IFP Award Recipients

Current Projects

The International Fellows Program for Research, Service, and Creative Activity is made possible by a multi-year Blugold Commitment Grant. This innovative program is coordinated by the Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in collaboration with the Center for International Education, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Center for Service-Learning.

Summer 2019 Projects

Title: Summer Internship at the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos, Ecuador

  • Faculty: Wil Taylor (Biology) and Kelly Murray (Biology)
  • Students: Victoria Cole, Jessica King, Dana Lind, Ryan Swenson
  • Abstract: In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos Islands is the birthplace of modern biology and a mecca for world-class scientists conducting research in evolutionary biology, island biogeography, marine science, and other disciplines. UWEC students will have a unique opportunity to work at the Charles Darwin Research Station, side-by-side with top scientists, in research projects with various specific themes.

Title: Developing Global Competencies and Global Capacities in Two Teacher Education Programs through International Collaboration (Phase III)

  • Faculty: Eric Torres (Education Studies)
  • Students: Cheyenne Bonincontri, Emily Brenner, James Hennick, Lauryn Peterson, Kevein Verbeten
  • Abstract: This project is a qualitative and quantitative study of three intercultural experiences in Peru: the publicly funded and IBO accredited school COAR-Lima, and one of its offspring, COAR Lambayeque, and Cambridge University Examiner and IBO accredited private school Markham College. Through service learning as a teacher aide, ethnographic observation, survey, interviews, critical reflection, and narrative inquiry student researchers will make an abstraction of both their Peruvian students' and their own global learning experiences. The challenge is translating increased awareness about race, culture, intercultural relations, language difference, power and identity in the global commons into effective teaching practices using a set of already identified key curricular elements.

Title: Subsurface Imaging of Significant Archaeological and Geomorphic Landscapes in Lithuania: Developing Strong Partnerships

  • Faculty: Harry Jol (Geography & Anthropology)
  • Students: Logan Bergevin, Hailee Jefferies, Kelly Jerviss, Cameron Wingren
  • Abstract: This is a research project investigating six archaeological and geomorphic sites, through non-invasive imaging of the surface layering. The team uses ground penetrating radar (GPR) to collect and interpret processed data, which is then used to improve our understanding of the sites and direct present and future research and excavations.

Title: Chemical Phlebitis Related to Chemotherapy: Incidence and Management

  • Faculty: Dalete Mota (Nursing)
  • Students: Maria Becker, Sydney Miller
  • Abstract: The most common way to administer intravenous chemotherapy around the world is by peripheral catheters. A frequent complication of this route of chemotherapy infusion is phlebitis, more specifically, chemical phlebitis (CP). Despite its high prevalence, there is a lack of information on the incidence and associated factors of CP, and no clear effective intervention has been reported for this problem. Therefore, this research project aims at identifying the incidence, associated factors of CP in patients receiving intravenous chemotherapy.

Title: Criminal Justice Institutions and Social Order: Comparative Criminal Justice Study in Taiwan

  • Faculty: Ming-Li Hsieh (Political Science-Criminal Justice)
  • Students: Maxwell Manz, Alana Petz, Courtney Wiemer
  • Abstract: Given the rising Chinese population and community in the United States, it would be critical for those who would like to devote their career to the law enforcement and legal authorities, but don’t understand Asian states, to have a better knowledge of social and criminal justice in a multicultural setting. Learning, understanding and embracing multicultural society and ethics is the key for alleviating many potential social and justice conflicts. This project is designed to provide students with a comparative overview of criminal justice frameworks around the world. Specifically, organizations, operations, standards, and programs in criminal justice institutions (e.g. policing, court, and corrections) will be examined based on a global perspective through a filed study approach.

Title: Metal Earth: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Linking Archean Crustal Architecture and Tectonics to Metal Endowment

  • Faculty: Robert Lodge (Geology)
  • Students: Natalie Brock, Makayla Chandler, Trevor Nelson
  • Abstract: This proposal's primary goal is to document and describe the Archean volcanic and intrusive rocks along a 100 km geophysical transect (the Sturgeon transect) near Ignace, Ontario, Canada. This is part of Metal Earth ‐ a $104 million research program led by Laurentian University. Metal Earth will focus on the Precambrian era to answer fundamental questions related to how secular changes in Earth’s evolution have resulted in differential metal endowment in space and in time. This IFP program placed UWEC undergraduate students in the middle of an international research program that is reshaping our knowledge of the geology and mineral potential of the Archean cratons.

Winterim 2019 Projects

Title: The Budapest Diaries of Dr. Maria Madi: A Digital Humanities Project

  • Faculty: Jim Oberly (History)
  • Students: Chue Her, Elizabeth Peterson, Katherine Ciolkosz, Cade Lambrecht
  • Abstract: The Budapest radiologist, Dr. Maria Madi, was cut off from all contact with her American daughter when Hungary declared war on the US in 1941. The English-educated Madi started a diary in the form of imagined letters to her daughter. The goal of this project is to create what historians call a "digital humanities" site where Madi diaries can be fully studied, meaning the use of software to enhance and extend the ways in which readers encounter texts. Work will start in the fall semester, and then the research team will travel to Budapest to do on-site research in the archives related to places mentioned in the diary.
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