Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Current Research Interns

claudiamoyaClaudia Moya Sanchez

Claudia Moya Sanchez joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in 2017. She will graduate in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a minor in History. Claudia received a Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Scholarship in 2016, and she now works as an intern with the Foundation’s Dell Scholar Ambassador Program. In this capacity, Claudia serves as a peer mentor for new Dell Scholars, helping to ensure that they graduate from college in four-years. As a Research Intern with the Clark Center, Claudia has contributed to various projects, including those that examine partisan voting patterns in the Australian Senate and newspaper coverage of the Australian Human Rights Commission and High Court of Australia. In her free time, she volunteers with a local immigration clinic, where she acts as a Spanish translator for non-English speakers. Claudia is also an active member in a pre-law organization on campus called Minority Women Pursuing Law. After graduation, she plans to attend law school with a focus on either public law or corporate law.
 


elenaordonezElena Ordonez

Elena Ordonez is a junior Sociology and Government double-major in the College of Liberal Arts. Since joining the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the fall of 2018, she has collected data on partisan voting patterns in the Australian Senate and coded the policy content of Bills introduced into the Australian Parliament. Elena also belongs to an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty that in 2018 received a President’s Award for Global Learning from the University for a project that examines adolescent suicide in South Korea. These prestigious awards empower students and faculty to pursue solutions for real-world challenges. In the summer of 2019, her team will use the $25,000 that it received to explore whether a mobile app intervention program can change the cultural stigma that surrounds mental health issues in South Korea. In addition, Elena is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Alpha Phi Omega, UT’s largest service-oriented organization, and as such, she volunteers in the Johnson Center Retirement Home’s community garden. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, reading, and going on hiking adventures with her dog, Scruffy. After graduation, Elena plans to attend law school with a focus in either international or environmental law.


markwernerMark Werner

Mark Werner, a sophomore, plans to double-major in Government and Economics in the College of Liberal Arts. Mark grew up in Prosper, Texas just north of Dallas. In the fall of 2018, he took the Australian Society and Politics course and signed on with the Clark Center as a Research Intern. In that capacity, Mark has collected data on voting patterns in the Australian Senate as part of a project on bipartisanship in Australian politics, and he has coded the policy content of bills introduced into the Australian Parliament as well as legislation enacted by the Australian Parliament. In his free time, Mark likes to travel, watch movies, and read.