Pre-approved partner proposals

Students applying to the community-based research fellowship may opt to perform research with a pre-approved global partner in Buffett/GESI network. Below are the established research questions for summer 2017 with our global partners:

Research Question: How does natural resource extraction and the adjoined development infrastructure affect indigenous communities? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Ecuador Amazon region
  • Key topics: indigenous studies, environmental studies, intercultural issues, Latin American studies and culture, participatory development, rural community development, community autonomy and self-management

Research Question: What are the causes and manifestations of violence at an urban primary school? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key topics: primary school education, children/youth psychology, social work, cultural studies, Latin American studies and culture, domestic violence, school violence, urban issues

Research Question: Is there a connection between teenage pregnancy among immigrants and exclusion from the public health care system? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key topics: migration, health care systems, youth, women and gender, psychology, intercultural issues, adolescent pregnancy, transborder issues, Latin American studies and culture

Research Question: What different strategies promote gender equality education and community participation for men and women? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key topics: women and gender, grassroots organizations, ecotourism, Latin American studies and culture, participatory development, rural community development, community autonomy and self-management

Research Question: What are the feelings of local community members toward a large-scale plantation surrounding their town in light of social and environmental issues? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Key topics: environmental studies, transnational corporations, rural community tourism, social movements, intercultural issues, Latin American studies and culture

Research Topic: Evaluating the success of microfinance and assessing the causes and impacts of poverty | Read the proposal

  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Key topics: microfinance, small business development, monitoring and evaluation, Latin American studies and culture, economics, community development

Research Topic: Assessing the impact of economic empowerment, food security, medical care and educational support of Grandmother and Orphans Support Project Read the proposal

  • Location: Uganda
  • Key topics: healthcare and HIV/AIDS, microfinance, monitoring and evaluation, food security and nutrition, education, economics, African studies and culture

Research Question: How can we better integrate mobile technology and current data collection techniques to improve monitoring and evaluation of empowerment programs? Read the proposal.

  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Key topics: social entrepreneurship, microfinance savings groups, microconsignment model, information technology, community development, empowerment, Latin American/Caribbean studies and culture, monitoring and evaluation

Research Question: Does participation in a large-scale community well-being program create meaningful changes in core measurements of health, and how can existing opportunities be improved and expanded? Read the proposal.Res

  • Location: Central Appalachia
  • Key topics: public and global health, information technology, rural community development, data collection, statistical analysis

Research Focus: Analyze the community impact generated by international volunteers​​ in various areas of development. Read the proposal.

  • Note: This research position is only open to alums of GESI program
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Key Topics: monitoring and evaluation, Latin American studies and culture, community development​, environment, health, microfinance, gender, human rights, education, technology



Don't see what you're looking for? Read these tips for submitting your own proposal, or contact Emory Erker-Lynch to talk through your ideas.

Ready to take the next step? Complete an application on FluidReview by February 1. Note: If you are applying but have not participated in GESI, you must additionally submit a faculty letter of recommendation.