The applying course of for the Barrett International Explorers Grant is rigorous, however the reward is nice.
Solely college students in Barrett, The Honors School at Arizona State College are eligible to use for the Barrett International Explorers Grant (BGEG), an award of as much as $7,500 that helps globally centered summer season analysis that results in an honors thesis.
The grant supplies funding for Barrett juniors to conduct a multicountry analysis challenge of their very own design, develop world connections and bolster their understanding of world points.
The award is open to college students in good standing at Barrett who could have not less than one semester of undergraduate examine remaining after the summer season of 2023 and who will defend their honors thesis in fall 2023 or spring 2024.
Candidates should initially submit an consumption prospectus and meet with an advisor within the Lorraine W. Frank Workplace of Nationwide Scholarships Advisement (ONSA) by Dec. 1.
By Feb. 1, 2023, candidates should submit a three- to five-page proposal detailing a global analysis challenge spanning not less than two international locations. A committee of Barrett school members then selects the 5 strongest purposes that have to be developed into five- to eight-page proposals and 10-minute oral shows. College students chosen for the grant should plan to start their journey no prior to Might 10, 2023, and should conclude it earlier than the beginning of the autumn semester.
Kyle Mox, director of ONSA, mentioned the choice committee is particularly considering proposals that present excessive educational benefit and a spotlight to ASU’s dedication to social embeddedness and Barrett’s curiosity in world initiatives. College students additionally should present a robust curiosity in worldwide journey, in addition to the fortitude to journey on their very own to finish their analysis.
“Profitable proposals have had the college’s mission of world engagement and neighborhood options, in addition to college students’ cultural consciousness and adaptableness woven into them. We’re searching for college students who can have interaction in worldwide journey as a way to contribute their insights and abilities to problem-solving analysis on a worldwide scale,” Mox mentioned.
Up to now a number of years, the BGEG has supported college students’ analysis in lots of areas, together with citrus farming on three continents, human-wildlife interplay in Thailand, Australia, Nepal, South Africa, and Colombia, and help to survivors of intercourse trafficking in Eire, France, Spain, Ghana and South Korea.
The latest winners of the grant had been Valeria Perez and Kallee Schwan. Schwann travelled to each Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to check the well being care assets offered to human trafficking victims of their respective international locations. To make connections in each places, she labored with HealEx, a global group that particularly works to bridge the hole between well being care and victims of human trafficking.
Schwann needed to show uncommon adaptability in executing her challenge.
“My preliminary challenge was going to incorporate a comparability of the implementation of trauma-informed care between Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 2 Watch Listing international locations,” she mentioned. “However as a result of restricted contacts obtainable, I made the change to do a comparability between two Tier 2 international locations — Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. This change was extra cheap to keep away from evaluating ‘apples to oranges’ on account of a few of their similarities, and it matches higher with the funds,” she mentioned.
For her challenge, Perez performed analysis on the outlook of pregnant girls towards the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico in relation to the federal government’s mitigation efforts.
She traveled to private and non-private hospitals in Guadalajara and Mexico Metropolis surveying and interviewing analysis contributors.
Perez attests to the worth of the on-the-ground analysis supported by the BGEG. “Many months of preparation and background analysis paled compared to a single month of area analysis,” she mentioned.
“The chance to talk to those girls head to head offered me a lot extra than simply the reply to my analysis query. It in the end gave me a deeper understanding of their conditions, frustrations and expectations, amongst many different issues. I am extremely excited to dive additional into my information and rework it into applications that may profit these communities.”
Each Schwan and Perez will combine their analysis findings into their Barrett honors theses, which they may full and defend this yr.
Extra details about the Barrett International Explorers Grant is right here.