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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!


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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Week 4 – Immunizations, Projects, and Good Thoughts of Home!

Week 4 was filled with field work and rich experiences. We spent Monday and Tuesday at Namatala health center and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at Bukasakya health center. The busy week continued through the weekend as we each worked on a project proposal. My project proposal specifically is the Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Uses of Pesticides

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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

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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

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Week 10: LaKia

We did not have lab this week, so we spent our time getting in our last bit of traveling. We went to Kenting and enjoyed the South Beach, which was beautiful! The waves were very powerful, so there were a lot of surfers out in the water. Because the waves were so powerful, we weren’t

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Week 9: LaKia

This week was also our last week in lab. It was bitter sweet to wrap up our work in Dr. Li’s lab. Kelly and Jin have been so helpful and patient with us, and it’s sad to be leaving them. For our last week we did a final presentation, where we presented our entire research

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Gabriel Final Week

The final week in Taiwan was really something. The beginning of the week was full of anxiousness and stress, trying to analyze the data correctly and getting my final presentation power point to be perfect. My data in particular had many readings since I used 6 sensors for my project. I went through so many

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