Jean W. Fewster Life Sciences Communication Scholarship

Dr. Jean Fewster’s education began at the University of Saskatchewan with an undergraduate degree in home economics. She relished opportunities to learn and this led her to various positions in dietetics and nutrition in Canada. Dr. Fewster came to UW-Madison to complete Master’s and doctoral degrees, both based in the department of agricultural journalism (now LSC). After earning her Ph.D., she accepted a position in Rome, Italy, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Dr. Fewster served the United Nations for 15 years and continued to be engaged in home economics issues in the United States and Canada.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Jean W. Fewster Scholarship recipient!

Amanda Martinek

Degree program: Ph.D. in Mass Communications

Hometown: San Diego, CA

This scholarship is a huge honor, especially coming from the legacy of Dr. Jean W. Fewster who had an impactful, international career and worked to uplift the wellbeing and advanced educations of women. I am passionate about global environmental and climate justice, especially as climate change disproportionately affects women in the Global South. This scholarship will give me the opportunity to research, write and publish on these topics over the summer in lieu of spending time pursuing other income avenues. As a Ph.D. student early in my program, this extra time for research and writing is invaluable and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.

Future goals: Ultimately, I aspire to contribute to positive social change, climate change solutions and the protection of the natural world. Career wise, I aspire to become a university professor or professional researcher so that I can continue researching important communication and environmental topics and make an impact on my community.