The University of Iowa

Stanley Undergraduate Awards: 2015 winners

In the spring of 2015, 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. 

Anthony Emigh

Civil Engineering - Structures, Spanish with a Sustainability Certificate;  Las Lagunas, Boaco, Nicaragua
Title: Estimation of Extreme River Levels Using Satellite-Derived Rainfall Products and State-of-the-Art Hydrological Models in Ungauged Basins in Nicaragua

Purpose: The purpose of my research is to validate the estimates made by a hydrological model I am developing that is capable of remotely determining a high and low threshold for the height of a river’s flow, using satellite derived rainfall products provided by NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission (GPM). This methodology may allow for increased efficiency in pedestrian bridge implementation in rurally isolated communities in Nicaragua In addition, this research will take the first steps toward quantifying the benefit of pedestrian bridges in the developing world.

Jessica Lile​

Purpose: The purpose of my research is to determine adolescents' exposure to pro and anti tobacco related media​ and around schools in Cluj-Napocca as well as determine where students can buy tobacco products near schools. In Romania, smoking has a high rate of social acceptance and is common across the country. I will be examining exposure of adolescents to pro- and anti-tobacco information in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Read about Jessica's experience

Sophia Mallaro

Title: Protecting people and the planet by reducing wood consumption for cooking

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to test a small implant designed to be placed inside the traditional stove and reduce wood consumption during open fire cooking. This implant proved very successful in India and I would like to investigate its effectiveness in Ghana. Open fire cooking has many negative consequences both on the people who are cooking and the environment. This implant has the power to decrease wood burned and smoke produced, saving the forests while improving the health of women. This research will provide qualitative data about the effectiveness of the implant. If it proves effective, it can be used by people throughout Africa and India to help reduce wood usage for cooking and, consequentially, improving the health of women and the health of the environment.

 Ioana Manahilova

Human Physiology and Global Health Certificate
Title: The Impact of a Structured Diet on Type 2 Diabetes in Borovetz, Bulgaria

Purpose: To observe people with type 2 diabetes (late onset) enrolled in a diet program at the Wellness Clinic in Borovets, Bulgaria. I believe that the body can experience extraordinary healing with an adjustment to diet. The clinic is respected and a central location for people hoping to rid themselves of type 2 diabetes by implementing better eating habits. The patients at this clinic undergo an initial physical examination before the diet and a final examination upon their completion of the program. To test my hypothesis, I plan on comparing these final and initial examinations. 

Read about Ioana's summer in Bulgaria