Washington University Libraries awarded the inaugural Newman Exploration Travel Fund (NEXT) scholarships and grants in May 2018. The awards are made possible through a generous donation from the Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Foundation and are open to Washington University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and staff on the Danforth Campus. NEXT recipients use the awards to fund research, personal development, or service projects with a travel component. Winners must complete their travels within nine months of receiving their awards and share their experiences with their peers upon their return.
On Thursday, April 25, from 3:00–4:30 p.m., in John M. Olin Library, five of the 2018 winners will talk about their travels during a panel discussion and poster session. The 45-minute panel discussion will take place in Room 142 of Olin Library. Roumy Theunissen, director of Global Conversations in the Office of Public Affairs, will serve as moderator. A poster session in the Newman Exploration Center will follow the discussion.
The NEXT 2018 presenters are:
Gabriela Hall, a systems engineering student at the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Hall completed robotics research in Germany to gain an understanding of the public’s relationship with the German scientific and academic community.
James Lucas, a PhD candidate in ecology in Arts & Sciences. Lucas traveled to Nepal, Vietnam, and Japan to document papermaking traditions with the goal of introducing the global origami community to those traditions.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Maffly-Kipp traveled to Ghana and Portugal to study the history of the African slave trade.
Thomas Malkowicz, video producer at Public Affairs. Malkowicz traveled to Vietnam to explore the country, learn from faculty research, and develop relationships with Vietnamese students at Washington University.
Janary Stanton, administrative assistant for African & African American Studies in Arts & Sciences. Stanton traveled to Kenya to work on the African Oral History project.
Fore more information about NEXT, contact Newman Exploration Center guide Jennifer Killion.