Ruth Heuertz Remmers, who completed an M.A. in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science in 2017, has received a Fulbright student research award for 2018-2019. She will spend September through May in the Altai Republic of south-central Siberia, the area of the Altai Mountains near Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan. Her research will focus on perceptions of the effects of tourism on the environment within small population groups of 1000 to 4000 people. The groups to be studied include endangered indigenous clans and an isolated Christian religious sect.
For her master’s thesis project, Ruth studied attitudes towards the environment and tourism among residents of and visitors to the Altai Republic, a popular spot for Russian tourists. The thesis, which received honors, included doing research and conducting an environmental survey in the Altai Republic in summer of 2015.
Ruth came to the KU Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science after twenty-six years working as an IT professional. Prior to that, she earned three degrees from the University of Kansas: a master's in computer science, a master's in Soviet and East European studies, and a bachelor's in journalism. She is a Kansas native who attended Valley Falls High School in Valley Falls, Kansas.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, awards merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientist and artists.