Time to Analyze

After work began back on campus this summer, I began pouring through both the data from my surveys and the responses from the Comité de Salud’s health census that they had given to me while in country.

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Review of the KU 2015 Fellowship

KU Development Studies students and YI data experts at a joint AidData-YI presentation

KU Development Studies students and YI data experts at a joint AidData-YI presentation


Aarti and I achieved most of our goals at KU and paved a clear path for future collaboration with AidData.One of our greatest successes over the summer was in coordinating with Young Innovations – the technical arm of the Open Nepal Movement ¬– to assist with GIS trainings for the graduate students. In the process, Aarti and I had extensive contact with a number of skilled individuals at YI who will be valuable partners for AidData in the future. Young Innovations was also instrumental in helping to coordinate a second Open Nepal Conference, a meeting of various leaders of Nepal’s civil society, academic, and government institutions to discuss open data.

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The Not So Sunshine State

Because of the nature of my project, I was able to go home to my family in Florida and set up a work station in my house rather than stay at school. I was so happy about this since I’d be able to see my family, enjoy the beach, and also get work done in the process. Florida is supposed to be a huge vacation state because of the sunshine and beaches, but this Summer tourists and residents did not see a whole lot of sunshine as it seemed to rain every day.

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Post Trip Reflections

Forgive the late posting of this – it has been sitting in my drafts box waiting for me to hit ‘post’ for the longest time.

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Final Thoughts: Much More Work to be Done

I cannot believe my time at the Natural History Museum is at a close. The 10 weeks I spent there were filled with fun and exciting days and I have made many friends that I will be keeping in contact with in the future. While I am now happy I don’t have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning anymore, I will admit my last day was bittersweet since I will miss everyone there and all of the things I learned through my research. I will miss the wonderful tours that the intern department allowed all of the interns to go on and learning about various fields of science that I previously had limited knowledge of. It was truly an experience that I will never forget.

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