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Funding for Overseas Undergraduate Student Research


The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates. Awards for summer 2015 have been granted. Check back soon to learn about the activities of the awardees!

Congratulations to the recipients of CIE/OUR Undergraduate Overseas Research Travel Awards, which supported research conducted in summer 2014:

  • Derek Counts (Art History)/Jordan Burich - Cyprus
  • Maria Gillespie (Dance)/Brooke Miller and Devin Settle - China
  • Jessica Meuninck-Ganger (Printmaking) and Matthew Russell (CIPD/Comp Lit)/Dakotasky Bowen - UK
  • Mai Phillips (CES)/Jennifer Blando, Angelica Sanchez, and Jenna Williams - Kenya
  • Stefan Schnitzer (Freshwater Sciences)/Megan Waletowski and William Walker - Panama
  • Manu Sobti (Architecture) - Uzbekistan
  • Ying Wang (Art History)/Juniper Yun Kruser - China
Click here to watch a video about Dakotasky Bowen's research project in London. 
The Kenya project was featured in the August 2014 issue of L&S Focus.


Some other past research projects include:

  • Tropical plant community ecology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama
  • Afrikaans literature in Port Elizabeth and Capetown, South Africa
  • Water quality of streams in Seoul, Korea
  • Archaeological object conservation and collections management with the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus
  • HIV status disclosure in Malawi
  • Technical and choreographic research of postmodern dance in Berlin, Germany
  • Analysis of archaeological remains in Huanchaco and Trujillo, Peru
  • Study of marine zooplankton near Barcelona, Spain
  • Popular folk dance (Bumba-meu-boi) in Salvador and Sao Luis, Brazil
  • Structural geology in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland
  • Geo-politics and space: Along the silk road in Uzbekistan

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Tracy Buss ( with any questions.

 “I was honored to receive the Center for International Education/Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Award because I got to experience working in a lab preserving artifacts directly associated with ancient archaeology. As assistant to the Conservator, I worked with another staff member in the lab where we cleaned, tagged, photographed and packaged artifacts and turned them over to the local museum.  The materials I mostly worked with included terracotta and limestone…I have worked with collections before but this particular collection helped me witness the entire process the artifact goes through before it is turned over to the museum. To experience the role of a curator, conservator, and registrar while dealing with a collection was very important for me because curatorial work is a career I would like someday…I will be graduating from UWM in December 2013 with a double major in Anthropology and History with an Art History Minor. My plan is to go to graduate school to get my Master’s degree in Museum Studies.  I would like to thank Professor Counts (UWM) and Professor Toumazou (Davidson College) for inviting me to return to Cyprus this past summer. It was a wonderful learning experience.” – Emily Brzezinski