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UW Master’s Degree Student Receives David L. Boren Fellowship

April 27, 2017
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Jeremy Goldsmith poses with Gambians considering migrating to Europe. He will use his David L. Boren Fellowship to study for the entire 2017-18 academic year in Senegal. (Jeremy Goldsmith Photo)

Jeremy Goldsmith, a University of Wyoming master’s degree candidate in international studies, and environment and natural resources, is the recipient of the David L. Boren Fellowship to continue his research overseas.

As a UW Center for Global Studies (CGS) fellow, Goldsmith will use his National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship to study for the entire 2017-18 academic year in Senegal.

He will have the opportunity to work with the International Organization for Migration regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Goldsmith’s research as a CGS international research award recipient is titled “Factors Impacting the Migratory Decision-Making of Gambians.” He hopes to expand his research through a comparative study of Senegalese and Gambian migrant perspectives.

“By delving into the factors triggering Senegalese migration, while also comparing the motivating factors driving the relocation of Gambian migrants, a more robust illustration on what is leading both groups to migrate can be addressed,” he says. “The research draws attention to the ongoing out-migration crisis occurring in West Africa.”

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the NSEP, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. interests. These regions are underrepresented in study abroad projects and include regions such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

UW’s CGS taps the potential of interdisciplinary, collaborative and international expertise at UW to invigorate faculty interactions, faculty-student international research, enrich teaching and to serve as a central “clearinghouse” for global academic expertise at UW.

“The CGS advances UW to the next level of excellence in internationally focused research in order to find solutions to complex global problems,” says Director Jean Garrison. “The center, with links to the social sciences, humanities and STEM fields, brings the world to Wyoming and Wyoming to the world.”

For more information about CGS, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119, email garrison@uwyo.edu, or visit www.uwyo.edu/globalcenter.

The UW International Programs Office (IPO) coordinates and advises students interested in pursuing a scholarship or fellowship in the Boren Awards program. Shawn Bunning, IPO’s project coordinator, is the Boren Award adviser and campus representative at UW.

“Jeremy’s fellowship to Senegal will allow him to build upon the considerable base he has already acquired in the Wolof language during his Peace Corps service in neighboring Gambia,” he says. “I look forward to the great things his improved Wolof fluency will allow him to contribute in both scholarship and service.”

For more information about the Boren Awards program, visit www.borenawards.org, or to set up an advising appointment, call the UW International Programs Office at (307) 766-3677.


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