University of South Florida
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
Budget FormGenshaft-Greenbaum Global Explorer Awards Proposal Guide
Proposals for experiences that will take place in spring or summer 2022 are due Friday, October 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be submitted through the Honors College Portal.
** In October 2021, applications will be accepted to countries under a U.S. Department
of State Level 3 Travel Advisory at the submission deadline in anticipation that the
advisory may change before planned travel.
Please contact Megan Braunstein - email@example.com – or Lauren Bartshe -
firstname.lastname@example.org – with any questions about the application or project eligibility
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:
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
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.
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).
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.
Naziza Naeer BhuiyanUsing Chemical Parameters and Microbial Populations as Indicators of Water Quality
in the Buriganga River – BangladeshBangladesh 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 DantuluriHyderabad 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 GlaserDemocracy-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 PacheSynthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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 SharmaCompassion & Empathy in Healthcare – PeruMedicine 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
Emma Stewart, Grace Thompson, and Sydney TubbsEvolution of Societal Perceptions and Treatment of Disabilities and Mental Health
in Northwestern Europe - Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United
KingdomSociety 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.