Spring 2024 UTRA grants create research opportunities at Watson

The Watson Institute funded $10,000 in Undergraduate Research and Teaching Awards to support Brown students collaborating with Watson faculty on research projects during the spring 2024 semester.

For the spring 2024 semester, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs awarded $10,000 in funding for Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Research and Teaching Awards (UTRAs) to support three faculty-led research projects. Faculty who received these funds include Susan Moffitt, Dawn Brancati and Andrew Schrank.

International and Public Affairs (IAPA) concentrator Benjamin Ringel will work with Moffitt, a professor of political science and international and public affairs and Watson’s director of academic programs, on a project entitled “Realizing Rights: Opportunities and Barriers to Participation in American Public Education.”

Elliott Trendell and Maria Trifonova, both IAPA concentrators, will assist Brancati, a senior lecturer in international and public affairs, in a curriculum development project entitled, “Digital Peacebuilding.”

Health and Human Biology concentrator Rachel Ly and Public Health concentrator Yuliya Velhan will assist Schrank, the Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, with research on a project entitled “Transnational Governance Networks and Global Health Security.”