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Bies' International Travel Scholarship recipients

Bies Award

In 2003, Mizzou alumnus Dr. John Bies established the John Bies International Travel Scholarships to provide financial support for MU doctoral student to travel to international professional meetings or defray international travel expenses associated with dissertation research. Recipients of Dr. Bies' endowment have had the opportunity to travel to as far as China, Switzerland, and South Africa.

Previous recipients

Derek Anderson

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
As a recipient of the John D. Bies International Travel Award, Derek Anderson was able to attend the 2009 International Fuzzy Systems Association Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Flavia Barbosa

Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Flavia Barbosa, who researched postcopulatory mate choice while at MU. who researched postcopulatory mate choice while at MU, was able to attend the Animal Behavior Society meeting in Brazil to present her research, thanks to receiving the John D. Bies International Travel Award. 

“It was a good opportunity to show my work." Barbosa says. "It was my first time to give a professional talk, so it was nerve-racking, but great to meet other people and to network. None of my research would have been possible without these awards.”

Bethany Williams

Ph.D., Biological Sciences

With a John D. Bies International Travel Award, Bethany Williams spent a month working with the Swiss amphibian and reptile conservation institute Koordinationsstelle für Amphibien-und Reptilienschutz in der Schweiz in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

"At KARCH, I collaborated on creating an index to look at which Swiss amphibian and reptile species were doing well and which might be experiencing population declines." Williams says. She worked to compile decades of data into easy-to read summaries that could be disseminated to the Swiss government to guide biodiversity and land-use programs.

Yusuf Kalyango

Ph.D., School of Journalism

For Yusuf Kalyango, the John Bies International Travel Scholarship presented an opportunity to travel to Africa and study the performance of the media in relation to political stability. He worked in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the three countries of the original East African Community, collecting survey data for his dissertation. Yusuf recruited eight research assistants from each country and for six weeks used a random sampling procedure to bring to light public attitudes regarding the "formation and viability of the EAC in addressing their basic needs and aspirations." .

"My dissertation tests the attitudes of citizens of East Africa toward media performance and how they evaluate their governments in administering a democracy." Kalyango explains. "Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania historically represent several variations of regime legitimacy, the rule of law and media performance. The restoration of the EAC and its touted potential to address the social, economic and political volatility in the region have generated strong reservations and public debates from some sectors of the civil society and elite citizens."