Millennium Villages Student Research Showcase

On February 18, 2009 the Earth Institute at Columbia University's Office of Academic and Research Programs brought together 30 student interns, researchers and faculty members in the first Millennium Villages Student Research Showcase. These students and researchers shared their unique educational research experiences of working toward ending extreme poverty through sustainable development in the Millennium Villages project (MVP), the groundbreaking collaboration between the Earth Institute, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme, designed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Opening Remarks:

Cheryl Palm, Science Director, Millennium Villages Project
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Presentations by Project Staff, Students & Researchers:

Raffaela Kozar, MV Community Development Sector Coordinator / Agricultural Institutions & Sustainability; Program Coordinator, Tropical Agriculture and The Rural Environment Program
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Jenneth Macan Markar, MIA Student, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; MV Community Development Intern: “Building Capacity, Local Knowledge and Policy Support in Agriculture for Sustaining and Scaling up the Millennium Villages Project in Sauri, Kenya” (with contributions by Makiko Fujita, Difei (Vivian) Hu, Estefania Samper, & Harriette Williams)
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Kwame Boakye-Agyei, PhD Candidate, George Mason University; MV Development Strategy Researcher: “Understanding Stakeholder Participation in Rural Community Projects” – Bonsaaso, Ghana
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Piali Basu, MPH Student, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health; MV Health/Nutrition Intern: “A Community-Based Program to Reduce the Prevalence of Severe and Moderate Acute Malnutrition Among Children in Sauri, Kenya”
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Adwoa Atta-Krah, MA Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University; Community Development Intern: “Participation that Empowers for Ownership: A Case Study of the UN Millennium Villages Project, Ghana”
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Roy Hyunjin Han, Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University and Jiehua Chen, Postdoctoral Statistician, Department of Statistics, Columbia University: “Automatically Finding Houses in Rural Satellite Images with Multiband Convolutional Neural Networks”
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Selin Kocaman, Student, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Columbia University and Infrastructure Intern (with contribution by Alex Zvoleff, former Columbia Infrastructure Intern and Student in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University): “Infrastructure Planning”
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Cindy Pfitzenmaier, MPH Student in Global Public Health, New York University; Health/Nutrition Intern – “School Meal Program, Koraro, Ethiopia”
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Ramon Millan, Student, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center; Health/Medicine Intern – Ruhiira, Uganda
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Presentations by Millennium Villages Project Coordinators and Student Supervisors:

Professor Vijay Modi, Infrastructure & Water Sector Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project; Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
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Edwin Adkins, Energy Sector & Research Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project; Lead Researcher, Lantern Project & Biomass Cookstoves: “Testing Improved Household Biomass Cookstoves: Ruhiira Millennium Village, Uganda”
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Additional Presentations by Students & Researchers:

Sandy Eapen, Columbia University MBA/MIA '08, MV Business Development Intern: “Portable Electric Lighting Market Trial” - Mwandama, Malawi
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Eleanor Cooper, Student, University of North Carolina and Marie Aberger, Student, Duke University; Education Interns: Education, Agriculture/Nutrition, and Small Business in Mwandama, Malawi
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Fred Hersch, Student, University of Sydney School of Medicine; MV Health/Medicine Intern: “CVD in the Rural Setting: Mayange, Rwanda”
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Aaron Dibner-Dunlap, Student, School of International and Public Affairs and Noran Eid, Water Infrastructure Interns: "Measuring Water Access, Quality, and Collection Burden in Potou, Senegal”
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Clare Sullivan, Student, Environmental Policy, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; Agriculture & Nutrition Intern: "Addressing links between agriculture and nutrition in Ruhiira, Uganda”
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Emily Rubinstein, Student, Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology; Public Health Intern – Tanzania & Kenya
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Millennium Villages Project Staff/Affiliates:

Matt Berg, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Sector Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project: “MVP Village Network: Ruhiira, Uganda”
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Prabhjot Dhadialla, Program Director of Health Systems, Development and Research at Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute; Community Health Worker Advisor, MV Health Team: "Community-Based Health Systems in the MVs: Student Innovations and Opportunities"
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Closing Remarks:

Sonia Sachs, Health Sector Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project
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