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Funding for Overseas Undergraduate Student Research


The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in Spring or Summer 2015. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range.

These awards are intended to help defray the costs associated with students traveling abroad to participate in faculty research. The committee has strongly favored applications that have focused most (or all) of the budget on the needs of the students, but the awards can also be used to fund faculty and academic staff travel. All travel expenses must be in accordance with UWM and UW System travel policies. Allowable travel costs include: transportation, lodging and per diem expenses. Awards may not be used to pay for faculty salary and benefits. Other anticipated research costs may be considered by the selection committee and should be listed and explained in the proposal budget; please note, however, that the primary purpose of these funds is to support travel rather than faculty members’ research expenses.

Full information on how to apply is available here.

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
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