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January 16, 2002

SMU STUDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR ANTHROPOLOGY STUDIES

DALLAS (SMU) -- Two Southern Methodist University anthropology doctoral students, Melissa Nibungco and Ben Passmore, have received a total of $24,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation to study cultural anthropology.

Each student will be given a $12,000 grant to further their research in anthropology. Nibungco is specializing in medical anthropology and will study tuberculosis and gender in the Philippines. Passmore will study how workers in a factory in the Czech Republic adapt to the changing workplace in the post-Communist world.

SMU’s Department of Anthropology helped provide the students with training to compete for the grants through its Ethnographic Training Grant Program, which allows students to conduct field research before submitting proposals for funding.


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