Week 10: The Realities of Scientific Research

Tomorrow is the last official day of my summer of undergraduate research.  Over the course of the summer, I’ve learned a lot about both extended kinetic method experiments and scientific research in general.

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Scheduling

One of the most frustrating things I have found about conducting an interview project over the three I’ve been involved in is actually scheduling the interviews. But scheduling interviews here wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. My target population was nutrition stakeholders on the national level. So naturally I assumed no one would have time to talk to me. But experts in organizations from the UN to the Tanzanian government have genuinely wanted to speak with me and it’s a kindness I hope to repay if and when I break into the development and nutrition field.

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