2018 Scholars A-D

Lars Benson

US University: Northwestern University

Lars Benson is from Bemus Point, New York, where he attended Jamestown Community College before transferring to Northwestern University to complete his degree in Political Science. He has served as Chief of Staff to Northwestern's Associated Government, assisted with American Bar Foundation Research on police brutality, and currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Common Cause Illinois, a voting rights and electoral reform advocacy group. He plans to study Public Administration at LSE, focusing on differences in campaign finance policy and political participation between the US and UK.

Logan Brown

US University: Vanderbilt University

Logan Brown, of Lawrence Kansas, is a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Human and Organizational Development. At 13, Logan began interning at her local district attorney's office and developed a passion for helping victims of violence. Logan wrote Denali Dreams, a children’s book that promotes a positive anti-tobacco message that is being distributed by the Department of the Interior. She has interned with the Department of Defense, worked with international militaries and law enforcement agencies in the instruction of video forensic courses, and conducted research in terrorism response. At Vanderbilt, Logan is a Chancellor Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, William Jefferson Clinton Scholar, and a member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

Lucia Brunel

US University: Northwestern University

Lucia Brunel, from Austin, TX, will graduate from Northwestern University with a BS/MS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Italian. She is a Goldwater Scholar and researches the use of polymers for improved drug delivery and tissue engineering. She serves as president of the Northwestern University chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and VP of the Society of Women Engineers. Lucia will pursue an MPhil in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge.

Chris Cantillo

US University: United States Naval Academy

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Chris Cantillo will graduate from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Spanish. As a midshipman, Chris was elected Captain of the Offshore Sailing Team and was one of 14 students selected to conduct research as a Trident Scholar. His research aims to analyze the effects of transient wind gusts on shipboard flight operations and is the first wind tunnel work done on the subject. Chris has been selected to train as a Navy Pilot and will report to flight school following his time in the UK.

John ‘Jack’ Chellman

US University: University of Virginia

Jack Chellman, from Arlington, Virginia, will graduate from the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. Studying English and Political and Social Thought, his undergraduate thesis focuses on identity in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Jack served as President of the Queer Student Union at UVA and President of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. In the UK, he will study media, power and public affairs at Royal Holloway, University of London and discourse analysis at the University of Essex. After his studies, Jack intends to write long-form, literary journalism that addresses political divisions and partisanship.

Josephine Cooke

US University: Queens College, CUNY

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Josephine Cooke initially moved to New York City to pursue dance. However, she was also interested in studying the brain; this led her to Queens College, CUNY, where she majors in Psychology and Neuroscience. As an honours student and LSAMP scholar, Josephine is currently completing a thesis examining the activity of neural circuits during learning. She plans to complete a PhD at Imperial College London, focusing on how dance therapy can be used to rehabilitate neurological disorders. Upon returning to the US, she plans to open a clinic dedicated to arts therapy and neurorehabilitation.

Michaela Coplen

US University: Vassar College

Michaela Coplen will graduate from Vassar College with a degree in International Studies and minors in Arabic and Creative Writing. Her passions are poetry and US foreign policy. She was appointed as a National Student Poet by Mrs Obama and has interned with the US Army, the UK Cabinet Office, and USAID in Jordan. Her research has covered a breadth of issues related to conflict and sustainable peacebuilding. At Vassar she has been a Ford Scholar and a Tananbaum Fellow. As a Marshall Scholar, Michaela will pursue an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

US University: University of California Berkeley

Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton, from Santa Cruz, California, graduated in 2016 from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management with highest distinction, honors, and Phi Beta Kappa. While at UC Berkeley, he collaborated with Robert Hass and Paula Varsano on the first extensive series of translations of the ninth-century Chinese poet Liu Zongyuan. He now works for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, where he focuses on expanding his program’s outreach to historically underserved populations. He plans to study the politics of conservation through an MPhil in Geographical Research at the University of Cambridge.

Sandra Dorning

US University: University of Oregon

Sandra Dorning is a 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College, where she majored in Marine Biology and minored in Political Science. A lifelong passion for marine conservation led her to spend her undergraduate career studying invasive sea squirt ecology in Oregon’s Coos Estuary and researching whale acoustic behavior as a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar. Sandra now aims to channel her passion in the direction of marine policy—she will study marine environmental management and environmental policy as a Marshall Scholar and hopes use to this training in a career in international fisheries management.