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Meet the 2014 Judd Fellows

Congratulations to the 2014 Judd Fellows who will conduct projects in eight countries around the world. Click here to read about their projects.

  • Afia Adaboh (Jamaica, Food security)
  • Tyler Bradley (Tanzania, Pediatric rehabilitation)
  • Eliza Cowan (India, Farmer productivity)
  • Randika De Mel (Jamaica, Food security)
  • Brooke Dugdale (Ecuador, Medical research)
  • Angelica Getahun (Ecuador, Non-timber forest products)
  • Catherine Glatz (Kenya, Micro-clinic evaluation)
  • Alana Jackson (Kenya, Community through photography)
  • Bior Keech (Kenya, Resilience and economic growth)
  • Rayanatou Laouali (Kenya, Resilience and economic growth)
  • Jordan McGurran (Uganda, Ethnographic research)
  • Atefeh Orandi (Tanzania, Pediatric rehabilitation)
  • Shruti Saxena (Vietnam, Evaluation of Payment for Ecosystem Services)
  • Bria Schurke (Uganda, Family planning)
  • Emily Wang (Guatemala, Medical assistance)

Map of Judd Fellow projects


2014 Judd Fellows Cohort
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Save the date for the Judd Fellows Expo
October 7
4:30-6:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center

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Judd Fellows Awarded Global Spotlight Grants

Shruti Saxena (2014) and Julia Corwin (2012) were awarded Global Spotlight grants for international research. Julia’s research investigates the changing landscape of e-waste recycling in the National Capital Region of India in order to better describe and theorize the under-studied relationship between global discourses on waste, national environmental policies, recycling infrastructures, and informal labor. Julia’s research is a continuation of the project she worked on as a Judd Fellow. In combination with funding from the Judd Fellowship Shruti as part of a team will collect and evaluate data about implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in various districts and villages of Thua Thien-Hue province in Vietnam. Follow Shruti's project in Vietnam at her blog "Notes from around the world."

Judd Fellow Shruti Saxena

Shruti Saxena (far left) with 'Team Vietnam" at the Global Spotlight Grants reception.

Catching up with the Judd alumni

Sarah Sevcik (2008) was awarded a GPS Alliance Travel Grant to conduct research in Malawi this summer. She will spend time with six different organizations—some government, some nonprofit—with differing areas of focus. Sarah is a teaching specialist in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the School of Public Health. MORE

Nicole Kast (2013) will begin a position as an International Development Fellow with Catholic Relief Services in Nairobi, Kenya, this September. Catholic Relief Services' International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) gives young professionals interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain exposure to program implementation and management. At the Kenya country office, Nicole will work in business development; monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL); health programming; and emergency response.

Judd alumni Nicole Kast

Nicole was interviewed for the story “Women and Children First” International Educator magazine about her work in Bolivia working with Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza (Breeze of Hope Center), which aims to prevent sexual abuse of children and to provide legal, psychological, and social services to victims. Nicole completed a field experience with Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza during her Judd Fellowship.

Kaela Glass (2011) joined the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) as an information officer. Her graduate program had a focus on humanitarian assistance and global public policy. As a Judd Fellow she interned with WellShare International in Uganda.

Tatyana Venegas-Swanson (2013) traveled to Nicaragua over spring break 2014 with fellow University students and completed research for her capstone project on effective and sustainable point-of-use water filtration systems.

Sheila Nezhad (2011) was awarded a public policy fellowship at the Williams Institute for the 2013-14 term. The purpose of the fellowship is to support the public policy research of the Williams Institute on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

Emily Bright (2008), feature contributor for WXPR Interlochen Public Radio, recently wrote, "How Being a Poet Prepared Me to Be a Mother," as part of the WXPR "Poets on Poetry" series. Click here to listen to the interview.

Meghan Mason (2009) ran in the 2014 Boston Marathon and finished with a phenomenal time of 3.23.34. Meghan ran on behalf of Centre Volunteers in Medicine Marathoners for Medicine. She volunteered at CVIM throughout high school and college, and her time there was integral in her decision to pursue further degrees in public health.

JB Scherpelz (2011) recently joined Sivo Insights as the director for their business development. Sivo Insights is a consumer insight consulting firm in the Twin Cities.

Especially for Judd Alumni

Join the Judd Fellows LinkedIn group

This is a closed group only for Judd Fellows to network, get back in touch, and share ideas. Watch your email for an invitation or email Meaka Pitschka at for more information.

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Do you want to double your donation to the Judd Fellowship fund? Judd Fellowship donors Carol and Cliff Stiles will generously match the giving of Judd alumni dollar-for-dollar as part of their $3,000 challenge grant.

If you've made a contribution since the 2013 Expo, you'll be happy to know that your gift will be included in this challenge! That means the $1,035 contributed by 14 Judd alumni since October 2013 count towards the match. And while our timing was a bit off to meet the $2,500 goal needed to award an additional Judd Fellowship in 2014, the Stiles' challenge puts us on track to award an additional Judd Fellowship in 2015. 

Carol and Cliff have been tireless and generous boosters of the Judd Fellowship since the beginning in so many different ways.  You may remember receiving a congratulatory note from Cliff about his mentor Walter Judd?  Or, you may remember Cliff, the energetic fellow at the Expo, encouraging others to step up and support the Judd Fellowship?  Perhaps you remember Carol and Cliff visiting your poster, being engaged and asking questions? And now they want to challenge all Judd alumni to make a gift of any size and they will match it until the $3,000 is all committed.  THANK YOU CAROL AND CLIFF!!!

Step up to the challenge and double your gift today!

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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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