Current Winners

Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant

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The Gift and the Ghost: A Transnational Feminist Reading of the Tohono O'Odham Borderlands
Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
Interdisciplinary Studies
My project uses critical queer and feminist security studies move beyond the boundaries of “state-centric” theory, and focuses on the liminal sovereignty and citizenship of those who reside in “domestic-dependent nations” in the borderlands as well as their role as mediators between the State and “illegal” migrant bodies. I will examine the white supremicist institutional abjection of migrant and indigenous bodies as the discursive creation of “pathological problem groups” which justify and reproduce border security: while the migrant represents the uncertain spectre of future threat to state...Read more
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Signing the Mystic Contract: Masochism, Bodily Abjection, and Transcendence in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love
Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
English
I am currently researching the parallels between masochism and narratives of religious suffering for my English Honors thesis. This portion of my project engages with the late 14 th century English mystic Julian of Norwich, whose first-person account of her prayer for illness is narrated as drawing her closer to God. I have been invited to present my findings and further questions at “Philosophy at the Margins,” the Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Hawai’i. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella Venus in Furs, published in 1870, is credited for introducing what is known...Read more
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IWILI Project
Term:
Fall 2016
Department:
Public Health
The IWILI Project is a youth led initiative to empower young people in Burkina Faso and boost youth entrepreneurship in the country. It is a year-long program divided into three phases. Phase one is a leadership and entrepreneurial camp where young people develop skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and leadership. After this initial phase, the participants go through a mentoring phase where they intern with local entrepreneurs evolving in their field of interest. These entrepreneurs mentor our participants, help them perfect their business model canvases, build their network and find...Read more
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“‘Our Pain: Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s The Yard of Childhood”
Term:
Fall 2016
Department:
English
My senior thesis, “‘Our Pain: Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s The Yard of Childhood ,” engages in a close reading of the contemporary South Korean novelist’s 1981 short story collection through the lens of literary trauma theory, while interrogating the assumed universality of such eurocentric theoretical concepts. A significant part of my research examines the transgenerational transmission of trauma as a symptomatic response to the Korean War—specifically the division of the peninsula resulting in 10 million people suddenly and forcibly separated from their family...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
Molecular and Cell Biology
At the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), I will be presenting my research on using attacks on health-care infrastructure as an indicator of violence in conflict; the case of Syria. The fundamental indicator of the human cost of conflict has consistently been the number of casualties over a specific period of time. Although the best proxy to measure intensity of conflict, the mortality rate is difficult to enumerate. In the case of Syria, estimated mortality rates range from 250,000 to 470,000, highlighting the difficulty in obtaining accurate death tolls in a violence...Read more
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Term:
Summer 2016
Department:
History and Political Science
What impact do religious beliefs, identities, and practices have on rebel group cohesion and fragmentation? To date, a near consensus exists among scholars and policymakers around the belief that religion provides a unique set of tools for unifying and maintaining the allegiance of insurgents. Yet, e ven a cursory review of internal wars over the past few decades reveals frequent splintering amongst armed groups that mobilize along religious lines. This conference paper and presentation investigate this puzzle by leveraging new data on the religious dynamics and fragmentation of 240 rebel...Read more
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2016 Conference on Elections and Democracy
Term:
Fall 2016
Department:
Development Studies
This research tracks how the narrative of US exceptionalism has allotted US impunity for their interventionalist policies in Haitian politics, and has furthermore granted it a monopoly on development in the region. First, my research seeks to re-historicize US imperialism in Haiti under the guise of “development.” I track this through the US's strategic deployment of both the "hard coup" (direct military occupation, CIA-led coups) and the "soft coup" (sending development aid to support particular political factions). I argue that in acknowledging the history and present short-comings of US...Read more