Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Undergraduate Fellow Profiles


Wanda BertramWanda Bertram
International Studies
Hometown: Seattle
Travel objectives: From Southeast and Central Asia to Armenia and Turkey, I plan to visit cultures to experience various stages of social upheaval—what we might call “making history”—and explore the ways that local storytelling customs help people in such situations historicize their own experience. I’ll observe storytelling and historiography, not only through conversation but through arts, children’s stories, rituals, games, names, jokes, advertising, media and museums. As I examine how history making relates to consumerism, age relations, the idea of place, conflict resolution, and power structures, I’ll be challenged to complicate my preconceptions about world history and to narrate my own experiences differently.
Destinations: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Turkey

Wilson CarlettiWilson Carletti
Business Administration, Finance
Hometown: Seattle
Travel objectives: I want to travel to these places to appreciate the natural beauty of our world, engage in dialogue with local communities, and participate in sports in order to learn to understand their role in the lives of other peoples and cultures of South America and Africa. I also want to use the opportunity to focus on one of my passions: writing. I want to write about my experiences, as a mode of self-reflection and documentation for others, and to hone my art of storytelling.
Destinations: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Antarctica, Argentina and South Africa

Nicolle EsparoNicolle Esparo
Biochemistry and Anthropology
Hometown: Poulsbo, Wash.
Travel objectives: Indonesia has mystified me since my first anthropology course, and the mountains and wilderness of South America have always called to me from glossy pictures in books. I have specifically chosen these regions because of the indomitable characters of their inhabitants and the value of their natural resources to science, both historically and in modern times. I want to walk in the footsteps of courageous indigenous peoples and revolutionary scientists. Whether I travel by foot, bus, boat or plane, I am excited to explore to my heart’s content.
Destinations: Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Susan GlennSusan Glenn
Public Health
Hometown: Gig Harbor, Wash.
Travel objectives: I plan on travelling to Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa to gain an understanding of the constructed idea of “Africa” and to transcend my predominately sub-Saharan focus of African Studies. I will also travel to Patagonia and Easter Island to explore issues facing environments, both past and present.
Destinations: Chile, Argentina, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa

Walker HigginsWalker Higgins
Hometown: Gardnerville, Nev.
Travel objective: I will begin in South Asia and then travel to Southeast Asia, and trek through Eastern Europe. I want to immerse myself in a location and culture, listening to its music, eating traditional foods, learning its history, seeking recommendations from locals, and exploring the land itself to see the world with fresh eyes. I want to figure out what I truly value in life, and if that thing is different from others. In the end, I want to discover who I am and gain a new perspective, hopefully changing those that I meet in turn.
Destinations: Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

Shantelle JohnsonShantelle Johnson
Environmental Science
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
Travel objectives: My planned journey is about stripping away the layers of mental conditioning that have developed throughout my life and revealing the beauty in all things. Throughout my expedition, I plan to travel by plane, train, bicycle, ferry, and rickshaw to uncover cultural and religious relationships to nature, spiritual manifestations, and the formula for laughter. As I explore these regions my primary goal is to remain open and receptive to lessons that may present themselves along the way.
Destinations: Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka, Jerusalem, Turkey, and Bulgaria

Nicole TrosperNicole Trosper
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Travel objectives: While traveling, I am interested in seeing the role that medicine plays in people’s lives, and ways in which we can participate in engineering which respects and enhances cultural identity. I seek to connect with people through a love of the land, cooking, and art. My journey will take me through Brazil, southeastern Africa, Cambodia and Vietnam. By visiting these diverse and vibrant places, I hope to engage in personal growth and foster a sense of global understanding.
Destinations: Brazil, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Cambodia and Vietnam


Nicola FollisNicolas Follis

Major: Aquatic and Fishery Science
UW Honors Program Student

Nicola is very interested in how different people and age groups interact with the environment and how these interactions can either foster the preservation of the environment or facilitate the degradation of nature. During her travels she would like to look at the junction between science, culture and the socioeconomics in a given place in order to understand the environmental values and beliefs in that community. She plans to travel through western South America, Thailand, the Indo-Pacific, Madagascar and Southern Africa. These regions were picked because they contain landmarks she wishes to see, relate to the field of marine science, or simply because she has an unexplainable urge to explore and immerse herself in the culture of the country.

Emily HsiehEmily Hsieh

Major: Biochemistry & Biology
UW Honors Program Student

Emily is interested in the scope of science outreach in the context of wildlife preservation and observing the conversations (or lack thereof) between scientists and civilians. At the same time, as an evolutionary biologist, she wants to appreciate the biodiversity that flourishes in some of the world’s most dynamic ecosystems as well as walk in Darwin’s footsteps. Her journey begins in Southeast Asia, where she will visit Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. Then, she will visit Nepal and Mauritius, before flying to South America to visit Brazil and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands).

Stephanie MorrissStephanie Morriss

Major: Environmental Studies
UW Honors Program Student

Stephanie wishes to travel throughout India, parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iceland, and end by walking El Camino De Santiago in Spain. She chose not to have a specific theme in mind, in the hopes that this would allow her to travel somewhat spontaneously and take in all aspects of these new places— including the history, food, natural beauty, music, and hospitable people. She hopes to learn more about the role food plays in culture, how distinct cultures both differ and relate, and what her place is in the global community.

Catherine OpieCatherine Opie

Major: English
UW Honors Program Student

Catherine plans to visit Japan, China, India, Thailand, Morocco, and South Africa. She wants to immerse herself in cultures totally unlike her own in order to gain a broader understanding of the global community and her place in it. She is interested in seeing how other countries celebrate community through spirituality, food, family, and education, especially those with deep-rooted histories and traditions. She looks forward to taking in the natural beauty of other regions whether it be hiking in the Himalayas, boating down the Ganges River, relaxing on the beaches of Thailand, or strolling through a traditional Japanese Garden. She says “I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate completing what has become one of the world’s longest (eleven years, officially!) Bachelor’s Degrees!”

Alex TaipaleAlex Taipale

Major: Biochemistry
UW Honors Program Student

Alex wants to better understand multicultural perceptions of humanity and personhood through the exploration of ideas and rituals surrounding death. She will travel to East Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Southeast Asia. Exploring such a range of cultures with diverse mortality demographics, religious beliefs and cultural permanence will allow her to better understand how death and our own humanity is viewed around the globe. She hopes to ultimately apply this knowledge to help lead America’s healthcare and biotechnology industries toward producing technologies that respect multicultural perspectives on what it means to be a human being.

Kevin TsuchidaKevin Tsuchida

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
UW Honors Program Student

Kevin plans to explore Botswana and Zambia, followed by Nepal and India. Next will be Thailand and Indonesia, finishing up with Jordan and Egypt. He looks forward to experiencing and understanding these cultures by using art as a lens, partaking in traditional dishes, pursuing an interest in filming and photography, and reflecting on all his thoughts and ideas in a journal. After considering the culinary, visual, and literary arts, he would like to return home more inspired to express his own creative side, drawing from all that these countries have to offer, and hopes to be able to encourage the same inspiration in others.

Kaiwen SunKaiwen Sun

Major: Electrical Engineering & Philosophy
UW Honors Program Student

Kaiwen will begin his travels in Russia and Kazakhstan, before flying to Nepal, Bhutan, and India, then going to Kenya and journeying by land to South Africa. In these places, he hopes to get to know and understand new and radically different cultural ideologies. He is fascinated by the way cultural values and world outlooks differ so much among different societies, and how difficult it is to reflect on them since they are so deeply ingrained. He is particularly interested in the way different cultural ideologies affect the beliefs, values, and interactions between people of those cultures, and what the differences tell us about how people can perceive life differently


Blake Barnett, SeniorBonderman-3

Major: Comparative History of Ideas
Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington
UW Honors Program student

Barnett plans to travel through Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Peru and Mexico as he follows the global spice trade to see the evolution of the modern food system. He wants to gain a deeper understanding of his roles both as a global consumer and a local food activist by experiencing street food and cooking with people of diverse backgrounds.

Holly Candage, SeniorBonderman-6

Major: Human Geography; Comparative History of Ideas
Hometown: Litchfield, New Hampshire
UW Honors Program student

Candage plans to travel to Mexico, Central America, Spain, Morocco, Sicily, Lebanon, Greece, the Balkans, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and India. She is interested in the role of spirituality in people’s everyday lives, including how they cook and eat together, communicate and commune with each other, and experience the environment and other species.

Kevin Fernando, SeniorBonderman-17

Major: Neurobiology; English
Hometown: Federal Way, Washington
UW Honors Program student

Fernando plans to travel throughout Africa and Asia, with intended stops in South Africa, Madagascar, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China and Tibet, Myanmar and Indonesia. He hopes to explore how different cultures handle intergenerational tensions – and, in particular, how youth worldwide react to concepts like heritage, tradition and filial expectation.

Alaska McGann, SeniorBonderman-4

Major: English
Hometown: Renton, Washington
UW Honors Program student

McGann plans to start her journey in Puerto Rico and make her way down to Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Chile. Then she plans to fly to Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, before ending her travels in India. McGann is interested in unpacking notions of global feminism and grappling with what it means to be feminist in diverse, postcolonial places.

Katherine McKeon, SeniorBonderman-7

Major: International Studies; Communications (Journalism)
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
UW Honors Program student

McKeon plans to head first to Southeast Asia, then to East Africa, and then to northern South America and the Caribbean. She hopes to visit places with unique storytelling traditions that are sometimes portrayed negatively in western media, with the goal of complicating and challenging her preconceptions of the cultures she passes through.

Hunter Phillips, SeniorBonderman-9

Major: Neurobiology
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
UW Honors Program student

Phillips plans to travel to a number of national parks and conservation areas in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia, with the hope of seeing the great diversity of flora and fauna in some of the world’s richest ecosystems. His goal is to bear witness to the ways in which local ecosystems sustain human communities and, in turn, how recent human activities are shaping those ecosystems.

Francis Ramoin, SeniorBonderman-16

Major: French; International Studies
Hometown: San Francisco, California
UW Honors Program student

Ramoin plans to travel from India and Nepal, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is excited to immerse himself in indigenous societies by participating in their traditional pastimes, games and sporting events, while exploring how the preservation of their heritage works to strengthen local organizations.


Charmi Ajmera, Senior11.bonderman.-9

Major: International Studies
Hometown: Seattle
UW Honors Program Student

Ajmera will begin her travels in South Africa. From there she will travel along the coast of East Africa through Swaziland, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Ethiopia and Egypt. Next, she will fly to Greece and travel by ferry through the Greek islands and across the Aegean Sea to Turkey. In Turkey she will travel upland to Istanbul. This will be followed by a flight to Moscow and a journey across Russia via the Trans-Siberian railroad, ending in Irkutsk. Finally, she will travel by train to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and fly home from there.

Dean Chahim, Senior11.bonderman.-39

Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Development Studies
Hometown: Seattle
UW Honors Program Student

Chahim’s itinerary takes him to countries that have historically experimented with a variety of development paths different from the West. He will travel from Brazil to Southern Africa, up through Western and Northern Africa into the Middle East and on to Central and South Asia. He hopes to appreciate one of the greatest modern ironies: ignorance in the global North of alternative definitions of development that transcend economics. He wants to challenge himself to begin to see the world in the multitude of ways people in the “developing” world do – and understand the world as they imagine it could be.

Sol M-R profile photoSol Moravia-Rosenberg, Senior

Major: Comparative History of Ideas, American Ethnic Studies
Hometown: Seattle
UW Honors Program Student

Moravia-Rosenberg plans to travel through the greater part of 2012 through Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean. He is most interested in learning about the role that music plays in people’s lives around the world, and how that role differs from that in the United States. As a cultural ambassador representing his community, he hopes to converse and collaborate with other lovers of music from all corners of the earth. As an active musician he expects to return from this experience enabled and inspired to bring ideas and change to his home community.

Mark Russeff11.bonderman.-40

Major: Economics
Hometown: Edmonds, Washington
UW Honors Program Student

Russeff hopes to take full advantage of every opportunity he will have on the road to learn about new cultures and have meaningful travel experiences. He plans to start in Western Europe where he will spend a short time taking in the historical architecture and vibrant culture of Europe. Then he will travel to Eastern Europe and Russia, taking the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow through eastern Russia and into China, stopping in Beijing. He will finish his journey exploring Japan.

James Schreck, Senior11.bonderman.-13

Major: Drama
Hometown: Seattle
UW Honors Program Student

Schreck will travel around the Pacific Rim and across Eurasia exploring non-Western performance traditions (such as the Javanese wayang, Madurese loddrok, Japanese Noh and kabuki, the Ilkhom Theatre of Tashkent, and the Yuyachkani company in Lima) and exploring the physical, sonic, and human landscapes of cities, rural areas, and wildernesses. He is particularly excited to make long distance walking journeys in Peru, Chile, and Hokkaido, as he feels that the best way to interact with and learn about a place is at a walking pace. He will also make field audio recordings of theatrical and musical performances, narratives and interviews, and wild places of great solitude and beauty.

Marie Spiker, Senior11.bonderman.-6

Major: Public Health, Anthropology
Hometown: Seattle
UW Honors Program Student

As someone who has spent most of her life purchasing food, clothing and furniture, Spiker is curious about the lives of people who are able to produce things she only knows how to consume. What means of survival – such as growing food or working with fabrics – has she forgotten or never even learned? As a Bonderman Fellow, she is excited to spend time with people who know things that she does not. These people exist everywhere, but she will be starting her lifelong search by wondering first through South America, Eastern Europe, India and Southeast Asia.

Nicolle Thompson, Senior11.bonderman.-3

Major: International Studies, Asian Languages and Literature
Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
UW Honors Program Student

Thompson will spend time in Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa exploring different ways people understand their identity in relation to physical location. The people she hopes to meet face environmental and political situations that have – or will – require them to leave their homelands. She is excited to engage people in conversation about art, culture and tradition to better understand the historical context and possible futures of these regions as well as her own personal identity as a traveler.


Zachary Triber Brown, Senior

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Spokane, WA
UW Honors Program Student

Zachary Triber Brown plans to “romp” around South America, including a trip by boat along the entire Amazon River. Following that, he will backpack around Asia, stopping in China, Laos, and Thailand.

Brown wants to “observe and absorb these places and cultures, taking in what I can and hopefully leaving a tiny bit in return.” Photography, drawing, writing, and learning languages are how he hopes to catalog and express his experiences. He looks forward to “the ‘solo’ aspect of this journey as an unparalleled opportunity for personal reflection and spiritual development.”

Joseph Andrew Cramer, Junior

Major: Mathematics
Minors: Physics, Chemistry
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
UW Honors Program Student

An accomplished lacrosse player, Joseph Cramer has also been recognized for his service as a tutor and volunteers in a homeless shelter. In his travels Cramer will “explore education across an array of cultures in hopes of learning how to empower the next generation of young students.” He is excited to visit the Himalayas and learn how Buddhist monks have integrated teaching modern science with ancient Buddhist principles. From Bosnia to Turkey, Singapore to Indonesia, South Korea to Japan, Cramer will learn how cultural differences impact teacher preparation, resources for student development, and math and science preparation.

“Everywhere I go,” says Cramer, “I will share my passion for children and education to connect with people and encourage a hope for unity in our world.”

Autumn Cutter, Graduating Senior (class of 2010)

Major: Sociology
Minor: Women Studies
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
UW Honors Program Student

Autumn Cutter is an active volunteer in local and international social justice issues and in midwifery organizations, as well as a peer writing consultant in the UW’s Odegaard Writing and Research Center. Her Bonderman Travel Fellowship will be “guided by the theme of birth.”

She plans to travel through Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia and talking with new mothers, midwives, pregnant women, doctors and nurses. She hopes these conversations and experiences will give her “a deeper insight into the creation of the next generation and will fuel my intense interest in women’s reproductive health around the globe.”

Luke Jensen, Junior

Major: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
UW Honors Program Student

Luke Jensen is an undergraduate researcher and a leader in several academic endeavors including being the president of the UW chapter of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honors society and the UW chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Jensen will begin his travels in South America through which he plans to travel on motorcycle, learning Spanish, as well as “the beauty and humility of travel.” Following South America, he will visit several Asian countries, predominantly China.

“Most importantly,” writes Jensen, “I will travel with an open mind and a willing heart, turning my engineering education into a well-rounded understanding of what comes next for me and my neighbors all around the world.”

Brittany Ann Lichty, Graduating Senior (class of 2010)

Major: English
Minor: Education, Learning and Society
Hometown: Longview, WA
UW Honors Program Student

Brittany Lichty served as a resident adviser and is a volunteer and tutor in Seattle-area schools. She plans to travel to “countries with large groups of dispersed peoples due to conflict.” These plans will bring her through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam then to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and finally to Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. “The purpose of my journey is to expand global education and encourage cultural tolerance and understanding.”

Upon her return to the United States, Lichty wants to expand study abroad programs for community colleges.

Nina Tan, Graduating Senior (class of 2010)

Majors: Economics and Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
UW Honors Program Student

Nina Tan is a Mary Gates Research Scholar and a UW Undergraduate Achievement Scholar, a member of the student organization Students for Equal Health, among other activities.

While traveling on her Bonderman Fellowship, Tan hopes “to learn about countries and their respective cultures and histories through the lens of food.” She will begin her trip in China, making her way to Tibet and Nepal, then India and Bangladesh. After Asia and Southeast Asia, her route will bring her to Eastern Europe and the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. From there, Tan will travel through Greece and explore the Middle East and Egypt.

After completing her travels and working for a few years, Tan plans to earn a master’s degree in Public Health.

Alex Win, Graduating Senior (class of 2010)

Major: Environmental Science and Resource Management
Minor: Streamside Studies
Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
UW Honors Program Student

Alex Win’s interest in the environment extends beyond the classroom and into volunteer positions with EarthCrop, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Urban Horticulture Library.

Through traveling, Win wants “to see the fish, wildlife and natural landscape I’ve seen on television growing up.” He plans to explore the jungles of Papua New Guinea to witness the “weird and wonderful birds of paradise and find the bright and deadly frogs of Panama, snorkel the dwindling colorful coral reefs in Indonesia and Belize, feel the hot sand between the toes in the deserts of Gobi, stop by the ever growing cities of China and hop across the border to journey with the seasons in the company of the nomads in rural Mongolia.” As if that weren’t enough, Win also plans to spend time in the Himalayas and India.

His trip is structured around learning about the “social, cultural, and financial impediments present in various landscapes and societies to see how they might hinder conservation efforts and find ways to balance the immediate needs of the people with the needs of the wildlife.”


Evan Elise Easton-Calabria, Germanics, Human Rights

Evan intends to travel through Chile, Argentina, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and South Africa, and explore the ways different cultures address reconciliation. Specifically, she hopes to expand her understanding by learning how youth are expressing themselves in regard to recent civil wars, national conflicts, genocide and apartheid. Through listening, communicating and writing about her experiences, she hopes to better understand the ways different countries, communities, and citizens are dealing with their pasts. Easton-Calabria will begin in the summer of 2010 and will continue traveling as long as she can.

Sara Michele Drescher, Biology and Public Health

Sara, who will return the UW to finish her degrees in biology and public health after her journey, would like to spend time in places where people’s immediate needs conflict with environmental preservation priorities. She hopes that those people can help her see ways in which these needs can be balanced. To that end, she would like to visit areas like the rainforests in Borneo and Brazil, islands like Tuvalu, desert ecosystems like those in Ethiopia and Egypt, among others. She is also interested in the way that culture is shaped by environment. She will begin traveling in summer 2009 and return in the spring of 2010.

Joshua Gregory Johnson, Social Welfare and Anthropology

Joshua says that the hardest part will be finalizing an itinerary! With a Polaroid camera and an iPod he will trek across five continents, with planned stops in Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, China, India, Norway, Romania, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. Johnson plans to begin traveling in July 2009 and return during the summer of 2010.

Martina Kartman, Law, Society and Justice, Women Studies,Human Rights and Diversity Studies

Kartman will travel between January and October 2010 in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, and Morocco, and probably many other countries along the way. Motivated by her education and her personal experiences with adversity and difference, Martina wants to travel to post-colonial countries rebuilding from systematic racism, to witness and experience the strength of art. From the Ghetto Youth Uprising in Port Elizabeth to Islamic hip hop movement in Morocco, she wants to learn beyond what the classroom can teach and feel the narrative through art – essential to getting whole picture.

Samuel Robert Sudar, English, Philosophy, Neurobiology

Sam will travel north to south in South America, starting in Caracas and ending in Puntas Arenas. He’ll then travel south to north in Asia, starting in Singapore and traveling to Mount Tai in China, ancient home of the poet Cold Mountain. Sudar, who has never traveled outside the United States before, is also a 2009 Gates-Cambridge Scholar, and will be entering Cambridge after he returns from his journey. He plans to travel between September 2009 and July 2010.


Eric Arendt – Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Eric proposes to travel through centers of historical Christianity and Orthodoxy as well as through areas of the emerging Christian church, tracing portions of the missionary routes of Paul, Thomas, and Andrew in hopes of examining his own faith. Destinations include Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ulan Batur, Bombay, northern and southern Ethiopia, Cyprus, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Vatican City.

Brianna Craft – Architecture

Brianna wants to see past the science of climate change. She intends to spend time with the people of Central America, Brazil, the Pacific Islands, India, China, and Russia in an effort to discover how the world feels about the imminent impacts of global warming. Upon her return, she hopes to use these shared experiences to move the people of the United States towards a sustainable future for all the world’s people.

Whitney Frank – Art History and Women Studies

Whitney’s wanderings will take her to places that she has wanted to go since she was five. Traveling through Japan and then heading to Madagascar, Egypt, and Poland, she plans to allow her passion for art to guide her on new paths of exploration.

Nick Gibson – Political Science

Nick plans to travel to Southeast Asia and the Amazon basin to explore the connections between ornamental, hobbyist fishkeepers and the industry that supplies them – along with the effects upon the environment, native species, indigenous populations and cultures of those who supply those in the ‘first world’ with living entertainment from the ‘third world’.

Ahmad Moayedpardazi – Biochemistry

From Turkey to Japan and everything in between, Ahmad wishes to trek across Asia. From the deserts and war-torn landscapes of the Middle-East, to jungles and wet landscapes of South Asia, and across cold mountain paths and vast expanses of farm land in East Asia, he would like to experience the human transition firsthand as faces, landscapes, and ways of life shift from one end of the continent to the other.


Jen Caldwell

Jen Caldwell spent most of her early childhood in the boonies of Eastern Washington before her family packed up and moved around the west coast for four years, eventually settling in beautiful Olympia, WA. She currently is finishing up her studies in Political Economy, Human Rights, and Law, Society and Justice. Her plan is to shimmy and shake her way through Caribbean Central America and Brazil, leap and undulate through West and Central Africa and twirl and bounce her way around Central Asia as she explores the substance of life not captured by political and economic academic paradigms. When (if ever!) she returns from this epic journey, she hopes to someday study human rights law and public administration.

August Flanagan

August Flanagan grew up in Ulm, Montana, a small town on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. At nineteen he moved to Seattle to pursue an education and while working on his degree in Biochemistry he also worked as an imaging assistant at Valley Medical Center. Through this work he experienced the joy of helping others and interacting with people of different cultures. His experiences made him want to learn more about other cultures, sparked an interest in traveling the world, and focused his interest in pursuing a career as a medical oncologist. August intends to travel to areas of the world with statistically low rates of cancer. He will examine how diet and lifestyle of different cultures affects overall health. He intends to start with two months in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica before busing through the rest of Central and South America. He will then travel to Northern Africa to visit Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. If time and money allows, he hopes to complete his dream of seeing the world by traveling to Southeast Asia.

Arabie Jaloway

Arabie Jaloway is a Tacoma Global Honors student majoring in Environmental Science. She was born in Baton Rouge, LA and grew up in south Louisiana on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain (of Katrina fame). She plans to travel to China, Tibet, India, Java, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, and New Zealand, focusing on endangered National Parks and species as well as unique and (all too often) disappearing ecosystems, like the Great Barrier Reef. She hopes to get to know the local people in the communities surrounding ecologically sensitive areas, and connect to local volunteer groups. She wants to travel to not only see problems, but also identify patterns and motivations that perpetuate humanity’s unsustainable impact on the biosphere. After returning, she will finish her undergraduate degree, and will (hopefully) have lots of ideas about where to apply to graduate school. She is interested in graduate work on systems science, as it applies to environmental problem solving, policy change , and politics.

Emma Noyes

Emma Noyes is a junior double majoring in honors Anthropology and Public Health with a focus on Native American and indigenous issues. A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, she grew up in the town of Omak, Washington. With her Bonderman award she hopes to make personal discoveries in understanding indigenous solidarity by experiencing the everyday lives of people in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, Finland and any other place she is inspired to visit. Emma excitedly admits she will most likely create at least a hundred other potential itineraries before her expected departure in October. Her post-Bonderman plans include finishing her undergraduate degree and then pursuing a career in public health with a goal of reducing the vast health disparities experienced in both urban and rural communities. Her passion lies in furthering community based participatory research with indigenous groups/tribes and rejuvenating the physical, emotional and spiritual support for Native peoples from within their own communities.

Cullen White

Collen White is currently a senior majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is originally from Nebraska, but moved to Washington at the age of 15 when he enrolled at Skyline High School in Samammish, WA. He is currently planning on traveling to Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Russia, and India to reflect upon his life experiences and reevaluate his future, while making personal connections throughout all of the regions he visits. Upon returning he plans to gain work experience, take the GMATs and LSATs, and eventually enroll in an MBA/JD dual degree program. Though all future plans are subject to change.

Nick Wong

Nick Wong is a major in American Ethnic Studies, Sociology and a minor in Law, Societies and Justice. Born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Bellevue, Washington, Nick plans to travel to societies that have rebuilt from civil conflict or transitioned from dictatorial rule. From the Central and South American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil, to the West African countries of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Mali and Algeria, his primary focus is upon revolution through art and bodily expression. Nick hopes to communicate to people beyond spoken language and instead through the art of dance, poetry and boxing. Afterwards he has absolutely no concrete idea what he is going to do, but has only a dedication towards changing collective mindsets, possibly through the same vehicles he plans to use or something he develops along the way.


Peter Beberian – Neurobiology

Peter Berberian , a senior studying neurobiology and sociocultural anthropology, was born and raised in Wallingford. He plans to visit a diverse collection of lusophone countries-nations and territories once colonized by the Portuguese, including but not limited to Brazil, Guinea Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, Goa, and East Timor. Seeking the guidance of individuals devoted to serving children without parents or without homes, he wants to reach these kids deemed problematic or unapproachable by most societies. He looks forward to traveling throughout Sub-Sahar an Africa by means of public transport, and to visiting a Sisters of Mercy orphanage in India, operated by the order of nuns known for Mother Theresa. Peter would love the opportunity to someday study public health and internal medicine, focusing on infectious diseases, particularly the neurocognitive deficits associated with malaria.

Brita Fisher – Comparative History of Ideas

Brita Fisher is majoring in Comparative History of Ideas and minoring in Latin America Studies. Born in Sitka, Alaska and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington, Brita intends to travel throughout northwestern Africa (Morocco, Senegal, and Ghana specifically), India and Nepal, and throughout the Andean countries of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile. Brita plans to walk as much of her journey as possible, hoping to get to better know and understand the people and places she’s visiting. As she travels, she’ll look at notions of womanhood, particularly how the people in various locations approach and understand the ritual and process of childbirth. When she returns, she hopes to become more active as a doula and embark on a career “most likely into the field of education.”

Rula Green Gladden

Rula Green Gladden was born screaming in Seattle nearly 22 years ago and continued to scream (from excitement, thought her mother) for the first year of her life. Now, she derives excitement from biochemical mystery and unusual interactions with strangers on the bus (in English or in Spanish, her minor, which she learned during a summer trip to Ecuador). Rula plans to wander through Argentina, Brazil, India, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. On this adventure, Rula hopes to see how people around the world make up personal identity, how changing times impact this make-up, and how individuals with different backgrounds and conceptions of personal identity interact and connect. “But really,” says Rula, “I’m so excited it borders on the ridiculous.”

Spencer James – Biochemistry

Spencer James , a junior majoring in biochemistry, hails from Port Angeles, WA. Spencer will explore southern South America, particularly the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego regions. He’ll continue on to the Mediterranean, spending time in Seville, Spain. Spencer also plans to visit Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, then head to the Karakorum and Kashmir regions of India. While in that corner of the world, Spencer will also spend time in the Himalaya. When he returns from his journey, he plans to finish his biochemistry degree and eventually attend medical school.

Erin Savage – Biology

Erin Savage from Pullman, WA, completed a major in biology (emphasis: physiology) and a minor in philosophy. She plans to travel through South America, Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa. During this time, Erin plans to re-examine her passions and make new connections within different societies. Erin is considering multiple possibilities upon her return, including graduate work in biology or philosophy, veterinary school, or law school. Of course, those ideas aren’t binding and could change through the course of her travels.


Camden Davis – Computer Science; Comparative History of Ideas

Daniel Hanlon – Comparative Literature

Daniel Hanlon, a Comparative Literature (Cinema Studies) major, proposes to travel to Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, India, China, Japan, and Russia in an attempt to gain an intimate view of how other poeple live all over the world.

Jennifer Hawk – Ploitical Science

Jennifer Howk, a Political Science major, is traveling in regions of the world that are all experiencing the processes of “democratization” very differently-Eastern Europe, Russia/China/Southeast Asia, and South America-to explore how local, community-based youth organizations are working to overcome the problems of alienation and identity gaps of the new globablization.

Jennifer Lee – Neurobiology; International Studies

Jennifer Lee, a Neurobiology and International Studies major, proposes to explore the developing countires of South America and Southeastern Europe-specifically Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Greece, and the Czech Republic-based on a desire to understand the forces and circumstances that shape lives both within villages and throughout the world.

Charlie Rogers – Community & Environmental Planning; Comparative History of Ideas


Kathleen Belew – Comparative History of Ideas

Kathleen Belew, a Comparative History of Ideas major, traveled through Central America (Tijuana to Panama City) using only intimate public transportation in an effort to bridge barriers of otherness.

Vincent Gonzalez – International Studies; Comparative History of Ideas

Vincent Gonzalez, an International Studies and Comparative History of Ideas major, will embark on a proposal entitled “Tracing the path of the Beat: A Trans Atlantic Exploration of Percussion, Memory, and Culture” in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, and Ghana.

Grant Mandarino – Art History

Grant Mandarino, an Art History major, circled around the Black Sea in an effort to have the different cultures of each country effect his perception of the sea–to be recorded in paint.

Annette McCabe – Neurobioogy

Annette McCabe, a Neurobiology major, backpacked through the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Thailand to experience life as it is in Southeast Asia and to survey the medical conditions of these countries.

Amy Piedalue – Women Studies; International Studies

Amy Piedalue, a Women Studies and International Studies major, traveled through Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico, as an exploration of “global citizenship”.


John Bliss – English; Anthropology; Comparative History of Ideas

John Bliss traveled through Japan, Northeastern China, Tibet, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, with a sketchbook. He hoped to challenge himself while meeting diverse people, exploring new ways of thinking, and removing himself from inherited paradigms. John majored in English, Anthropology and Comparative History of Ideas.

Ryan Bressler – Math; Anthropology

Ryan Bressler traveled through Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina, taking photographs and documenting the lives of the people he met. He traveled through the South American winter and spring and attempted to witness as many different lifestyles as possible. Ryan majored in Math and Anthropology, with a minor in Physics.

M. Scott Brauer – Philosophy; Russian Language Literature and Culture

M. Scott Brauer’s travels allowed him to experience the poetry of birth and death photographed and heard with the people of Seychelles, the shipbreakers of Alang, the graffiti writers of Berlin, and the tribal spring of Siberia. Scott majored in Philosophy and Russian Language Literature and Culture.

Brook Kelly – Political Science; History

Brook Kelly trekked through East Africa, specifically Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in an attempt to experience the reality of these countries, not merely their academic representations. Brook majored in Political Science and History.

Duc Ngo Duc – Microbiology; Sociology

Duc Ngo Duc travelled to Cambodia, Laos, Nepal and Madagascar to explore the practices of traditional medicine and the quality of life of the mountainous and tribal people. Duc majored in Microbiology and Sociology.

Carol Waters – English; Comparative History of Ideas

Carol Waters travelled through Nepal, Tibet, Southeast Asia, China, and South America to explore the nature of labor by doing a photo journal of people’s hands. Carol majoredin English and Comparative History of Ideas.

Zoe Zarkades – English

Zoe Zarkades travels explored the history and culture of the peoples of Mesoamerica, Peru, Brazil, and the Caribbean. She used a variety of transportation: feet, canoes, planes, boats, and even a llama. Zoe majored in English, with a minor in Drama.


Teresa Bleakley – Biology

Teresa Bleakley backpacked through Thailand and Cambodia, traveled through the Himalayas, and ended up in India, spending approximately one month on each adventure. Teresa’s plans included expanding “…every limitation I have ever personally abided by .I hope to lose myself in order to discover my true inner strength.” Teresa was a Biology major and her inspiration to travel to Asia stemmed from her contact with participants in “Doctors without Borders”.

Ryan Eney – International Studies; Economics

Ryan Eney proposed to begin his travels in Moscow and continue through the Ukrane to Odessa. He then traveled by boat to Istanbul, on to Jaffa, and completed his journey by walking 40 miles to Jerusalem. He traveled mostly by foot and “with a destination in mind but a willingness to stop and listen.” Ryan graduated International studies and Economics.

Carrisa Leeson – Psychology

Carrisa Leeson traveled throughout Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. She identifies herself “as a late-blooming naturalist in a time when the nature she has come to love is shrinking at a mind-boggling rapid rate”. She received her BS with Distinction in Psychology graduating in Spring of 2002.

Mariana Evans – Economics

Marlana Evans followed the traditional pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain starting from le Puy, France. She was interested in the unique religious history of the pilgrimage and the art and architecture along the route. Marlana graduated in Spring 2002 with College Honors in Economics.

Timothy Isamu O’Connor

Timothy Isamu O’Connor proposed to create a photo-journal of the children and landscapes of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia (the Pacific islands). He hoped to experience the cultures, geography and people that vary so greatly from island to island. Timothy graduated with Honors in Mechanical Engineering in June 2002.

Matthew White – Mathematics; Physics

Matthew White traveled through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Greece, beginning his journey in Naples, Italy. He toured Slovenia and Croatia by bike, spending two to three weeks in each country, learning to cook and play music according to local customs. He majored in Mathematics and Physics.

Autumn 2000

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Elizabeth Angell – History; International Studies

Elizabeth Angell’s trip was to the Middle East to explore questions of cultural identity. She departed Seattle in August 2001, but was forced to return early from her travels as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Elizabeth resumed her travels and returned to the Middle East in April 2002. Below are email excerpts describing her experiences while in Hama and Damascus during the second portion of her trip:

The Al Haramein is an old Damascene merchant’s house (several centuries old as far as I can tell) with a small courtyard and fountain, and airy high-ceilinged rooms with iron-frame beds (lumpy-looking but really very comfortable). But it’s the people that make it such a wonderful place- Iman, the blond forty-ish Syrian woman with the wry smile, who shares reception duties with Hosan (a tall, thin, bearded Sudanese guy who is great fun; take him up on offers of backgammon, breakfast, late-night guitar jam sessions, and visits to his Palestinian friends), and Rashid, the crazy cleaning guy, and all the rest. The lot of them all know me far too well now (especially after we watched all those World Cup games together) and are some of the nicest friends I’ve made on the trip.

One of the few advantages of traveling as a woman alone in this part of the world are opportunities to meet local women, opportunities that are closed to single men or groups. The simplest one derives from the fact that single women are always seated next to other women on public transport; so I usually end up sitting next to another woman traveling by herself, which often means a young, somewhat educated woman, one who is therefore likely to speak some English or French. (Even when I end up with an older woman with whom I share no languages, in most cases we end up sharing food, sweets, and smiles, if nothing more).”

Elizabeth graduated from the UW in spring 2001 with College Honors majoring in History and International Studies. Elizabeth was also a Rhodes Scholar Recipient.

Fitz Cahall – Communications

Fitz Cahall traveled to Australia to use rock climbing as a way to meet people and as a means of travel. Fitz left Seattle in April and returned in August 2001.

Below are email excerpts recounting his experiences with a newly found traveling companion and his trusty vehicle “Helga.”

I left Pt. Augusta, the last significant sign of human civilization for 2708 kilometers, on a cloudy Monday morning. The first hours crept by with dread and visions of hissing radiators, abandoned gear and smashed dreams of seeing the Indian Ocean. The oil light blinked incessantly. Reverse no longer worked . at least I will have something to tell the kids.

So that’s my state of mind when Tony appeared on the horizon. Staring down the barrel of a grizzly fate in the Australian out back, I needed a companion. I pulled over, moved loose papers to the back seat and swung the door wide open . so away we went . 2500 km’s to Perth.

Tony is hopelessly broke and living off of nicotine and fruity granola bars. His credit card has been maxed out for two weeks but at every stop he gives it a whirl just in case. He racks up air time on a plush cell phone. Long, hideously mushy-baby talk conversations to a girlfriend on the gold coast . The bills seem to have caught up with Tony and now he is headed for the opal mines and a world of rugged work, beer and prostitutes. Maybe a career in trucking. It is a life he will watch from behind glass, like a child staring at the Serengeti scene at the zoo . ‘At least I know what I am,’ Tony says.

Amen was all I could say when we crossed the city limit. Tony eventually made it to his friend’s after I coaxed control over the road atlas. He offered me a spot on his friend’s floor and a night on the town. I declined. I had a date with the Indian Ocean. So I drove another three hours. Twenty-four hours of solid driving. All in a day’s work.

In the morning, I find Tony’s brimmed hat and cheesy crime novel under the seat. The trashcan looms five feet away. Part of me wants to erase all memory of the last two days. Tony is on page 214 of this joy ride of a thriller . I tuck them away in a corner of the trunk. Just in case.”

I sped through the empty dirt streets on the outskirts of Geraldton. The dust lingered in the afternoon air as Helg’s rumbling engine scattered parrots on the telephone lines. Left onto the main drag lined with shops preparing to close for the evening . A quick right towards the ocean. Past the rundown caravan park with the dilapidated playground . I cut the steering wheel in deep arcs towards the ocean.

The hill steepened and Helga rattled, then lurched twice like a twitching body. Then, Silence. Helga had found herself at the right place at the right time. I was simply a spectator in the whole matter; so don’t try to blame me.

Today Helga and I are the same age. Twenty three is bold daring for a boy, but in car years, 23 is battered and worn.

Fitz graduated in Winter 2002 with College Honors in Communications.

Spring 2000

Janie Cogen – Zoology

Janie Cogen was interested in the different ways that time is experienced in civilization, in nature, in wilderness. A Zoology major, she has an “earnest desire to save the world. Since my love of wild things and places nears infatuation, conservation is where I plan to put all my energies.” She traveled to Tanzania and eastern Africa to experience living at a different pace and learn more about the natural world she loves.

Fereshteh Farhang – French; Microbiology

Fereshteh Farhang, a double major in French and Microbiology, proposed to wander between two great wonders, the great pyramids of Egypt and the Wailing Wall of old Jerusalem, as she was curious about how much of a person’s potential is shaped and limited by the symbols that surround them.

Mike MacPherson – Biochemistry; Applied Math and Computational Science

Mike MacPherson, a double major in Biochemistry and Applied Math and Computational Science, wrote in his proposal: “I find a disparity between the zeal I have for life and the way I’ve been living mine. It sounds merely paradoxical: In college I’ve fallen in love with books and ideas, but these ideas urge me to leave the library and explore the world in other ways.” Mike embarked on a relatively uncharted exploration of Eastern Russia and Siberia.

Chris Vanderwarker – English

Chris Vanderwarker, an English major planning a career in medicine, acted on his commitment to public health by volunteering with organizations that help people with HIV/AIDS. Chris traveledl to Cuba and Kerala, India to experience communities that have been transformed by networks of support and care created in the face of overwhelming poverty and disease.

Autumn 1999

Gerick Bergsma – Zoology

Gerick Bergsma is a lifelong naturalist who has worked in the UW seismology lab and developed public earthquake preparedness education programs while majoring in Zoology. Having departed this September, he currently is traveling along the Pacific coast of South America exploring local human and wildlife communities and learning about their existence in the presence of intensive volcanic activity. Here are email excerpts from Gerick:

It is sometimes interesting to stop and ponder the chain of events that lead to a particular moment in your life. The millions of decisions you must make daily, the infinite events that are out of your control. All leading to a particular instant when you become aware of the pinball game we call life. I found myself in such an instant, walking over an enormous lava flow on Santiago Island in the Galapagos.. I was talking to Rodrigo, a class III naturalist guide, and 26-year veteran of the islands. Having read in my omniscient guidebook that all class III guides must have a biological degree and speak three languages, I was curious to hear his stories. ‘So Rodrigo, what is your degree in?’ ‘Literature,’ was the surprising response.”

“As anyone who has traveled knows, one of the first questions anyone asks you is ‘Where are you from?’ I quickly replied, ‘where do you think I am from?’ Immediately, the agent declared, “Oh, you are Peruvian,”. I paused for a moment, then realized that I had just accomplished what many travelers only dream of.. Never had anyone assumed that I was a local – a Latin-American tourist, yes, but not an honest to goodness paisano, the holy grail of tourists and language students worldwide.At times I really feel as though I am losing my American identity or perhaps I am simply gaining an international one. Who is Gerick Bergsma? Who is (to steal a phrase from one of my favorite movies) this international man of mystery?”

At this point, I would like to ask any of my geophysicist or geologist friends to entertain me with theories about the origins of Lake Titicaca. As I hiked up, the rock definitely appeared to me to be volcanic in origin, consistent with most of my knowledge of the area. In fact, our guide had been telling us that the lake had been formed by a number of volcanic events. At the same time, however, my hosts showed me. several tilobite fossils that he’d found on the island. It strikes me that at 4,000+ meters it would take an awful lot of uplift for marine fossils to get up here, and with the amount of volcanism that is evident, it amazes me that fossils would survive. Can anyone elucidate for me?

Connor Duncan – International Studies

Connor Duncan is an International Studies major. A photographer, mountaineer, and champion of the wilderness, he is trekking in the Himalayas with his camera, and plans to continue on to Nepal, India, and possibly Tibet.

Tom Eykemans is an artist majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Communications. He plans a 2000-km bicycle tour of Malaysia and Thailand. He will keep a detailed visual journal of his experiences and offer some of his sketches to people he meets along the way.

Tyler Fox is a double major in Art History and Comparative History of Ideas who plans to work as an artist following graduation. Tyler began his travels in August in Budapest, then continued on to Turkey and is now in India with plans to explore other areas of Asia, looking at the ways in which art is presented and received and how it functions in different cultural contexts. Tyler wrote:

“Perhaps this is what travel is supposed to do, infect you with the desire to come back to something or somewhere that you don’t even like all of the time.. I met a painter in the city of Udaipur a few days ago. He paints little miniatures and runs a café at the same time. He was one of those people you just know is a good person, and being around him, talking about India, painting, and whatever came to mind was a distinct pleasure.”

Asher Hershey – Political Science

Asher Hershey, a Political Science major whose childhood travel experiences were confined to family car destination blitzes, has embarked on a slow journey by rail and bus throughout India. He is interested in photographing sights, colors and cultures, and experiencing other world views at an intersection of modern and traditional worlds.

Elizabeth Kagan – Anthropology

Elizabeth Kagan is an Anthropology major who has been intrigued by Kathmandu ever since her mother told her about it when she was a little girl. Further intrigued by people who have returned from Nepal and Tibet ” drenched with the energy of the Himalayas and Hindu and Buddhist mysticism,” Elizabeth is traveling through these countries compiling a collection of images from panoramas to portraits, and joining in festivals and celebrations in the small villages she visits.

Taya Marquardt – Biology; Math

Taya Marquardt is a Biology and Math major with a minor in History. Her interest in cooking “foreign” foods and curiosity about the stories behind these dishes took her to Asia to explore influences on regional cuisine and take part in preparing food with people she met.

Beckett Senter – English; Political Science

Beckett Senter, a double major in English and Political Science, became interested in the concept of the “flow state” when he was separated from his tour group in Paris. He wants to explore the nature of “flow state”-which emerges when a person taps into unexpressed potential to meet a new challenge-as he travels by bicycle through Malaysia and several provinces in Indonesia.

Spring 1999

Carew Boulding – English; Political Science

Carew Boulding is passionate about Chile. A double major in English and Political Science, she has studied Chilean literature and politics, as well as Spanish. Captivated by the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and at the same time troubled by the violence and torture of contemporary Chile that she learned about in her studies, Carew traveled to Chile to experience this complex society on the ground. Beginning her travels in Santiago and Valparaiso, she moved on to the mountain highlands and the Southern Lake District, making her plans en route as she met and talked with local villagers.

Nathan Christensen – History

Nathan Christensen, one of fifteen siblings in a blended family, grew up in small communities with little opportunity to travel. His educational experiences at the University of Washington created in Nathan a thirst to understand and experience other cultures with his own eyes and ears. A History major, Nathan envisioned a trip around the world by train, in part to travel slowly, and as well to encounter fellow passengers in a more prolonged setting. He began his rail excursion in Northern Europe, moved through Russia, and then on to China.

Hillary Elkund – Comparative Literature; Comparative History of Ideas

Hillary Eklund is fascinated by the close relationship between cooking and storytelling, the subject of many novels she has read. In her proposal Hilary wrote, “there is something magical about food, about the lengths to which humans will go to make their survival palatable, spicy, pleasurable. To prepare food is, in many ways to create culture and to facilitate the sharing of stories.” A double major in Comparative Literature and Comparative History of Ideas, Hilary ate her way through Chile, exploring the cultural importance of food and stories.

Ian Horton – Atmospheric Sciences; Comparative History of Ideas

Ian Horton, a double major in Atmospheric Sciences and Comparative History of Ideas, approached his Bonderman journey with this aesthetic: “I search for texture beneath my scientific objectives and family history, something in the grand sweep of the Himalayas or the colors of a coral reef. I use my body as an antenna, tracing out the curves of a mountain hillside, or bobbing in the waves of a tropical sea.” His plans included exploring islands in the Pacific, then trekking through Nepal/Tibet, and finally traveling across China. Once underway, Ian rethought his itinerary, enabling him to explore a few areas more thoroughly. Beginning on Kwajelein in the Marshall Islands and Guam in the Marianas, he traveled on to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Jeannine Page – Anthropology

Jeannine Page has always been an avid outdoorswoman, spending much of her time hiking and camping. An Anthropology major, she looks forward to a life studying people’s lives in the context of their cultures. Before embarking on this career adventure, Jeannine aims to more fully understand herself, her perceptions, and her purpose. To do this, she is currently traversing the length of Chile, more than five thousand miles from Visviri to Puerto Williams, on foot.

Thor Sletten – Scnadinavian Area Studies; Economics

Thor Sletten entered the University of Washington at the age of fifteen as an Early Entrance Program (EEP) student. A double major in Scandinavian Area Studies and Economics, he has a fascination for Norse literature, history, and mythology. Thor traveled throughout Norway and Iceland with only a small backpack and a camera.

David Van Leeuwen – Comparative History of Ideas; Pre-Medical

David Van Leeuwen began medical school in Holland straight out of high school; but after successfully completing his first year of study, chose to transfer to the University of Washington to complete an undergraduate education. “How, I reasoned, will a 24 year-old doctor who has studied nothing but the sciences since eighth grade be able to connect on a human level with his patients?” A Comparative History of Ideas major and pre-med student, David proposed a Bonderman journey through the “AIDS-Belt” of Africa. He wrote: “I want to be moved, to allow these people and this disease to come into my heart and change me in ways that could not happen here in the West. I want to have a deep-rooted sense of humanity, one that will be the driving force in my medical studies and future practice.”

This past spring and summer, David traveled around Lake Victoria, following the trucking routes that coincide with the “AIDS-Belt”. Here are email excerpts:

“I walked into the mission hospital one day just to see what I would see, and met the doctor who runs the place, a delightful old man from Ireland named Dr. Brownlie. He proceeded to take me on his rounds with him.. The following day he told me to ‘scrub in’ and follow him into the operating room, where I watched him do surgeries while I tried not to let on how wobbly my knees were.. It was an incredible experience to see someone actually doing what I want to do, I couldn’t help picturing myself there in a few years.”

“A large group of the poorest people had gathered behind the platform to sleep on the ground, and as I didn’t have any other options, I threw down my stuff and got down in the dirt for a night of dust and mosquitoes. A general murmur went up when I lay down, with lots of giggling and jokes featuring the word “mzungu”. A white man getting down in the dirt with the people, they loved it!”

“I stopped fishing insects and junk out of my food and drinks a long time ago, if an article of clothing doesn’t crawl away from me on its own I’ll wear it, and deodorant is reserved for special occasions. But mostly I have a new sense of peace, because I know that my dream of living and working here in Africa is alive and well, not just a nice-sounding fantasy.”


Catherine Chu, a Psychology major, who minored in Medical History and Ethics, proposed travel to the East to learn different approaches to understanding and attaining health. Deeply concerned with western medicine’s “lack of knowledge to understand and care for the whole self,” Catherine sought to observe and immerse herself in a holistic and spiritually focused medical approach. A serious injury accident delayed Catherine’s departure until the summer of 2000, following her first year of medical school at Harvard. She traveled through the countryside talking with people from many types of backgrounds “about their medical, political, and spiritual opinions,” giving her a rich source of comparisons with the western medical tradition she is now studying.

Jesse Locker undertook a modern-day pilgrimage starting in Rome, moving eastward across the Mediterranean to the Caspian and Black Seas, and visiting holy sites, museums, and ruins. An Art History major, he studied the Mediterranean, and took this opportunity to explore how earlier inhabitants might have experienced travel by restricting himself to travel by boat, train, and foot.

Hans-Peter Marshall, who studied Physics with a minor in Geophysics, spent much of his undergraduate education studying and doing research in Glacial Geophysics in Antarctica. He used the opportunity of his Bonderman Fellowship to travel to the northern arctic where he lived with the Gwitchin people and learned about their way of life in Old Crow. Hans-Peter found an opportunity to volunteer in a local school in a remote fly-in only community, enabling him to extend his stay to 5 months. Here are some of his insights:

The youth here are in a very hard position, as the modern world has hit these small communities much faster than anywhere else. Most of the Elders grew up on the land, hunting and fishing for food. Just in the last 20 years everything has changed – snowmobiles are everywhere, jobs are few, and the people have settled into the community and are no longer nomadic. The youth I am working with are caught between the culture of the past, and a rapidly changing world that is difficult to fit into.” Last weekend I went two hours upriver with one of the Gwitchin hunters to a bush camp, helped him haul wood and the next day we went moose hunting. Got two moose, and it was quite an experience, as we used every part except for the intestines-we even collected the blood and stomach to feed to his dog sled team.

For his work with the Gwitchin, Hans-Peter was recently named the Volunteer of the Year for all of Canada by the Frontiers Foundation. Hans-Peter is now pursuing doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Carrie Rabel once proclaimed, “If I were to wake up with one magical power, I would make everyone love math. I think math is cool.” Eagerly planning a career as a high school math teacher, Carrie had never considered travel. A Bonderman Fellowship took Carrie beyond her affinity for the familiar and comfortable to experience the mathematical wonders of the world in both hemispheres. Carrie’s criteria for such ‘wonders’? She selected sites that are historical, not reproducible, and that reflect mathematical principles and approaches to their creation.

Jeremy Simer, a Spanish major with a minor in Labor Studies, undertook a cultural and political exploration of Latin America. Particularly passionate about connecting his bilingual education with social justice issues, Jeremy sought to immerse himself in the popular cultural and political life of Latin America, experiencing it from the bus and in the homes of people he met as he traveled.

Kyle Sundqvist, a Physics major with a minor in Music, has a lifelong fascination with the stars. He combined his boyhood curiosity about the night sky as seen from the Southern Hemisphere with a love of the sea in a journey by boat through the South Pacific. There, he was exposed to the whims of local travel and nuances of island cultures while taking in the Southern Cross and other features of the night sky down under.


Samantha Appleton proposed to travel to Romania, specifically Bucharest and Transylvania. A CHID and Journalism major, Samantha documented her journey through a camera, drawing on her skills and history as a photojournalist.

Ilona Barash, a Biochemistry major, proposed to trek in Nepal to explore the beautiful mountains and different culture. She planned to study Nepalese in Kathmandu, explore the Annapurna and Everest regions, explore the Terai jungles, and raft in the lowlands.

John Chandler Johnson, an Economics major, planned to travel through various remote regions of China to enhance his knowledge and understanding of their culture and customs.

Rebecca Morely, a Physics and Japanese major, proposed to travel throughout Western and Eastern Europe (including England, Ireland, Amsterdam, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, and Portegual) in pursuit of the concept of a ‘nation’.

Valerie Peyton, a Physics and Russian Literature and Language major, proposed to travel throughout Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Odessa. Her goal was to interact with individuals as much as possible and gain a glimpse of many different aspects of Russian life and culture.

Angela Wang, an International Studies and Economics major, proposed to travel throughout the People’s Republic of China.

Andy Westall, an Electrical Engineering major, proposed to follow the 49 th Parallel around the world. Desiring to capture the unique quality of light during sunsets at this parallel, Andy proposed to travel from Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island to France, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Ukraine, Russia, and Mongolia.

Brian Witte, a Botany major, desired to travel through Mediterranean civilizations through the back door on foot, bus, and ferry. His planned destinations were France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, and Morocco.


Angela Crossman, an Economics major, will purchase a round-the-world plane ticket and travel to selected major cities throughout the Northern Hemisphere ( New York City, London, Prague, Cairo, Bangkok, Tokyo). Angela is interested in focusing on daily life and human interactions in each of these cities. Beyond that, she hopes to gain insight into what is being done in each city in response to HIV & AIDS

Michael Dahl, a Biochemistry major, will use his Honors Travel Fellowship to experience Africa, specifically the countries of Tanzania and Kenya, on his mountain bike. Mike will first spend some time at a hospital in Tanzania, observing medical doctors. Using this at “home base” he will branch out to Kenya for short bike trips.

Blynne Kensel, and Art History major, will be traveling to Italy, Turkey & Greece.

Tonya Lander, a Botany & Anthropology major, will be traveling to northeastern Venezuela to Amazon River delta in Brazil.

Chris Lundry, a Communications and Political Science major, will be traveling to East Timor ( Indonesia)

Raney Newman, English, will bring her violin to Romania to participate in village music.

Mike Spittel is a Sociology major and will be traveling to Vietnam & South Africa


Byron Auyoung, a Music and Composition major,traveled to South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan to pursue the study of narrative and dramatic music in the various cultures he encountered.

David Goldman, a Botany and Anthropology major, proposed to travel to Ecuador to examine the western influence on the ethnobotanical traditions of indigenous peoples.

Ryan Kimmel, an English major, traveled throughout England, France, and Italy to visit the great exhibits of Naturalist art and read the Naturalist literature of Zora, Bastien-Lepage, Lhermitte, and Van Gogh.

Molly Pasco, an Art History major, traveled through England, Wales, France, and Spain examining medieval textiles and decorative arts in museums and monuments.

Sarah Roberts, an English and French Literature major, proposed to travel through France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to pursue her interests in literature and language. She was specifically interested in the nature of identity that is created through language, especially that of colonial languages.

Elizabeth Tuttle, an Atmospheric Sciences major, traveled through Nepal in an attempt to reconcile her Western scientific concepts of nature as a force to be mastered and controlled with Eastern concepts of living in harmony with nature and its power.

Chaundra Williams, an Art History major, traveled through India to research a variety of cave temples representing the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhists influences on Indian culture.