In 2014, Janice Cantieri and Mackenzie Findlay received Summer Undergraduate Research Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research. An International and Area Studies major, Cantieri traveled to Kirabati to study how the island nation is dealing with climate change. Findlay, a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major, researched childbirth in Madagascar.
In March they learned they had been selected for the prestigious Fulbright program. Cantieri and Findlay - both May, 2015 graduates - credit their undergraduate research with helping them get into the program.
“My research definitely helped me win the Fulbright,” Findlay said. “My research experience in Madagascar was the most influential thing I did at Wash U.”
Cantieri agreed. "I met people during the process of interviewing, researching, and living in villages in Kiribati that inspired my project proposal for the National Geographic Fulbright...My research experience last summer is the single most important thing that secured my success with the Fulbright. I am so grateful to the OUR and especially Dean Kiefer for making this whole thing possible!"