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Congratulations to the 2015 Judd Fellows!

2015 Judd Cohort

This year the GPS Alliance awarded three additional Judd Fellowships for a total of 18—including two projects specific to Panama and the inaugural Judd Alumni Fellowship (see below). Fellows will conduct academic projects in 12 different countries all over the world.

Judd Fellows at the Networking LunchExamples of projects include researching sickle-cell disease in Haiti, participating in the Himalayan Health Exchange Kargiakh Expedition, researching caddisfly fauna in the Andes in central Ecuador, and interning at a biodiversity conservation farm in India. Read more about these and the other career-building projects that were funded thanks to the Judd Fellowships and your generous support.

The 2015 fellows met in early May at the Judd Fellows Networking Lunch to get to know each other and compare notes for their upcoming adventures. The group was honored to be joined by Judd Fellow alumni Meghan Mason (2009), Jordan McGurran (2014), and Sarah Sevcik (2008).


Truax is inaugural Judd Alumni Fellow

The first-ever Judd Alumni Fellowship was awarded this year to the highest-ranked fellowship applicant. The additional fellowship was made possible by generous support from Judd Fellow alumni, with matching finds from donors Carol and Cliff Stiles.

Peter TruaxThe inaugural recipient is Peter Truax, a landscape architecture master’s student, who will conduct research in Ypres, Belgium, this summer to catalog the memorial landscapes of the First World War. His research will result in a visual index comparing photographs of battlefield sites in the past with memorial landscapes in the present.

Save the date for the Judd Fellows Expo

October 20, 2015
4:30-6:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center

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Updates from the field

Faris Kasim, Thailand

Faris Kasim is conducting research in Thailand this summer in collaboration with the non-profit Save the Children. He is working on a tool that will help the organization understand the extent to which children’s rights are being enjoyed and an analysis of the obstacles to, and enablers of, their realization. Read more about his project on his blog.

Old newspaper from Panama Canal zoneTim Frye, Panama

Tim Frye is examining the spaces that line the Panama Canal, which arise as "memory sites" (as distinguished from historical narrative) in the form of abandoned U.S. infrastructure, as well as re-tooled and recycled infrastructure in cities like El Chorrillo, Balboa, The City of Knowledge, Howard, Gamboa, and Rainbow City. Tim’s research involves a literary fieldwork blending Panamanian literature, photography, and criticism on space and ecology. Tim is working with Panamanian photographer José Castrellón, whose project “Zoned Out” depicts a spatial and ecological memory of the Canal Zone and the infrastructure that remains. Additionally, Tim has been doing archival research at the University of Panama.


Catching up with the Judd alumni

Caroline Krafft (2010) co-edited a book on Egypt’s labor market with Professor Ragui Assaad, "The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution," from Oxford University Press. Later this month, she will defend her dissertation on the microeconomics of development in the Middle East and North Africa, and will then join the Economics faculty at St. Catherine University in the fall.

Dr. Anna Hersey (2007) was named a 2015-16 Finlandia Foundation Grantee for a U.S. recital tour featuring vocal music by Nordic composers. She was also awarded the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2015 Vocal Pedagogy Award, a Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Development Grant, and an Eastern New Mexico University Research Grant to fund her research on vocal acoustics. She is assistant professor of voice at Eastern New Mexico University.

Areca Roe (2010) was awarded first prize in the Duluth Art Institute's 60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial for work from her “Housebroken” series. The show was held November 2014 to February 2015. Read more about her book “Housebroken."

Judd alumni Nicole Kast

2014 Judd Fellows Angélica Getahun, Afia Adaboh, Randika De Mel, and Shruti Saxena presented research from their Judd Fellowship projects at the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice last September at Columbia University. Pictured are Randika and Afia.

Tatyana Venegas Swanson (2013) has accepted a position as program associate at non-profit international development organization Counterpart International, working in their Governance and Civil Society department for Latin America in Washington, DC. Tatyana said, “I'm super excited to put my graduate degree and professional experience to work doing something I'm passionate about and still be able to travel and solidify my Spanish skills.”

Dr. Alicen Burns Spaulding (2008) is working at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. She is a Presidential Management Fellow designated specifically to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Alicen tells us, “While here I do 3 month-long rotations during the two-year fellowship in various aspects of science and science management. My most recent rotation is in malaria working with the International Centers for Excellence in Malaria Research, so I'm keeping up my international-focused work!”

Alex Roland (2013) was one of two veterinary students accepted to a Summer Fellowship in Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins University. She spent ten weeks in Baltimore, where her responsibilities included performing necropsies, examining tissue sections under the microscope, and participating in various rounds and seminars.


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 young054@umn.edu.


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