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Recent CRIF Recipients

CRIF Program grants are awarded to students in REES-related undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Michigan for summer or semester-long research projects or internships at institutions and businesses in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union.


Tessa Adzemovic, MD Medicine (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Maja Babic, PhD Architecture (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia)
Ariana Bancu, PhD Linguistics (Romania)
Cristian Capotescu, PhD History (Hungary)
Vedran Catovic, PhD Comparative Literature (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia)
Anne Desiderio, MA Higher Education/Middle Eastern & North African Studies (Georgia)
Christopher Fort, PhD Slavic (Uzbekistan)
Natalie McCauley, PhD Slavic (Russia)
Jamie Parsons, PhD Slavic (Ukraine)
Spenser Pawlik, BSE Mechanical Engineering (Kazakhstan)
Helena Ratte, BA German/History (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Kimberly Swisher, PhD Anthropology (Hungary)


Dias Amreyev, MA Applied Economics (Kazakhstan)
Iliria Camaj, BA LSA (Albania)
Adrian Deoanca, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
Paula Fradkin, BA LSA (Russia)
Elspeth Geiger, PhD Anthropology (Hungary/Romania)
Ejona Korcari, BS Neuroscience (Albania)
Enxhi Merpeza, BA International Studies/Spanish (Albania)
Colin Quinn, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
Elana Resnick, PhD Anthropology (Bulgaria/Romania/Turkey)
Margaret Traeger, MPH Public Health (Mongolia)
Marisa Xheka, BA History/Political Science (England/Albania)
Kledia Xhelilaj, BA History/International Studies (Albania)


Yafan Holly Chung, MPH Public Health (Mongolia)
Amanda Getty, PhD Slavic (Russia)
Ashley Lemke, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
Shaun McGirr, PhD Political Science (Russia)
Paula Osborn, MA REES/MPP Public Policy (Ukraine)
Colin Quinn, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
Alice Sullivan, PhD History of Art (Romania/Austria)
Anastasia Tkach, BA REES/Political Science (Ukraine)
Angel Wang, LSA (Turkey)
Anna Whittington, PhD History (Russia/Ukraine)