Wang Center for Global Education

Wang Center Research Grants

The Wang Center Research Grant program encourages new global initiatives, internationalizes the curriculum and fosters student involvement in academic research. Each year, the Global Education Committee awards grants to qualified students, faculty and student-faculty research teams. Students who have already had a significant amount of cross-cultural experience are encouraged to complete an international independent research project.

The Wang Center gives yearly grants to students who are interested in this opportunity. Students must be cleared and registered by the Wang Center.

Congrats to our 2014-2015 grant recipients!

  • Students: Meg Dolde, Kelly Hall and Daniel Wikstrom
  • Faculty: William Teska, Giovanna Urdangarain, Dean Waldow & Leihua Weng
  • Student-Faculty Team: Robert Wells, Olivia Ash, Amanda Brasgalla and Taylor Lunka

2015-2016 Wang Grant Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

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Nev Granum and two new friends in Uganda. Photo by Charles Bergman

Building on Global Experience in Home Community

After researching artist collectives in Oaxaca, Mexico through a Wang Center Research Grant, Saiyare Refaei put her experience to work here in our Parkland community. Saiyare saw the potential for uniting communities through public art and founded the Parkland Community Mural Project.

Featured Stories

Learn more about what some of our 2013-2014 recipients did with their Wang Grants.

Past Wang Grant Recipients

Browse past student, faculty and student-faculty research projects.

2013 - 2014

Student Projects

  • Emily Bishop, Echoing Thresholds: Poetry and Culture in the UK
  • Shannon Burlingame, Researching APPO Protests of 2006
  • Seanna Hewitt, Analysis of Water-Related Issues in the Rio Verde-Atoyac Watershed of Oaxaca
  • Saiyare Refaei, Research on the Role of NAFTA on Oaxacan Artist Collectives for Social Justice
  • Karina Sandoval, Researching the Role that Social Development Organizations have on Mixteco-speaking Children

Faculty Projects

  • Bradford Andrews, Studying the Mesoamerican Bipolar Stone Tool Technology: Gaining Insights for Interpreting Artifacts from Aztec Calixtlahuaca
  • Heather Mathews, After Multiculturalism: Identify, Integration and Contemporary Art in Germany
  • Donna Poppe, Recording Songs of Children in Egypt
  • Teru Toyokawa, Developmental Demands and Transition to Adulthood in Thailand

Student-Faculty Projects

  • Charles Bergman and Nevis Granum, Exposing the Relations between Legal and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
  • Ami Shah and Jared Wright, Neoliberal Development? The Effects of NAFTA on Local Livelihoods in Sothern Mexico
  • Robert Wells, Haley Huntington, Kortney Scroger, Valery Jorgenson and Katherine Bauman, Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis

2012 - 2013

Student Projects

  • Torhild Skillingstad, The status and teaching of Taiwanese
  • Kenny Stancil, An analysis of the use of Public Space in Santiago throughout the Chilean Student Movement

Faculty Projects

  • Lisa Marcus, Finding Zlata Jampolski: Nostalgia and Jewish-American Self Construction

Student-Faculty Projects

  • Joanne Lisosky, Paul Dodson, Julianne Rose and Katie Baumann, Media Lab: Fear and Islamophobia

2011 - 2012

Student Projects

  • Mycal Ford, Chinese Citizenship and Inter-Ethnic Relations
  • Brett Rousseau, Colony Collapse Disorder and the Honey Bee

Student-Faculty Projects

  • Paul Manfredi and Leif Nordquist, Chai-na: Documenting the End of the Blackbridge Art Village
  • Claire Todd and Matthew Heglund, Glacial History and Climate Change in Northern Bolivia
  • Robert Wells, Katie Scaff and Jacob Ooley, Riding the Rails: Connecting Cascadia

2010 - 2011

Student Projects

  • Holly Borrroff, Music and Identity: Exploring Music Education in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Reed Ojala-Barbour, Comparisons of the Diversity of Small Mammals Between Pristine and Disturbed High Andean Forests in Ecuador
  • Crystal Swetz, Dating and Marriage Norms and Preferences Among Chinese College Students

Faculty Projects

  • Joanne Lisosky, War on Words: Protection of Journalists in Conflict

Student-Faculty Projects

  • Adam Cathcart and Matthew Anderson, East German-Chinese Cultural Relations in the Cold War
  • Amy Grinsteiner and Andrew D’Antonio, Music as a Hub in the London Community
  • Barbara Temple-Thurston and Rae-Ann Barras,Using Culture to Shape Environmental Attitudes and Activism
  • Robert Wells, Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Kari Plog, Lorna Rodriguez,Oil Literacy

2009-2010

Student Projects

  • Austin Goble, Exploratory Research of Organic Farms in Turkey
  • Jessica Lupton, A community’s Response to a Government’s Neglect: Researching Educational and Community Development in the Esmeraldas Province
  • Sarah Sandgren, Domestic and International Policy in Ecuador: Following the Government in the First Year, Post-Election
  • Melissa Severson-Hampton, Proponents of Change: Norway’s Shifting Perspectives on Language

Faculty Projects

  • Amy Beegle, Afro-Peruvian Jazz Performance and Transmission in Peru
  • Peter Davis, A Field-Based Geologic Investigation of Panama’s Dulling Subduction Zones
  • Steven Thomson, “Children of the Village”: On-going Research on Ethnicity, Community Development and Regional History in Coastal Gambia

2008 - 2009

Student Projects

  • Matthew Ferraro, Islam and Morocco’s Political Identity
  • Elisia Howard, Humanity in Action, Independent Fellowship
  • Jessica Lee, Morocco: Functional Art and Culture
  • JacobTaylor-Mosquera, Promoting Literacy in a Predominately Afro-Ecuadorian Community

Faculty Projects

  • Kathlyn Breazeale, “Witches,” Nature, and Religious Imagination: The Sámi of Scandinavia & Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Adam Cathcart, War Mobilization in the Sino-North Korean Borderlands, 1945-1953
  • Teresa Ciabattari, Race, Colonialism, and Tourism: Attitudes towards Tourism and Tourists in Tobago

Student-Faculty Projects

  • Charles Bergman, Wildlife Trafficking in Ecuador
  • Claire Todd, Glacial History and Climate Change in Southern Peru
  • Robert Wells, Shannon Schrecengost, Julie Olds and Melissa Campbell, Dangers Within: Canada, the U.S. and Cross-Border Crime