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NSF grant allows Willamette student to conduct research in Senegal

The National Science Foundation has awarded anthropology professor Joyce Millen and student Shannon Satterwhite '10 a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant that will allow Satterwhite to conduct research on women's health in Senegal, West Africa.

The award is a supplement to Millen's existing NSF grant, which created the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges (ISA-CGC) at Willamette.

ISA-CGC provides students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate with scholars in other countries. The institute's first project examines the ongoing exodus of skilled medical providers out of Africa, pejoratively referred to as "brain drain." (Learn more)

Satterwhite will participate in ISA-CGC this summer, then extend her stay in Senegal to conduct a preliminary gender analysis of diaspora associations engaged in the country's health sector. She hopes to understand ways in which migration trends and diaspora giving influence women's health care in West Africa.

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. It provides students with opportunities to undertake independent yet closely mentored research, while encouraging faculty members to work collaboratively with students.

For more on faculty awards, visit the Office for Faculty Research and Resources. To learn about national student scholarships, go to Student Academic Grants and Awards.

Seven Willamette seniors serve through Teach for America

Anthropology major Ben Clanton '10 is one of seven recent Willamette graduates who will join Teach for America in the fall.

Seven students from Willamette University's class of 2010 will join Teach for America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, in the fall.

The graduates were accepted from among a record 46,000 applicants for about 3,600 positions. The Willamette volunteers will impact nearly 600 young students through their service.

This year's Willamette teachers and their placements are:

  • Karina Garcia Loera, Los Angeles
  • Ryan Sasaki, Hawaii
  • Christina Peaslee, Denver
  • Jessica Myers, Bay Area
  • Emily Donaldson, Baltimore
  • Alyssa Romane, Detroit
  • Ben Clanton, eastern North Carolina

These seniors join a continuously growing number of Willamette students who follow the university's motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born," by looking for ways to serve others after graduation.

Numerous Willamette alumni join the ranks of Teach for America, Americorps and the Peace Corps every year. Willamette consistently ranks in the top 15 in the nation among small undergraduate universities for number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Willamette also was one of just six schools in the nation to be honored this spring with the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.