The University of Iowa

Stanley Undergraduate Awards: 2011 winners

In 2011, two undergraduate students received Stanley Awards of $3,000.  The recipients and their project summaries are listed below.

Magnus, Mackenzie

B.A., International Studies, Botswana
Title: “Botswana: Investigation of the Successes and Failures of HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness Programs”

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to understand the measures that Botswana has taken to educate their youth about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Botswana has one of the highest infections rates in the world. It already has taken tremendous efforts to treat those currently infected, however it needs to prevent further transmissions. I aim to find what Botswana is doing in terms of prevention education and what locals and professionals think can be done to reach more people. This information can then be used to create prevention education systems in countries with similar cultural stigmas about HIV/AIDS. 

Miller, Elizabeth

B.A., International Studies, Pre-medicine, Madagascar
Title: “Traditional and Modern Medicine: The Benefits of Two Complementary Health Care Systems”

Purpose: Information and data on traditional health care practices is massively lacking and un-researched in many places around the globe.  There have been an outstanding number of situations in which traditional health care providers and herbalists have collaborated effectively with modern or western health care services to improve the health of a community.  Due to the luscious rain forestry that covers it, Madagascar has had a long history in plant-based and herbal medicines and is a Mecca for traditional health care.  Traditional healers are still commonly sought by a generous portion of its urban and rural populations and often collaborate with modern health care facilities to improve the health of those they serve. Moreover, traditional herbalists and healers’ opinions and practices are highly respected by those who seek their expertise.  In effect, the overall health of a particular traditional healer’s community is greatly influenced by his knowledge.  Thus, more research on the collaborative efforts between these complementary health care systems and the benefits of traditional medicine is crucial not only for providing effective, culturally-sensitive health care in Madagascar, but for communities around the world as well.