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GPS Alliance is proud to announce the 2013 Judd Fellows Cohort

2013 Judd Fellows Cohort group photo

Projects range from community health promotion in Ghana, working with an Egyptian NGO in Cairo, traveling to Mfangano Island to collaborate with the organization Organic Health Response, setting up medical clinics in remote villages in the north Indian Himalayas, and completing a clinical rotation in Tanzania. Click here to read more about the student's projects.

In this issue:

  • Update from Abroad: Nepal, Senegal, and Mexico
  • Judd Fellow Alumni Updates
  • Give to the Max Day 2013
  • RSVP for the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo

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Update from Abroad: Nepal, Senegal, and Mexico

Tatyana in NepalExploring the uses of fruit and timber in the mountains of Nepal

Tatyana Venegas Swanson is interning in Nepal with the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management at the University of Minnesota. She shared that, “Nepal has been wonderful, eye-opening and a learning adventure all in one…My teammates and I are working on value-chain analysis (VCA) of two products: one is Bael fruit, which is turned into a juice, and the other is Uttis timber, which is used to make plywood, furniture, and milled timber for construction purposes. We have the Bael VCA in its final editing process and are working on finalizing our first draft. We are so grateful to be working and living in this region of the country, which is rural and hilly (which really means mountainous) and just absolutely gorgeous!” Pictured: Tatyana and her teammates hiking down a mountain to a village


Bibhusha in SenegalDigging deeper into the world of development in Senegal

Bibhusha Karki is working on a monitoring and evaluation project for the YMCA-Senegal and Forum Civil. Bibhusha reported, “When I had just joined the Master of Development Practice (MDP) program at the University I wanted to focus on human rights, but as I dug deeper into the world of development I began to realize we could have all kinds of rights but we need a system for those rights to be able to function. My interest towards governance deepened. Being able to work on governance issues as my internship was the cherry on top.” Pictured: Bibhusha is wearing a Boubou robe, traditional African dress.


Collecting stories and understanding urban migrants in Mexico

Victoria Scher’s research seeks to understand the impacts of segregated Tarahumara education in Chihuahua City, Mexico and write a collection of literary essays that informs the public about these individuals. Her research will result in a thesis for her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a book publication.

Victoria reported from Mexico, “Everything is going great! I am in the middle of interviews and trying to stay cool in the hot Chihuahua sun. I'm attaching a picture of Colonia Martin Lopez, the neighborhood in which more than 500 Tarahumaras live. This is where I spend my days, conducting interviews and accompanying Tarahumara women on shopping excursions, walks, and visits.”

Victoria in Mexico

Judd Fellow Alumni Updates

Alumna working with past ⎯ and present ⎯ Judd Fellows

Amy (Becker) LaFrance, a 2005 Judd Fellow whose fieldwork on global pandemic influenza policy took her to London, is sharing lessons learned through her global health experiences from the front of a classroom. Amy is teaching "Working in Global Health," a graduate course through the U of M's Division of Environmental Health Sciences. In her first semester of teaching the course, two of her students were 2012 Judd Fellows. Another of her students 2013 Judd Fellow, Nicole Kast is completing a field experience with Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza that focuses on the issue of child sexual abuse in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

When the landscape is quiet again

Sarah Christianson, a 2008 Judd Fellow, is documenting the oil boom in the Williston Basin, North Dakota, in photographs over the next year with the support of a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. The project will focus on "when the landscape is quiet again" by examining the scars from prior oil extraction activities, what new wounds are being inflicted, and what locals will be left to deal with when the boom inevitably busts.

Sarah’s forthcoming book "Homeplace" has been sent to the printer. The book chronicles her family's history within the larger context of Scandinavian immigration and settlement of North Dakota. The book includes the project she created in Norway with her Judd Fellowship in 2008. For more information see Sarah Christianson’s website at

Give to the Max Day LogoGive to the Max Day 2013

Join the Judd Fellowship program on Give to the Max Day on November 14, 2013, to help support fellows like Tatyana in Nepal, Bibhusha in Senegal, and Victoria in Mexico. A Judd Fellowship covers, on average, only about 50% of a student’s budget for their international research or field experience project. One of the goals of the program is to increase this percentage.

Give to the Max Day is Minnesota’s annual 24-hour philanthropic marathon and was created to increase charitable donations statewide by engaging as many donors as possible in a single day. This pioneering idea was made possible by GiveMN, a charitable giving website to help Minnesotans support their causes.

RSVP for the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo

Meet the 2013 Judd Fellows cohort at the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo on October 9, 2013, 4:30-6:30, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Click here to RSVP.

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 sizes. You can learn more about how to make a gift to support the Judd Fellowships by visiting our website or contact Diane Young, our director of development at 612-624-8819 or

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