Four UW-Madison doctoral students will conduct research abroad with the help of a prestigious award.
The students are recipients of the federally funded Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award that will allow them to do research on three different continents for a year. The funds are provided from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Nicolle Etchart is going to travel to Ecuador to study the effectiveness of the country’s forest conservation program that gives financial incentives for landowners to protect their forests. Etchart studies within the university’s Department of Geography.
- Lindsay Ehrisman, in the Department of History, will go to Uganda to research the topics of intimacy and health in the area during pre-colonial times. She will speak with local historians and traditional therapeutic specialists in English and Luganda to understand those topics during the period from year 500 to 1900.
- In India, Alicia Wright will explore political reporting in New Delhi with a focus on journalists who write in both English and Hindi. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication student will conduct interviews and shadow subjects to see if source material is altered when translated
- to another language
- Akshay Sarathi, in the Anthropology Department, will go to Tanzania to research the maritime culture of the Swahili people, and how it evolved from 4,000 BCE to the 1100s. Sarathi will also explore how maritime abilities might have been impacted by urbanization, climate change and animal domestication.