Watson News & Upcoming Events

Watson/Walker Fellowship Informational Meeting for All Students
An informational meeting for all students interested in the Watson and Walker Fellowships will be Thurs, Apr 3 from 4:30-5:30 in Mills C.  If you're curious at all about how you might travel for a year after you graduate with the help of $28,000, come find out more details and meet fellow students and alums who have been there.  Refreshments will be served.  Contact Britt Anne Murphy for more information.

Watson Fellows Present!
Watson Fellows Dillon Blankenship '12 and Laura Podd '12 will be visiting Hendrix on April 3 to present on their Watson years abroad.  Stop by the Murphy House Seminar Room from 12:10-1:00 pm to hear their tales and share their adventures!  Light lunch will be served.  Contact Britt Anne Murphy for more information.

Watson Fellowships Awarded to Hendrix Seniors Alison Harrington and McKenna Raney!
Alison Harrington and McKenna Raney were awarded Watson Fellowships for 2014-2015.  Below are their project descriptions.  Descriptions and bios of all the 2014-2015 Watson Fellows are available at the Watson Fellowship website.

  • Alison Harrington
    Partnering with Fungi to Improve the Human Landscape through Transformative Decomposition
    Thailand, Cambodia, South Africa, Namibia, Ecuador, Costa Rica
    In the midst of a global waste crisis, I propose to explore the potential of fungi to solve global problems. Working with the people who study and use fungus, I hope to understand the basis for cultural    dispositions towards fungi and the decomposition they represent. I aim to study the paradoxical application of transformative decay towards constructive ends while promoting mutualism between humans and fungi.

    Alison is a biologist by interest and nature, with a particular focus on biology in a social and ecological context. Her approach to home gardening and leading the Hendrix College Beekeeping Society reflects the application of scientific concepts, and it was through her garden that she began interacting with fungi. She became fascinated by their transformative power; through decomposition and decay, they facilitate regeneration. She enjoys collecting and identifying wild fungi in her spare time, and has joined the Arkansas Mycological Society on some of their forays into local forests. When she isn't in the lab or outdoors, Alison is probably reading or skating with Girls Rollin' in the South, a recreational roller derby team in Central Arkansas.
  • McKenna Raney
    Uncovering Emotional Connections in Human-Equine Partnerships
    Argentina, France, Iceland, Ireland, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Australia
    I will explore the relationships of humans and horses through farming, ranching, therapy, and sports worldwide. I will work to discover how relationship, discipline, and culture affect a working partnership between horse and human. My specific objectives are to understand different lived experiences, to identify broader cultural implications, and discover if others' identities are contingent on their relationship with horses. To achieve these goals, I will shadow equine workers, work alongside them, stay in their homes, and conduct informal snowball interviews with members of cross-cultural groups who work with horses daily.

    McKenna has been fascinated with horses since she was four. This love led her to provide veterinary care for her own herd, trail-ride, teach children at a summer wrangler camp, and volunteer in equine-assisted therapy. Her gap year of volunteerism led her to major in anthropology as a way to explore other people's worlds. Active in the Hendrix community, she did horse anthropological and biological research, played saxophone in the wind ensemble, attended archaeological field school, and worked at Heifer International. McKenna's Watson will allow her to combine her passions for peoples' stories and horses.

Two Walker Fellows Announced for 2013-2014
Anna Broadwell-Gulde and Linh Chuong have been awarded $12,500 each to pursue their passions abroad as Walker Fellows.  Anna will be traveling to India, Australia, Brazil, and Germany to examine the medicalization of yoga.  Linh will travel to Thailand, Canada, Taiwan, and South Korea to observe the role of NGOs and governments in protecting refugees' rights for those involved in the Vietnamese diaspora.   Follow Linh's journey on her blog.

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