2010 Fellowship Recipients
Student Fellowship Awards – Summer and Winter Break 2010
Each year Carleton students have the opportunity to apply for a number of fellowships that allow them to follow their interests through projects completed over the summer or winter. As always, this year’s applicants proposed a fascinating and exciting array of projects. The following is a summary of the selected proposals.
Mira Alecci ’11 will visit London to study the changing position of English women during the 18th and 19th centuries through their use of flowers. This project will involve analyzing flowers as aspects of material culture, looking at their production and consumption by women and the relationship of their use to women’s roles in society.
Alexander Heid ’11 will embark on a two month journey with his camper van and join the “Vanabonds,” a group of individuals traveling and living in their Volkswagen Vanagon campers. By using his van as his canvas for new forms of expression, he hopes to learn and develop his thoughts on “functional lifestyles.”
Mary C. Paulette ’11 will visit Catatao, a rural community in western Honduras that first received electricity in 2007. She plans to investigate how this technological development affects community members’ views on the importance of education to the younger generation of Catatao.
Elizabeth Cannon ’11 will serve as an intern for the Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and educational foundation aiming to foster efficient and sustainable use of resources in the United States.
Laura Dismore ‘11 and Nathan Yaffe ’11 will visit Ethiopia and examine the agro-ecological and social effects of a new agricultural development policy being pursued by the Ethiopian government. Laura and Nathan are also winners of the Adelaide Matteson Award, which this year is partially funded by ENTS.
Megan Milligan ’11 will spend eight weeks in Washington, D.C., working as an Energy and Environmental Policy intern at The Progressive Policy Institute.
S.S. Rishad ’11 will work as an intern at The Environmental Defense Fund, located in Washington, DC. He will be working closely with environmental economist Gernot Wagner, collecting information on the Global Climate Change Adaptation Fund, and interpreting key findings on climate change vulnerabilities of different countries.
Andrew Tiano ’13 will study how different views of justice, such as the utilitarian, Kantian or Rawlsian perspectives, influence political identification in the United States. He will work on his research at Carleton College.
Marlene Edelstein ’11 and Charlotte Turovsky ’11 will work with The Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, a not-for-profit institution based in Astoria, Queens, to investigate how to carry out effective women’s health classes in a manner sensitive to a community of recent Muslim immigrants, the majority of whom are from South Asia.
Sam Handler ’11 plans to investigate how the Bronx’s sites of cultural authority construct historical memory. He will visit the Bronx and compare the “sites of cultural authority,” conveying different communities’ stories and see how these sites implicitly and explicitly contest one another’s versions of Bronx history.
Shakita Thomas ’11 is planning to interview the Posse scholars who graduated from Carleton and see how their participation in the Posse program shaped their experiences academically and socially at Carleton. This study will involve both library research and fieldwork.
Alex Brewer ’12 will be working at the Center for Investigative Reporting under the supervision of the Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Journalism, an endowed chair at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. This position is currently held by Lowell Bergman, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for Journalism in the Public Interest.
Jean Rhodes ’12, who participated in Carleton’s "Faith and Fiction: Exploring Israeli Identity" winter break program in Israel (2009), will attend the Summer Institute in Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Benjamin Somogyi ’12 will spend the first half of this summer conducting historical research in the archives of Yad Vashem, Israel's National Holocaust Memorial, in Jerusalem. Laying the groundwork for a History comps project, he will focus on personal experiences and trajectories of Balkan and Hungarian Jewish victims. Benjamin will follow this with more intensive Hebrew language training at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Logan Nash ’11 will visit London and study the patterns of gentrification in post World War ΙΙ London. Specifically, he will focus on the Barbican Estate, where different ideas about planning in urban areas intersected.
Brendan Cassidy ’11 will spend the summer in both Santa Monica, California and Pune, India to assist Open Mind/Question Box in their mission to provide the poor with access to the information that will let them live better lives.
Megan Hafner ’11 will work as an educator in Alice Springs, Australia. In this challenging and dynamic community that includes Australians, Aboriginal people, and American families, Megan is hoping to offer children in Alice Springs opportunities for creative expression and the chance to grow as young global citizens through courses she will be designing.
Nayoung Hyun ’11 will be exploring the importance and role of horses in the nomadic culture of Mongolia by volunteering at and living with a family-owned horse trekking company teaching English and assisting in treks.
Michael Knudson ’11 will visit Norway and examine how winter sports are incorporated into the lifestyles of many Norwegians, how the media portrays winter sports’ culture and its athletes, and how winter sports may help to define a national identity for Norway.
Kai Knutson ’11 will visit Iceland to experience cultural traditions surrounding food and storytelling. By living and working with a traditional farming family in Iceland, he hopes to explore the relationships of Icelanders to their lands and their communities and compare their experiences to those described in the novels of Nobel prize-winning Icelandic author, Halldόr Laxness.
Grace Strome ’11 will travel across Europe to see the different ways the pieces of the Berlin Wall are presented in order to determine what message each country thinks the Wall conveys.
David Sacks ’11 will travel across China and play golf with local players and professionals as a way to understand the tension between the universal aspect of any sport and the particularistic attitudes of participants in different societies.
Stephanie Guerrero ’11 will travel to Columbia to explore the theatrical style and history of Latin American theatre, visiting Bogota, Medellin, and Cali. At each city, she will attend plays and talk to actors and audience members, visit the libraries to study each theatre’s history, and explore the city for street performances.
Sameena Ahmed ’12 will work with local medical and administrative staff of the non-profit hospital, Hospitalito Atitlán, and collaborate with foreign volunteer medical care providers from around the world to provide discounted comprehensive care to the Tz'utujil Maya community in Sololá, Guatemala.
Viviane Clement ’12 will work for the Awassa Youth Campus in Awassa, Ethiopia. The Program is a supplement to formal education and at the site; young children are given recreational and creative outlets. Viviane will be helping with the program’s English language classes.
Joe Decker ’12 will teach English to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at the Lumbini School in Yangon, Myanmar. His job will be to nurture a love to read and write in each student that will follow them throughout their educational career and ultimately help them integrate their traditional values with liberal ideologies, creating cultural straddlers able to branch outside of their Burmese heritage, while also giving back to it.
Leaf Elhai ’13 will teach adult or youth English classes for 20-25 hours per week in a community center partnered with WorldTeach in Ecuador. She will also live with a local family and learn as much as possible about the community.
Laura Garlock ’12 will be part of a team affiliated with CENIT in Quito, Ecuador that goes to local markets each weekday to help small groups of working children with homework and to teach them basic educational concepts. She will also participate in an after-school program that supplements lower-class children’s educations.
Caroline Giese ’11 will be working for CENIT this summer in Quito, Ecuador. She will spend her mornings as a part of a street outreach team and her afternoons in el Centro de Apoyo Escolar, the academic support center.
Aaron McCarty ’11 will be teaching children between the ages of 11 and 13 in English, science and/or math at a local school. He will be working in collaboration with ProWorld and will be based out of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Sarah Prather ’11 will participate in Operation Crossroads Africa. She will be involved in their education/training project. This project involves teaching the local community members English, electronics, and/or early childhood education.
Shreya Singh ’12 will be working for SANGAT in Delhi, India. SANGAT was founded in 1998 and stands for South Asian Network for Gender Activists and Trainers. SANGAT works to educate women and men in South Asia on issues of gender, sustainable livelihoods, democracy, peace, pluralism and human rights. Shreya will be supporting SANGAT in developing and conducting its month-long workshop on these issues.
Claire Tyree ’11 will run a course in health and hygiene at the Jamyang Foundation in Zanskar, India. She will also work on health-related projects such as composting toilets and securing clean water through a basic filtration system that would begin the process of building a self-sufficient, environmentally sustainable and hygienic monastic institution.
Tyler BoddySpargo ’12, on his first trip abroad, will be working for Pro Linguis, a prestigious language education school, teaching English to small groups of eight to thirteen year-old children attending the institution in Belgium.
Cameron Combs ’12 will be working with the group Sustainable Bolivia based out of the city of Cochabamba. Cameron expects to be doing work conducting research on legal, political and international issues.
Jake Reznick ’12 will be working this summer with Greenriver, a Chinese environmental protection NGO based in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Jake will be responsible for Greenriver’s Youth Climate Forum this summer, and his responsibilities will include translating, collecting and collating information and making arrangements for various committees.