SBS Graduate Students Receive Prestigious Fulbright and NSF Fellowships

Fulbright Awards

Five SBS graduate students received a prestigious Fulbright fellowship! Established in 1948, the Fulbright Program is the flagship U.S. international educational exchange program.

Three of the Fulbright scholars are graduate students in the Department of History: Cory Davis will travel to Germany for is dissertation “Adapting to Toleration: Swiss Anabaptist Refugees in Southwestern Germany, ca.1650-1700.” Ruth Oropeza will travel to Spain to conduct research for her dissertation “The Healing Nation: Hygiene, Sanitation, and the Public Health Enterprise in Spain, 1828-1923.” Her dissertation will explore the impact that disease and epidemic had on the development of state. And Danielle Blalock will conduct research in Chile for her dissertation project, "Collaborative Activisms: Chilean University Student Networks and Mobilization, 1964-1990," which examines continuity and change in student activism during the Frei and Allende presidencies and the Pinochet regime.

Anthropology graduate student Amanda Hilton will travel to Sicily to study olive oil producers and production. Her dissertation project is tentatively titled “Selling or Saving Cultural Heritage? A Case Study of Sicilian Protected Geographic Indication Olive Oil.”

Casey Lynch, a graduate student in Geography and Development, will travel to Spain for his dissertation “Technosocial Entanglements and Contested Urban Futures: Producing Space, Subjects, and Economies in the Technological City.”

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported fields who have demonstrated the potential to be high-achieving scientists and engineers, providing three years of support valued at $132,000 per student.

Our five awardees are:

Mel Ferrara is a doctoral student in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. Her research project looks at men's experiences of the diagnosis and treatment of Klinefelter Syndrome — a genetic condition in which a male is born with an extra copy of the X chromosome. In this project, Ferrara is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which medicalization, specifically surrounding fertility and testosterone, impact constructions of masculinity and manhood.

Rebecca Bedwell is a second-year graduate student in the School of Anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology. For her doctorate, Bedwell plans to research how international family networks cope with the stresses of migration and how caregiving is modified in the context of migration between Mexico and the United States.

U.S. Army veteran Leland Sutter is a first-year master's student in the School of Geography and Development. His research focuses on carbon dioxide movement from the soil to the atmosphere. Sutter's current projects include using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to link soil and plant carbon movement, as well as a separate study looking at aspect influenced carbon movement within the critical zone.

Katie Sayre is a biological anthropology graduate student in the School of Anthropology, where she works with associate professor Dave Raichlen. Sayre's research focuses on how physical activity and care-giving practices among small-scale societies in East Africa impact health as a person ages. She is particularly interested in understanding how the kinds of lifestyles our human ancestors engaged in may have relaxed constraints on aging and allowed the human lifespan to increase.

Ashleigh Thompson is a graduate student studying archaeology in the School of Anthropology. For her dissertation research, she will add to the paleobotanical and archaeological body of knowledge of wild rice. Specifically, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has requested that wild rice be introduced to Sleeping Bears Sand Dunes National Lakeshore; however, in order to plant wild rice in a national park, past presence of wild rice in the park must first be established. Thompson will investigate whether wild rice grew in the park and if evidence of wild rice can be found in the paleoenvironmental and archaeological record.


NSF Fellowship text taken from the UANews story found here.


Published Date: 

05/04/2017 - 8:27am