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Winner of First-Ever INTL Undergraduate Symposium Award

In Spring 2017, the International Studies Department awarded the first-ever INTL Undergraduate Symposium awards. They consisted of a first-place prize of $300 and two honorable mentions of $100 each. The award was designed to recognize oral presentations and/or posters focused on an international or intercultural topic and characterized by excellence in research as well as clarity of delivery.

First prize went to Human Physiology major Scout Galash for her project, “Water: A social determinant of global health.” The department was impressed by the originality and importance of her research, and the way she was able to use firsthand interviews along with primary written sources to show this issues’s relevance to domestic communities, such as Flint MI, as well as the Syrian community of Aleppo.

Our two honorable mentions went to International Studies major Ayantu Israel-Megerssa for the project “The other in their own land: Internal Orientalism, genocide, and the Northern Paiute of the Oregon Great Basin,” and to Journalism majors Kyle Hentschel and Srushti Kamat for their creative project, “Steeped in Sri Lanka.”

More information about Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners, including Scout, can be found in a recent article in Around the O.