2018-2019 Fellows

For the 2018-19 academic year, CIR is thrilled to welcome nine High School Fellows from across northern New Mexico.


Lauren is a sophomore at Santa Fe High School. She is interested in global connectivity and improving quality of life around the world. In her free time, Lauren loves to listen to music, hike, read, and spend time with friends.

Lauren is researching whether vocational training programs can help prevent early marriage in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.




Sam is a senior at Santa Fe Preparatory School. He is in advanced Spanish and and has researched the effects of American diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere. Specifically, Sam’s previous research has focused on the Monroe Doctrine and the “Good Neighbor” policy in Latin America.

Sam is researching whether China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative will encourage economic development in Uzbekistan.





Lilia is a sophomore at Capital High School.

Lilia is researching whether the 2017 Bishkek Declaration can save the endangered snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan.






Gabriella is a sophomore at Mandela International Magnet School. She is interested in studying conflict resolution and global health. Outside of school, Gabriella enjoys acting in her school’s theater group, skiing with friends, and spending time with family.

Gabriella is researching barriers to the creation of a new, multilateral nuclear nonproliferation treaty.





Sophia is a senior at Desert Academy. She is researching the role of race in international politics.

Sophia is analyzing whether race had a role in the UN’s response to the genocides in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda.





Jonah is a senior at ASK Academy, a charter school, in his hometown of Rio Rancho, NM. He is also concurrently enrolled at Central New Mexico Community College, studying to obtain his Associate’s degree in political science. Jonah was previously the vice president of his school’s Model UN team and is currently a senior ambassador, teaching underclassman about the United Nations. His concentration of study is European economic and political affairs.

Jonah is researching how the EU Association Agreement will encourage economic development in Ukraine.



Jammes is a sophomore at Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe. He is interested in foreign affairs and economic effects of globalization. Jammes is a member of his school’s Model UN and has a mentorship in investment and finance. Outside school, his other interests include fashion, music, martial arts and theater.

Jammes is researching the influence of the Panama Papers.





Neha is a junior at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Besides being interested in political science and international affairs, Neha also participates in speech and debate and symphonic orchestra. She loves to read and dance, as well as listen to music and hang out with her friends.

Neha is researching how Facebook was weaponized to exacerbate ethnic violence towards the Rohingya in Myanmar.




Terrell is a senior at Santa Fe Indian School. He is interested in computer science and is writing his research project on cyber security related to the energy grid. He is from the Navajo nation and is a leader in both academics and athletics.

Terrell is researching the energy grid’s vulnerability to cyber attacks.