Hampshire College has announced that students Gwen Straley and Carly Leusner are recipients of the 2007 Denice O’Neill Fellowship Award for Division III (senior project) research.
Straley is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, working with Rugmark, a nonprofit organization seeking to eliminate child labor in the rug-making industry. Her research is focused on the nutritional status of children as they leave the factories and return to school.
Leusner will travel to Ecuador next fall to conduct a nutritional assessment of an Amazonian community impacted by modern development. She will examine the ways a changing local economy and environment are affecting the diet, nutritional status and health of the community of Wachimak, a village in eastern Ecuador.
The annual fellowships support student research on topics that passionately interested Denice O’Neill (85F), a Hampshire student who died tragically in the 1988 crash of Pan Am flight 103 as she was returning from Nigeria, where she had conducted Division III research.