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UW International Studies Students to Present Field Work in Jackson


May 10, 2012 — Three University of Wyoming international studies master of arts degree students will present results of their fieldwork Monday, May 14, in Jackson. The presentation, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wort Hotel Jackson Room, is free and open to the public.

Cara Durr, from Talkeetna, Alaska, explored the social benefits and consequences for women who use microfinance as a development strategy in Indonesia. Julia Lausch, La Verne, Calif., worked with Filipino migrant women laborers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Robert Leteff, Denham Springs, La., completed his field work in Samso, Denmark, where he assessed the sustainability of the island's off-grid renewable energy projects.

These projects highlight the kind of exciting and innovative projects that international studies students at UW complete for their degree, says Jean Garrison, director of the International Studies Program. She says it is cutting-edge work that shapes their education.

"More than simply transforming the individual student, this work brings home to us all the various challenges people face in the world, but also how interconnected we are in our needs and desires," Garrison says. "This background provides students with the tools to go out into the global workforce as teachers; to work for government or nonprofits; or to continue their graduate studies in related disciplines such as geography, anthropology or international relations."

For more information, contact Garrison at (307) 766-6119 or garrison@uwyo.edu

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UW international studies graduate student Cara Durr visits with girls at a boarding school in Indonesia. She and two other UW students will present their research findings Monday in Jackson. (International Programs)

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