Story posted July 08, 2009
Rebecca Silva '11 has won a DAAD undergraduate scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. Deutscher Akademischer Autstausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service, is a publicly-funded, independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany.
Silva, of St. Louis, Mo., is one of 61 undergrads from 52 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada to be selected by a panel of higher education experts to receive the prestigious scholarship to study in Germany.
Silva will be studying at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Her research project revolves around the idea of "livability for whom."
"With my DAAD grant, I aim to provide a more accurate definition of Munich's livability than the image popularized by the travel industry in such venues as Monocle magazine, which emphasized the city's feeling of "gemütlichkeit" [cozy and welcoming] when it ranked Munich the world's most livable city in 2007," said Silva.
"My research goals include identifying key criteria for modeling livability as well as the social, economic and cultural factors that determine which of its citizens enjoy the benefits of livability and which have been more or less excluded."
Silva hopes to gather enough data in Munich to write her senior thesis when she returns to Bowdoin.