Where in the world will you find Buffett undergraduates this summer?

June 22, 2017

Thanks to funding from the Buffett Institute, more than 80 Northwestern undergraduates will work, study, and conduct research in 26 countries and six continents this summer. Click the pins on this interactive map to see what they'll be up to:

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GESI study abroad program (orange pins)

There are 66 students traveling to six countries this summer with the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI). 49 of these students will be funded in full or in part this summer, thanks to scholarships made possible by donors like Roberta Buffett Elliott (WCAS 1954), Bonnie (WCAS 1969) and Mike Daniels, and the Efrusy Family Foundation.

This summer, GESI will send its first cohort to Jukwa, Ghana, where students will complete service-learning projects focused on environmental sustainability in partnership with Amizade Global Service-Learning. GESI students will also be working in Uganda, India, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.

Buffett International SIGP grants (purple pins)

One of Buffett's most popular new undergraduate programs was created in partnership with Northwestern's Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP). Students receive up to $6,000 of support to complete an unpaid internship abroad that will facilitate career exploration, service-learning, and/or research. 

This summer, eight Buffett International SIGP program participants will complete internships on five continents. Internships this year include working at a tech-focused NGO in Tunisia, promoting clean energy solutions in China, marketing youth soccer programs in Australia, and developing an online community for African artists in Kenya. 

Supplemental grants for Buffett undergraduates (blue-grey pins)

Sixteen Buffett undergraduate affiliates received supplemental grants to conduct research and travel abroad this summer. These grants of up to $2,000 are frequently combined with awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research, such as the Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG) and summer Undergraduate Research Grants (URGs), as well as grants from schools like Weinberg College and McCormick.

Community-Based Research Fellowships (green pins)

Seven Buffett undergraduates will develop community-based research projects in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uganda, and West Virginia this summer. Community-based research (CBR) combines community knowledge and university knowledge to address global issues through actionable research. 

As part of our newly-expanded CBR fellowship program, students will conduct research on international development outcomes in partnership with Pachaysana (Ecuador), the Institute for Central American Development Studies (Costa Rica), Amizade (West Virginia), and the Foundation for Sustainable Development (Uganda). CBR fellows receive up to $6,000 for travel, living expenses, and stipend.

Davis Projects for Peace (pink pin)

This year's Davis Projects for Peace winner is Salome Kariuki (McCormick 2020), who will be running a mentoring program in Nairobi for recent high school graduates interested in applying for admission at US colleges and universities. Each year, the program awards a Northwestern undergraduate student a $10,000 grant to design a grassroots "project for peace" that uses a summer to address global social issues. 

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