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News from the Judd Fellowships

A Periodic Newsletter for Fellows, Alumni, and Supporters of the Judd Fellowships

Dear Judd Fellows,

Welcome to the inaugural Judd Fellowship newsletter. We hope to provide updates about the Fellowship program, Judd Fellow alumni, and other related news. Please send your news to me at so we can include it in future issues.

— Meaka (Henningsen) Pitschka

Welcome New Judd Fellows!

Introducing the 2012 Judd Fellows Cohort
The GPS Alliance has awarded a total of $37,000 in fellowships to 15 University of Minnesota graduate and professional degree students from seven different colleges. The cohort will study, undertake internships, and conduct research in 15 different countries from Haiti to India, and Nepal to the Congo. Read more about the Fellows and their projects.

Jessica Lowe and her WHO ID2012 Judd Fellow Interning in the Congo
Jessica Lowe is interning at World Health Organization (WHO) at their African Regional Office in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. Jessica will write 46 country reports on adolescent health and mortality and compile a regional report with recommendations. Follow Jessica through her blog at “Notes from the Field.”

Jessica is pictured with her new WHO identification badge.


Judd Fellow Alumni Updates

Kristina Krohn Awarded Stanford-NBC News Fellowship
Kristina Krohn, a 2009 Judd Fellow, has been awarded a Stanford-NBC News Fellowship in Media and Global Health. Kristina will take a year leave of absence from her medical residency. Starting in Washington D.C. at Kaiser Media's intern orientation, she will spend a year learning to share medical events and news, especially in regards to global health. After her orientation she will go to India for two months to work at the World Health Organization's regional office for Southeast Asia. She will then spend a month in Geneva at WHO’s headquarters. In the fall Kristina will attend Stanford's graduate-level journalism school and in the spring will be working with Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. Learn more through Kristina’s blog or Twitter handle, @GlobalHealthDr.

Sarah Christianson to Publish Book of Historical Photos
Sarah Christianson’s first photo book will be published by Daylight next year! It includes the project she created in Norway with her Judd Fellowship in 2008, in which she photographed the farms from where her ancestors emigrated in the late 1800s and their current unrelated owners; she later juxtaposed these images with historical photos of her ancestors. Sarah is offering a pre-publication sale until July 15 to support the costs of publishing. See more of Sarah’s photography on her website.

Photos by Sarah Christianson

Ahti Westphal Featured in U's Legacy Magazine
The Judd Fellowship Program and 2011 Judd Fellow Ahti Westphal were featured in Legacy magazine, a publication of the University of Minnesota Foundation. The article followed Ahti's experience in Cambodia and the impact it is having on the local community. Download the article, “Global Outlook, Local Impact.”

Save the Date for the Tenth Anniversary Judd Fellows Expo
The 2012 Judd Fellows Expo will be October 10. This will be a special Expo as we celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Judd Fellowships Program! The annual Judd Fellows Expo gives the returned fellows the opportunity to share photos and stories of their time abroad with family, friends, faculty mentors, and supporters of the fellowships.

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Should the Judd Fellowship program start a Facebook page? Please take our survey and voice your opinion.

Make a Gift

The Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships were created with a gift from the Walter H. Judd Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation and additional funds from the University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. The Judd fellowships program is proud to also be supported by individual donors. We welcome gifts of all size. You can learn more about how to make a gift to support the Judd Fellowships by visiting our website.

For more information on how you can support the Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships, please contact Diane Young, our director of development at 612-624-8819 or

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