Emma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology minoring in Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Geography. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz where she served as senior writing tutor in the Department of Anthropology and the Student Academic Center. Emma was a finalist for a Fulbright Project Award in Peru in 2012, received an honorable mention for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, studied Quechua with a Foreign Language Areas Studies (FLAS) Award, received a Mellon Innovating International Research (MIIRT) Dissertation Research Award and a Fulbright IIE to fund her dissertation fieldwork in Peru and has received a diverse array of internal grants and fellowships, and attended multiple proposal-writing development trainings. Emma has worked as a writing tutor during her undergraduate degree where she learned how to work one-on-one with students to improve writing and communication skills. She has worked at the GradGrants Center since 2014, and has helped students develop successful proposals for many grants including Fulbright IIE, Social Science Research Council IDRF, Ford Foundation, NSF GRFP, NSF DDIG, Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grants, Woodrow Wilson/Newcombe, and AAUW. She is passionate about working with students to get their projects funded, and more broadly, about imparting skills and confidence so that students learn how to write more effective proposals and tailor them to specific funding agencies.
Alyssa Meyer is a dual M.P.A. in Energy/M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies candidate in SPEA and SGIS who has won more than $100,000 in scholarships to support her research and education. After earning a B.A. in Political Theory and International Relations from Michigan State University in 2011, Alyssa worked for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia. Her Master’s thesis research has been supported by a 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Grant to Kyrgyzstan and a 2015-2016 Boren Fellowship to Kyrgyzstan, where she studied the impact of energy insecurity on daily life and living standards. Now an Alumni Ambassador for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Alyssa is passionate about promoting long-term academic exchange. She is a receipt of VIII language funding, a Boren Fellowship, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program, Fulbright, and FLAS, as well as numerous other smaller awards. She hopes to eventually earn a PhD in economics focused on the provision of public services in post-Soviet Central Asia.
Justin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, minoring in Communication and Culture Studies. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature and his M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has professional experience in grant preparation and reporting in both the arts and humanities as well as in social work and public health research, first serving as the Development Associate for St. Louis’s Metro Theater Company, then as a Grant and Contract Manager at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. At these institutions, he helped secure funding from government agencies including the NEA, NIH, and NSF, in addition to project support from corporate sponsors and private foundations. Subsequently, he served as the Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of OnSite Theatre Company. Justin’s research interests include the combined work of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart and the history of movement on the stage, as well as the history and performance theory of stage comedy and humor. His dissertation will focus on American comedy since 1980 as it uses humor to represent ever-changing notions of “family” and “home.”