Students Spend Six Weeks Doing Research in Mysore and Surrounding Tribal Areas

Professor of Psychology Juvia Heuchert took six students to Mysore, India, over the summer to help establish an internship with the Vivekananda Institute for Indian Studies. Abishai Persaud ’15, Erica Bryson ’15, Mara Steinmetz ’15, Matthew Turner ’15, Kalyssa King ’15, and Garrett Devenney ’16 spent six weeks in Mysore and the surrounding tribal areas doing research on a variety of topics. The research was presented to the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement faculty and staff and was well received. The internship was initiated by a visit to Allegheny’s campus by the director of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement and months of planning by staff at the Allegheny Gateway — and was further advanced in March during a site visit by Director of International Programs Jenny Kawata, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Caryl Waggett, Associate Director of Career Education Jim Fitch, and Juvia Heuchert. The internship is made possible primarily through funding from the Allegheny Gateway, with additional support provided by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to the Global Health Studies program.