The recipients of the 2014-2015 Mark Felt Scholarships are (left to right) Jason Paladino, Andy Mannix, Heather Mack, Alexander Mullaney and Jake Nicol.

Jason Paladino is investigating a mine-sweeping helicopter used by the Navy that has one of the highest rates of deadly crashes in the armed services.

Andy Mannix is investigating the inordinately high frequency of staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct incidents in several correctional facilities across the country, and the high cost of this abuse of power.

Heather Mack is examining the food and drug industry practices surrounding the development and use of probiotics – an uncategorized, unregulated food and drug additive that is inefficient at best and potentially harmful at worst.

Alexander Mullaney is investigating the hidden history of San Francisco.

Jake Nicol is looking into the proposed interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, potentially the largest civil engineering project in the world, and the obscure Chinese billionaire behind the plan.