Eck Institute for Global Health affiliated undergraduates present research at annual Meeting of the Minds Conference

The 13th annual Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds conference was held in April at Boston College. This conference celebrates the importance of undergraduate research and provides an opportunity for sharing of ideas and collaboration. Students from each of the 15 ACC Universities apply to give Oral, Poster, Exhibit, and Performance presentations. This year, two students closely affiliated with the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) were selected by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to present their research. 

Alexis Green ‘19 presented her research entitled: Data on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Surrounding Malaria Intervention in Villages of Thailand that was conducted in the summer of 2017.  Her research was supported by the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and hosted by Dr. Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap of Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Green is a former participant of the EIGH Global Health Case Competition, in which her team won the Innovation Award. Jugyeong (Esther) Lee ‘18 presented her research entitled: Effect of the Topical Repellent para-Menthane-3, 8-diol on Blood Feeding Behavior and Fecundity of the Dengue Virus Vector Aedes aegypti, which was partially sponsored by an EIGH Undergraduate Research award and was featured in the Scientia ‘Talk Science’ lecture series in 2017. 

Both Green and Lee are members of prominent EIGH faculty Dr. John Grieco and Dr. Nicole Achee’s laboratory Dr. Grieco is the Associate Director of the EIGH and Dr. Achee is an EIGH faculty member. Their lab is currently working on a multidisciplinary program with a focus on the biology, ecology and transmission dynamics of vector-borne illness and vector behavior research related to the epidemiology and control of arthropod-borne diseases. They conduct extensive field research around the world, including Belize, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, South Korea, Suriname, Tanzania, and Thailand.

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Green reflected on the experience stating, “The 2018 ACC Meeting of the Minds conference was an amazing opportunity for me to exchange ideas with fellow students who are doing research in a wide variety of fields, such as biochemistry, statistics, and sociology (just to name a few). It was an honor to share the work that my advisors, Thai partners, and I completed this past summer in Thailand, and many conversations I had at the conference encouraged me to reflect on important aspects of my research experience. I am so grateful to have advisors like Dr. Achee and Dr. Grieco who encourage undergraduates to pursue research opportunities and, most importantly, to share their findings. The conference left me inspired and reenergized on my mission to work toward health equity, and it also broadened my understanding of how research can be used to improve people's lives.”

Esther Lee Meeting Of The Minds

Lee expressed, “Because of the broad range of topics included in the presentations, I was able to learn about things I would have never come in contact with otherwise. For example, I learned about dust clouds used to measure distances in our universe and poetic representations in playing cards. It was humbling to see the final products of countless hours of work and to hear the passion in people's voice as they presented.”

Congratulations to both students for being chosen and thank you for being stellar representatives of the Eck Institute for Global Health!

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