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International Programs Awards Travel Grants

Thursday, June 08, 2017

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas International Programs recently awarded 15 travel grants totaling $22,060 to KU faculty members and graduate students to support their work abroad. Competitively awarded funds went to faculty and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Music, School of Education, School of Social Welfare and the Spencer Museum.

Faculty awards

Humanities Research from Hall Family Fund

Veronica Garibotto, Spanish and Portuguese, will travel to Berlin to consult the archives at Ibero-Amerikanisches Institute.
Van Kelly, French and Italian, will travel to Dakar, Senegal, to use archives for a writing project on Senegalese cities, begin a digital humanities project that will facilitate teaching, and explore collaboration with two universities.

Humanities Research from UCR Fund

Brent Metz, anthropology, will gather more material for a book on indigeneity in Central America and to continue an ongoing Engineers without Borders project in Guatemala.
Antonio Tosta, Spanish and Portuguese, will collect material for book project on representations of marginalized groups in Mexico.

China, India, Korea Fund/China Direct Exchange Fund

Kris Ercums, Spencer Museum of Art, will travel to Japan, Korea and China to do research for a book and/or exhibition on queer and transgender artists in East Asia.
Jie Zhang, linguistics, will travel to Hong Kong to conduct a study on tone sandhi in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

UCR Institutional Exchange and Academic Research Fund

Veronique Mathieu, music, will collaborate with Bacarelli Music Institute in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to create a teleconference teaching exchange and to teach a master class at University of Sao Paolo.

Graduate student awards

International Enhancement Award from Hall Family Fund

Patricia Sattler, Social Welfare, will attend a two-week intensive course on victimology in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Kristen Cypret, Education, will participate in a three-week internship to learn about European pedagogy for language instruction in Louvain, Belgium.

Pre-Dissertation Award from Hall Family Fund

Marty Natchoo, Education, will travel to Mauritius to do a pilot study on the teaching of Creole languages in post-colonial islands.
Ashton Dingle, geography, will set up connections with the South African Ministry of Education to prepare for work on migration of teachers from rural to urban areas in the Eastern Cape.

Pre-Dissertation Awards from University of Costa Rica Fund:

Camille Dellavaux, ecology and evolutionary biology, will conduct preliminary work on finches in the Galapagos.
Pietro de Mello, ecology and evolutionary biology, will collect bird specimens in the mountain regions of the Dominican Republic.
Silvia Sanchez, anthropology, will develop relationships with three Guatemalan health care providers for future fieldwork.
Taylor Tappan, geography, will collaborate with Costa Rican institutions on land tenure patterns.


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