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2017-2018 International Fellows Program (IFP) Award Recipients

Summer 2017 Projects:

Title: A comparison of job satisfaction of physical education teachers in Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
FacultySaori Braun (Kinesiology) and Yoonsin Oh (Kinesiology)
Students: Daniel Stockhaus, Joshua Stringer, Zoe Kapusta
AbstractThe objective of the project is to qualitatively examine and compare the job satisfaction of physical education teachers in Japan, South Korea, and the United States. The two guiding questions are 1) how do physical education teachers describe their job satisfaction and 2) how do physical education teachers describe their job dissatisfaction. This study will also examine any cultural differences in the physical educator profession (e.g., salary, certification process, work load, and working culture) in all three countries.
Title: A Continuing Assessment Comparing Chinese and American Views on a Variety of Climate Change Issues and Policies
FacultyEric Jamelske (Economics) and James Boulter (Watershed Institute)
Students: Kayla Coonen, Cora Cornett, Austin Holmes, Ashley Pike, Anastasia Rauland
AbstractThis project is a continuing extension of past IFP projects building partnerships in China and compiling an on going data set of public views on climate change issues and policies. We propose visiting Chengdu, China to conduct surveys of Chinese adults. We will spend four weeks in China working with faculty and student partners from Southwest Jiaotong University. This project also includes similar surveys of American adults using Survey Sampling International. Additionally, we will survey college students in both countries for comparison. We expect many conference presentations including multiple oral/poster presentations by students and 2-3 peer reviewed journal articles.  This will be in the context of collecting data in the world's largest polluting nation for analysis and dissemination regarding the most significant global environmental challenge ever faced by society.
Title: Imaging Noteworthy Archaeological and Geomorphic Sites in Lithuania: Developing a Collaborative International Partnership
FacultyHarry Jol (Geography & Anthropology)
Students: Luke Burds and Richard Mataitis
Abstract:  The project will investigate five archaeological and geomorphic landscapes in Lithuania. The proposed plan would be work together with in-country partners and communities to non-invasively image the subsurface layering of selected archaeological sites as well as an UNESCO designated coastal environment. We would use UWEC's ground penetrating radar (GPR) system (pulse EKKO 100 and 1000) to collect data and interpret the processed data. The GPR results would significantly improve our understanding of these sites and would support our in-country collaborators (e.g. with hard to obtain and costly datasets) from which to direct present/future research and excavations. The proposal is developed collaboratively with researchers from numerous institutes (e.g. Lithuanian Institute of History, Vilnius University) with whom UWEC has successfully worked with in the past.
Title: History of Chemistry at Kazan University
FacultyDavid Lewis (Chemistry)
Students: Anna Giebink, Carly Goedhart, Dylan Rothbauer, Raspel Sergei
Abstract:  This project will continue and expand on the work begun at Kazan by digitizing additional materials from Markovnikov. We particularly want to obtain Markovnikov's lecture notes from Butlerov's 1859?1860 course in organic chemistry. This will consist of three major tasks: Accessing and digitizing the lecture notes from Butlerov' course in organic chemistry taken in 1859-1860 by Markovnikov during the formative years of Butlerov's structural theory of organic chemistry; Accessing and digitizing the lecture notes from Butlerov' course in organic chemistry taken in 1862-1863 by student I. Bukhvostov following the general acceptance of structural theory, but before publication of Butlerov' textbook, the "Vvedenie k polnomu izucheniyu organicheskoi khimii" ["Introduction to the Complete Study of Organic Chemistry"]; Analyzing the content of these two documents and their relationship to the first edition of the Vvedenie; Completing the transcription (into mopdern Russian) and translation (into English) of Markovnikov's M. Khim. dissertation.
Title: The Duino Elegies: A Musical Composition for Sting Quartet and Alto
FacultyTulio Rondon (Music & Theater Arts)
Students: Anne Schreiber, Michaela Byland, Jillian Kresen, Ian Rucker, Brianna Schwanbeck
AbstractThis proposal will bring six students to the International Music Festival of the Adriatic (IMFA) in Duino, Italy. During part of the month of June and July (25 Days), the students will collaborate and research the writings of the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, concentrating on his book of poems "The Duino Elegies", and culminating with a creation of a new composition for string quartet and alto singer based on the aforementioned poems. The collection of ten elegies where written during Rilke's stay at the Duino Castle in 1912, the same castle facilities where the IMFA festival takes place. The project will involve students from three different divisions from the music department, composition, vocal, and strings. All students will engage on the analysis and critical view of the Duino Elegies, and understand the cultural and political context in which they where created. In addition, all students will collaborate on the integration of a selected group of poems into a new composition for string quartet and alto voice. The project will also require a fair knowledge of extended new techniques in each of their disciplines, in order to incorporate them into the new composition.
Title: UWEC Charles Darwin Research Station Internship Program 
FacultyWil Taylor (Biology) and Todd Wellnitz (Biology)
Students: Kayla Budd, Brandon Polzin, Quinn Steiner, Alexandra Sueldo
AbstractThis will be Biology's sixth summer working at the international research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). Since its inception, this has been a signature program for UWEC. Our Galapagos Internship program continues to garner very high interest from students, has been an excellent tool for promoting UWEC to prospective students, and helped build UWEC's national and international reputation.  To date the program has supported 21 student interns who have worked on a variety of research projects ranging from rehabilitating injured Galapagos tortoises to restoring native vegetation to mapping island coastlines.
Title: Developing Global Competencies and Global Capacities in Two Teacher Education Programs through International Collaboration (Phase II) 
FacultyEric Torres (Education Studies)
Students: Elizabeth Davis, Ian Harvatine, Sam Rossmiller, Jenna Washetas, Leah Wagner
AbstractThis action-research collaborative project is a qualitative and quantitative comparative study of three successful multicultural and intercultural
experiences in Peru: the publicly funded, secondary and IBO accredited school Colegio Mayor Secundario Presidente del Peru-COAR Lima, one of its recent offspring replicas, Colegio de Alto Rendimiento-COAR Lambayeque, and Cambridge University Examiner and IBO accredited Pre K-12 private school Markham College. Selected Peruvian students and their teachers as well as UWEC student researchers will be subjects. Through a) service learning as a teacher aid, b) ethnographic observation, c) survey, d) interviews, e) critical reflection, and f) narrative inquiry student researchers will make an abstraction of both their Peruvian students' and their own global learning experience. Our challenge is translating increased awareness about race, culture, intercultural relations, language difference, power and identity in the global commons into effective teaching practices conducive to the development of individual global competencies and institutional global capacities. Additionally, student researchers will identify key curricular elements to be considered in a Diploma of Specialization in Global Learning to be designed and implemented as a joint effort and under a strategic alliance between UWEC' and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru' teacher education programs.
Title: Hip-Hop and Rap: The Not So "Silent" Political Protest in Senegal 
FacultyFrank Watkins (Music & Theater Arts) and Dandrielle Lewis (Mathematics)
Students: Cecilia Calametti, Reed Hoffman, Ellie Masias, Caleb Nunn, Elijah Vanderpoel
AbstractProtests are often ignited in reaction to the rejection of fundamental freedoms. Throughout American history, researchers have studied the effects of protests on particular groups of people. The goal of this project is to study political protest in Senegal through the lens of music and colorism. We aim to answer: 1) What fundamental social freedoms are rejected by the leaders of the Rebel Music movement? 2) How is Rebel Music used as a form of political protest against the government, and what effects has it had on Senegalese people? and 3) How are the societal effects of colorism being addressed through the medium of music? The significance of this research is cutting edge as it seeks to examine the current experiences of Senegalese people through the intersectionalized lens of music, colorism, and political protest, and to share not only their story, but also their music, with the world.