Mamasa Camara Wins Prestigious Research Award
History major Mamasa Camara, C’2015, is the winner of the prestigious 2014 School for International Training Study Abroad Undergraduate Research Award. She received the award for her independent study project titled, “Imagined Communities: Changing Markets and the Implications for 21st Century Mali-China Migration.”
Deemed one of the two best projects completed in the past three semesters, Camara’s research was selected among 2,900 independent study projects. She was honored for her unique topic, thorough methods, thoughtful analysis and comprehensive field work. Camara will receive $150, along with a profile written about her and her research for the SIT Study Abroad blog.
Her research project is now nominated for the Forum on Education Abroad’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Award. Two award winners will be announced in December.
Raising Awareness About Female Circumcision
This summer, Camara traveled to her native The Gambia to organize the Second Women’s Health Conference on Female Circumcision.
During summer 2012, Camara collaborated with Isatou Njie-Saidy, vice president of The Gambia, to organize the country’s first women’s health conference on circumcision organized by a student of the diaspora.
The daylong conference included a series of televised health fairs and health education series. This summer, Camara hopes to extend the project to rural areas of The Gambia. She also plans to promote female circumcision awareness on campus by establishing a registered student organization.