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Eden Foster is a fourth-year undergraduate student. She became interested in African Studies when she studied abroad in Botswana the summer after her freshman year thanks to the UW Global Gateway Fellowship and has since focused her coursework and research on issues in Africa. This year, she received both a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Award and a Chipstone-CDMC Fellowship Award for her research project, Building on a Dream: Finding Alternatives to FGM in Rural Kenya. Her research analyzes the efficacy of the Alternate Rite of Passage (ARP) in reducing rates of Female Genital Mutilation in Tharaka, Kenya and how the ARP can be further improved by providing curriculum for both facilitators and participants. She hopes to further her research in African Studies in graduate school after graduating this December.