"I applied to the Scholars program in order to be able to get direct research experience while an Undergraduate student. I have been studying pre-medical courses, African language and culture courses, and Anthropology courses. This research was a perfect fit for me since I was able to do medical anthropology research in Africa. I am so grateful for this experience. Even beyond collecting data and later analyzing and compiling into my honors thesis, I have learned so much by living in Southern Africa for nine weeks on my own."
Medical School/Medicine Anthropology African Studies.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Hazen E. Nutter Scholarship (2010)
- Peter J. Sones, Jr. Scholarship Endowment (2009)
- FLAS Fellowship (2010-2011)
- Florida Bright Futures
- Dean's List
- National Jefferson Award
- Sanford Optimist Club Ginny Slayback Scholarship
- Gainesville Catholic Worker House HOPE
Gainesville Catholic Worker House
Hobbies and Interests
- Photography, outdoors, and reading.
Substance Abuse in Swaziland
I conducted key informant interviews and focus group discussions based on perceptions, treatment, ongoing recovery, and prevention of substance abuse in Swaziland, Southern Africa. This research will benefit South-African based Ubuntu Institute in starting up a branch for substance abuse in Swaziland. In addition, it will benefit another NGO called COSAD (Swaziland Council on Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs). There is not much literature on substance abuse in Swaziland, so my research is covering some basics so that future studies can be done.