Eighteen Cornell doctoral students have received 2019-20 Engaged Graduate Student Grants totaling $269,397, which will support community-engaged research relevant to their dissertations.
Seven New York state counties and eight countries are represented in this year’s projects.
The funded students and projects are:
- Sonia Ahmad, city and regional planning, Community Water Governance Systems in Khulna, Bangladesh: Exploring how to solve the problem of access to water in a medium-sized city in the Global South.
- Elizabeth Alexander, English language and literature, Writing the Body Through Virtual Choreography: Supporting black women in Chicago to use a combination of dance and virtual reality to explore their personal stories;
- Anne Armstrong, natural resources, Place, Identity and Environmental Stewardship: Exploring how environmental stewardship practices can promote dialogue among diverse voices;
- Kelsie Doty, fiber science and apparel design, Community-Based Indigo: Creating videos to communicate why and how to use natural textile dyes;
- Stephanie Enloe, development sociology, Negotiated Agricultural Knowledge: Engaging farmer researchers in Malawi to address biodiversity conservation, support ecosystem services and improve food security;
- Martin Feehan, natural resources, Urban Deer Management: Engaging citizen scientists to study the population of urban white-tailed deer at Fort Drum, New York;
- Christine Georgakakos, biological and environmental engineering, Antibiotics in the Dairy Farm Environment: Leveraging farmers’ knowledge for healthy farm management;
- Samuel Gutekunst, operations research and information engineering, Winning with Math: Connecting prisoners with mathematical tools for decision-making;
- Caitlin Kane, performing and media arts, Staging Queer History: Developing Leigh Fondakowski’s “Casa Cushman” and using documentary and devising theatrical methodologies to reclaim and reimagine historical narratives;
- Shrey Kapoor, development sociology, Life in Forgotten Resettlement Sites: Raising awareness about and enabling the political agency of evicted laborers in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India;
- John Kennedy, Romance studies, Debt Migration and Family Separation: Collecting, analyzing and sharing stories from deported Guatemalan migrants;
- Mary Moroney, linguistics, Teaching English to Shan Speakers: Creating linguistically and culturally appropriate English textbooks for the Shan community;
- Aravind Natarajan, microbiology, Amplifying Role Models as Inspiration for STEM Education (ARISE): Effectively representing education success stories to diverse students through podcasts;
- Ibukun Owoputi, nutrition, Gender Influences on Maternal and Child Nutrition: Exploring how household gender dynamics influence maternal and child health behaviors in rural Tanzania;
- Emily Parker, policy analysis and management, Health Without Wealth: Examining the social impact of community health centers in rural New York;
- Nidhi Subramanyam, city and regional planning, Women, Water and Work: Increasing equitable access to water for women homeworkers in Tirupur, India;
- Fauzul Rizal Sutikno, city and regional planning, Informal Communities, Social Capital and Resistance to Eviction: Examining why and how some informal settlements are able to resist eviction and remain in center-city locations;
- Elizabeth Centeno Tablante, nutrition, Zika During the First 1,000 Days of Life: Advancing research on the long-term consequences of Zika.
Find more information about each project on the Engaged Cornell website. Applications for the 2020-21 grants will open in the fall.
Ashlee McGandy is content strategist in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.