Previous Sherpa Fellowship Recipients

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2016 – Anna Stamatogiannakis ’17: Maputo Sanitation

Anna Stamatogiannakis ’17, an Environmental Health Sciences major, received the 2016 Sherpa Fellowship to further the work of her project, Maputo Sanitation (MapSan). MapSan characterized the routes of environmental exposure to fecal contamination (water, soil, flies, etc.) to better understand whether or not new latrines are effective in disease reduction. The team collected environmental samples from low-income households in semi-formal, densely populated urban settlements in Maputo, Mozambique. MapSan was a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health for the Republic of Mozambique (MISAU), four different public universities in the U.S. and the U.K. (including UNC), and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). This project was also funded by USAID.

2015 – Andrew Koltun: To the Last Drop: Water System Quality Studies in Rural Uganda

Andrew Koltun received the 2015 Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship for his work with To the Last Drop: Water System Quality Studies in Rural Uganda. In partnership with Raising the Village, Koltun will travel to four partner villages and test several springs for contaminants. The data will be used to decide how to mitigate future contamination. Andrew will work with local staff and villagers on how to continue the initiative to ensure consistently clean water.

2014 – William Gerhard ’14

The inaugural Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship was presented to William Gerhard ’14, a biology major from Charlotte, for his work evaluating the effectiveness of new drinking water infrastructure systems on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal. After spending two summers researching old and new drinking water systems, Gerhard spent six weeks performing microbial and physical analyses of the new infrastructure systems. By executing this study and providing the results to the local government, funding and resources can be more efficiently allocated to provide clean drinking water to the 7,000 residents of San Cristobal island and the tens of thousands of tourists who pass through each year. In addition, Gerhard worked with local scientists to create a lab that assessed the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island.