Percy Undergraduate Grant Recipients

Miranda Paez

2019 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Oakland Ceasefire: Evaluating Ceasefire's Impact on Youth Violence

Jacob Levy

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: In-Group Solidarity or Out-Group Resentment?: Measuring the Foundations of White Punitiveness

Meanna Gray

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

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

Varsha Sarveshwar

Class of 2020
2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Leaders or Caretakers: Examining the Impacts of Ideological Diversity on California’s Legislative Leaders

As a UC Berkeley student, Varsha Sarveshwar dedicated herself to fighting for young people — in local politics, state politics, and student government. She aspires to a lifelong career effecting meaningful change in California through politics and policy, and she is excited to begin this career as a 2020-2021 John Gardner Public Service Fellow. As a...

Corinne Biencourt

2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Thesis: Understanding the Modern Secession: The State of Jefferson

Gracielle Li

Class of 2023
2021 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Gracielle Li (she/her) is a second-year undergraduate student, studying Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Studies. Originally from the Philippines, she came to the United States at age fourteen. Upon matriculation, Gracielle has been involved in many organizations on campus: the Risk Resilience Lab as a Research Assistant, the ASUC as a Director of Basic Needs, the Migrant Advocacy Project as a Project Manager, and Zeta Tau Alpha as the Academic Mentorship Chair. Gracielle plans to use her experiences for her future career in Political Science research with a focus on Comparative...

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...

Nabeela Syed

Class of 2021
2021 Percy Undergraduate Grant

Nabeela is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Science and Business Administration. As a first-generation Indian American, she cares deeply about Asian American and Muslim American advocacy. Nabeela has previously interned for EMILY’s List and New Blue Interactive, where she developed her background in political fundraising and digital strategy. Nabeela hopes to pursue campaign manager roles post-graduation to further her experience in political advocacy.

Research Summary: The role of politically extreme candidates operating within the framework of America’s two-party system...