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Fellowships and Grants for Incubating Research Relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean

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    The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas has announced the recipients of its Graduate Fellowships, summer field research grants, and the Barrett Prize for Best Dissertation.

     CORAL GABLES, (October 30, 2017)––The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas has appointed three distinguished graduate fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year: Felicia Casanova, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology; Samantha Chaitram, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of International Studies; and Ernesto Fundora, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

    The College of Arts and Sciences and the institute have awarded three distinguished fellowships every year since 2012. Funds support doctoral students whose research is relevant to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino and diasporic studies.

    The fellows participate in the intellectual life of the institute while working on their own degree programs and dissertation projects. The initiative provides qualified Ph.D. candidates with a tuition waiver and a full graduate stipend in exchange for their involvement in the institute’s initiatives.

    In addition, 10 students from across the University received institute grants to conduct field research throughout the region, and will present their work at a January symposium. The institute’s grants seek to incubate research on key challenges facing the Americas, including Latin America, the Caribbean, immigrant populations of and in the region, and Miami as a hemispheric hub.

    The research topics and grant recipients are:.

    Islam as a New Religion among the Catholic and Afro Cubans—Lina Jardines del Cueto, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences.

    Looking for Traces and Graces: A Mexican Route through Migratory Corridos and Exvotos—Lorella di Gregorio, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences.

    Larval Fish Acoustic Space: Physical and Biological Noise and Signals—Craig Raffenberg, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

    Zika Virus Outbreak Response: Determining the Lessons Learned from the 2015/2016 Zika Outbreak in Brazil—Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine.

    From Suassuna to Guerra-Peixe: ‘The Armorial Music Movement in Brazil’-Constructing Notions of Northeastern Identity through Music and Literature—Rafael Torralvo da Silva, Department of Musicology, Frost School of Music.

    Feeling the City: Immigrant Fiction and the Geographies of Urban Belonging—Marta Gierczyk, Department of English Literature, College of Arts and Sciences.

    Functional Traits and Climatic Tolerances of Woody Bamboos along an Andes-Amazon Transect—Belen Jimenez Fadrique, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

    The Gospel of Health in Occupied Haiti—Matthew Davidson, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences.

    Are long-term declines in growth rates of tropical trees due to thermal stress?—Timothy Perez, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

    How a Cuban coral reef will transition through human-induced change—Shireen Rahimi, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

    Also announced by the institute was the winner of the 2017 Barrett Prize for Best Dissertation on a Latin America or Caribbean topic, which went to Diego Lugo for his work on Frontier Territories and the Weight of Violent Inequality: Land Concentration and Land Grabbing in the Colombian Frontier. He will share his research on Wednesday, November 8, during a Research Lunch hosted by the institute.

    “We are pleased to support and incubate research from students whose academic interests enhance the knowledge base of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said institute Director Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul.

    The next call for 2018 student grants and distinguished fellows will be issued in December.

    The mission of the institute is to create and share knowledge bridging the Americas, strengthening the myriad areas of the University of Miami undertaking research relevant to the hemisphere.


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