One of this year's Grace LeGendre Fellowship Awardees was a University at Buffalo Student - Dominique Bertrand. Dominique of Austin, Texas is pursing a PhD in Anthropology, specializing in primate behavior. She is currently the president of the University at Buffalo Primatology Club, an editor for the student run, peer reviewed journal ABD: Anthropology - Bachelors to Doctorates, and is on the finance committee for the Graduate Student Association. These positions allow her to develop relationships with both peers and faculty, and give her opportunities to promote the careers of young scientists. Not only is she dedicated to improving the student experience at her university, she also aspires to improve the global community as well.
Her dissertations research focuses on how humans influence the behavior and physiology of a critically endangered primate in Indonesia. This past year she has been awarded two separate grants from the Primate Action Fund, Conversation international & International Primatological Society to conduct preliminary research for her dissertation. Most recently she has been awards a grant from Primate Conservation Inc., the Nila T. Gnamm Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship in order to conduct her full dissertation in the coming year.
She aspires to be an integral force in the creation of human/primate conflict management, and also intends to teach at a university level, encouraging her students to participate in the research process.
Grace LeGendre Fellowship Awards