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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Help Alisha Peterson, Clemson University Art Major, with Her Project to Study and Document the Flora of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Alisha Peterson's Lost, ink on vellum, 2015
Alisha Peterson is an art student at Clemson University, beginning her senior year this fall. She creates art that explores the intersection of art and science, especially the ways that humans and nature interact.

She been accepted to study abroad this summer with The School for Field Studies Applied Marine Research Techniques session, on the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the scientific component of her artwork! She will learn how to develop a scientific approach to identify key problems affecting marine environments. She will also get to draw and photograph the beauty of a remote island!

The unique skills she will learn on this study abroad trip will directly impact her art career. This fall, She is participating in an internship with Denise Woodward-Detrich, the Director of Lee Gallery at Clemson University, to organize her very first solo exhibition. For her senior project, she is investigating the unique botany indigenous to the Clemson, South Carolina region.

Additionally, she is working on writing a proposal for the Fulbright Study grant, in order to build upon the same themes established during the study abroad summer session on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

So, as you can see, there are many exciting opportunities connected to an already exciting study abroad program.  Please help her to make all of this happen.

The financial burden of studying abroad is a bit steep, and she needs your help to connect the dots. Her budget includes a program fee of $2000, airfare of $660, and $340 for supplies (such as snorkel and fins, immunizations, and other gear necessary for study on a remote tropical island). Any additional funds would be gladly used for the purchase of a new fancy DSLR camera (about $400 used, a bargain!), or black & white film for all the pictures she knows she will be taking!

Please help her realize this amazing opportunity with a donation, or sharing her story with people you know who may be interested by donating. Thank you!

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