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Kelsey McCall

Kelsey McCall Recieves Undergraduate Research Award

Kelsey McCall is a senior studying political science with a focus in public administration with minors in non-profit administration and international development studies and a PCPP civic engagement specialization. Kelsey received an Undergraduate and Faculty Research Award for the spring 2013 semester to conduct research with Professor Peter Koehn. Kelsey and Professor Koehn research focuses on creating an ASUM recognized student group for students interested in the minors and topics studied in International Development Studies and Global Public Health. Additionally, Kelsey's research focuses on the development of a sustainable project for women in the Kenyan refugee camp Dadaab. Kelsey's project, titled Motorcycle Medics explores how to provide reproductive and maternal health supplies and education to refugees living in Dadaab. Her research also included contacting NGO's to potentially fund the implementation of her project. Kelsey presented her results at the UM Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2013.

Stan Wilson

Stanley Wilson Recieves Undergraduate Research Award

IDS student Stanley Wilson, a senior in History, recieved an Undergraduate Research Scholarship award for his seniour research on human waste disposal methodologies.Stan is working with Professor Jeff Grintzner of the Geography on his senior project, "Hey Bro, Where's the Bathroom: Thirty Years of Rainbow Gatherings and Human Waste Disposal Challenges." The project conentrates of the Rainbow Family and their history of finding suitable ays for tens of thousands of people attending Rainbow Gatherins to defecate in the woulds without spreading disease of relying on wasterful, water and chemical dependent porta-potties. Stan is interested in alternative historical alternatives to what Wilson calls, "water dependent, 'out of sight, out of mind' solutions which contaminate potable waters, deplete soils, and promote dependents on non-sustainable, non-resilient water disposal methods; or the flush toilet. His research will also explore how safe, water free systems that create soil building and carbon sequestering can be applied in refugee camps, shanty towns, and other irregular dwellings

Teresa Sobieszczyk

Teresa Sobieszczyk Receives Fullbright Award

Incoming IDS Director Professor Teresa Sobieszczyk was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant from the US State Department for the 2012 -2013 academic year. Her project focuses on Teaching and Developing Curriculum on Sustainable Development in Vietnam. Prior to embarking on her Fulbright adventure to Vietnam, Teresa took an intensive Vietnamese course at the Southeast Asian Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconson.


Peter Koehn

IDS Director Peter Koehn Receives Malone Award

IDS Director Professor Peter Koehn received the 2011 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. The award, presented annually by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Commission on International Programs, recognizes faculty and staff who do not have international activities or programs as a primary responsibility, but through their advocacy and leadership have made an outstanding contribution to furthering international education. Koehn was chosen for the award, in part, for his incorporation of international considerations in scholarship, program development, and teaching both at home and abroad.


Kayla Hoggart

IDS Student Kayla Hoggart Recieves Undergraduate Research Award

Kayla Hoggart, a senior in Political Science with a minor in International Development Studies, received an Undergraduate and Faculty Research Award. The award of $1000 was used by Kayla and Professor Peter Koehn for work on the development of an approved minor in Global Public Health as well as by Kayla for the conducting her own research. Kayla’s research focused on the World Health Organization (WHO) 2008 prediction that the number of deaths by non-communicable diseases will increase by 17% in the next ten years. In order to determine why chronic diseases are on the rise, Kayla examined the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) to explore trends associated with the prevalence of chronic (non-communicable) and infectious (communicable) diseases in developing countries. In particular, Kayla was interested in the effects that development and globalization have on the prevalence of chronic diseases as well as the continuous spread of infectious diseases. Kayla presented the results of her research at the UM Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2011.



Scholarship Recipiant

Marisa Griffith Recieves Undergraduate Research Scholarship

IDS student Marisa Griffith received a UM Undergraduate and Faculty Research Award for research on U.S.-African higher-education partnerships supported by USAID funding. The research was conducted jointly with Professor Peter Koehn of the Political Science Department. Undergraduate student and faculty research is a great way for students interested in graduate research to develop foundational research skills. After completing the research project, Marisa presented her findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2011.



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