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CASI Announces Winners of Summer 2012 Travel Funds Competition

Aravind Eye Care System

Sindhuri Nandhakumar, C'13, Political Science and Urban Studies, Tamil Nadu, Madurai

Sam Ware, C'13, Health and Societies, Tamil Nadu, Madurai

Christina Wu, C'14, Health and Societies, Tamil Nadu, Madurai


Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag) 

Shumita Basu, C'13, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Sitla, Uttarakhand

Lucia Xiong, C'13, International Relations with a minor in Chemistry, Sitla, Uttarakhand


Educate Girls

Ali Cooper-Ponte, C'13, Political Science with a minor in International Development, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Eliana Machefsky, C'14, Anthropology and Political Science, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Sudi Reddy, W'14, Management and Social Impact with a minor in International Development, Ajmer, Rajasthan



Meher Rehman, C'14, International Relations with a focus on development in South Asia, Mumbai, Maharashtra


Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS)

Rebecca Havivi, C'13, Humanistic Philosophy, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh 

Natalie Volpe, C'13, Environmental Studies and International Development, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh 


Travel Funds for Research Winners

Samira Ali, Ph.D. candidate at the School of Social Policy and Practice (expected graduation in 2013).
Research focused on the role of Female Sex Workers as mothers and their relationship to their children and how they communicate on issues regarding sex and sexual risk.

Michael Collins, a second year Ph.D. candidate in South Asian Studies. 
Research focused on the transformation of Dalit social movements in Tamil Nadu into political parties at the turn of the millennium.

Leya Mathew, a second year Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education.
Research focused on the role of the education reforms in Kerala in 2006.

Utpal Sandesara, a third year M.D.-Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and the Perleman School of Medicine.
Research focused on creating a comprehensive ethnographic study of the processes and experiences of sex selective abortion in Gujarat.

Abhijit Visaria, Ph.D. Candiate in Demography (expected graduation in 2014).
Research focused on understanding son preference among Hindus and Muslims as related to socioeconomic status and religious identity.