UTSA Mexico Center Research Fellowships
The UTSA Mexico Center has established a grant to provide assistance with travel costs for joint student/faculty research projects that need time in Mexico to do field work or consultation at a university or research center. These awards are given out once a year. Award winners have one year to finish the project and present a final paper. The UTSA Mexico Center requests copies of the finished work and a presentation of the research project at a UTSA Mexico Center Brown Bag lecture.
Previous Award Winners:
Michelle Dart and Dr. Rosalind Horowitz
Status at UTSA -
Michelle Dart, M.A. Graduate Student, UTSA: Dr. Rosalin Horowitz,
Professor, UTSA ILT-COEHD
Project Title - Border Literacy: Identify
Confrontations and Realignments of Highly Engaged Adolescent Learners
Summary - This study is part of a larger research
project on Border Literacy that examines social-contextual factors,
geographic mobility, and identity shifts that contribute to the text choices
and motivations for academic learning of adolescents who live on the
Texas-Mexico border. The Border/La Frontera is a major theme that theorists
and researchers have addressed as space where identities are at points of
cultural contact and cognitive reconfiguration (Moje, 2004, Saldivar, 1997).
Across the nation, there as been growing attention to "high school drop
out factories" a phrase coined by Robert Balfanz (2007), Johns Hopkins
University Research Scientist, and the limited aspiration of adolescents
have been scientifically studied by a Stanford University Researcher (Damon,
2008). However, there is little research that describes the psychological
conflicts and realignments of Mexican-American adolescents who are highly
mobile and highly literate. This proposal is one of the first such studies.
Miguel Flores and Nazrul Hoque
Status at UTSA - Miguel Flores, PhD
Student, UTSA Department of Demography: Nazrul Hogue, Associate
Professor, UTSA Department of Demography
Project Title - "Measuring the Impact of
International Migration to U.S. on the Regional Economic Development in
Summary - The purpose of this project is
to examine and try to quantify the impact that emigrants had on the
regions where they left. The evidence on this topic is little and most
of the literature is devoted to measure the impact of the immigrants on
the regions where they arrive. The reason of this is because the
impossibility to have information of those who are not longer present in
the regions under study. The relevance of the results of this study will
contribute to widen the understanding of the effect that the increasing
number of people leaving in the country has on the regions they left.
The U.S. Census disclosed that in 2000 estimated Mexican-born
population was 9.17 million, from this total 23% arrived before 1980;
28% entered during the period 1980-1990; while the rest, nearly 50% of
the residents arrived during 1990-2000.
This project is interested in providing new evidence
regarding the relationship between the levels of migration to U.S. in
Mexican municipalities upon several measures of economic development.
Particularly, we will estimate the effect on schooling levels and the impact
on wages. In doing this, a relatively new technique that accounts for the
specific geographical localization of each municipality. The technique
proposed is called Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) which estimates
local parameters, which varies over space, instead of global one (OLS).
Cesar Lopez and Viviana Rojas
Status at UTSA - Cesar Lopez,
Undergraduate, UTSA International Business Department: Viviana Rojas,
Associate Professor, UTSA Communications Department
Project Title - "Mexicans' Perception of
U.S. Retirees Living in their Communities".
Summary - Little is known about the
feelings and thoughts of the Mexican community in regards to this
lifestyle migration process. In this study, we want to expand the focus
of our research on U.S. retirement migration to Mexico to include the
view of the local residents, such as landowners, service sector and
workers that tend and provide the White American retirees living in San
Miguel de Allende, Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta and, Mazatlan. This study
will understand how locals negotiate with foreigners. What types of
practices are the most common in their daily exchanges and what changes
have taken place in the community as a result of the increasing influx
of U.S. lifestyle migrants to these locations.
Michael J. Lewis and Dr. Blake Weissling
Status at UTSA - Michael Lewis, PhD.
Candidate, UTSA Geological Sciences: Dr. Weissling, Lecture Professor,
UTSA Geological Sciences
Project Title - "Ice Mass Assessment and
Temporal Change of the Jamapa Galcier, Pico de Orizaba, Veracruz"
Summary - The loss of ice from the world's
mountain glacier systems due to climate change induced melting has enormous
implications for local mountain ecosystems, water supply issues, and local
economies. Mountain glaciers in tropical latitudes are exceptionally rare in
the world and due to geography are especially vulnerable to climate
forcings. The Jamapa glacier on the north side of Mexico's Pico de Orizaba,
the third highest peak in North America, has seen a remarkable loss of ice
int he past two decades, as assessed with satellite imagery and first-hand
accounts from climbing expeditions. Since the International Geophysical Year
(1957-58) the Jamapa Glacier has not been studied with any focused effort.
The implications for ice loss and melt at Pico are substantial, including
water supply for over 1 million people and catastrophic natural disasters
such as floods, lahars and landslides, all of which have occurred in the
region in the past century.