LEAP Student Grant Program Announces Inaugural Class

July 27, 2021

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School announced recipients of the 2020–21 LEAP Student Grant Program. The program, announced last fall, supports student-led research, scholarship, and creative projects that advance understanding of, draw attention to, or develop strategies to address the urgent threats facing nonhuman animals. Proposals for project funding can range from $250 to $2500. Congratulations to the following EVST students who are among the recipients:

  • Grace Cajski ’24 YC will report on the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian aquaculture techniques. A cohort of Hawaiians has returned to the practice of growing limu, a type of Hawaiian seaweed. Cajski plans to profile these aquaculturists and their efforts through articles and oral histories. 
  • Charlotte Murphy ’23 YC will “give a voice to the environment” through a song cycle that draws on acoustic ecology, ecomusicology, and birdsong. The composition will connect the listener and the environment, and it will make use of a variety of acoustic ecology and birdsong repositories.
  • Sandra Amezcua Rocha ’23 YC is creating a compilation of indigenous environmental knowledge of the Lake Patzcuaro region in Michoacán, Mexico. Assembled in both Spanish and P’urhépecha, the local indigenous language, the guide to the region’s species will serve as a conservation resource for the local community. 

The LEAP Student Grant Program recipients will present their work in the next academic year. You can read more about the LEAP Student Grant Program here and about the other recipients here.