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International Scholars Program winners announced

Fourteen undergraduate students chosen to participate in Brown’s new international study program will receive grants for overseas research next summer.
By TAB staff  |  December 9, 2008  |  Email to a friend

From India to Ecuador to Kenya, 14 students will travel abroad this summer under the auspices of the International Scholars Program (ISP), an initiative sponsored by the Office of International Affairs with the assistance of the dean of the College. Those chosen come from a variety of concentrations in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Each ISP grant of $5,000 provides an opportunity for students to combine their curriculum and their international experiences in innovative ways. The program requires relevant coursework and mentorship in the spring, a monthly dinner seminar sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, a summer international experience, and a capstone project the following academic year.

“This initiative seeks to integrate overseas experiences with students’ academic trajectories, both before and after they travel,” says David Kennedy, vice president for international affairs. “It also involves extensive mentoring from faculty sponsors. Clearly this idea was very attractive to students.”

The 14 participants were chosen based on the quality of their proposals, their level of critical engagement, the creativity of their ideas, and the relevance of their projects to their coursework and concentration. The inaugural group is larger than anticipated.

“We had planned to pilot the initiative with just 10 students,” says Vasuki Nesiah, director of international affairs. “However, the stellar quality of the 60 applications we received provided us with an exciting opportunity to expand the reach of the program, and – with the help of Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron – we were able to award fellowships to 14 students. We are particularly grateful,” she adds, “to the commitment of faculty mentors who will play a pivotal role in the success of the program.”

The 2008–09 ISP Recipients

Elizabeth Adler ’11, Nepal
Adler will work as project coordinator for a women’s health camp in the rural Lalitpur district of Nepal. In working with the NGO Society for Health, Environment, and Women’s Development, she will “gather data on socioeconomic status, political situation, and many other factors that influence access to care for women” in the district.

Joshua Bernard ’11, Ecuador
Bernard will help “facilitate an initiative to create a new environmental regulatory framework for the country of Ecuador, in coalition with local and national government agencies, nonprofit activist organizations, and top Ecuadorian and American schools of law.”

Steven Daniels ’10, Kenya
Daniels will “investigate solutions in clean water and sustainable agribusiness” in Kenya, including working with the Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions.

Lisa Gomi ’10, Japan
Gomi will be researching the privatization of Japanese prisons, particularly focusing on the differences between private and public prisons and their relationship to the explanations for particular types of crime.

Rosi Greenberg ’10, Syria
Greenberg will plan a summer art camp and mural painting project with a cultural center for Palestinian youth in Khan Eshieh, a refugee camp near Damascus.

Caitlin Ho ’10, Cambodia
Ho will work as an intern with the Cambodian NGO Womyn’s Agenda for Change, researching “how Cambodian women are responding to their society’s economic, political, and social barriers and how a Cambodian women’s movement launches actions and campaigns to address them.”

Ariel Hudes ’11, Honduras
Hudes will study Latino theater traditions by working with Teatro la Fragua, “an innovative, politically charged theater” in Honduras. She will research performative rituals and non-theatrical performance in Honduras.

Rashid Syed Hussain ’10, India
Hussein will research “the growing polio incidence in India, focusing on a qualitative study of Muslim and non-Muslim understandings of the disease and public health, access to resources, patient agency, and choice.”

Scott Lowenstein ’10, Mexico
Lowenstein will study “the services that coastal ecosystems provide to developing economies, and the economic and environmental outcomes associated with the use of these services.”

Patrick Martin-Tuite ’10, South Africa
Martin-Tuite will research the debate over male circumcision as a public health tool to prevent HIV contraction in South Africa.

Emily Segal ’10, England
Segal will conduct research in the Victoria and Albert Museum Print and Books Collection on the 1851 Great Exhibition. She will investigate “what the Crystal Palace can contribute about museums, archives, material culture, and commodity fetishism; and how this exhibition, the birth of industrialism, contributed to the way exhibition practice assigns aesthetic and material value to objects.”

Kona Shen ’10, Dominican Republic and Haiti
Shen will “design and pilot a Haitian-Dominican reconciliation project that incorporates discussion, reflection, expression, and production as a way to understand the two countries’ historical conflicts and to begin resolving current tensions that trouble [the island of] Hispaniola today.”

Megan Smith ’10, Jamaica
Smith will study the “influence that Caribbean plantation society has had on Caribbean literature” through archival research and literature studies at the University of the West Indies.

Shang Song ’10, Canada
Song will conduct research in a Canadian nanotechnology lab on the “drug release of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs)” aimed at improving the process of tissue healing.