Society of Undergraduate Student Fellows

Society of Undergraduate Student Fellows

Fun Facts

Global Arts + Humanities’ Society of Undergraduate Fellows is a competitive research program that provides 8-10 upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to be mentored through multidisciplinary approaches to the study of an annual theme, to build an intellectual cohort around the theme, and to produce research/creative responses to inquiries impelled by these engagements. 

The theme for the 2020-21 academic year is Human Rights: Pasts and Futures. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about the human rights movement, the relationship between human rights law and culture, and creative forms of human rights representation and resistance.

The fellowship carries with it a stipend of $2,000. To be eligible, students must hold junior or senior status and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Introducing the 2020-2021
Society of Undergraduate Fellows

The 2020-2021 Society of Undergraduate Fellows will be mentored by GAHDT Program Manager Puja Batra-Wells and Professor Amy Shuman, GAHDT Faculty Fellow for the Humanities. The inaugural cohort consists of 11 students representing 11 different major disciplines and 13 minor disciplines.


Photograph of Elizabeth Bateman

Major | Political Science
Minors | Human Rights, and Civic Engagement

Elizabeth Bateman hopes to practice law as a civil rights attorney. They are particularly interested in subjects of human rights that pertain to immigration rights, environmental racism and women’s rights. Bateman hopes that the Society of Undergraduate Fellows program will allow them to engage in new, meaningful interactions with their community and fellow students while gaining a more well-rounded approach to the research development process.

Photograph of Mia Cariello

Major | Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Minors | Asian American Studies, Studio Art, and Human Rights

Through the Society of Undergraduate Fellows, Mia Cai Cariello will address the relationship between anti-rape organizing and human rights — both interpersonally and institutionally. She hopes to be challenged with new interdisciplinary approaches and grow her network among other scholars interested in human rights. Cai Cariello is looking forward to furthering her studies in graduate school and pursuing a career that will enable her to continue to advocate with survivors.

Photograph of Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue

Major | Dance
Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue plans to become a professional dancer, choreographer and performer. This past spring, she studied abroad with the Ohio State Dance department in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she took dance courses and performed. She labels her interest in human rights through cultural rights, immigration and migration. Half Caribbean, Cools-Lartigue hopes to gain an understanding of how dance can be utilized to communicate transitions, migration and cultural origin within Afro-Caribbean culture and also gain a closer relationship to her personal heritage.

Photograph of Adrienne Ferguson

Majors | Political Science and Spanish
Adrienne Ferguson plans to attend law school, become a litigator, and eventually run for office. Ferguson will remain actively involved in the community at home and abroad; they will also continue to grow their charity, Esperanza para Guatemala (Hope for Guatemala.) Ferguson is interested in the human rights issue of being free from slavery, specifically sexual slavery, and having guaranteed security in one’s home country. From this program, Ferguson anticipates learning how to efficiently research data that reflects the consequences of past legislation implemented in response to these two human rights issues.

Photograph of Laura Fink

Major | Medical Anthropology
Minor | Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Laura Fink is on the pre-medicine track, and as a queer person, they are particularly interested in serving the LGBTQ+ community and researching their unique experiences in healthcare. LGBTQ+ rights are evolving at a rapid pace, and the worlds of medicine and research have failed to adequately adapt. Fink hopes to be a strong voice advocating for their community in both the doctor’s office and academia by bringing these issues into the spotlight.

Photograph of Gabrielle Frick

Majors | Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gabrielle Frick hopes to attend graduate school and work with nonprofits for part of their career, with a focus on prison abolition. Frick is particularly interested in human rights work related to mass incarceration, education, poverty, addiction and LGBTQ+ issues. During the Society of Undergraduate Fellows program, Frick hopes to further explore their passions to gain more insight about how research can be part of their career and collaborate with others passionate about human rights.


Photograph of Owen Morrish

Majors | Migration Studies and Romance Language Studies
Owen Morrish crafted his migration studies major with several professors in order to build upon his experiences serving refugee organizations and deepen his understanding of migrant integration. His current research focuses on how nonprofit refugee resettlement organizations support their clients’ development of host language proficiency. With hopes of becoming a professor and migration researcher, Morrish is excited to network, learn from program faculty and peers, and further develop his own interdisciplinary research skills.


Photograph of Alejandra Schwarz

Majors | Russian and Spanish

Alejandra Schwarz aspires to study Russian at the graduate level. All aspects of human rights are important to Schwarz; however, they are very much interested in freedom of speech and how censorship of this pivotal right affects people in different areas of the world. Through the Society for Undergraduate Fellows, Schwarz hopes to not only broaden their understanding of human rights throughout time but also to push themself into researching areas that are not as popular or commonly talked about.  


Photograph of Patrick Seroogy

Majors | Political Science and Economics
Minor | Public Policy

Patrick Seroogy is interested in civil and political rights, particularly in the contexts of conflict and oppression of those rights and liberties examined from a political-economic framework. Seroogy’s academic studies and interest in human rights inform their long-term aspirations of participating in the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy and diplomacy. Seroogy hopes the Society of Undergraduate Fellows can help them develop a broader humanistic perspective on their academics.."

Photograph of Anna Taylor

Major | Honors Linguistics
Minors | German, French, and Speech and Hearing Sciences

Anna Taylor is an aspiring polyglot and future audiologist/ESL instructor with a passion for native language revitalization. Taylor’s hometown is Tonawanda, NY, which is also home to the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, one of just four speech communities for the critically-endangered Seneca language. In light of the intrinsic connection between Indigenous languages and cultures, Taylor hopes to gain an increased awareness and appreciation of the wealth of traditional knowledge embedded in Seneca and how it has changed over time.

Photograph of Jaret Waters

Majors | Spanish and Business
Minors | Portuguese, Geography, Economics

Jaret Waters has developed an interest in human rights in Latin America, having studied and worked in Chile and Brazil while at Ohio State. During this time, Waters found themself focusing on issues such as migration studies, race and labor relations, and sustainability. In the Society of Undergraduate Fellows, Waters would like to further study the gendered and racial components of domestic work in Brazil. Following graduation, Waters hope to pursue a career in advocacy or research of US foreign policy in Latin America.