Benesch

Theodore Mitchell

Year of Study: 1

Department: Politics

Research Project Title: What was the Logic Behind the Yazidi Genocide?

Academic Mentor: Jacob Eriksson

Tito Olaniyan

Year of Study: 2

Department: Hull York Medical School

Research Project Title: The effects of social media use on the mental health of young people.

Academic Mentor: Eleonora Uphoff


Matthew Pease

Year of Study: 1

Department: Economics and Related Studies

Research Project Title: How can foreign aid promote long-term growth in developing countries?

Academic Mentor: Paulo Santos Monteiro

Pierrick Roger

Year of Study: 2

Department: Biology

Research Project Title: Investigating novel therapies for Huntington’s disease

Academic Mentor: Sangeeta Chawla

Jerome - Pek Jun Rong (Jerome)

Year of Study: 1

Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

Research Project Title: Creating emotions through visual means in films for the Deaf

Academic Mentor: Mariana Lopez

Munashe Rumhuma

Year of Study: 1

Department: Biology

Research Project Title: Perceptions and Knowledge of Nutrition and Disease

Academic Mentor: Richard Waites

Charles Stent

Year of Study: 1

Department: The York Management School

Research Project Title: An economic evaluation of the methods ski resorts use to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Academic Mentor: John Issitt


Sam Thurman

Year of Study: 1

Department: Economics and Related Studies

Research Project Title: Analysing the relationship between cultural affiliation and populist parties.

Academic Mentor: Giacomo De Luca

Maria Valenstain

Year of Study: 1

Department: Philosophy

Research Project Title: Existentialism against climate change

Academic Mentor: Peter Lamarque