2013 Bonderman Travel Fellows named
UW students to traverse the world by means of unusual fellowship
SEATTLE—Fourteen University of Washington students were recently awarded Bonderman Travel Fellowships that will enable them to embark on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to at least two regions and six countries around the world.
These fellowships, established in 1995 and worth $20,000 each, aim to expose students to the intrinsic, often life-changing benefits of international travel. While traveling, students may not pursue academic study, projects or research. UW graduate students and undergraduate students in the UW Honors Program and in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program are eligible to apply.
Collectively, the 2013 Bonderman Fellows will travel to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mauritius, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Bhutan, Australia, Tahiti, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Israel. Their interests include SCUBA diving, folk wrestling, culinary traditions, conflict resolution, the environment, the rituals surrounding death, visual and literary art, bicycling and reptiles.
Since 1995, 193 UW students—120 undergraduate and 73 graduate students—have been named Bonderman Fellows, including the 2013 fellows. The application process includes an essay and an interview with a selection committee, composed of University faculty and staff and former Bonderman Fellows. The process is designed to select students who are open to the transformative potential of their journeys and capable of succeeding at what is an often challenging experience, explained Brook Kelly, Assistant Director of academic services for the UW Honors Program and a 2003 Bonderman Fellow who chairs the selection committee.
“The 2013 fellows are a passionate and inspiring group,” Kelly said, “and we are thrilled to watch their adventures unfold.”
2013 Undergraduate Bonderman Fellows
Major: Aquatic and Fishery Science
Hometown: Bellingham, Wash.
Travel objectives: To learn how people in various age groups interact with the environment and how these interactions either foster the preservation of the environment or facilitate its degradation.
Destinations: Western South America, Thailand, the Indo-Pacific, Madagascar and Southern Africa
Major: Biochemistry and Biology
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
Travel objectives: To observe the communications between scientists and civilians in the context of wildlife preservation, to explore the biodiversity in dynamic ecosystems and to walk in Darwin’s footsteps.
Destinations: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Mauritius, Brazil, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Travel objectives: To engage with the people and places she visits, through their history, food, natural beauty, music and hospitality.
Destinations: India, parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iceland and the El Camino De Santiago in Spain
Hometown: Amesbury, Mass.
Travel objectives: To explore how countries celebrate community through spirituality, food, family, and education, and to take in the natural beauty of other regions whether it be hiking in the Himalayas, boating down the Ganges River, relaxing on the beaches of Thailand, or strolling through a traditional Japanese Garden.
Destinations: Japan, China, India, Thailand, Morocco and South Africa
Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
Travel objective: To better understand multicultural perceptions of humanity and personhood by exploring the ideas and rituals surrounding death in a range of cultures with diverse mortality demographics, religious beliefs and cultural permanence.
Destinations: East Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and parts of Southeast Asia
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Travel objectives: To experience cultures through their visual and literary art and culinary traditions, while documenting his experiences on film and through photography.
Destinations: Botswana, Zambia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan and Egypt
Major: Electrical Engineering and Philosophy
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Travel objectives: To delve into radically different cultural ideologies and how those ideologies influence each culture’s world outlook and impact the beliefs, values and interactions of their people.
Destinations: Russia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Kenya and South Africa
Graduate & Professional Bonderman Fellows
Molecular and Cellular Biology & Epidemiology
Hometown: Ramsey, Minn.
Travel objective: To travel by bicycle and find out how people and cultures interact with the living world around them by observing the dwindling reptile and amphibian diversity in various countries and how human activity influences animal, environmental and our own health.
Destinations: Central and South America, Turkey, and parts of Southeast Asia
Travel objective: To immerse herself in the natural beauty, music, dance and spirituality of South America and Asia.
Destinations: Peru, Chile, Argentina, Thailand, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
Hometown: Many Farms, Ariz.
Travel objectives: To explore the relatedness and indigeneity of other cultures, from her perspective as a Diné (Navajo) woman and scientist in genetics/genomics, and to gain a global understanding so she can inspire others to seek novelty.
Destinations: Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, China, South Africa and Peru
Hometowns: Kenilworth, Ill., and Shaker Heights, Ohio
Travel objective: To advance her SCUBA diving experience, to conquer her fear of water, and to build her confidence and independence, as well as immerse herself in native cultures.
Destinations: Southeast Asia and Africa, including Indonesia, Thailand, Madagascar and Egypt
Hometown: New York City
Travel objective: To take advantage of time and space to discover forms of communication, experience life as an outsider, reflect on the past, travel without an agenda and interact with people.
Destinations: Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Turkey, India, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, China, Australia and Tahiti
Hometown: Blacksburg, Va.
Travel objective: To explore the intersection of culture and modernity by participating in folk wrestling and to discover how globalization impacts indigenous ideas and expectations of masculinity within various communities.
Destinations: Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal, Armenia, Turkey, Switzerland, France, Great Britain and Iceland
Hometown: Newburgh, Ind.
Travel objective: To understand how people resolve conflicts with others and within themselves, first by practicing Eastern forms of mindfulness by staying in Buddhist monasteries and then by visiting countries with pronounced external conflicts.
Destinations: Egypt, Israel and parts of Southeast Asia
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