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Cohort Research Site Blogs

Welcome to the newest section of the MHIRT Site. We noticed many people really enjoyed reading the cohort’s blogs of their experience at the different research sites and decided to make them easier to find and read through. Feel free to browse on through and have a great day!

Ghana

Research update!

As I said in one of my first posts this summer we are doing organic chemistry research at UCC. Specifically in natural products. We are looking at different medicinal local plants in Ghana and determining the chemical compounds that give them their medicinal value. The picture below shows the plant I am studying for the

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Nzulezo- The Ghanaian Atlantis

On Thursday we visited Nzulezo village and I have to say it was a great day. I specifically enjoyed the two-hour canoe ride to and from the village. My arms were tired from paddling hahah. I’m not even sure I was helping the guide at all. I tried! The village is located in the Western

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Volta Region (Heart eyes emoji)

For Cindy’s 21st birthday we traveled to Accra. While we were there I met one of Cindy’s friends (who also goes to her home university in NY and is from Ghana).  He invited me to go hiking and I am glad I said yes. IT was beautiful. I want to come back to Ghana just

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Uganda

Research Manuscript Writing Workshop

My last few weeks in Uganda went by very quickly due to the large amounts of research data collection and writing obligations. The second to last week of our program, all graduate students attached to Makerere University for the Summer Research Program were required to meet in the capital city of Kampala to attend a

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The Plunge into Ugandan Cultures

“To be African American is to be African with no memory, and American with no privilege.” – Unknown As an African American woman, with generations of family members born and raised in the US, I’ve experience a huge disconnect with African culture my entire life. The MHIRT, Uganda site, research fellowship was my opportunity to learn

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Field Work in Mbale, Uganda

One of the best learning experiences I’m having during my time in Mbale is the field work. This is when we join one of the (District Health Office) DHO teams and head out into the district to do some investigating, support supervision, or assessments of various health issues. On a typical day we arrive at

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Taiwan

Leaving Taiwan

Hello everyone! It’s hard for me to believe that my summer in Taiwan is finally over. For our last couple of weeks in Taiwan, we decided to take things slow and spend time with our fellow labmates and Taiwanese friends. During our second to last week in Taiwan, Brendon and I wrapped up our work

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Research Manuscript Writing Workshop

My last few weeks in Uganda went by very quickly due to the large amounts of research data collection and writing obligations. The second to last week of our program, all graduate students attached to Makerere University for the Summer Research Program were required to meet in the capital city of Kampala to attend a

Read More »

The Plunge into Ugandan Cultures

“To be African American is to be African with no memory, and American with no privilege.” – Unknown As an African American woman, with generations of family members born and raised in the US, I’ve experience a huge disconnect with African culture my entire life. The MHIRT, Uganda site, research fellowship was my opportunity to learn

Read More »
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