Malawi Practicum Research Projects

The Malawi practicum gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain graduate level research and fieldwork experience on topic areas relevant to development and human rights issues impacting Malawi. The students conduct individual research projects based on community-identified needs identified and facilitated by Determined to Develop.

2018

  • “Safe Spaces” for Girl’s Extended and Informal Learning:  Assessment for Determined to Develop
    Lauren Breitenstein, Human Rights Studies, Political Science

  • Exploring Formal Technical Education and the Benefits to Youth in the Chilumba Area: An in-depth Analysis of Market and Opportunity
    Maggie Cadman, Human Rights Studies, Political Science

  • Development NGOs and the Use of Media and Technology: Determined to Develop - Case Study
    Hannah Donovan, International Studies-Global Migration and Economic Development; Minor: Sociology

  • Girls' Economic Empowerment Initiatives: Determined to Develop - Case Study
     Morgan Langford, Sociology; Minor: Human Rights, Communications

  • Developing Tools to Educate Adolescent Boys in the Language and Practice of Women’s Rights Issues
    Elizabeth Mazza, Political Science; Minors: Biology, Sustainable, Energy and Environment

2017

  • NGO Management and Effectiveness in Rural Malawi
     Nicholas BeattyFinance, Political Science

  • Agriculture Services Provided and their Impact on Farmers in the T/A Wasambo Area 
     Abigail Dibadj, Political Science

  • Learner-Centered Curriculum Development in Chilumba Catchment Region 
     Claire Fackel-Darrow, Middle Childhood Education-Science and Social Studies

  • Climate Change and Malawi: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
     Jillian Foster, Human Rights Studies; Minors: Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, Religious Studies, Computer Science

  • Causes of Deforestation and Community Driven Solutions in Chilumba Catchment area 
     Corey Kuminecz, Environmental Biology; Minor: Human Rights Studies

2016

  • The Effect of Microcredit on Women's Empowerment: Determined to Develop - Case Study
    — Alexandra Altomare, Human Rights Studies

  • Factors Contributing to a Girl’s Decision to Drop Out of School in the Chilumba Catchment area
    — Christine Driscoll, Human Rights Studies; Minors: Political Science, Sociology

  • The Impacts and Benefits of Nursery School Education in the Chilumba Catchment Region 
    — Carlos Rodriguez, Psychology, Human Rights Studies

  • Securing Quality Secondary Education: Issues of Accessibility and Equity in Northern Malawi
    — Joshua SchroederPolitical Science, Communications - Public Relations

  • Communications and Projects Implementation Among Grassroots Leaders and Human Service Organizations in Chilumba
    — Eva Schuller, Economics, International Studies - Global Migration

2015

  • A closer look at the relationship between culture and development in Chilumba
    — Megan Herr, Political Science; Minor: Human Rights

  • Effective Collaboration and its Potential Role in the Development of Chilumba: A Stakeholder Analysis 
    — Erin O’MalleyFinance, Human Rights Studies  

  • Parents Teachers Associations and their Effects on Children's Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
    — Rosalia StadlerPolitical Science; Minor: Human Rights

2014

  • Child Forced Labor in Night Fishing and its Impact on Education in Chilumba Area
     Jed Gerlach, Human Rights Studies, Political Science

  • Community Based Water Resource Management in Chilumba Area
    — Jason Hayes, Human Rights Studies

  • Economic Risk Management in the Agriculture Sector and its Impact on Rural Malawi 
    — Andrew LightnerEconomics, Political Science

  • Children's Moral Development, the Utility of Religion and Education: Malawi Case Study
    — Meredith Pacenta, Human Rights Studies

  • Gender-based Violence and its Impact on School Drop-outs in Chilumba Area
     Daniella Porcelli, English, Human Rights Studies

2013

  • Orphan Care and Mental Health in the Chilumba Region
    — Christine Alwan, Political Science, Human Rights Studies, Women and Gender Studies

  • Gender Mainstreaming within Community Building Initiatives and Development Activities
    — Alyssa Bovell, International Studies, Political Science; Minors: Human Rights Studies, and Spanish
    — Adrienne Lewis, Human Rights Studies, Psychology
    — Paige Singleton, Human Rights Studies, Political Science, International Studies

  • Access to Water and Water Sanitation around Maji Zuwa
    — Dylan Moore, Political Science
    — Kristin DrillingPolitical Science, and Criminal Justice

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