28 Juniors Awarded Davenport Study Grants

The John E. Andrus Center for Public Affairs recently announced its 2012 Davenport Study Grant recipients. Twenty-eight juniors will receive funding to support research and scholarly projects in public affairs, beginning this summer. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.

The funds are made available to current sophomores and juniors thanks to a gift from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frederick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Andrus Davenport, Class of 1897. Recipients are chosen based on “demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs.” They must show promise for leadership in public service through their personal qualities and scholarly and vocational intentions.

This year’s recipients represent majors in the College of Social Studies, History, Sociology, Government, Latin American Studies, Science in Society, American Studies and Anthropology, Religion, Dance, French Studies and Neuroscience & Behavior.

The grant recipients and their project titles are:

Zain Alam ’13, Dreams and Disappointment: India’s Muslims, the Muhajir, and the Making of Pakistan

Dahlia Azran ’13, Memorials of the Holocaust: A Comparative Study of the planning process of Holocaust Memorials in the United States, Israel, Germany and China

Katya Botwinick ’13, The Universal Concrete Canvas: A Sociological Look into the Street Art Movement in Buenos Aires and New York City

Emma Caccamo ’13, Foreignness in America: Internal Conditions, International Relations, and the Treatment of German, Italian, and Japanese Immigrants, 1935-1945

Sarah Cassel ’13, The Proxy’s Perceptions: Former Soldiers’ Understandings of U.S. Involvement in the Civil Wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador

Sarah Chrystler ’13, Issues of Identity in Female Piracy: How Space and Material Culture Contribute to Transgression

Aria Danaparamita ’13, British Borobudur Buddha: Colonising Culture from 19th Century Java to the Modern Museum

Marjorie Dodson ’13, Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity in Yunnan, Southern China

Catherine Doren ’13, Closing the Achievement Gap: Identifying its Origins and the Sources of its Perpetuation

Jacob Eichengreen ’13, Facilitating Sustainable Development: Assessing the Impact of Microfinance Programs on Social Capital in Uganda

Alexandra Ellerbeck ’13, Morales Mired: Indigenous Opposition to Bolivia’s First Indigenous President

Alexandra Galef ’13, Reconstructing the History of Mimouna: An analysis of Jewish and Muslim shared identity and co-existence

Maxwell Hellmann ’13, Roads Less Travelled: Bringing Healthcare to the Rural Homeless

Charlotte Heyrman ’13, Post-Industrial Imaginations: Visions on Revitalization and Possibility in Detroit

Stephanie Huezo ’13, Breaking the Silence: Chile and El Salvador Commemorate Their Disappeared

Kim Ingebritsen ’13, Schooling Everyone’s Children: Examining the IAF’s Community Organizing Efforts in Education

Leah Koenig ’13, The Reproductive Health NGO in India: Addressing the Gap Between International Aid Institutions and their Target Populations

Ka-Ya Lee ’13, Paulo Freire and Søren Kierkegaard on Education Lens to Explore The Theory-Praxis Dynamics

Kathryn McConnell ’13, Conservation as Colonization?: Exploring the Contested Histories of Glacier National Park

Joseph O’Donnell ’13, The God Solution: Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism and Healing Tool for Mental Illness and Addiction

Agueda Ortega ’13, (Un)comfortable Intersections: A Comparative Study of Queer Latin American Identities and the New Left in Buenos Aires and São Paulo

Gavin Swee ’13, Tay Teow Kiat: Chinese Music, Chineseness, and Singapore Society

McNeil Taylor ’13, Examining the Theosophical Society: A Methodology of the Supernatural in the Secular Age

Nandita Vijayaraghavan ’13, Eg’ao: The Power of Parody in Protesting China’s Internet Censorship

Elizabeth Waugh ’13, Strangers in the Homeland: The Ethiopian-Israeli Search for Authenticity

Elizabeth Williams ’13, Who is The Other America?: A Study of the Political Identity and Efficacy of Americans in Appalachia

Bingxin Wu ’13, Spillover Effects of FDI in China: When BMW Comes to Town

Catherine Zhou ’13, Grade School in Two Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Elementary Schools in the United States and China