NSF grant allows Willamette student to conduct research in Senegal

The National Science Foundation has awarded Willamette University anthropology professor Joyce Millen and student Shannon Satterwhite '10 a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant that will allow Satterwhite to conduct research on women's health in Senegal, West Africa.

The award is a supplement to Millen's existing NSF grant, which created the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges (ISA-CGC) at Willamette.

ISA-CGC provides students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate with scholars in other countries. The institute's first project examines the ongoing exodus of skilled medical providers out of Africa, pejoratively referred to as "brain drain." (Learn more at

Satterwhite will participate in ISA-CGC this summer, then extend her stay in Senegal to conduct a preliminary gender analysis of diaspora associations engaged in the country's health sector. She hopes to understand ways in which migration trends and diaspora giving influence women's health care in West Africa.

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. It provides students with opportunities to undertake independent yet closely mentored research, while encouraging faculty members to work collaboratively with students.

For more on faculty awards, visit the Office for Faculty Research and Resources. To learn about national student scholarships, go to Student Academic Grants and Awards.