Percy Undergraduate Grant

Lesly Avendano

Class of 2021
2021 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Lesly Avendaño is a proud Oaxaqueña and community-college transfer. She is a senior now studying Legal Studies. Throughout her life, she has advocated for minorities and even led a movement to support undocumented students. She is passionate about socioeconomic issues that affect her community. She has previously worked in research centered around the impacts of climate justice on womxn of color and Indigenous communities. She currently mentors community-college students, teaches law to youth, works for East Bay Community Law Center, and is passionate about working on her research project...

Corinne Biencourt

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Understanding the Modern Secession: The State of Jefferson

Emily Breay

2019 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: "Beyond any Shadow of Doubt:" Cinema Newsreels and US Public Opinion, 1942-1944

Andrew Huong Yet Chen

Class of 2024
2024 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Andrew Chen is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science and Psychology and minoring in Data Science. He is passionate about studying the intersections between politics, psychology, data, and education. In particular, he is interested in researching the psychosocial factors that influence public opinion through laboratory and field experiments. He serves as the Lead Research Apprentice at UC Berkeley’s Social and Moral Judgment Lab, where he seeks to understand the forms and functions of everyday dehumanization and misperceptions. Among his many other roles on...

Tomi Jinhuang Chung

Class of 2022
2022 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Tomi is an ethnic studies scholar and sociologist who is curious about her cultural and built environment. In her interdisciplinary honors thesis project, she is studying the politics of youth identity formation, the ethnic suburb, and spatial racial formation. Her broader intellectual passions include: cooperative business administration, sustainable economic development, system-impacted trans youth of color leadership development, and the nationalist and anti- imperialist politics of the Global South. In her free time, she likes reading critical theory, laying in bed with her elderly cat...

Anna Maria Diaz

Class of 2023
2024 Percy Undergraduate Grant
2023 Schaeffer Fellowship
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Anna is passionate about serving underserved communities through the lens of the law and legal system. As a Berkeley Peter E. Haas Public Service Leader, she worked for Bay Area JusticeCorps, where she helps self-represented litigants navigate the legal system by providing legal information under the supervision of attorneys. Now, with the Public Service Center’s support she works an as Undergraduate Intern at Marin County Public Defender’s Office. She also is a Student Researcher at the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab at Berkeley Law. Currently, Anna also works as a Law Clerk at a...

Monica Gao

Class of 2023
2023 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Monica is a fourth-year student majoring in sociology, with a concentration in research methodology. Her research interests include immigration, race and ethnicity, and social movement. Her honors senior thesis focuses on the naming preferences of Asian Americans to understand assimilation. She has been awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Institute of International Studies Undergraduate Fellowship. After graduating from Cal, Monica plans on pursuing a Ph.D. degree in sociology.

Research bio: My research seeks to...

Meanna Gray

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Black Evangelicals and the Democratic Party: Intersectionality and the Myth of the Monolithic Black Vote

Lily Green

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Social Media and Democracy

Aaron Perry Hill

Class of 2023
2023 Percy Undergraduate Grant

I am a fourth-year student, originally from Forest Falls, California. I am a History major and Public Policy minor. The decision to pursue such coursework was fueled by my passion for the improvement of our Republic, something I have pursued via campaigning at the local, state, and national political levels. While this work has been illuminating, it has also convinced me that elected office is not for me. Instead, I hope to attend law school and begin a career in housing law in government or a non-profit organization. I am optimistic that my varied experiences...