Project Exploration Modules for Humphrey Fellows

By Sean Maxson

UC Davis D-Lab is working with 11 Humphrey Fellows from around the globe to develop and explore their own projects focused on agricultural, environmental, and energy issues in their own communities.

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Last Friday, D-Lab launched the first of three sessions of its Project Exploration Module for this year’s Humphrey Fellows. Through a series of 1-day workshop sessions early in their program, Humphrey Fellows will be provided with the development and design tools to explore their ideas, as well as an opportunity to connect with UC Davis students and faculty in their areas of interest.

For the first session, Fellows were introduced to D-Lab’s Design Process and participated in activities to explore the needs and opportunities of their target communities. Through in-class activities led by Professor Kurt Kornbluth and facilitators Paula Balbontin and Sean Maxson, Fellows developed project criteria and considerations for three potential projects they will look to build on during their 10 months here at UC Davis.

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About the Humphrey Fellows

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries. Along with Cornell University, UC Davis welcomes scholars with primary interests in agriculture or environmental science. This year’s fellows come with a wide diversity of interests from developing post-harvest management strategies for smallholder farmers to technologies to measure climate change’s impact on water supply.


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This year, UC Davis is hosting Humphrey Fellows from 10 different countries: Gabon, Rwanda, Iran, Pakistan, Belarus, Thailand, China, Tunisia, Mexico, and Morocco