Summer 2010 Johnson Opportunity Grant Awards

Two Environmental Studies students receive grants for internships abroad for the summer of 2010.   The students were awarded grants through a competitive process and receive amounts from $1,000 to $4,500 to provide funds to cover travel, living expenses and other costs associated with a project or summer activity. The grants are funded by a gift to W&L, which also created scholarships, a lecture series focusing on leadership and two endowed professorships.

Christine Balistreri, a senior Economic and Environmental Studies double major, from Mequon, Wis., will spend her summer as a medical intern at the Wichanzao Clinic in Peru. Balisteri, an economics and environmental studies major, will assist local doctors and broaden her understanding of healthcare systems in developing nations. A leader of Washington and Lee’s Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Balisteri has already spent time learning about health care in developing nations during W&L’s Spring Term abroad in Ghana in 2009. There, she learned about the health crises affecting the nation and visited various Ghanaian health centers.
Ellen Yeatman, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., will work with the Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Athenas, Costa Rica, researching better ways to manage the operation of the parks within the conservation areas. Through classroom and lab experiences, as well as field research in the tropical forests of Costa Rica, she will learn about resource management and the socioeconomic challenges affecting Costa Rica and its rainforests. A chemistry major with minors in environmental studies and studio art, Yeatman is a member of the women’s tennis team and a volunteer with the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) organization.

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