Current Winners

Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant

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Term:
Summer 2019
Department:
International & Area Studies
In my report, “Open Source Investigations and Human Rights Research: An Ethical Approach,” I document my development and implementation of an ethics frameworks to human rights based open source investigations. As an ethicist at the Human Rights Investigations Lab at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, my research addresses the complexities and responsibilities of handling citizen-produced media, public information, and fragile subjects in the context of conflict zones. Using data from collaborative working groups, I successfully created a foundational cataloging mechanism of ethical...Read more
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Term:
Summer 2019
Department:
Human Rights Center
As technology continues to reshape our world, academics, individuals, and organizations are experiencing an unprecedented shift within the standard research narrative. Working at the intersection of technology, human rights, consulting, management, and entrepreneurship throughout the last two years, I have been able to learn the ropes of advocacy in the digital era and have contributed to several of the Human Rights Lab’s ongoing projects as an undergraduate researcher and co-manager of the Digital Verification Corps (DVC). The DVC, launched by Amnesty International, is a network of...Read more
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Term:
Summer 2019
Department:
Political Science
Billions of dollars (USD) are allocated for global development projects yearly, yet nearly half of the world’s population is impoverished--living on less than $2.50 per day. This challenge is even more acute in socially-marginalized communities like the Nandurbar district of Maharashtra in India, which has an underdeveloped economy and underfunded education infrastructure. Major causes of underdevelopment in this region include poor coordination of goals and practices of critical stakeholders in government, business, nonprofits, and tribal groups, and the lack of critical thinking and...Read more
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Cash Transfers: Theory and Practice in Neoliberal Aid
Term:
Summer 2019
Department:
Development Studies
My research examines the emergence of cash transfer (CT), or grants to targeted populations, in development work. Many insist these programs will revolutionize development work and create a more inclusive and equitable society. By redistributing small amounts of wealth to vulnerable populations, CT advocates insist, recipients can begin self-sustaining cycles of growth and escape poverty. As they attract a diverse coalition of supporters, from African heads of state to Silicon Valley billionaires, CTs bring together a set of distinct and often conflicting interests. However, few have...Read more