CLACS 2017-18 Student Awards

With the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year, the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce this year’s student award winners.  CLACS awarded over $54,000 in Student Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants to support sixteen undergraduate and graduate students.


The Undergraduate Donald R. Shea Scholarship may be used for UWM sponsored semester-long or short-term study abroad in the Latin American/Caribbean region, and for other academic opportunities in the region that can be accepted for UWM credit.

2017-2018 Recipient

Jamie Czerwinski, BA, World Language Education-Spanish & ESL Certificate (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Fall Study Abroad)

Travel Grants are offered to UWM graduate or advanced undergraduate students who have a research proposal or paper presentation that focuses on the Latin American/Caribbean region.

2017-2018 Recipients

Arcadio Bolaños, MA, Spanish (14th Annual Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Conference, Presentation)

Sergio Hernandez, MA, Music Performance-Classical Guitar (Festival Internacional de Guitarra de México, Performance)

Dalila Negreiros, PhD, Africology (49th Annual National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Presentation

The Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, are available for select undergraduate students for academic year study of intermediate or higher level Portuguese language in combination with area studies courses, and for graduate students for summer intensive Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or indigenous languages of Latin America.

2018 Undergraduate Recipient (for study 2018-2019)

Molly Hayes, BA, Spanish (Portuguese)

2018 Graduate Recipients

Cheri Price, PhD, Anthropology (San Diego State University, Mixtec)

Brock Splittgerber, MA, Spanish (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Portuguese)

Heather Thomas Flores, MS, Linguistic Anthropolgy (University of Utah, Nahuatl)


The Tinker Field Research Award, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Office of Sponsored Research and Graduate School, supports pre-dissertation graduate student field research in Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Funding is provided by the Tinker Foundation and UWM’s Office of Sponsored Research and Graduate School.

2018 Recipients

Jessamine Delancey, MFA, Dance Choreography & Performance (Cuba)

Libby Ives, PhD, Geoscience (Argentina)

Dalila Negreiros, PhD, Africology (Brazil)

Chelsea Poeppel, MA, Sustainable Peacebuilding (Ecuador)

Dria Sedar, MA, Sustainable Peacebuilding (Ecuador)

Estrella Sotomayor, PhD, History and Women’s and Gender Studies (Puerto Rico)


The Kristin Ruggiero and Howard Handelman Field Research Award supports advanced undergraduate and graduate field research. It is named after Professor Emerita Dr. Kristin Ruggiero, the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 1999 until 2015, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Howard Handelman, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 1994 until 1999.

2018 Recipients

     Nick Fedorchuk, PhD, Geoscience (Brazil)
     Estrella Sotomayor, PhD, History and Women’s and Gender Studies (Puerto Rico)


Congratulations to all the award recipients, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies wishes you the best in your studies.