Field Practicum Placements and Posters

The following is a listing of field practicums undertaken by University of Florida students enrolled in the MDP program to date. Final Reports can be accessed here. Poster presentations for each practicum can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding student’s name in the table below.

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MDP Field Practicum Sites to Date

MDP Field Practicums 2019

Student Host InstitutionLocation(s)Project
Adi GanggaGender Integration into Livestock Vaccine / UF / IDRCKathmandu, Nepal and field sitesLivestock vaccines value chains in Nepal: a gendered perspective.
Christina JoyTanzania School FoundationArusha, TanzaniaCommunity sustained pre-primary education in rural Tanzania.
Colleen AbelUSAID Rural Livelihoods Project / Red Cross / UFHondurasHonduras rural livelihood change, violence, and migration: a needs assessment for deported migrant reintegration.
Gustavo PrietoCIAT Clima-LoCa ProjectCali, ColombiaClimate-relevant and low cadmium innovations to promote sustainable cacao production in Colombia.
Haaris SaqibUF Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS)Gainesville, FloridaStrategic Planning for Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.
Jessica MostacedoFlorida Springs InstituteHigh Springs, FloridaAgricultural Production and the Florida Springs Region.
Mackenzie GoodeMpala Research CentreLaikipia, KenyaPatterns and perceptions of crop raiding by baboons in Laikipia County, Kenya - what it means for conservation and rural livelihoods.
Manuel MoralesNaturaleza y Cultura InternacionalCuenca, EcuadorHuman-wildlife interactions in the Podocarpus-Sangay Connectivity Corridor, Andes of southern Ecuador: a socio-ecological and geographic characterization.
Paula Bak CelyInstituto Centro da VidaAlta Floresta, BrazilEntrelacando comunidades: Cooperative process to strengthen smallholder farmers through value chains and policy analysis.
Pierre William BlancGender Integration into Livestock Vaccine / UF / IDRCKaffrine, SénégalGender integration and mapping of livestock vaccine value chains
in Kaffrine, Senegal.
Rio TrimonoUF Livestock Systems Innovation Lab / Heifer InternationalKathmandu, Nepal and field sitesDissemination of innovations to improve milk production and quality in Nepal's dairy sector.
Stephanie MuenchUF Livestock Systems Innovation Lab / University of RwandaKigali, Rwanda and field sitesEvaluation in the dissemination of livestock innovations in Rwanda.
Weston StittFundación ETEA / Umami Area Honduras / Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Ltda.Las Capucas, HondurasGreen Value Tool and needs assessment for Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Ltda.

MDP Field Practicums 2018

Student Host InstitutionLocation(s)Project
Angela MelidosianAsociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados PallativosBuenos Aires, ArgentinaDeathics: the psychosocial ethics of death and dying within palliative care centers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Carlita Fiestas-NúñezUnisinos, Associação dos Ilhéus EcológicosPorto Alegre, BrazilWomen entrepreneurs in Brazil recycle used cooking oil to produce artisanal soap, generating income for their vulnerable islander community.
Christine MavrickTimur Youth Mobile ClassroomSandimen, TaiwanYouth in Timur: Collaborative curriculum building for international learning.
Daniela LizanoThe Field MuseumLoreto, PeruIndigenous quality of life plans and conservation and rural development in Peru.
Daniel AcostaLivestock Innovation Lab (UF) / Makerere University / Tufts University / Mercy CorpsKaramoja, UgandaSupply chain analysis for a thermostable Peste des Petits Ruminants vaccine in Karamoja, Uganda.
Dylan RigsbyCIAT / Hans Neumann StiftungGuatemala City, GuatemalaCoffee Talks: Facilitating conversation on climate change with institutional actors in Guatemala's coffee sector.
Emma LannonAfrican Queen AdventuresArusha, TanzaniaUnderstanding and measuring the impacts of ecotourism in Arusha, Tanzania.
Fiona HoganPeace Parks FoundationMaputo, MozambiqueEvaluation of community development initiatives around Maputo Special Reserve.
Jesse CosmeUniversidad Sin FronterasSan Juan, Puerto RicoSeekin' a cause: cooperation between social movements of the island and diaspora.
Maria WakedNational University of Jujuy / Institute of Andean Ecoregions (INECOA)Humahuaca, Jujuy, ArgentinaPedagogical trekking as a tool for local tourism in Tilcara (Argentina).
Mary VasilevskyEcoPeace Middle EastTel Aviv, Israel / Ramallah, West Bank24 years of environmental peacebuilding: evaluating impacts of Ecopeace Middle East projects in Israel and Palestine.
Nicholas DiazMercy CorpsKaramoja, UgandaAssessing nutritional outcomes related to animal source food consumption in Karamoja Region, Uganda.

MDP Field Practicums 2017

Student Host InstitutionLocation(s)Project
Nazmi AhmedBRACDhaka, BangladeshUrbanization and Equitable Service Delivery: an Analysis of Water Supply in Korail Slum, Bangladesh
Jackie Allegra CurnickAlaska Community Action on ToxinsAnchorage and St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, USEnvironmental Health and Justice in Alaska Documentary: Pulling Teeth from a Polar Bear
Maria M. Fontecha TiradoFondo AcciónCaquetá, ColombiaA New Hope. Social Capital and Community Capacity Building for Forest Conservation in Caquetá (Colombia), under a post-conflict scenario
Max GelberHen MpoanaTakoradi, GhanaPlenty of Fish in the Sea? Shark Fishing and the Fin Trade in Ghana: A Biting Review
Breton HomewoodINGENAES (USAID, UF)Santa Rosa de Copán and Gracias, HondurasMen’s Participation in Nutritional Decision‐Making in Agrarian
Households in Honduras
Corey JonesRedeeming Love MinistriesLuwindja, Democratic Republic of CongoGendered Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the DRC
Grace KihomboSalvation ArmyMbeya, TanzaniaAssessment of factors contributing to girls' school attendance and academic performance on Form Four national examinations in Mbeya, Tanzania
Rosanna KingstonRebuild GloballyPort-au-Prince and Fond Bayard, HaitiTires are good for the Soles: Process Documentation of Upcycling Tires for a Mobile Livelihood Project in Fond Bayard, Haiti
Florencia Lathrop RossiAsociación de Servicio Comunitario Nacional y AmbientalCorcovado, Costa RicaMujeres de Corcovado: experiences using design and visual communication as tools for agency
Sheila Nyokabi MaingiGender Links for Equality and JusticeGauteng, South AfricaStrengthening Efforts Against Gender-Based Violence Through Entrepreneurship Training in Gauteng, South Africa
Anna MartinsonTeach North Korean RefugeesSeoul, South KoreaNonprofit Financial Sustainability in Seoul, South Korea: Teach North Korean Refugees
Miguel Olivas-PérezCentro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-Instituto Politecnico NacionalOaxaca, MéxicoThe impact of the public policies in the forestry sector in México
Grace Palacios ChávezDeutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) / German Agency for
International Cooperation
San Martín, PerúKichwa Lamas Indigenous Women's role in the Conservation of Community Forests (CMF) and their participation in the Conditional Direct Transfers (TDC) mechanism
Stefi RodriguezSwaziland Water and
Agricultural Development
Lowveld, SwazilandGender Sensitive Evaluation of the Goat Value Chain in the Lowveld of Swaziland.
Tania Romero BautistaAlliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon)Madre de Dios, PerúEffective Altruism as a Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Conservation and Sustainable Development (CSD) Projects in Madre de Dios, Peru
Daniel J. SarafanInternational Justice MissionPhnom Penh, CambodiaAn Analysis of International Justice
Mission’s Counter Labor Trafficking
Initiative in Cambodia
Derek SindlerAgroFronteraMontecristi, República DominicanaConservation Agriculture in Practice: Rice
in Northwest Dominican Republic
Nicole YoheCatholic Relief ServicesBidibidi, UgandaEvaluating WASH and Cash-for-
Work Programs for Refugees in Uganda
Zotha ZunguOld Mutual FlagshipMotheo District, Free State Province, South AfricaData Know Best: Tracking Learner Achievement and the Impact of the Old Mutual Flagship Program in Nine Schools in Motheo District, Free-State Province, South Africa

MDP Field Practicums 2016

Student Host Institution/NGOLocation(s)Project
Russ AndersonSouthern Environmental Association-BelizePlacencia, BelizeCoastal Resource Management within Placencia, Belize: Challenges and Opportunities in Caribbean Development
Amanda BrintonAPRADELASA, ADELVA, UNDPLaguna Salada, Dominican RepublicA Needs Assessment for a Municipal Compost Pilot Project in the Dominican Republic
Lacey Harris-CobleTanzania Forest Conservation GroupKilosa, TanzaniaIncome Diversification and Seasonality for Smallholder Farmers
Iliana JaimesUniversity of Indonesia, University of FloridaJakarta, IndonesiaWater Management Assessment at the University of Indonesia
Oswaldo Medina RamírezInstituto Centro de VidaMato Grosso, BrazilSustainable Municipalities Program, Mato Grosso, Brazil – A Governance Analysis
Pilar Morales GinerFoundation Access for RightsSofia, BulgariaInclusion, Integration and Refugee Protection
July NelsonShanti UgandaLuweero, UgandaDesigning and Conducting a Needs Assessment for Shanti Uganda’s Garden Program
Eunmi SongShanti UgandaLuweero, UgandaUnderstanding the Reproductive Health Education Needs of Adolescent Girls in Uganda
Rebecca StarkmanCotopaxiLa Paz, BoliviaLlama Fiber Supply Chain Sustainability in Bolivia
Rachel VelezCarolina for KiberaKibera, KenyaFostering the Capacity of Kibera's Care Groups to Promote WASH Behaviors Among Pregnant and Lactating Women
Sarah WardCarolina for KiberaKibera, KenyaSafe Spaces for Reproductive Health, Girls’ Rights, and Leadership Education: A Case Study in Kibera

MDP Field Practicums 2015

Student Host Institution/NGOLocation(s)Project
Matt AndersonSABMiller Brewing CompanyBogotá, ColombiaResearched the integration of sustainability into company norms
Irving Chan GómezSABMiller Brewing CompanyBogotá, ColombiaResearched the integration of sustainability into company norms
Ben ChristInstituto de Pesquisas EcológicasNazaré Paulista (São Paulo State) Applied aspects of community-based social marketing to better understand rural producers' participation in Atlantic Forest Restoration programs
Jessica HorwoodEntrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program (EESA)Cape Town, South AfricaWorked on small business consulting and setting up a business tracking system
Kristen MarksRahab's RopeGoa, IndiaCompleted leadership development training for young women at risk of sex trafficking
Gabriela PoloUF Law Costa Rica Program/Isla Chira Oyster FarmersSan José and Isla Chira, Costa RicaAnalyzed the legal and regulatory framework of oyster farming in Costa Rica and researched capacity building with a group of primarily women oyster farmers
Whitney TurientineSenegalese Meteorological ServiceArusha, Tanzania and SenegalResearched the dissemination of climate change information and information related to crop diversification and climate change
Chad Henry Habitat for Humanity/University of the West IndiesTrinidad, Trinidad and TobagoPromoted sustainable home food production in Habitat for Humanity communities in Trinidad

MDP Field Practicums 2014

StudentHost Institution/NGOLocation(s)Project
Beau BryantInternational Justice MissionWashington, DC; Kampala, UgandaUsing information systems to build evaluation and learning capacities in NGOs
Samantha DavisWuqu' Kawoq - Maya Health AlliancePaquip, GuatemalaMarket inventory survey to determine underlying causes of child malnutrition
Antonieta EgurenSouth African Wildlife CollegeSouth Africa (various locations)Situational analysis of communities
Jeremy LambethInterministerial Committee for Territorial PlanningPort au Prince, HaitiFacilitating scholarly exchange and study abroad in Haiti
Liz PoulsenMinistry of Public HealthTumbaco, EcuadorBaseline data collection, needs assessment, and curriculum development for a teen pregnancy prevention program
Christa RobertsCayuga Sustainable HospitalityCosta Rica, Nicaragua (multiple locations)Monitoring and evaluation of eco-lodges
Alex SpragueSouth African Wildlife CollegeSouth Africa (various locations)Situational analysis of communities

MDP Field Practicums 2013

StudentHost Institution / NGOLocation(s)Project
Leandra CloughSouthern African Wildlife CollegeSouth Africa - Kruger National ParkDashboard approach to data collection on governance in communities bordering the park

Administer survey on natural resource utilization in communities bordering park
Taryn DevereuxResearch Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), in collaboration with CIATCauca province, ColombiaDevelopment of methodology to collect sex-disaggregated information on vulnerability, adaptive capacity and adaptation strategies to climate change
Seth Marsala-BellResearch Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), in collaboration with CIATCauca province, ColombiaNeeds assessment to determine community understanding of climate change and its implications for agriculture and gender roles
Hans GoertzInternational Organization for Migration (IOM), Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)Haiti (Petit-Goave, Jacmel and Desarmes)Evaluation of reforestation programming in regards to efficiency, impact and sustainability
Jessica JeffersonAmazon PromiseIquitos, PeruCommunity needs assessment on synergies between health outcomes, environmental conditions and gender relations to support AP’s educational outreach
Antonia LliterasUniversidad Nacional de Asuncion (UNA) Center for Leadership, Ministry for Women. (UF is a partner in project)ParaguayNeeds identification for high school female students on leadership development

Develop and execution of leadership workshop

Strengthen overall efforts of UNA to reach women
Sebastian PazminoEcuador Tierra VivaSanta Cruz, Galapagos, EcuadorDeveloping a needs assessment and master site plan for the Highland Estates utilizing landscape architecture skills
Jose OrozcoSemilla Nueva (New Seed)GuatemalaEvaluation of socioeconomic and environmental impacts of an ecological agriculture program

Development of reference and training materials for agricultural extensionists from the Ministry of Agriculture
Daniel StirlingSt. Joseph’s Hospital and Dr. Grau Albert Valencian Community Foundation (DGAVCF)Kitgum, UgandaBaseline data, needs assessment and development of outreach plan for a hospital serving communities in Kitgum
Raina ZantoutInstitut National de Recherche en Genie Rural, Euax et Forets (INRGREF) and Oued Souhil Farms AssocationTunisiaEvaluation of wastewater reuse for irrigation and the impact on human and environmental health via needs assessment and gender analysis data from farming communities
Maria ChecaCeiba Foundation (in Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve)EcuadorFeasibility of butterfly farming initiatives in Western Ecuador as a viable tool for sustainable development and capacity building
Gentry ManderBelize Foundation for Research and Environmental EducationBelizeValue chain analysis and researching market opportunities for the cacao production

MDP Field Practicums 2012

StudentHost Institution / NGOLocation(s)Project
Dave PittmanSouthern Africa Regional Environmental Project (SAREP)Botswana

Governance Dashboard Approach (group project)

Development of sustainable indicators for integrated water quality management in the Mayan Community (individual)
Indah Waty BongSAREPBotswanaGovernance Dashboard Approach (group project)

Local adaptive capacity and resilience (individual)
Ramin GilletSAREPBotswanaGovernance Dashboard Approach (group project)

Hunting ban and the local community of Sankoyo (individual)
Nicholas VasconcellosSAREPBotswanaGovernance Dashboard Approach (group project)

Livelihoods improvement and market opportunities for cattle farmers (individual)
Sydney NilanTropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)Costa RicaCommunity-based conservation and development assessment to identify opportunities to enhance livelihoods in indigenous communities based on their priorities and interests
Marliz GarciaUniversidad Amazonica de Pando, and Natural and Biological Science Area (ACBN)BoliviaDevelop and test a process for creating a regionally appropriate environmental curriculum in the lowlands of Bolivia
Stephenie ChatfieldWater is Life International (WiLi)EthiopiaEvaluation of WASH behavior change in sustainable livelihood groups, with the aim of developing a monitoring and evaluation system for the program
Angela QuashigahNew Life OrphanageGhanaNeeds assessment and building project
Sky GeorgesSethu Bhaskara Matriculation Higher Secondary School (SBMHSS)
Chennai, IndiaDeveloped and leadership training to nearly 100 secondary school children, along with a community project in an orphanage with children infected with HIV
Sheldon WardwellDevelopment partners and the Jonglei State GovernmentSouth SudanCarried out a semi-comprehensive needs assessment in the district in which Maar is located. Assisted the organization of a new health post and other useful tasks.

MDP Field Practicums 2011

StudentHost Institution / NGOLocation(s)Project
David Morrissey FISH MinistriesHaitiAssessing water, sanitation, and hygiene needs at schools and orphanages in rural Haiti
Kristen AugustineImpulse NGONortheastern State of Meghalaya, IndiaContributed to efforts to combat human trafficking in Northeast India, including training sessions with law enforcement officials and engagement with tourism agencies
Elihu IseleMaisha ShambaWestern KenyaCreating economic measures for a livelihood intervention among farmers in Western Kenya
Camila PazosSouthern African Regional Environmental Program
BotswanaPast and future development trends in rural Botswana and their potential impact on community health drawing on livelihood and dashboard surveys
Tshibangu KalalaSAREPBotswanaAnalysis of social networks using GIS to better understand the adaptability of rural communities
Erica OderaSAREPBotswanaCreating sustainable development indicators: Construction of an adaptive capacity index for rural Botswana with community involvement
Greyson NyamogaSAREPBotswanaExamined land uses and livelihood options for Shorobe and Sankuyo Communities, Botswana
Jennifer CarrWildlife Conservation Society (WCS)GuatemalaCarried out a participatory analysis of opportunities to increase economic benefits from the Community Concession of Uaxactun in Peten, Guatemala, leading to a proposal to pursue ecotourism opportunities.
Daniel McQuillanYachana FoundationEcuadorProject Design of an Agricultural Education Module in the Ecuadorian Amazon