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Malawi Research Practicum

The Malawi Research Practicum is a nine-week applied research experience for undergraduate students in Chilumba, Malawi. 

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

The University of Dayton provides full travel support and program fees including living expenses for all selected students. Students will earn 6 credit hours with the completion of the program. 

Program Cycle

  1. Fall. Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort are now closed.
  2. Spring: Pre-departure. Selected students enroll in POL 300 - a course designed to guide their research design  and prepare them for travels.
  3. Summer: Fieldwork. Students travel to northern Malawi and spend nine weeks conducting research with Determined to Develop in Chilumba Catchment area.
  4. Fall: Re-entry. Upon return to campus, students enroll in a POL re-entry course to synthesize their research into a paper, report or project. 

Practicum Research Projects

Each practicum student designs and conducts a research project on a community-identified human rights or development issue. These undergraduate research topics are grouped per summer cohorts in a timeline starting the pilot program in 2013.

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