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The Margaret S. Glauber Faculty-Student Research Fellows and Scholarship Fund

The Margaret S. Glauber Faculty-Student Research Fellows and Scholarship Fund supports faculty-student research collaborations in the humanities and social sciences. The program is made possible through the generosity of Margaret "Maggie" Glauber '51.

The Glauber Faculty Fellow is a W&M faculty member appointed for two years and receiving a $5,000 stipend per year. Each year, the Faculty Fellow selects two Glauber Student Fellows from the applicant pool, who receive $4,000 for their summer research projects and, when eligible, need-based student financial aid.

Faculty Fellows for 2022-24

Zach Conrad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a faculty affiliate at the Global Research Institute. He is a nutritional epidemiologist and food systems scientist, and his research utilizes large datasets and modeling techniques to examine the complex interactions between food choice, diet quality, and sustainability. His current research projects evaluate the effects of popular weight loss diets on nutritional quality, cardiometabolic health outcomes, environmental sustainability, and affordability. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been cited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization; the US Environmental Protection Agency; and more. His research is currently supported by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Science and the Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment. He teaches four courses throughout the academic year that draw over 450 students total, including Science of Nutrition; Nutrition in Health and Disease; Population Nutrition, Policy, and Programs; and Sustainable Food Systems and Diets.

Betsy Konefal specializes in modern Latin American history. She received a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Pittsburgh, 2005; an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Human Rights, 1996; and a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, 1990. Betsy joined the William and Mary faculty in 2005 and is the author of For Every Indio Who Falls: A History of Maya Activism in Guatemala, 1960-1990, which was named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title, 2011. She has received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, AAUW, the US Institute of Peace, and Fulbright-Hays. She is now working on a book-length project examining the complicated history of Maya resistance and state repression, and the relationship between them. The project looks specifically to sites of massacre and present-day exhumations to build a better understanding of causal links between activism and acts of genocide, both before and after state terror.

Student Fellows for 2022-23

Nicki Ganti is a sophomore majoring in history from North Potomac, Maryland. Nicki worked with Professor Konefal and Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo in Fall 2021 on conducting research in US declassified documents and the Guatemalan National Police Archive to find relevant information for upcoming cases that GAM is pursuing of Guatemalans who ‘were disappeared’. This summer, she will continue archival research to find information on cases, as needed by GAM. In addition, she will be assisting with a book project on Catholic-based activism in Guatemala in the 1960’s and a memoir project with a former Guatemalan opposition leader. Through this research, Nicki hopes to further her understanding of transitional justice and explore how historical memory is constructed to reconcile with state-sanctioned violence. Outside of research, Nicki enjoys taking the stage in W&M theatre productions and is a member of Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Epsilon Sigma, Shakespeare in the Dark, and the South Asian Student Association.      

Sarah Rowe a junior from Richmond, VA, is majoring in both biology and psychology. She finds a synthesis of these interests in the intersectionality of human health, environmental sustainability, and sociopolitical forces. Her past research experience at William & Mary has investigated these issues through the lens of the relationship between microbes and global problems such as climate change. While interning with the Environmental Protection Agency, she was granted further opportunity to learn about contemporary challenges to human health.  During her Fellowship she will be working with a team from multiple institutions to investigate health outcomes and nutrient intake among people that consume popular weight loss diets. On campus, she is passionate about her involvement across several organizations including The Haven, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and club volleyball. 

Tharra Sethurathnam is a freshman with plans to double major in Biology and Kinesiology & Health Sciences. She is interested in learning about the interplay between socio-economic factors and variations in nutritional health across populations. Her long-term aspiration is to alleviate the daily nutritional deficiencies many people face worldwide. As a Glauber Fellow, Tharra will be researching the effects of dietary patterns on health outcomes alongside Professor Zach Conrad. During her Fellowship, she will be working with a team from multiple institutions to investigate the synergies and trade-offs between dietary patterns, health outcomes, environmental sustainability, and affordability. Her research will address the following question: Are healthy diets sustainable and affordable? On-campus, Tharra is a part of Griffin School Partnerships and works as a student assistant in the Graduate Career Management Center at the Mason School of Business.  

Natalie Lopez is a freshman planning to major in history from Salinas, California. She is interested in learning about the effects of terror and armed conflict on the people of Latin America, especially the resistance groups that form in opposition to said terror. Over the summer, she will be researching for a book project about Guatemalan resistance and Catholic-based activism. She will also be working with Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo to find information in declassified US documents for their work supporting activists and getting justice for victims of state terror. Through this work, she hopes to broaden her understanding of modern conflicts and grassroots resistance and to strengthen her skills in research. On campus, she is a staff writer for Vinyl Tap magazine, as well as a member of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Latin American Student Union.