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2008 Fellowship Recipients

Student Fellowship Awards – Summer and Winter Break 2008

Class of 1963
Environmental and Technology Studies Internships
Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics
Independent Research
Jonathan Paradise Israel Experience Scholarship
Kelley International
Larson International
Adelaide H. Matteson Service Internship
Allen and Irene Salisbury
Richard Salisbury
Richard Strang Prize
Initiative for Service Internships in International Development
Richard T. Newman Family Fund for Language Study Internships


Each year Carleton juniors have the opportunity to apply for a number of fellowships that allow them to follow their interests through projects completed over the summer before their senior year. As always, this year’s applicants proposed a fascinating and exciting array of projects. The following is a summary of the selected proposals.

Class of 1963 Fellowships

Lauren Blacik ’09 will visit four southwestern U.S. cultural sites which are seeking or have sought designation as World Heritage sites. She plans on studying the impact of “World Heritage Site” protection by comparing field experiences at these places, each of which is in a different stage of World Heritage designation and has different government structures.

Molly Gordon ’09 will compare the differing responses of Chilean and Argentine Jewish communities in relation to the military governments of the 1970’s and 1980’s. She will also address how the actions of the two communities were affected by the interaction of their religious values and their differing histories.

Juliana Houston ’09

will backpack around Alaska and experience firsthand the natural beauty of the land and the changes brought to the area by global warming. She will use paint, pencil, and photos to record the scenery and devastation, and plans to use her artwork to create discussion and inspire others to join the fight against global warming.

Ryan McLaughlin ’09 and Jessica Schueler ’09 will walk the Camino de Santiago, a 1,000-year-old religious pilgrimage trail that leads to the remains of St. James. They will join thousands of modern pilgrims, from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities, languages, and reasons for walking the 785 kilometer trail.

Environmental and Technology Studies Internships

Vera Chang ’09 will work with the California Food and Justice Coalition, aiding in their efforts to improve access to land for food production, improve access to food retail in underserved neighborhoods, and help facilitate the organization of farmers markets and programs dealing with school nutrition education.

Diane Chan ’09 will work with members of the Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia to coordinate educational programs for a science camp. The program is part of a Conservancy Management Initiative that the Nation is conducting to help interest its young people in both traditional and western science.

Kathleen (Katie) Blanchard ’10 will be working here at Carleton to improve the Farm House garden. She will clean and organize the current garden plots and nourish them with organic material from the new "Earth Tub" composting system. Katie will also make infrastructural improvements that will support the long-term viability of the garden.

Nora Mahlberg ’09 will be working with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice on legal issues surrounding the cleanup of a uranium contaminated spring that is used for drinking water near Tuba City, Arizona.

Emily Whitmer ’09 will be doing research with Cascadia Research, a non-profit organization that undertakes research on marine mammals along the west coast and in Hawaii. She will be involved in a variety of research activities, including both field and lab-based projects.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

Andrew Ziller ’09 will look at the meaning of ethics in the trading in financial derivatives markets and at issues involving the ethical behavior of those involved in the execution of trades. He will collect data from before and after the development of electronic trading to determine whether or not changes in ethical behavior coincide with trading activities in the derivatives markets.

Warsame Galaydh ’11 will analyze case studies regarding Iraq and Afghanistan to interrogate the Bush administration’s liberalist and realist policies in the Middle East. He will also examine ancient and modern political philosophical texts which discuss moral authority, justice, and political legitimacy.

Arika Garg ’10 will examine the ethical concerns that arise in investigative journalism when a journalist attempts to balance his professional role with his responsibilities as a regular citizen. She will focus on the methods used by journalists to gather information prior to the release of an investigative story.

Independent Research Fellowships

Matthew Cole ’09 plans to examine the work of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, a community-based grassroots organization in Chicago, and the effects of participation on the civic sensibilities of its members. He will study whether or not the BPNC represents a solution to the problem of poor and minority citizens who may be shut out of decision-making by elected officials.

Thea Garon ’09 will travel to Buenos Aires to examine the ways in which the national government, the municipality of Buenos Aires, and various human rights organizations have attempted to mold a national understanding of the country’s past. She hopes to use her findings about a “collective memory” of the Argentine military dictatorship as a basis for her comps project.

Hope Harvey ’09 will complete an ethnographic study of the Jefferson County, Kentucky school system, the location of a popular integration plan rejected by the Supreme Court in June 2007. She will explore the effects of the national directive on the local population, and the opinions and concerns of the affected as they implement a new plan within the boundaries of the Court ruling.

Steven Rashin ’09 will travel to Chile and examine the economic and social impacts of subcontracting laws on the copper industry. Steven will interview subcontracted workers, who are allowed to negotiate only with the company that employs them and are thus paid significantly less and given fewer benefits than plant workers.

Evan Rowe ’09 and Hannah Weinstein ’09 will meet with Scottish National Party leaders and immigrant community leaders to examine the SNP’s concept of civic nationalism, a concept unusual among nationalist parties in that it embraces Scottish residents regardless of national origin. Evan and Hannah will examine the consistency of the SNP’s civic nationalist message across party levels and hope to ascertain whether it resonates with immigrant communities.

Justin Smith ’09 will conduct research at the New York Public Library, which hosts the largest queer archive in the world, in order to trace the trajectory of contemporary queer male body representation from before, during and “after” the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. Using the literary journal Christopher Street as his primary source, Justin will study how writers have chosen to represent themselves and their bodies.

Jonathan Paradise Israel Experience Scholarship

Daniel Curme ’10 plans to spend seven weeks this summer studying Modern Hebrew in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Summer Ulpan (Language Training). He is planning to follow this course with two home-stays in different parts of Israel and additional traveling around the country.

Hal Edmonson ’09 will participate in the Hebrew University’s Summer Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, to deepen his knowledge of the Middle East from different angles, particularly politics, history, art, and literature, and further his Comps research on issues of ethics and religion in connection with the Holocaust.

Alexander Popper ’10 plans to enroll in the intensive Arabic language program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or at Haifa University either this summer or this fall. While in Israel he will take full advantage of extracurricular activities designed to help familiarize foreign students with various aspects of Israeli lifestyles and history.

Kelley Fellowships

Daney Ramirez ’09 plans to travel to Panama to analyze various preventative health care measures and campaigns in community health care centers, examining their plans of implementation, funding, and desired outcomes. Daney will write a paper compiling her findings and possible suggestions for improvement, which will be distributed with the support of the Ministry of Health’s Office of International Affairs.

Larson International Fellowships

Elizabeth Alspach ’09 plans to travel from Shanghei to Yueyang via the Yangtze River, following the path her great-grandparents took as agricultural missionaries. She will explore central China and meet the people of Hunan, focusing on the economic and political development of three generations.

Kevin Close ’09 will live in the Khoton community of Mongolia. He is interested in better understanding the struggle between community leaders, who call for a return to traditional Islam, and the community, which prefers its unique form of Islam that contains elements of Shamanism, Buddhism, and traditional practices.

Ryeon Corsi ’09 will travel to South Korea to learn more about international Korean adoption from the perspective of Eastern Child Welfare Society, an adoption agency in Seoul. Through interviews and volunteer work, she hopes to get a handle on Korea’s adoption policies from the Korean point of view.

Emma Sando ’09 will work in Barracas, Buenos Aires with Argentine social workers as they begin the process of founding a city-branch of Hogar La Casita, an established shelter for street children. By participating in a project that provides sustainable aid to at-risk youth, Emma will get to experience how a community-grown, grass-roots organizations helps street children in Argentina.

Laura Shatzer ’09 and Emily Tragert ’09

will become pilgrims in France and Spain for six weeks. The heart of their project is the medieval Camino de Santiago. Beginning in Le Puy, France, Laura and Emily will travel several hundred kilometers and cover the remaining intervals by train and bus. After completing the Camino, they will participation in a contemporary version of this ancient practice in northern France: a two-day interfaith pilgrimage in Le Vieux-Marche’, Brittany.

Nathan Stephens ’09 will trek across Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to explore the impact of national boundaries and nation-specific education policies on people of Quechuan descent. He is interested in how globalization is affecting transnational indigenous groups and has made plans to live with Quechua people and to improve his Quechua language skills.

Adelaide H. Matteson Service Internship

Timothy (Tim) Singer ’08 will travel to the Koulikoro region of Mali to study jatropha, a cheap and efficient ethanol crop. Through interviews and data analysis arranged with support from Mali Biocarburant, a "pro-poor" biofuel company in Koulikoro, and Mali's Institut D'Economie Rurale, he will research whether or not farmers feel jatropha is improving their livelihoods.

Allen and Irene Salisbury Fellowship

Jack Boller ’09 will travel through central and southwestern China along the new Qinghai-Tibet railway. China has a unique train culture, and by focusing the majority of his time in rural areas, Jack hopes riding the train will give him a perspective on China that is not otherwise accessible.

Dominic Vendell ’09

will examine the criminalization of non-normative gender and sexuality under the late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial regime in India by traveling to Delhi and Calcutta, which were the centers of colonial power during this time period and now house governmental records. He will explore how colonial definitions of the non-normative served to regulate hijra communities, male sex workers, and other populations considered deviant.

Richard Salisbury

Mya Dosch ’09 will compile images of public artworks in the cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, in order to study the “collective memories” left behind of the human rights abuses that occurred in Argentina and Chile in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She hopes to develop an understanding of the variations in this artwork, focusing on the connection between patronage and content of memorial artwork. This project is also funded by an Independent Research fellowship.

Richard Strang Prize

Erko Abdullahi ’09 will retrace the travel patterns of Muhammed Ibn Battuta, a famous Muslim scholar and medieval traveler of the 14th century. Erko will begin in Southern Spain (Andalusia) and from there will travel to Morocco, where he will spend a month and a half traveling by foot, train, and ferry through the countries and across the Strait of Gibraltar. He will chronicle his experiences in a journal in the style of Ibn Battuta.

Initiative for Service Internships in International Development

Whitney Allen ’09 will spend 6 weeks in Tanzania with Global Crossroad. Here, she will be working with Women Fighting AIDS in Tanzania (WOFATA). She will work with these women in the struggle against HIV/AIDS from two angles – health education for women who have recently tested positive and overall support for those women who are and have been suffering with HIV/AIDS.

Moses Cherono ’10 will spend 8 weeks in Kenya with the World Corps Kenya organization. He will provide training and support to young adults empowering them to become effective business entrepreneurs, community leaders and global citizens.

Max Davidson ’10 will be with the organization World Teach for 8 weeks in South Africa where he will provide support and educational initiatives in the poor school districts. Specifically, Max will run programs in subjects such as math, humanities and computer literacy.

Christian Dewey ’09 will spend 6 weeks with the ProWorld organization in Mexico. ProWorld is an organization that places interns in projects geared toward sustainable development. Christian will be in Oaxaca where he will live and eat with local families and provide them with education and support.

Katelyn Donisch ’09 will spend 6 weeks in Peru with i-to-i Volunteer Travel where she will be working in an orphanage and supporting vulnerable residents and disadvantaged children.

Rebecca Dougherty ’10 will spend 7 weeks in Tanzania with the Step-Up Centre program, which is an English-medium nursery school. Here, Rebecca will assist local teachers by designing and implementing new techniques of English language instruction specially tailored for Step-Up.

Samuel Finn ’10 will be with World Teach in Ecuador for 10 weeks. World Teach is a non-profit organization which places volunteer teachers in developing countries. Sam will live with a local family and teach English.

Katherine (Kat) Jensen ’09 will be in Ghana with Cross Cultural Solutions for 5 weeks. In Ghana, Kat will be involved with the medical outreach project and with teaching local youth. She will also be learning about the culture first-hand as she will be living with a host family the entire 5 weeks of her internship!

Leah Karels ’09 is going to Brazil with i-to-i Volunteer Travel for 6 weeks this summer. In Brazil she will work with children providing support and educational assistance.

Irene Koplinka-Loehr ’10 will spend 7 weeks in Africa with Operation Crossroads Africa. Here she will focus on providing public health education and learning about how health care is administered in areas with sub-par medical technology and minimal resources.

Bittu Kri ’10 will spend 6 weeks with the Arun Jvoti, Tezu organization in India. He will help in various service activities organized by the NGO to develop effective contact with Arunachalee people so that they may strengthen and protect the traditional faith and culture among their people.

Fang yu Lee ’10 will spend 8 weeks with Joy in Action in China. Here he will work with Ex-Hansen’s Disease villages. He will construct houses, toilets and set up potable water facilities, all the while helping to relieve the discrimination and negative stigma that these villagers have in their communities.

Tenzin Noryang ’10 will spend 10 weeks in India with the Tibetan Children’s Village School where she will help young Tibetan refugee children in need of proper education, care, guidance and love. She will teach English to children who have left their homes and parents behind.

Elizabeth Nguyen ’09 will be in Sierra Leone for 7 weeks with Operation Crossroads Africa. Here she will live with 8 – 10 other student volunteers and will either work on a collaborative community construction project, or with a women’s cooperative.

Rebecca Palmer ’10 will spend 8 weeks in Quito, Ecuador with El Centro de la Nina Trabajadora (CENIT). Rebecca will work with children who earn income for their families by selling small trinkets on the streets. CENIT provides these children education, medical services, job-training, and health awareness education.

Alexander Persaud ’09 will spend 6 weeks in Nicaragua with Amigos de las Americas. With Amigos, Alexander will work on community education and empowerment. He will prepare and implement workshops for children that focus on physical health and the environment. He will also collaborate with other volunteers on a process that emphasizes sustainable grass-roots development.

Sam Ritter ’10 will spend 7 weeks in Tanzania with the Step-Up Centre, which is an English-medium nursery school. Sam will assist local teachers in the classrooms by designing and implementing new techniques of English language instruction specially tailored for the students at Step-Up.

Samuel Robson ’10 will be with Global Service Corps in Tanzania for 9 weeks working on HIV/AIDS organic agriculture training, as well as educating local organizations about HIV/AIDS prevention.

Lindsey Shaughnessy ’09 will spend part of her summer with Soul of Africa under Lance Clark, formerly of Clark’s shoes in South Africa. She will be working with orphans and HIV positive women on a microfinance initiative aimed to provide for the women’s families (upon their deaths) through creating small but sustainable group cooperatives.

Andy Shenk ’10 will spend 8 weeks in the Ukraine working with the Happy Child organization. Here he will serve in the Kalinovka children’s home, which is a home for children with severe neurological and psychological disabilities. Among other things, he will be feeding the children and organizing activities for them.

Syed Sultan ’10 will spend 5 weeks working with Cross Cultural Solutions in Guatemala focusing on health, education and social services. He hopes to work with children by teaching English or by volunteering at a rehabilitation center for the disabled.

Danielle Sumita ’09 will spend 5 weeks in China with United Planet as a team lead teacher. Being a team lead not only involves teaching, but also designing and implementing a supplementary English program specifically for middle school students. Danielle will be responsible for her students, as well as for the employees reporting to her.

Elizabeth (Libbie) Weimer ’10 will be in the Galapagos Islands with an i-to-i Volunteer Travel group for 8 weeks teaching English. She will be at a public school associated with the UNESCO, which aims to educate students integrally in conservation, identity, work, science, discipline and sports in order to preserve the Islands.

Richard T. Newman Family Fund for Language Study Internships

Masha Finn ’09 has been offered a summer internship with the UN Watch, which is a non-governmental organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The mission of this organization is to monitor the performance of the United Nations in order to make certain that its proceedings abide by the human rights principles upheld in its Charter. UN Watch primarily focuses on the equal treatment of all countries at the UN as well as to strengthen the role of democracies within UN bodies. Masha will be attending meetings with diplomats and UN officials, writing reports and drafting correspondence in both French and English.

Ian Merkel ’10 will be working with the International Cooperative Education (ICE) organization this summer in West Africa. Here, he will be working in a field of economic development. ICE uses its contacts with Rotarians and international business to find opportunities in the private sector. This internship aligns with Ian’s future goals of international employment and bilingualism.