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Malawi Research Practicum- Research

The Malawi Practicum gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain graduate level research and fieldwork experience on topic areas relevant to development and human rights issues impacting Malawi. The students conduct individual research projects based on community-identified needs identified by Determined to Develop.

Community Governance

  • Building capacity in the village: a look at Village Development Committees' project planning and implementation. 
    —Eric Grimm, Communication with concentration in Journalism, & Political Science
  • Examining the role of specialty formed governance groups in a village: from cooking mommas to nursery school committees to loan groups.
    —Katelyn Barnes, Psychology, Human Rights Studies, and Sociology
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of community bylaws through structure and adherence: what works and what doesn't?
    —Kathleen Miller, Environmental Biology; Minor: Sustainability, Energy, and Environment  
  • A study of informal conflict resolution within the village: exploring the chief's roles of counselor and mediator. 
    —Sierra Kochersperger, International Studies- International Education; Minors: Africana Studies, and Women and Gender Studies
  • Understanding village community justice systems: in pursuit of peace through village policing and village courts.
    —Steven Shamblen, International Studies- Peace and Security; Minor: Spanish

Food Security

  • Creating a Split Non-Formal Curriculum Based on Age
    — Katie Cooper, Adolescence to Young Adult Education (AYA); Social Studies
    — Austin Williamson, Adolescence to Young Adult Education (AYA); English Language Arts Education
  • Permaculture gardening and adaptation; what works and what doesn't when trying to apply a new model of food security with new methods in rural Malawi?
    — Morgan Day, International Studies, and Spanish
  • Exploring household nutrition in rural Chilumba; an identifying baseline study of childhood and family nutrition as it relates to gender and family structure.
    — Rebecca Lebouef, Human Rights Studies, Psychology/Family Development, and German 
  • Exploring sustainable fish farming as an income generating activity: creating wealth and protein stability through larger scale sustainable production.
    — Marigrace Moses, Environmental Biology, and Sustainability, Energy, and Environment 
  • Analyzing community garden initiatives and techniques in the Chilumba area; how communities take a village approach to food security and nutrition.
    — Matt Schubert, Communication, and Political Science
  • Male fishing culture: constructs of masculinity in providing for himself and his family.
    — Josh Segalewitz, Human Rights Studies and Sociology/Anthropology, French, and Mathematics

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  • “Safe Spaces” for Girl’s Extended and Informal Learning:  Assessment for Determined to Develop 
     Lauren Breitenstein, Human Rights Studies, and Political Science 
  • Exploring Formal Technical Education and the Benefits to Youth in the Chilumba Area: An in-depth Analysis of Market and Opportunity
     Maggie Cadman, Human Rights Studies, and Political Science 
  • Development NGOs and the Use of Media and Technology: Determined to Develop - Case Study 
     Hannah Donovan, International Studies-Global Migration and Economic Development; Minor: Sociology
  • Girls' Economic Empowerment Initiatives: Determined to Develop - Case Study
     Morgan Langford, Sociology; Minors: Human Rights, and Communication 
  • Developing Tools to Educate Adolescent Boys in the Language and Practice of Women’s Rights Issues
     Elizabeth Mazza, Political Science; Minors: Biology, Sustainable, Energy and Environment

  • NGO Management and Effectiveness in Rural Malawi
     Nicholas BeattyFinance, and Political Science 
  • Agriculture Services Provided and their Impact on Farmers in the T/A Wasambo Area 
     Abigail Dibadj, Political Science
  • Learner-Centered Curriculum Development in Chilumba Catchment Region 
     Claire Fackel-Darrow, Middle Childhood Education-Science and Social Studies
  • Climate Change and Malawi: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
     Jillian Foster, Human Rights Studies; Minors: Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, Religious Studies, Computer Science
  • Causes of Deforestation and Community Driven Solutions in Chilumba Catchment area 
     Corey Kuminecz, Environmental Biology; Minor: Human Rights Studies

  • The Effect of Microcredit on Women's Empowerment: Determined to Develop - Case Study 
    — Alexandra Altomare, Human Rights Studies
  • Factors Contributing to a Girl’s Decision to Drop Out of School in the Chilumba Catchment area 
    — Christine Driscoll, Human Rights Studies; Minors: Political Science, and Sociology 
  • The Impacts and Benefits of Nursery School Education in the Chilumba Catchment Region 
    — Carlos Rodriguez, Psychology, Human Rights Studies
  • Securing Quality Secondary Education: Issues of Accessibility and Equity in Northern Malawi
    — Joshua SchroederPolitical Science, Communications - Public Relations 
  • Communications and Projects Implementation Among Grassroots Leaders and Human Service Organizations in Chilumba
    — Eva Schuller, Economics, International Studies - Global Migration

  • A closer look at the relationship between culture and development in Chilumba
    — Megan Herr, Political Science; Minor: Human Rights Studies
  • Effective Collaboration and its Potential Role in the Development of Chilumba: A Stakeholder Analysis 
    — Erin O’MalleyFinance, Human Rights Studies  
  • Parents Teachers Associations and their Effects on Children's Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
    — Rosalia StadlerPolitical Science; Minor: Human Rights Studies 

  • Child Forced Labor in Night Fishing and its Impact on Education in Chilumba Area
     Jed Gerlach, Human Rights Studies, and Political Science 
  • Community Based Water Resource Management in Chilumba Area
    — Jason Hayes, Human Rights Studies 
  • Economic Risk Management in the Agriculture Sector and its Impact on Rural Malawi 
    — Andrew LightnerEconomics, and Political Science
  • Children's Moral Development, the Utility of Religion and Education: Malawi Case Study
    — Meredith Pacenta, Human Rights Studies 
  • Gender-based Violence and its Impact on School Drop-outs in Chilumba Area
     Daniella Porcelli, English, and Human Rights Studies

  • Orphan Care and Mental Health in the Chilumba Region
    — Christine Alwan, Political Science, Human Rights Studies, Women and Gender Studies 
  • Gender Mainstreaming within Community Building Initiatives and Development Activities
    — Alyssa Bovell, International Studies, Political Science; Minors: Human Rights Studies, and Spanish
    — Adrienne Lewis, Human Rights Studies, and Psychology 
    — Paige Singleton, Human Rights Studies, Political Science, and International Studies
  • Access to Water and Water Sanitation around Maji Zuwa
    — Dylan Moore, Political Science
    — Kristin DrillingPolitical Science, and Criminal Justice



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