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Levitt Summer Fellowships 2003


The following students were selected for Levitt Fellowships for the summer of 2003:

Brian Alward working with Prof. Peter Cannavo, Matthew Zeller with faculty mentor Prof. Alan Cafruny, Josue Laforest working with Dr. Judith Owens-Manley and Jin Rong (Yuki) Zhang working with Prof. Jeffrey Pliskin.  Also, three students worked on specific community projects.  Details below:


Chrisopher Martin-McNaughton '04 from Momouth, Maine, spent the summer working with Prof. Paul Hagstrom.  Chris gathered data for a pilot study of refugee populations.  "Most prior research has been done on immigrants as a whole, but little has been studied about refugees as a group," Chris said.  "Because refugees have been forced to leave their native lands, rather than having chosen to leave, their experiences differ from other immigrants."

Laura Crandall '04 was able to spend the summer through a Levitt Center "extra" community fellowship provided by The Community Foundation of Oneida-Herkimer Counties. Laura writes, This past summer I was named the recipient of the Muriel Hineline Fellowship in Evaluation by The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization that sets up funds with donors who want to give something back to the area. Local organizations such as the Masonic Medical Research Laboratories, Freedom Guide Dogs, The Abraham House, and the Little Falls Community Outreach apply to the Community Foundation for grants to start specific projects that make a difference for people within the community. During my ten-week internship I went to organizations that have received grants from the Community Foundation over the past two or three years to evaluate how the grant money was used and the ongoing benefits the grant had provided for the organization and the community. I evaluated about fifty organizations over the course of my internship and during my final weeks I created a Final Report of my findings that was presented to the Community Foundation Board in September. My experience with The Community Foundation has opened my eyes to the wonderful things going on locally. From the generosity of donors to the hard work of the Foundation officers to the innovative ideas of local organizations, I was able to see the benefits of philanthropic work on all levels. As a Women's Studies Major, Philanthropy, especially as it benefits women has always been one of my interests, and my work this summer has strengthened my interest in finding work in the not-for-profit arena after graduation.

Coastal Beach Nourishment Programs in New Jersey - an Ethical Analysis

Brian Alwardhas been studying the impact of programs by various agencies that replace the sand on beaches along the Atlantic shore in New Jersey and New York. What interests are served and on what grounds can these programs be justified? Should nature take its course, or is the huge impact of tourism on state revenues reason enough to fund these programs? What are the ethical implications? Brian will give a multi-media presentation to the college community illustrating his findings.

What should be the government's role regarding domestic violence?"

Josue Laforest is working with Dr. Judith Owens-Manley to study various programs in the community that deal with domestic violence and its prevention. He has been conducting interviews with key informants regarding the impact of federal and state policies on the local community level. Of particular interest to Josue was discovering gaps in the programs and learning why attempts to prevent domestic violence have met with limited success.

Is the pursuit of oil the dominating strategic factor in current U.S. and global foreign Policy?"

Matthew Zeller has been working with Prof. Alan Cafruny and has been studying the extent that oil influences both U.S. and global foreign policy. Is it a factor in the war with Iraq? If so, which groups influence government policy (businesses, non-governmental organizations, bureaucracies, etc.)?

"Determinants and Measurement of Inequality in China"

Jin Rong (Yuki) Zhang spent the summer working with Prof. Jeffrey Pliskin examining the role of preferential governmental policies in China on the unequal development of inland China versus the coastal areas. She examined factors such as location, education, degree of urbanization, agricultural areas versus industrialized areas, and other determinants of rate of growth.

These students will continue study of these issues as part of their senior thesis projects, and will be reporting their findings at a public lecture during the academic year.

Three other students worked on community internship projects during the summer:

Laura Crandall worked for the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida County. She traveled to agencies throughout the counties and evaluated the impact of grants given by the Community Foundation.

Christopher Martin-McNaughton gathered data for a pilot refugee study being conducted by Prof. Paul Hagstrom.

Haley Reimbold worked with Communities that Care and other community agencies under the supervision of Judith Owens-Manley, Associate Director of Community Research for the Levitt Center.  She will continue this work as volunteer director of the Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition (HAVOC), a student group that undertakes community projects throughout the academic year.