2018 Scholars N-R

Pardnya Narkhede

US University: University of Chicago

Pradnya Narkhede will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with degrees in chemistry and biological chemistry. A Goldwater Scholar, she has conducted research at the chemical-biology interface at UChicago, UCSF, the Illinois State Geological Survey, and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, and has performed field research in India and Uganda. Outside of academics, Pradnya leads the campus Women in Science and Out in STEM organizations. In addition to being active in the south Chicago community, she is a senior consultant to India’s National Commission on Farmers and founded an initiative to improve smallholder farmers’ prospects in response to the agrarian crisis in rural India. Pradnya's humanitarian work has been awarded a multi-year grant from the UN Development Programme. In the UK, she aspires to harness research in biochemistry to advance sustainable development.

Jackson Neagli

US University: Rice University

Jackson Neagli, a Houston, Texas native, will graduate from Rice University with a BA in Asian Studies and Policy Studies. A student of Chinese law, politics, and governance, Jackson has conducted research under scholars at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, George Washington University, and the Hudson Institute. At Rice, Jackson founded the Rice Asian Studies Review, a student-run journal dedicated to undergraduate Asian Studies research, and captained the club lacrosse team.


Porter Nenon

US University: University of Virginia

Porter Nenon graduated from the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar with a degree in Political and Social Thought. Porter is interested in the localization of humanitarian assistance, particularly in communities recovering from violent conflict. As an undergraduate, Porter conducted research on gender inequality in rural Tanzania, post-traumatic stress in Rwanda, and education technologies in refugee settlements. He also worked for the International Rescue Committee and UVA’s LGBTQ Center. Porter currently lives in Kampala, Uganda and supports community-based organizations in Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. Porter plans to study Humanitarianism and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester.

Emma Oosterhous

US University: University of Colorado, Boulder

Emma Oosterhous graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Technology, Arts, and Media.   She studied Argentine literature and history in Rosario, Argentina and, as a Norlin Scholar, researched neo-gothic Argentine comics.  However, Emma is primarily a comic artist and LGBTQ activist with a focus on representation in young adult and children’s media.  Her current work includes her webcomic “Alphabet Soup” and an in-progress graphic novel exploring the cyclical nature of trauma through a queer lens.  She will attend the University of Dundee to pursue an MDes in Comics and Graphic Novels. 

Shruthi Rajasekar

US University: Princeton University

Shruthi Rajasekar is from Plymouth, Minnesota and will graduate from Princeton University with a degree in Music and minors in Vocal Performance and Cognitive Science. Her undergraduate independent work and compositions for professional ensembles draw from her dual musical background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical traditions. Recent performances of her pieces include a premiere at the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s 2017 convention and a feature on Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight. As a Marshall Scholar, Shruthi plans to study opera composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London. 

Phoenix Rice-Johnson

US University: University of Wisconsin

Phoenix Rice-Johnson works at the Brennan Center for Justice on the Voting Rights and Elections Team. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Phoenix interned at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Enforcement Branch, supporting their work protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. She also served as a White House intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence and as an intern with the Wisconsin Voter Expansion Project.

Phoenix is originally from Hawaii and attended college at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a Truman Scholarship and graduated with comprehensive honors in Political Science. In college, Phoenix served as the Chair of the College Democrats of Wisconsin and the Public Defender of her university’s student government.

Amanda Royka

US University: Yale University

A native of North Haven, Connecticut, Amanda Royka is a senior majoring in Cognitive Science at Yale University. Amanda’s studies have focused on animal cognition and she has conducted research with domesticated dogs, Australian dingoes, and rhesus monkeys. Her thesis compares the cognitive abilities of domesticated dogs and Australian dingoes. As a Marshall Scholar, she plans to study evolutionary biology and comparative psychology at Queen Mary University of London and the University of St. Andrews.