University Libraries Award 7 NEXT Scholarships and Grants

NEXT recipients

NEXT Award winners gather with Emeritus Trustee Andy Newman in John M. Olin Library. From left to right, Tom Malkowicz, Savannah Bustillo, Andy Newman, Janary Stanton, Kendall Carroll, and Laurie Maffly-Kipp. Not pictured: James Lucas and Gabriela Hall.
Photos by Joe Angeles/Washington University

Washington University Libraries has awarded the inaugural Newman Exploration Travel Fund (NEXT) scholarships and grants. The NEXT awards are made possible through a generous donation from the Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Foundation and are open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to faculty and staff. The 2018 NEXT was awarded to seven members of the university community: one graduate student, three undergraduate students, one faculty member, and two staff members.

NEXT recipients were announced during the May 1 dedication ceremony in Graham Chapel of the recently transformed John M. Olin Library.

More than 100 applications were received from among faculty and staff and undergraduate and graduate students.

Recipients will complete their travel within the next nine months, and will share their experiences with their peers upon their return. Through presentations, reports, and peer-to-peer talks, the NEXT travelers will reveal how their journey impacted them and the difference it made in their lives and their research.

Scholarship recipients

Undergraduate students

  • Savannah Bustillo, who is studying studio art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, will go to Germany to look at the development of the techniques and history of bookmaking.
  • Kendall Carroll, a history and English literature student in Arts & Sciences, will travel to Scotland to study the history of witchcraft trials.
  • Gabriela Hall, a systems engineering student at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will conduct robotics research in Germany and gain an understanding of the public’s relationship with the German scientific and academic community.

Graduate student

  • James Lucas, a PhD candidate in ecology in Arts & Sciences, will document papermaking traditions in Nepal, Vietnam, and Japan and introduce the global origami community to these traditions.
Grant recipients


  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, will travel to Ghana and Portugal to study the history of the African slave trade.


  • Thomas Malkowicz, video producer at Public Affairs, will go to Vietnam to explore the country, learn from faculty research and develop relationships with the Vietnamese students at Washington University.
  • Janary Stanton, administrative assistant for African & African American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will go to Kenya to work on the African Oral History project.

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