Emory undergraduates do not limit their research possibilities to the confines of campus. Emory's study abroad programs, in conjunction with programs in the humanities, sciences, engineering and health sciences, offer an opportunity for students to participate in research around the world. Some programs require a departmental nomination. For others, students can apply for grants and a place in the program themselves. There is even the opportunity for independent research abroad for credit. Some examples of research Emory students have conducted outside the United States include:
Marxism and Discontent in the Weimar Republic
HIV/AIDS Awareness Programming in Uganda
Identification and Assessment of Water and Sanitation Practices by use of GPS Mapping and Door-to-Door Questionnaires in Urban, Peri-urban and Rural Communities of Kumasi, Ghana
The Role and Future of the Traditional Birth Attendant in Maternal Health Policy and Programs in Matlab, Bangladesh
Double Major: Anthropology and Chemistry
Extracurricular Activities: Slow Food Emory, Egleston Childlife Volunteer, Emory Climbing Arena
“I conducted a research project on the current practice of dais (indigenous midwives) in the rural community of Matlab, Bangladesh. Facility birth has been recently subsidized and promoted, raising it from the minority to the majority in a small span of time. We hypothesized that this shift would have a noticeable impact on the practice of dais who attend home births. I traveled to Matlab to explore these changes through interviews with individuals who were influential in the birth experiences of local women.
“Doing research in a foreign community is interesting because you never know what to expect. It is a good idea to have a plan and yet be prepared to think quickly. My most challenging moment was when my first translator unexpectedly quit after a very muddy second day of interviews!
“The inequality gap has left the most impoverished populations without adequate social services. The underserved living in developing countries experience and suffer from the greatest injustices. I want my career to contribute to decreasing these injustices, which is why I am most interested in working with and learning from populations in developing countries and why I chose to conduct my research in rural Bangladesh.”