Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

CLACS Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

November 8, 2017

Every year, CLACS announces the winners for its Undergraduate Research Awards, which consists of grants of up to $500 in support of undergraduate thesis research and/or conference attendance. This year the recipients are Katherine Chavez ’19, Camila Ruiz-Segovia ’18, David Wiegn ’19, Cassandra Garcia ’18, and Margot Cohen ’18. 

Katherine Chavez is a junior at Brown concentrating in Art History (with a focus on Latin American/Latinx art) and Visual Arts (with a focus on printmaking). With the help of the CLACS Undergraduate Research Award, Katherine will enroll in “CUBA: History, Culture and Printmaking,” a RISD Wintersession Travel Course that combines her passion for Latin America and her budding expertise in printmaking. 

Camila Ruiz-Segovia is a senior at Brown double-concentrating in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Camila is an advocate against the War on Drugs in Mexico, her home country, and has also organized teach-ins and events following the disappearance of the students in Ayotzinapa and the forced disappearances of civilians in the Mexican state. With the help of the CLACS Undergraduate Research Award, Camila will conduct research for her thesis “Los Soldados en mis Calles,” about the militarization of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2016. 

Cassandra Garcia is a senior at Brown concentrating in Public Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is a passionate advocate for the Latin American community in the United States and has previously volunteered as a Spanish medical interpreter at Rhode Island Hospital. With the help of the CLACS Undergraduate Research Award, Cassandra will attend the 4th International Conference on Health and Migration, focusing on local, national and international repercussions.

David Wiegn is a junior at Brown. He will use the CLACS Undergraduate Research Award to pursue ethnographic research in the transience and intermittence in healthcare provision in rural Honduras through a temporary clinic. 

Margot Cohen is a senior at Brown. With the help of the Undergraduate Research Award, Margot will carry out research for her thesis titled “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Feminicide in Chile.” Margot is passionate about gender equality and seeks to examine the lack thereof in Latin American countries, especially Chile. 

For more information on the CLACS Undergraduate Research Award, see the link below: