Past Award Recipients

Summer 2011 Award Recipients


Tristan Call, 3rd year Anthropology PhD student, conducted preliminary field research on agroecology, ideologies of autonomy, and local histories of peasant revolution in the boca costa of Sololá and Suchitepequez, Guatemala.

Thomas Davis, 2nd year MD student, spent five weeks collecting information about the acceptability and usage of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food through participant observation and unstructured interviews in rural Guatemala.

Sarah Foss, 2nd year M.A. student in Latin American Studies, traveled to Panama to study the relationship between the Kuna and the Torrijos government, which lasted from 1968-1981. Her research focused on issues of nationalism and identity.

Amanda Garrison, 3rd year Anthropology PhD student, conducted research at the site of Iruhito, Bolivia in order to begin excavations and a lab season next summer. She catalogued the archaeobotanical samples from the site of Khonkho Wankane that will be used to compare with the Iruhito samples.

Lauren Kohut, 5th year Anthropology PhD student, traveled to the Colca Valley, Peru to collect preliminary data for her dissertation research. She was able to identify, visit and collect data from seven sites, three of which had not been previously surveyed or studied.

Sarah Levithol, 2nd year Anthropology PhD student, accomplished three goals in Guatemala this summer: a one month period of excavation at the Mayan site of Tamarindito; a one and a half month lab session processing the artifacts; and one week networking and studying at the Simposio de Investigaiones Arqueológicas.

Arturo Maldonado, 3rd year Political Science PhD student, was in Peru this summer studying the local elections in San Martin and Ancash. He interviewed regional presidents, regional officials, and journalists in these areas to determine the effects of an economic boom and incumbent advantage on electoral outcomes.

Brian McCray, 2nd year Anthropology  PhD student, traveled to Chachapoyas, in northeastern Peru, and gained important experience with the logistics of working in the region. He visited a variety of different sites and established contacts with local residents and other archaeologists interested in the region.

Susanne McDowell, 2nd year Earth & Environmental Science PhD student, spent two and a half weeks in Brazil observing the spectacular geology of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul and collecting more than 30 samples of granite and volcanic rocks from the Camaquã and Itajaí Basins.

Scotti Norman, 2nd year Anthropology PhD student, conducted excavations in Peru and Ecuador.  In Peru, she worked at a large, Late Intermediate Period pukara investigating social stratification.  In Ecuador, she excavated at two Cayambe sites to investigate the changes in the Cayambe sociopolitical environment prompted by the sudden Inka presence during the 16th century.

L. Tatiana Paz Lemus, 2nd year Anthropology  PhD student, conducted interviews, administered surveys and led focus groups in Tactic, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala in order to explore conflicting notions about the role of youth in this society.

Max Pendergraph, 2nd year M.A. student in Latin American Studies, used the Tinker grant to extend his semester abroad in São Paulo, Brazil to work in the state archives and the Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros housed on campus at the University of São Paulo.

Carla Valenzuela, 2nd year MD candidate, worked on an HIV based social research project in Lima, Peru. The results of this study will help clarify the role of HIV stigma as a barrier to retention in care and also help identify other barriers that prevent patients from continuing in HIV care after being diagnosed.

Karin Whitehouse, 3rd year Spanish and Portuguese PhD student, collected narratives from eleven women in Buenos Aires who were affected by the 1976 – 1983 dictatorship. Their testimony will help shed light onto the ways in which repressive ideologies and governments have had an impact on women’s lives and identities.


Elizabeth Eiland, M.A. student in Latin American Studies, traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to pursue her interests in the production of film and propaganda during the Estado Novo and how these media portrayed women during that time.

G. Cory Duclos, Spanish and Portuguese PhD student, visited Santiago, Chile and consulted materials at the Universidad Católica and the National Library. His research helped him to establish both the literary and cultural contexts in which Alberto Fuguet’s first novels appear.


Laura Sellers

Alyse Rooks

Avi Richman

Matt Farina

Natasha Volny

Kara Schultz

Dan O’Maley