Fulbright College Student Awarded National Geographic's Young Explorer Grant

Mary Alice Fancyboy
Photo Submitted

Mary Alice Fancyboy

Mary Alice Fancyboy, a junior in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the National Geographic Society's Young Explorer's Grant.

The Young Explorer's Grant was established for aspiring explorers between the ages of 18 and 25. Fancyboy was awarded the maximum amount of $5,000 to cover the field project costs of her upcoming trip to the rural villages of Pilot Station, Marshall, and Kotlik, Alaska through the entire month of June 2017.

Her project, titled "Discovering the Modern Yup'ik Peoples of Western Alaska," aims to document the evolving culture of the Yup'ik people in a way that will allow those who may not be familiar with it to access the information easily. The Yup'ik, which is translated to mean "the real people," are an indigenous people native to western, south central and southwestern Alaska and the Russian Far East.

"This project is important to me because I actually lived in one of the villages I'm visiting for the first five years of my life, and I am half Yup'ik," said Fancyboy, who is majoring in cultural anthropology and psychology, and minoring in political science.

"It's crucial that cultures like this be documented before their customs, languages and traditions are lost in history. I believe I'm in a prime position to do this by having a foot in both doors, so to speak. Beyond that, I feel compelled to do so," she said.

As her trip progresses, Fancyboy will be collecting interviews, video clips and photos to post at Discovering the Modern Yup'ik Peoples of Western Alaska on Facebook, and to the Instagram handle @m_explores.   

National Geographic awards the Young Explorer's Grant to diligent, creative young individuals who are passionate about their projects and ideas. The grant was designed to support a new generation of adventurers, geographers, anthropologists, astronomers, geologists, conservationists, ecologists, marine scientists, storytellers, pioneers and archaeologists.

For more information about the Young Explorer's Grant, visit their website.

Contacts

Megan Cordell, communications intern 
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 
479-575-4393, mcordell@email.uark.edu

Andra Parrish Liwag, director of communications
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
479-575-4393, liwag@uark.edu


Headlines

New Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Assumes U of A Duties

Murphy-Erby has plans to facilitate existing diversity programs, long term goal of achieving total campus engagement.

Arkansas Research and Technology Park to Co-Host Startup Crawl

The Startup Crawl will feature local startups, live music, food, craft beer from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

International Programs Office Hosting Information Fair for Bumpers Students

Bumpers College's International Programs Office is hosting an International Information Fair from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the AFLS Building atrium.

Online Education Information Website Ranks U of A Physical Education Degree No. 2 in Nation

The U of A master's degree in physical education, which is delivered online, was recently ranked No. 2 on a listing of best online master's degree programs in physical education

Celebrate Banned Books Week With University Libraries

Banned Books Week — an annual celebration of the freedom to read — takes place Sept. 24-30. University Libraries will celebrate with displays and events throughout the week.

Newswire Daily