The travel funds for this year will be distributed among fifteen Penn students. The travel funds assist Penn students to participate in either volunteer internships with Indian NGOs or conduct independent research projects in India during the summer months.
The travel funds for CASI-partnered NGO internships in India are made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Provost, with special thanks to the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Programs (OIP) and the International Internship Program (IIP) for administering the competition.
A total of nine Penn students have been selected for internship programs. There are three winners for the CASI-Piramal Foundation Summer Internship at the Grassroots Development Laboratory (GDL) in Bagar, Rajasthan; two winners for the CASI Summer Internship at Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group in New Delhi; and four winners for the CASI-Karuna Trust Summer Internship in Karnataka. The Karuna Trust internship was introduced for this summer.
CASI has been sponsoring the summer travel funds competition for the past four years.
CASI-Piramal Foundation GDL Summer Internship Winners:
Siler Bryan, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in International Relations and Modem Middle East Studies.
Margaret Krasne, a sophomore at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Health and Societies with a minor in Urban Studies.
Sarah Souli, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations with a minor in Consumer Psychology.
CASI-Chintan Summer Internship Winners:
Michelle Lee, a sophomore at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in English and Urban Studies.
Samuel B. Ribnick, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in History with a concentration in Diplomatic History.
CASI-Karuna Trust Summer Internship Winners:
Alexander Ryu, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics.
Juulia Enberg, a sophomore at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Hispanic Studies.
Pavithra Jaisankar, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Health and Societies.
Koren Jones, a candidate for a Master of Science in the School of Nursing.
There are two winners conducting undergraduate-level research in India for their senior honors theses, and four winners conducting graduate-level research in India.
Summer Research in India, Undergraduate Winners:
Sean Angiolillo, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in International Relations and South Asia Studies.
Sasha Riser-Kositsky, a junior at the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Comparative Politics, Diplomatic History, and South Asia Studies.
Summer Research in India, Graduate Winners:
Emmerich Davies, a first year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science (focusing on localized collective action and self-help groups in Tamil Nadu).
Dahlia Mukherjee, a second year Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology (focusing on depression and anxiety disorders in Kolkata).
Aaron Mulvany, an advanced dissertation student in the department of South Asian Studies (focusing on flood recovery and local coping mechanisms and strategies in Pondicherry and Karaikal).
Iva Patel, a candidate for a Master of Arts in South Asian Studies (focusing on the ethnography of translation in post-independence Gujarat).