The Office of Undergraduate Research Abroad has announced it will fund two summer research projects.
Dr. Diana Fox, professor of anthropology, and students Zelmia Harvey, Alexandra Pivero, Michaela Santos, and McKayla Hoffman, will travel to Jamaica where they will conduct archaeological and ethnographic research for their project titled, “What is Jamaican Cultural Heritage Tourism? A Critical, Applied Inquiry”
Meanwhile, Dr. Martin Grossman, associate professor of management; and Dr. Madhu Rao, professor of geography, and their students Steven Spicer, Darwin Werthessen, and Elliot Rousseau, will travel to India to conduct field research on an interdisciplinary project, “Hydroelectric Power and Sustainable Development in Rural India.”
“Both proposals show the faculty mentors’ strong commitment to engaging undergraduate students in advanced field research on matters of social justice, as well as of great import in their respective disciplines,” said Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of undergraduate research.
There were five applicants received in total for the available funds.
The Undergraduate Research Abroad grants provide international research opportunities through collaboration among the Adrian Tinsley program for Undergraduate Research, The Minnock Center of International Engagement; and the Shea Undergraduate Research Abroad Fellowship, which funded the India project.
The projects from summer 2012 and this past winter intersession will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. Along with presenting at BSU, most of the recent grant recipients are also presenting at the National conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.