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2017-18 SAAB Representative

This year’s SAAB representative for the Classics Department is Kurt Neumaier.

The Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) grant program funds student research initiatives and other academic expenses via a board of student representatives from each academic discipline. For students who plan on attending or presenting at a conference, doing research in the United States or abroad, bringing speakers or lecturers to campus, doing research for a thesis, etc., the SAAB grant program is an amazing resource.

The first step to getting a grant is for students to contact two SAAB representatives at least two weeks before they plan on submitting their grant proposal (a list of SAAB reps can be found on the SAAB website). There are four different types of grants students can apply for:

  • Student-initiated research, performed either in the U.S. or overseas
  • Attendance at academic conferences either as a participant or a presenter
  • Visiting scholar programs to address new ideas and contemporary issues
  • Performances in music, art, theater, communications, or wherever one’s imagination leads

In-depth instructions for each type of application can be found here

These different types of grants have different proposal due dates and processing times. Research grants and Arts/Expression grants are due on the1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Visiting Scholar grants and Conference grants are heard weekly and the grant proposals are due by 4pm on Thursdays. All grants will be heard within two weeks.

Kurt encourages you to contact him with any questions about SAAB or about a proposal you would like to submit. You can reach Kurt via email at kneumaier@lclark.edu.

Here are some of the SAAB grants that have been awarded in 2016-2017.

Andrea Blobel Pérez, Research Grant

Andrea’s research interrogated the nature of torture and trauma, and how it continues to be present in Chilean society after Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The history of torture in Chile was reduced and memorialized in a national discourse that failed to acknowledge people’s suffering. Instead of acknowledging the trauma in people’s bodies and need for a healing process, the national agenda pushed for a quick and peaceful transition that treated trauma as a solved problem and closed chapter. Thus, the purpose of this project was to interrogate the scars of torture suffering in Chilean society, the healing processes and the construction of national memory. This grant allowed Andrea to fulfill her personal curiosity and get engaged as an undergraduate student.

Monica Cropsey, Research Grant

Monica received a SAAB grant to go to Paris to do qualitative research with Senegalese migrant workers, specifically street vendors, for her senior thesis. This project acted as a follow-up to her study abroad experience in Senegal where she met countless individuals with the desire to migrate to Europe for economic success and social mobility, regardless of the consequences. The goal of this project was to examine what happens to migrants once they arrive in their destination. More specifically, the ways in which they form community relationships to adjust to and survive the social and political climate in France. The ultimate goal of this project is to shed light on an underrepresented group that is often forgotten and is still fighting against the effects of colonization. This grant allowed her to travel to Paris and interview vendors about their experiences, struggles, and identities.

Kate Wackett & Erin Law, Art & Expressions Grant

Kate and Erin got funding for an Arts and Expression grant that will allow them to put on a transnational art show featuring works made collaboratively by LC students and students from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. They are taking eight LC students of all classes and majors to Havana over spring break, where they’ll discuss the nuances of art production in Cuba and the changing political climate, visit art galleries and major art museums, and work in the ISA studios with partners from different artistic fields. At the end of the week, they’ll be putting on an exhibition in Havana and bringing the works home to Portland, where they will show both at Yale Union and Milepost 5. They invite all interested students to join us for the show at YU on April 17th, come out to Milepost 5 anytime later in the month, or hear them talk about the process of creating collaboratively at the Festival of Scholars.

 

Leonardo Digiosia, Program and Conference Grant

Leonardo was able to present his summer research, done at Williams College, to a group of mathematicians interested in the topic: differential geometry. This was his second time giving this presentation at a conference, so he was already pretty prepared. In particular, the audience was entertained enough that the following Q&A session went overtime. he was able to answer very tough questions about his research that he hadn’t thought about before. Overall, this was a memorable experience, and he hopes to be able to give the presentation at the Festival of Scholars.

 

 

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