Society of Undergraduate Student Apprentices

Society of Undergraduate Student Apprentices

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Global Arts + Humanities’ Society of Undergraduate Apprentices is a competitive research program that provides upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to be mentored through multidisciplinary approaches to the study of an annual theme, to build an intellectual cohort around the theme, and to produce research/creative responses to inquiries impelled by these engagements. The theme for the 2022-23 academic year is Archival Imaginations.

The fellowship carries with it a stipend of $2,000. To be eligible, students must hold junior or senior status and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Introducing the 2022-23
Society of Undergraduate Apprentices

 

Mentor

 

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MICHELLE WIBBLESMAN
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Michelle Wibbelsman is Associate Professor of Latin American Indigenous Cultures, Ethnographic Studies and Ethnomusicology in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She holds courtesy faculty appointments in the School of Music and the Department of Anthropology. Originally from Ecuador, Wibbelsman specializes in the expressive culture of Indigenous peoples of the Andean highlands. Her work in Andean Ecuador since 1995 has focused on symbolic and semiotic analytical approaches to indigenous performance, ritual practices and politics. She is faculty curator of the Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifact Collection at Ohio State and director of the OSU Andean Music Ensemble. She is also lead co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration. Her current research centers on indigenous transnational migration, diaspora, and cosmopolitanism. 


Apprentices

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ANGELA CIAROCHI
Majors | Dance and Communications

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LAUREN DAHLER 
Majors | International Relations, Diplomacy and Public Management
Minors | History and French

 

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EMILY LAY
Major | Music (Performance Track)

 

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CAMERON LOGAR
Major | Biochemistry
Minors | Spanish and Andean and Amazonian Studies

 

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RHEANNA VELASQUEZ
Major | Neuroscience (Molecular/Cellular)
Minor | English

 

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Previous Cohorts

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DANIEL ADAMSON
Major | History
The goal of Adamson's research is to understand how the Indigenous people affected by the Carlisle Indian Industrial School – the students and their families and communities – attempted to maintain sovereignty in their own time.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Education and Sovereignty: The Carlisle Indian Industrial School and Indigenous People's Resistance, 1879-1892


KARA KOMARNITSKY
Major | Dance
Komarnitsky developed different practices for accessing physical awareness of interconnection with the ecosystems around us and recognizing relationships with ecosystems where we may not traditionally look for them. Through movement, presence and intention, we may discover new ways of being and support for our human and non-human communities.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Embodied Practices for Re-Imagining Our Relationship with Nature


CORBIN LANKER
Major | Earth Systems Sciences, Oceanographic and Marine Sciences
Lanker's research involved learning about the lives of Ohio farmers. To do so, they went into the homes and barns of three Ohio farmers and interviewed them about their lives, their communities and how farming is changing under their feet. The interviews were edited to create films that provide a snapshot into the lives of these Ohio farmers.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Ohio Farmers: Struggles, Communities, Experiences


ELIZABETH LEVINE
Major | Political Science
Minors | Spanish and Italian

Levine's project explores the implications that the domestic and international beef production industries have on environmental issues, including greenhouse gas emissions, water contamination and deforestation.
RESEARCH PROJECT | What's the Beef with Beef?


EVA SCHERRER
Majors | History and Political Science
Minors | Theatre and Spanish

The United Fruit Company, now known as Chiquita Banana, has worked hard to silence the voices of the hundreds of laborers they massacred in 1928, but their stories persist nonetheless. Scherrer's project seeks to uplift these voices and understand the mechanisms that operated to suppress them.
RESEARCH PROJECT | The Banana Republic of Colombia


ARVCÚKEN NOQUISI
Majors | Moving Image Production and Sonic Arts
In the face of alarmingly declining Indigenous student population numbers, Noquisi's research documents internal attempts by students to strengthen the Native community at The Ohio State University, and their assertions of self-determination and rejection of Ohio State's imposed extinction.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Oh-vtvlvketv, To Go Further: Indigenous Communal Approaches to Counteracting Institutional Neglect


TABITHA WILLIS
Majors | Medical Anthropology and Biology
Willis' research seeks to further explore how medical apartheid has shaped African American communities today and contributed to the environmental racism we see in Black communities throughout the United States.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Breeding Mistrust: How the Scars of Medical Apartheid Perpetuate Environmental Racism


MENTOR

MARGARET FLINN (French and Italian) | Flinn’s research focuses on film, art and politics as intersecting cultural discourses. Her first book, The Social Architecture of French Cinema 1929-39, (Liverpool University Press, 2014), examines the construction, representation and experience of cinematographic spaces and places in documentary and realist fiction film. She is currently completing a book on director Olivier Assayas that places Assayas’s internationally well-known “techno-thrillers” in dialogue with his domestic dramas and considers the ensemble of Assayas’s œuvre in the light of current theories of cosmopolitanism.  

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ELIZABETH BATEMAN
Major | Political Science
Minors | Human Rights, and Civic Engagement

Elizabeth Bateman hopes to practice law as a civil rights attorney. She is particularly interested in subjects of human rights that pertain to immigration rights, environmental racism and women’s rights. Bateman hopes that the Society of Undergraduate Fellows program will allow her to engage in new, meaningful interactions with her community and fellow students while gaining a more well-rounded approach to the research development process.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Food Access Reimagined in Response to COVID-19


MIA CAI CARIELLO
Major | Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Minors | Asian American Studies, Studio Art, and Human Rights

As a fellow, Mia Cai Cariello will address the relationship between anti-rape organizing and human rights — both interpersonally and institutionally. She hopes to be challenged with new interdisciplinary approaches and grow her network among other scholars interested in human rights. Cai Cariello is looking forward to furthering her studies in graduate school and pursuing a career that will enable her to continue to advocate with survivors.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Activism or Advocacy?


THALIYAH COOLS-LARTIGUE
Major | Dance
Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue plans to become a professional dancer, choreographer and performer. This past spring, she studied abroad with the Ohio State Dance department in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she took dance courses and performed. She labels her interest in human rights through cultural rights, immigration and migration. Half Caribbean, Cools-Lartigue hopes to gain an understanding of how dance can be utilized to communicate transitions, migration and cultural origin within Afro-Caribbean culture and also gain a closer relationship to her personal heritage.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Caribbean Dance: Identity, History and Mobility


LAURA FINK
Major | Medical Anthropology
Minor | Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Laura Fink is on the pre-medicine track, and as a queer person, they are particularly interested in serving the LGBTQ+ community and researching their unique experiences in healthcare. LGBTQ+ rights are evolving at a rapid pace, and the worlds of medicine and research have failed to adequately adapt. Fink hopes to be a strong voice advocating for their community in both the doctor’s office and academia by bringing these issues into the spotlight.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Transgender Healthcare: A Story of Medicine and Gender Identit


GABRIELLE FRICK
Majors | Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gabrielle Frick hopes to attend graduate school and work with nonprofits for part of their career, with a focus on prison abolition. Frick is particularly interested in human rights work related to mass incarceration, education, poverty, addiction and LGBTQ+ issues. During the Society of Undergraduate Fellows program, Frick hopes to further explore their passions to gain more insight about how research can be part of their career and collaborate with others passionate about human rights.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Experiences of Children of Incarcerated Parents


OWEN MORRISH
Majors | Migration Studies and Romance Language Studies
Owen Morrish crafted his migration studies major with several professors in order to build upon his experiences serving refugee organizations and deepen his understanding of migrant integration. His current research focuses on how nonprofit refugee resettlement organizations support their clients’ development of host language proficiency. With hopes of becoming a professor and migration researcher, Morrish is excited to network, learn from program faculty and peers, and further develop his own interdisciplinary research skills.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Creating Immersion: Pedagogical Practices for the Linguistic Integration of Adult Refugees in the United States


ALEJANDRA SCHWARZ
Majors | Russian and Spanish

Alejandra Schwarz aspires to study Russian at the graduate level. All aspects of human rights are important to Schwarz; however, they are very much interested in freedom of speech and how censorship of this pivotal right affects people in different areas of the world. Through the Society for Undergraduate Fellows, Schwarz hopes to not only broaden their understanding of human rights throughout time but also to push themself into researching areas that are not as popular or commonly talked about.  
RESEARCH PROJECT | Challenges and Benefits of Social Media in a Censored Nation


PATRICK SEROOGY
Majors | Political Science and Economics
Minor | Public Policy

Patrick Seroogy is interested in civil and political rights, particularly in the contexts of conflict and oppression of those rights and liberties examined from a political-economic framework. Seroogy’s academic studies and interest in human rights inform their long-term aspirations of participating in the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy and diplomacy. Seroogy hopes the Society of Undergraduate Fellows can help them develop a broader humanistic perspective on their academics.
RESEARCH PROJECT | Punishment and Restoration: Structural Outcomes of Mass Incarceration between America and Rwanda


ANNA TAYLOR
Major | Honors Linguistics
Minors | German, French, and Speech and Hearing Sciences

Anna Taylor is an aspiring polyglot and future audiologist/ESL instructor with a passion for native language revitalization. Taylor’s hometown is Tonawanda, NY, which is also home to the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, one of just four speech communities for the critically-endangered Seneca language. In light of the intrinsic connection between Indigenous languages and cultures, Taylor hopes to gain an increased awareness and appreciation of the wealth of traditional knowledge embedded in Seneca and how it has changed over time.
RESEARCH PROJECT | The Seneca Language and Bilingual Road Signs


JARET WATERS
Majors | Spanish and Business
Minors | Portuguese, Geography, Economics

Jaret Waters has developed an interest in human rights in Latin America, having studied and worked in Chile and Brazil while at Ohio State. During this time, Waters found themself focusing on issues such as migration studies, race and labor relations, and sustainability. In the Society of Undergraduate Fellows, Waters would like to further study the gendered and racial components of domestic work in Brazil. Following graduation, Waters hope to pursue a career in advocacy or research of US foreign policy in Latin America.
RESEARCH PROJECT | The 21st Century Slave Quarters: The (de)Construction of Space in Brazil’s Domestic Work Industry


MENTORS

PUJA BATRA-WELLS (GAHDT) | Puja Batra-Wells has a PhD in Comparative Studies and an MA in Popular Culture. Her areas of expertise include folklore, critical theory, popular culture and food studies. She is the co-editor of a volume on the intersections between folklore and economics, The Folklorist in the Marketplace. 

AMY SHUMAN (English) | Amy Shuman is an award-winning scholar and teacher who has authored articles and books on conversational narrative, literacy, politics, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory. Her latest book, co-authored with Carol Boomer, is Political Asylum Deceptions: The Culture of Suspicion.