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

2021-22 West Scholars

Graduate West Scholars

Sierra RoweSierra Rowe

Sierra is a graduate student at The LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her involvement with the Clark Center began while she was pursuing at BA in Government at UT. Initially working as a Research Intern, Sierra was named a Clark Scholar for the 2017-18 academic year. As a Clark Scholar, she built datasets to evaluate the extent to which decisions of the New Zealand Supreme Court receive media coverage. After graduating in 2018, Sierra moved to Shanghai where she worked as an ESL teacher until the COVID-19 pandemic sent her back to Texas, whereupon she rejoined the Clark Center as a Research Assistant. Sierra manages several projects concerning the Australian Human Rights Commission. She admits to spending too much time on Twitter and too much money on Austin’s culinary scene.

Undergraduate West Scholars

isaiahchancellorLauren Cortez

Lauren Cortez is a senior in the Liberal Arts Honors program pursuing a degree in Government and minor in History. She joined the Clark Center as a Research Intern in the summer of 2021 after taking Dr. Evans’ class on Australian Society and Politics. Since her first semester as a Longhorn, she has been an active member and officer in Texas Sweethearts, a spirit group dedicated to serving the UT and Austin community. In addition, she has been a college representative for BreadwinnHER, an all-female networking organization, a volunteer at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and a member of Texas Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Society. Lauren has also had three different law related internships that have nurtured her passion for law and politics. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue her dream of becoming an attorney. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, watching old movies, and traveling.

Sriharika Kollipara

Sriharika Kollipara is a senior majoring in Government and International Relations and Global Studies. She is also part of the Arabic Flagship Program and the Jefferson Scholars Program as well as the Social Chair for the International Relations and Global Studies Council. Last year, she completed her honors thesis on the incorporation of international human rights norms in the constitutions of Bahrain and Tunisia. Passionate about the arts, Sriharika is also a member of the Concert Chorale at the Butler School of Music.

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