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Venture Grant Winners

Summer 2013 Venture Grant Winners

Alexander Boyd interviewed recent war veterans and collected samples of their writing to study post-war storytelling in modern America.

Claire Aichholzer traveled to Spain and Morocco to study the cultural influences and exchange between Arabs and Iberian natives through art and architecture.

Marlee Breunig traveled to Spain to participate in the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and interview other participants about the role of bodily movement in spiritual rituals.

Brooke Kahl worked as an intern for INC Media, a production studio in San Francisco, California.

Sara DeLong traveled by train throughout Europe and created a series of drawings that form a map illustrating her experience of the transitions between regions.

Audrey Huigens began training to become a doula with Doulas of North America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Eunhye Jang volunteered at Xindanwei, a creative co-working and new media space in Shanghai, China, and studied the way this workspace affected the artistic process.

Karen Jones worked with local eye clinics to help provide eye care to rural villages throughout Ghana as an intern with Unite for Sight.

Matej Jungwirth taught English to Palestinian youth with the NGO Project Hope and explored areas surrounding the “security barrier” in Israel’s West Bank.

Namoonga Mantina worked to create an HIV prevention program for African-American teenage girls in US cities through an internship with Project Wisdom in Chicago.

Hannah McNamee traveled to Israel with the program Amirim to do volunteer work and learn about her Jewish identity.

Caitlin Paterson coordinated academic programs and developed workshops for youth at Riverside Hawks Academic and Athletic Programs in New York City.

Yixuan Ping worked with Dream Corps International to study the relationship between local ecology and labor in rural areas in China.

Santiago Quintana Garcia compiled, edited, and published a volume of a cross-cultural dialogue between young poets from the UK and the US.

Anicka Schanilec worked as a gallery assistant at Groveland Gallery and volunteered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kali Schiff completed the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in southern France and northern Spain.

Nicole Weber used the Beloit College archives to research the role of missionaries in the history of the college.

Anna Wenzel traveled to Shanghai and Ningbo, China to study the effects of western colonialism on Chinese culture.

Wenxin Xu attended the Think Tank Seminar for Anglophone African Countries in Jinhua, Zhejiang, China to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese-African cooperation programs.


Summer 2012 Venture Grant Winners

Kelsi Brooks investigated the stigma of HIV and AIDS in Jamaica at the Center for HIV/AIDS Research Education and Services in Kingston.

Yoon Joo Cho studied the relationship between nongovernmental organizations and the government in Mozambique.

Alyssa Gratkowski completed a special events internship at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Camilla Jackson attended a conflict transformation and peacebuilding program at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont

Christopher Koch worked with the “Missionaries of the Poor” in Kingston, Jamaica to extend healthcare to underserved communities.

Ethan Ley acted as support crew for a 200-mile run on the Appalachian Trail, documenting the trip on film as he did so.

Janelle Perez observed immigrant students’ assimilation of language and culture in elementary school classrooms in Toulon, France.

Katherine Ptaszek researched and wrote about the changing ethnic identities of a Chicago neighborhood between 1880 and 1930.

Krista Robbins investigated the cross-cultural understanding of the Japanese ritual practice of mizuko kuyo through visits to Buddhist temples in Japan and the U.S.

Lora Rowan participated in shark conservation efforts in Brazil in order to study how such efforts are shaped or inhibited by different cultural perspectives.

Amelia Tarpey gained certification as a doula and undertook an internship with the Bhakti House in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Leo Brochu and Grace Smith interviewed musicians and documented and catalogued performances of experimental music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Summer 2011 Venture Grant Winners

Tamir Abdel-Wahab investigated the overlapping identities of ethnic minorities in the city of Kunming in Yunnan, China with Kun Zhang

Sasha Debevec-McKenney visited and wrote about the presidential museums, birthplaces, and homes of six lesser-known nineteenth-century presidents of the United States.

Nofiya Denbaum facilitated an intercultural exchange between elementary school students in Beloit and Brazil while studying Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro.

Emily Johnson organized a summer camp program focused on experiential learning through art for children of immigrant families through the non-profit organization Mary House, in Washington, DC.

Michelle Koenig and Ashley Miglin worked on an environmental conservation project in Chitwan, Nepal through the non-profit organization FACE Nepal.