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Wilderness Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

Two Earth and Planetary Sciences students, Karyn DeFranco and Gabriella Kitch, recently received the award. Ms. DeFranco's research involves collecting water samples from cenotes, caves and blue holes in remote areas of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico). Ms. Kitch will board a research vessel and travel the South Pacific to collect and analyze sediment cores samples throughout region’s oceans. We look forward to reports from their travels and plan to post their photos to our website when possible!

The 2018-19 review team included Kim Rapp, PhD, Assistant Vice President for International Relations; Dr. Kimberly Seipel-Carrow, Medical Director and Physician, Northwestern Health Service; and Julie Anne Friend, JD, Director, Global Safety and Security.

Laura Larocca, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences – traveled to Greenland:

"Before Laura Larocca in Greenlanddeparting on a month-long arctic expedition to South Greenland this summer, I participated in the Wilderness First Aid training with REI & NOLS. The two-day course helped me to feel more confident in my ability to help my team. The WFA training covered patient assessment, first aid response to illnesses and injuries that occur frequently in the back county, how to make evacuation decisions, and wound management, along with much more.” 



Annie Nelson, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences - traveled to Greenland:

“Wilderness medical training is so much more than learning Annie Nelson traveled to Icelandto clean cuts and care for blisters. WFA and WFR courses are specifically designed to teach you how to make difficult decisions and how to communicate effectively with your field team. Whether it’s deciding not to descend into a rocky canyon because you're hours from a hospital, or deciding it’s safe to cross a river because its early enough in the day where your clothes can dry quickly, WFA courses will completely change your outlook on wilderness travel. I believe this course is extremely necessary for anyone who plans to spend time in the outdoors or in remote settings.”