Lauren Chadwick CC’15 has been awarded the competitive Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which provides funding for recent college and graduate school alumni to work in Washington, D.C., on issues related to peace and security.
T hrough the fellowship, Chadwick will be working at the Center for Public Integrity, one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations, working with R. Jeffrey Smith and reporting on nuclear security and defense accountability.
“The Center for Public Integrity is an organization dedicated to investigative journalism. The journalists here are committed to revealing important stories that affect people's lives,” Chadwick said. “I am honored and humbled to be working with such incredible reporters, and I am eager to learn from them during this fellowship.”
As a student at the College, Chadwick majored in political science and Francophone studies, graduating magna cum laude and with honors in both departments. She was a co-founder of the K=1 Project, which offers educational programs and creates resources that seek to encourage informed, scientifically-guided public discussions of the issues surrounding nuclear technologies. The K=1 Project was recently made an official center of study at Columbia University, the K=1 Project Center for Nuclear Studies.
As a part of the project, which was created with Emlyn Hughes, professor of physics, and Ivana Hughes, associate director of Frontiers of Science and lecturer in the discipline of chemistry, to provide learning resources for Frontiers of Science, Chadwick traveled to London, Berlin and Geneva, interviewed myriad experts on nuclear proliferation, conducted research at CERN in Switzerland, and produced three short films on nuclear power. She also interned at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA, where she contributed to the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s country profiles, which summarize the nuclear programs of each country, and worked on the illicit trafficking database.
Since graduating, Chadwick has been a desk assistant for the Washington, D.C. team of NBC Nightly News, where she researched and booked interviews for political correspondents, reported for NBCNews.com on issues of foreign policy, field-produced Washington events and worked in the main New York and D.C. control rooms to cover breaking news, ranging from terrorism overseas to the State of the Union address.
Along with her work at the Center for Public Integrity, the fellowship, founded in 1987 and named for nuclear arms control activist Herbert (Pete) Scoville, Jr., will allow Chadwick to take part in meetings with policy experts.
Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and have taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia and media.