Three Davidson Students Awarded Watson Fellowships
Congratulations to Davidson College’s three newest Watson Foundation Fellows: Luis Cordero, Ellie Lipp and ChiChi Odo.
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 41partner institutions.
Davidson’s Watson Fellows, and details of their proposed study are below:
PROJECT: Foregrounding Dignity and Kindness in Care Facilities
Countries of study: Peru, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Nepal
Innovative models of care are being developed around the world to combat the isolation and ageism that plagues our elder communities. My Watson project seeks to understand how a culture defines “good” care among the aging and how that varies based on values and resources.
PROJECT: Perception of Disability Based on Cultural Environment
Countries of study: Sweden, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy
How do spaces that center disabled communities reflect their voices and experiences? Developing close connections with members of the international disabled community, I will build relationships with advocacy organizations and explore the wide range of perceptions and policies that define disability.
Chibuike “ChiChi” Odo
PROJECT: Mental Health of Elite Athletes
Countries of study: Kenya, The United Kingdom, Australia, China
The mental health practices of athletes differs widely based on cultural differences, resources, and stigmas against psychological care. On the Watson I will study how mental health initiatives are integrated into national individual and team sports in four diverse countries.
The Watson Fellowship is a rare window after college and pre-career to engage your deepest interest on a global scale. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. They decide where to go, who to meet and when to change course. They do not affiliate with academic institutions and may not hold formal employment.
The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives. Started in 1968, Watson Fellows comprise leaders in every field. The one year stipend is $36,000. In addition, the foundation provides (through reimbursement) health insurance, the equivalent of 12-months of payments on outstanding institutional and federally guaranteed (Perkins, Stafford) loans, and an additional stipend for the support of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) or spouse. Only partner colleges may nominate students.