2017 Recipients

Weng Ian (Anna Au

Weng Ian (Anna Au

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Weng Ian (Anna) Au holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master of Science in Urban Management. She is also a licensed tour guide in Macau and the former Secretary of Macao Library and Information Management Association. She is currently a public health researcher at Architecture for Health, Technische Universität Berlin. Her main fields of interests are the urban built environment and health, tourism, and cultural heritage.

Joy Hamilton

Joy Hamilton

University of Minnesota, USA

Joy Hamilton received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Upon graduation, she worked as a content editor for Colorado and Wyoming official visitor guides. She received her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Critical Media Studies. Her research interests include environmental humanities, feminist media studies, experiential education, and tourism in the American West. Joy is an editor for Teaching Media Quarterly and teaches undergraduate courses in public speaking, interviewing and communication, and media literacy.

Chelsea Karthauser

Chelsea Karthauser

University of Montana, USA

Chelsea is a tourism geographer currently completing a M.S. in geography at the University of Montana. Before moving to Montana, Chelsea lived in Juneau, Alaska where she completed her B.A. in geography at the University of Alaska Southeast and worked seasonally in tourism. Her experiences working as a guide and tour manager have strongly influenced her research interests, which include studying tourism phenomena from the bases of space and place. She also focuses on GIS and cartography, and in the future, she hopes to explore how these skills can be used to explore tourism topics.

Vicky Kent

Vicky Kent

Ohio State University, USA

Vicky Kent is an international graduate student at Ohio University studying Recreation Studies with a specialization in Outdoor Recreation and Education. During her undergraduate studies at University College Birmingham (U.K.), Vicky formed a love of instructing and coaching others in the outdoors through a variety of activities. Kent excelled at University College Birmingham, receiving academic honours and numerous awards for her leadership, including the Outstanding Second Year Award and the Helen Trott Memorial Award. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kent spent time instructing adventure activities in Thailand, traveling and gaining professional culinary training. While at Ohio University, Kent is working to combine her passions for technology and innovation with the field of recreation. Professionally, she aims to research how new forms of technology might be thoughtfully integrated into recreation and tourism.

Viktoria Koenyves

Viktoria Koenyves

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Viktoria Koenyves is a graduate student at the University of Southern Denmark on International Tourim and Leisure Management program. She was born and raised in Transylvania, Romania. After graduating from high-school in 2011, she moved to Denmark at the age of 19, where throughout the years, prior to her graduate program, she acquired a Double-Degree Bachelor Diploma in International Sales and Marketing Management. Beside her studies, she worked in hospitality in a hotel, in event management at a children’s culture house and also with international exchange student coordination.Her passions are travelling and writing, which got a joint meaning in her life, when she became a writer at a travel blog in 2015.