Sydney is a first-generation college student from Marietta, Georgia. While at Walton High School, she developed a passion for the Spanish language and world cultures as a member of the prestigious International Spanish Academy. Upon graduating in 2016, she moved to Athens, Georgia to pursue a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and a Spanish minor at the University of Georgia. As a sophomore at UGA, Sydney was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Honor Society for International Studies, Sigma Iota Rho. She has been a consistent member of the Dean’s List and has been named a Presidential Scholar for her academic success. After completing her undergraduate studies, she decided to continue her education at UGA in the Master of International Policy program to research contemporary nuclear security and nonproliferation issues.
She has been fortunate to have many opportunities to travel and study abroad, and she has visited countries in Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. While traveling, Sydney likes to visit historical sites and immerse herself in the local culture. Some of her favorite destinations include the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, La Alhambra in southern Spain, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial site in Poland. Sydney plans to take advantage of any and all opportunities for international travel that arise in the future.
She spent the spring and summer semesters of 2019 working with the municipal government of Monroe, Georgia as a School of Public and International Affairs Emerging Leaders Intern. Sydney was a community relations and policy intern, and she worked closely with the Director of Central Services and the City Administrator on a variety of projects. During the summer of 2020, Sydney was invited to participate in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s online “International Safeguards and Nonproliferation” course and Brookhaven National Laboratory’s “Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security in the 21st Century” course. These courses supplemented Sydney’s knowledge of the international safeguards system and introduced her to the work being done within the national laboratory complex and the International Atomic Energy Agency. More importantly, these courses provided insight about the direction the field is currently moving which has helped inform Sydney’s research interests for the final year of her master’s program.
Sydney is interested in exploring the challenges that international safeguards pose for innovation in nuclear technology and the consequent stagnation of the US civil nuclear industry. Specifically, she plans to investigate the effects of the Additional Protocol on nuclear research and development in states that have voluntarily entered it into force.