Clark student researching women's opposition to gold mining in Thailand

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WORCESTER, Mass. — Molly M. Gurney, a Clark University student from Brattleboro, Vt., received a Steinbrecher Fellowship to examine how marginalized women in Thailand are challenging gold mining initiatives.

The funding for her project covers her research this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year.

Gurney is interviewing female members of the Kon Rak Ban Keud (KRBK, or People Who Love Their Hometown) a small organization based in northeastern Thailand, to learn how they are fighting gold mining initiatives in the mountains surrounding

their community.

Cynthia Caron, assistant professor in the International Development and Social Change Department, is Gurney's faculty adviser.

Gurney is a member of the Class of 2018 at Clark; she majors in international development and social change. Gurney plays Frisbee and soccer at Clark, and is a member of Amnesty International as well as a volunteer at Abby's House (a homeless shelter for women). She plants to enroll in Clark's Accelerated B.A./Master's Program. She is a 2014 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School.

"The newly-selected Steinbrecher Fellows are excited and passionate about the projects they will be doing," said Deb Robertson, professor of biology and director of the Steinbrecher Fellows Program. "I look forward to the fall when they return to campus and share highlights of their work with each other and with the larger Clark Community."

The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006 to encourage and support Clark undergraduates' pursuit of original ideas, creative research, and community service projects.

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