Honors College

Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards

The Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards seek to support international self-directed research, internships, and other creative activities that are not served by traditional study abroad programs. This is a new pilot program is an exclusive opportunity for students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College.

Proposals  are submitted through the Judy Genshaft Honors College student portal. Applicants will use the web form to provide details about their travel, upload a narrative project proposal as a Word document or PDF, and upload a completed budget form. Click here to access the application.

Budget Form
Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards Proposal Guide

Proposal Submission Deadline 

Proposals for experiences that will take place in spring or summer 2022 are due Friday, October 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to apply, or submit an application through the Honors College Portal.

Please contact Megan Braunstein - mbraunstein@honors.usf.edu – or Lauren Roberts  - robertsl1@usf.edu – with any questions about the application or project eligibility requirements.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards are open to Judy Genshaft Honors College students who will meet the following by the time they begin their international experience:

  • been a member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College for at least one year
  • completed 60 hours towards their degree
  • earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA

What can a Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Award support?

Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards help Judy Genshaft Honors College students explore a passion, interest, career field, or whatever they’ve set their sights on. Applicants might consider applying for an award to support: 

Thesis Research: You may apply for support for international research expenses that will aid the completion of an innovative honors thesis. 

Global Internships: Students often have difficulty finding internships that allow them to support themselves while gaining real world experience. You may apply for support to pursue prestigious international internships that are unpaid or low paying. 

Interdisciplinary Inquiry: For JGHC’s most talented students who are willing to take some risks to pursue creative, ambitious, independent academic inquiry. You can propose rigorous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that transform “someday” dreams into reality

How long should international travel take place and where can I go?

You may travel anywhere outside of the United States that is not under a Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory from the U.S. Department of State. Priority will be given to applicants who propose projects that will push them substantially intellectually and personally and are longer than four weeks. However, there is no minimum travel requirement.

Do I have to pursue this award alone? What if one of my friends has a similar interest?

Students with the same research goals can collaborate on a research project that relies on diverse talents and cross-disciplinary resources. Each student must individually submit an application that outlines their objectives but indicate that they are applying in collaboration with another student(s).

How do I find a mentor for this project?

You must select a JGHC faculty or staff supervisor for your project and/or file your internship with the Coordinator of Experiential Learning and register for the internship course. For some cases, the JGHC Assistant Dean for Strategic Projects and International Programs may approve a faculty or staff member outside of the JGHC to supervise a project. A project mentor will support the project development, implementation, and the reflection component.

A project mentor will support the project development, implementation, and the reflection component. It is an applicant’s responsibility to bring project ideas to a mentor. It is not intended the mentors provide applicants with travel ideas or potential projects, nor to assist with travel planning.

You should seek a project mentor who you believe will offer the best academic, personal, and/or professional guidance. You must meet with your prospective mentor, discuss your project plans, and receive approval of mentorship, before including the mentor on an application. The Genshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards Committee will confirm project mentorship during the application review process.

Previous Recipients' Projects:

Naziza Naeer Bhuiyan
Using Chemical Parameters and Microbial Populations as Indicators of Water Quality in the Buriganga River – Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a riverine country with 163 million dependents on its resources. Over industrialization and rapid unplanned urbanization have resulted in high levels of pollution. The Buriganga River flows through the capital, Dhaka, and was once capable of sustaining the city. However, pollution has rendered it biologically dead. In this research project, I aim to assess the extent of Buriganga’s pollution by measuring multiple chemical and biological parameters. The research will be centered around the hypothesis that areas with high levels of pollution as indicated by the chemical parameters will also have a higher microbial population. Afterwards, I will explore ways to reduce pollution, such as bioremediation, a method in which organisms are deliberately introduced into the polluted environment to break down the pollutants. 


Mandy Chuor
Impact of an Oral Health Education Program on Patient Dental Knowledge and Dental Behavior – Cambodia

The goal of this research project is to determine the impact of oral health education on children hygienic behavior and dental knowledge in rural communities of Cambodia. Working with a local NGO, I will implement a self-designed curriculum that seeks to educate on the fundamentals of oral health, behaviors, and practices in primary schools. I will follow my classroom visits with a questionnaire to assess the attitudes and behaviors of the children and gather specific data on hygienic behavior and habits, knowledge on diseases, and dietary compositions. In implementing this educational program, I hope to see an improvement in the hygienic behaviors, increase oral health awareness at an early age, and for children to be enthusiastic to pursue healthier lifestyles and habits for the sake of their health.


Neha Dantuluri
Hyderabad Women’s Health Empowerment & Education Program – India 

Hyderabad is a multiethnic, densely populated city in India. Many women living in this area experience discrimination ranging from social stigmas to a lack of empowerment and education. Limited awareness is present in understanding how social factors impact the healthcare outcomes of urban women in Hyderabad. With Shaheen Collective, a local NGO, I will collaborate with social health workers to hold workshops on menstrual health that seek to educate and empower women by facilitating discussions on menstruation and sustainable menstrual hygiene. In addition, I will conduct research to understand the common social barriers and healthcare disparities that impact urban women. The project aims to understand barriers to health while educating women about healthy menstruation. Hence, increasing awareness of the social factors of healthcare can enable the enforcement of productive change to improve health outcomes.


Sarah Glaser
Democracy-Building Internship in London – United Kingdom 

Inspired by my work in U.S. politics, I intend to pursue an internship in London, United Kingdom centered on governance and democracy-building during the Fall 2021 semester. During my time interning in London, I will be guided by the question, “What makes a strong democracy?” I aim to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the United Kingdom and European Union’s model of governance and compare those strengths and weaknesses to those of the United States’ democratic system. I will apply this understanding throughout my career in international development and diplomacy to promote a more nuanced approach to democracy building abroad that does not simply aim to copy and paste the U.S. model in developing regions.


Sophia Pache
Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland 

Environmental pollution has detrimental consequences, with the most pressing being the current climate change emergency. My research project will be performed at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the satellite Sion-Valais campus in Switzerland for a duration of three months under the supervision of Drs. Wendy L. Queen and Ilia Kochetygov. I will be constructing a diverse set of ligands and further synthesizing Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) using different activation and characterization processes, as a means to assess MOFs as potential solutions for water and air purification. Some of these processes include mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, elemental analysis, and powder X-ray diffraction. My hope is to educate and inspire the public on pollution reduction with the best interests of the University of South Florida.


Pratiksha Sharma
Compassion & Empathy in Healthcare – Peru

Medicine requires a cumulation of skills to make the best decisions when helping a patient. Although the technical skills of the scientific understanding of the human body and the implementation of procedures to deliver care are highly important, socio-behavioral virtues, specifically empathy and compassion, are invaluable to patient care. Physicians who can embrace these virtues will find better physician-patient relations founded on trust. My research will focus on the Peruvian healthcare system, which seems to place importance on empathy and compassion in patient care. I will spend time with health NGOs in rural areas, which have very tight-knit communities, and where healthcare workers design treatment plans that incorporate communal health and local traditions. This research inquiry is meant to explore the effective value of having both technical and socio-behavior skills and how empathy-based medicine results in better patient-physician relations.


Emma Stewart, Grace Thompson, and Sydney Tubbs
Evolution of Societal Perceptions and Treatment of Disabilities and Mental Health in Northwestern Europe - Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

Society has preconceived ideas about the topics of disability and mental health. These preconceptions can be entirely inaccurate, yet still impact the daily lives of those affected by disabilities and mental health. We will visit European countries that are key to understanding the history and development of medical advancements and their impacts on the societal perceptions and treatment of affected individuals.  We aim to use the evolution of medicine as a guide to follow advancements in treatment, evolution of policies, and study the accessibility of public spaces. We intend to speak to academics studying the history of disability and medical advancements, as well as speak to disability advocacy groups, study the accessibility of spaces through architecture, and utilize museums to study architecture, art, and medical advancements throughout history. With greater understanding, efficient changes can be made to factors that create the inequality experienced by disabled members of society.