The University of Iowa

Stanley Undergraduate Awards: 2013 winners

In the spring of 2013 four undergraduate students received Stanley Awards worth $2,500 each for a total of $10,000 awarded. The recipients and their project summaries are listed below.

Nessler, Ian

Engineering, Nicaragua
Title: The Art of Accelerant

Purpose: I am planning to conduct research in Nicaragua to determine whether the concrete accelerant that is used by Bridges to Prosperity diminished the strength of the concrete. If the structural integrity of the bridge is being compromised then other accelerants should be tested. If these produce the same results and diminish the strength of the concrete then no accelerants should be used.

Roberts, Emily

International Studies & Global Health, Botswana
Title: Feasibility of the Routine HIV Testing Program in Botswana

Purpose: In 2004, the government of Botswana introduced a routine HIV testing (RHT) program into all government-run hospitals and clinics. I will be studying the progress of RHT in several government health facilities in the capital city of Gaborone, Botswana. Little if any literature is available on the progress of the RHT program in Botswana since 2008. I will investigate how the RHT program has been implemented in clinics in Gaborone since 2008, and how its implementation has affected the functioning of other clinical programs, in both positive and negative ways. The objectives of my research are to evaluate how clinical staff have implemented the program in the past four years, whether their attitudes towards the feasibility of RHT have changed now that the program has been in affect for eight years, what barriers have been found in the process of implementing the RHT program, and how the program has affected other clinical programs. My research will also reveal whether, after having been in place for almost eight years, the program has been successful or whether new implementation methods are needed to make the RHT program feasible in clinics that must also care for patients not participating in the program. I am also conducting this study in order to gain international experience working in the global health field in order to receive a Certificate in Global Health from the University of Iowa. This research will ultimately help me to further pursue my goal of obtaining a law degree specifically focusing on issues relating to human rights within the field of international health. 

Ross, Talia

International Studies, Religious Studies & Arabic, France
Title: Islam in Contemporary France: Investigating Methods of Integrating and Sustaining the Religious Practice of Islam in France

Purpose: The purpose of my research is to identify methods in which French Muslims sustain their practice of Islam, while integrating into French culture and society. The interactions, relations, and perceptions of the diversity of different peoples of French society, culture, and religion is evolving. This is especially true for those who practice Islam. As France’s largest religious minority, Muslims have begun to shape current and future political, societal, and religious dialogue, which is crucial to the rapport France holds with the international community and its own citizens.

Sillman, Lauren

English, History & Global Health, India
Title: A Narrative Investigation of Motivation in Global Health Development

Purpose: In recent history, the advances in medical technology have been unprecedented, and the field of global health has sought to spread the fruits of modern medicine throughout the world. At times, practitioners and policy makers in medical development have made missteps, and, quite often, these practitioners have been credited with “good intentions” which have not been elucidated. My research will begin an examination of those silent motivations. While participating in a global health program, in which I will be accompanying a team of graduate health-science students led by a nursing professor, in a village, Saragur, in Karnataka, India, I will assess the personal motivations of participants in development, including my fellow students, professionals working with the Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, as well as the community members of Saragur. I plan on gathering and interpreting my research in a short non-fiction book for my honors creative writing thesis.