Summer Research Fellows

The ICLRS Summer Research Fellows program invites students who have completed their first year of study at the J. Reuben Clark Law School to participate in an international externship followed by a guided individual research project. Fellows gain practical experience as well as significant research and writing experience that is important for launching and sustaining their careers, all while enjoying opportunities for personal encounters with global leaders in the field of religious freedom. At the same time, the Fellows offer a vital service to the work of the Center and to the cause of religious freedom worldwide.

During the summer of their fellowship, Research Fellows are assigned to work five weeks at the Office of General Counsel at Headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City or in one of the eight Area Legal Counsel offices of the Church in countries around the world. They then spend the balance of the summer on research projects related to the development of the global religion law database project, on analysis of emerging legislation affecting religion in various parts of the world, and on other scholarly projects. The Center is immensely grateful for the contributions these fine students make during the year of the fellowship and for the ongoing contributions many of them have made to the Center’s work and to the greater cause of religious freedom during their time in law school and beyond.

2021 Summer Research Fellows

Seng Mai Aung

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Dallas Bates

Moscow, Russia

Alea Beeston

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ryan Cheney

Nairobi, Kenya

Maren Cline

Tokyo, Japan

Kekai Kalalea Goncalves Cram

Lima, Peru

Matthew Talmage Finch

São Paulo, Brazil

Anastasia Lee Jespersen

Manila, Philippines

Nicholas F. Loosle

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Tanner Lyon

Mexico City, Mexico

Daniel Nelson

Salt Lake City, Utah

Madeline Olsen

Accra, Ghana

Dillan Passmore

Auckland, New Zealand

Nathan Phair

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Grant Rasmussen

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Madison Wilson

Johannesburg, South Africa

ICLRS Student Research Fellows 2009-Present