2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship at Australian Embassy, Jakarta & Field Work in Singapore

Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Dewi Setiani
Graduate Degree Fellow
MEd in Educational Foundations

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I did an 8-week internship (May 28th – July 20th, 2018) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia Embassy, Jakarta. I was assigned to the Governance and Human Development branch, specifically under the Basic Education unit of the Human Development section. My main duty was assisting the basic education team in implementing and supervising their program, which includes various tasks depending on the daily activities of the managers and officers. Several programs that DFAT does to improve education quality in Indonesia are INOVASI, The World Bank Trust Fund – IDTEMAN, and Technical Assistance for System Strengthening (TASS). The foremost area I specialized in was INOVASI or Innovation for Indonesian school children programs with several duties related to World Bank Trust Fund, and TASS.

Between June 4 – July 20, 2018 I conducted research in Singapore to record Indonesian domestic workers’ experience attending Indonesian school in Singapore. The participants were recruited with snowball sampling, then were invited to come to school at their convenient time to meet me. I visited the school on July 14-15 and interviewed 20 workers to hear about their motivation, feedback and other experience pursuing education at the school. The participants recruited were mostly enroll in middle school and high school certificate, with some attending university level courses. Overall the sample was representative and is currently being analyzed for my master plan B thesis project.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB 2018) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Robert Moore
Graduate Degree Fellow
PhD in International Business

From June 25-28 I had the privilege of participating in the annual conference of the Academy of International Business, and my travel was supported in part by an EWCA Summer Travel Grant. This was my first time presenting a competitive research paper in the area of my dissertation research, and as such it was a big step in my academic career. At the conference I was able to discuss my work with journal editors, tenured professors, and distinguished fellows of the academy, and in each case I received great feedback and great ideas for how to extend my research in new directions. My presentation was well-received, and it sparked an interesting discussion among the audience and the other presenters about how business in times of war and war recovery might be different from business in times of peace. I received a nice surprise at the conference in that my paper was nominated for an award. It was the “That’s Interesting!” award, and, even though I didn’t win, it was still an honor to be nominated. Overall I had a great conference experience, and I thank the EWCA and Hawaii Chapter very much for their support.

2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship with the Bank of PNG

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Ludwig Aba

USSP

 

I started my internship at the Bank of Papua New Guinea (PNG) from June 19 – July 28 2017. The commitment hours were five hours per working day for thirty days, that amounted to 150 hours. During this time, I was engaged with the Financial Markets Department of the Bank of PNG, specifically at the Office of Open Market Operations that implements Monetary Policy of the Bank. This office conducts weekly auction of PNG National Government’s Treasury bills and Inscribed stocks. The Bank also auction its own central bank bill to influence liquidity and interest rates. Aside from the formal auction of Treasury bills and Inscribed stocks, the Bank of PNG sells bonds and bills at the Tap, which is over the counter transactions.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship and Field Work in Vanuatu

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient 

Lilly Fatdal

USSP-EWC Fellow

 

The EWCA travel grant enabled me to complete a four week internship program and one week of field work with the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Vanuatu.

During the internship placement, I was able to participate in national conferences and farm visits. During these visits I taught and assisted extension officers on how to identify Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) symptoms on kava. At the same time I trained them on how to use Immunostrip assay to test for Cucumber mosaic virus, which is a severe cause of dieback disease of kava, resulting in total crop loss.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Research for Creative Writing Thesis

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Rachel Reeves

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

During the summer of 2017, I traveled to Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands, to conduct research for a creative thesis I am writing, in order to obtain a Master’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing). Part of my thesis will focus on domestic abuse in the Cook Islands and the specific challenges survivors there face. During my time in the Cook Islands I conducted in-depth, days-long interviews with fourteen survivors and interviewed a range of service providers, from counselors to police officers. I also spoke to a reformed abuser. In addition, I co-organized an event to raise money for Punanga Tauturu Inc, the only organization in the Cook Islands that provides support services for survivors of domestic abuse.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Conference Participation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Philip Waisen

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

During my conference, I participated in a student competition where I presented my current research entitled “Effective Termination Methods of Brassica Cover Crops for Suppression of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes While Enhancing Soil Health.” I also participated in Cobb Bowl  which is an oral quiz on General Plant Nematology, and where my team came in 4th place and was presented with a certificate of participation. I took part in Cobb Bowl with my fellow student colleagues from UH Manoa, Lilly Fatdal, also a current EWC/USSP fellow and Josiah Marquez. A large part of the accomplishments from this trip was networking with like minded graduate students and getting to know potential collaborators and/or advisors.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Participation in Japan-America Student Conference 2017

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Ngan Vo Thi Bich

ADB-JSP Fellow

 

I am so grateful to receive the 2017 EWCA Summer Travel Grant to participate in the Japan-American Student Conference 69th (JASC) which was conducted in Japan this past August. I just finished this intense but amazing trip in which I learned a lot about Japan and gained new perspectives about the crucial relationship between Japan and America.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Paper presentation at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Meeting

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Imelda

Student Affiliate

 

I am a PhD candidate in Economics who works on cleaner energy access in developing countries. I presented my job market paper at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30-August 1, 2017. More than 1,000 people attended this conference, as it is one of the largest annual meetings for economists who work in the field of agriculture and applied economics.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presentation at the Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics at Columbia University

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Mel Lorenzo Accad

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

I would like to express my big thanks again for funding my conference presentation last June 23-25 at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE) at Columbia University in New York City. Directly after the conference, I flew to the Philippines for my research fieldwork and then back to Honolulu on August 17, 2017. The entire trip, including the conference attendance in New York City and field work in the Philippines was very productive.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship at Non-Profit Organization in Brazil

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

James Patrick Alonzo

ADB-JSP Fellow

 

Life-changing. This is the best way to describe my internship experience at Mais Caminhos, a non-profit organization based in Rio de Janeiro. One of my requirements as a Public Administration graduate student at the University of Hawaii is to do an internship, either in a government agency or a non-profit organization. Since working for an NGO was close to my heart, I did not think twice of taking this option. Also, since I have always known that Brazil has a massive dilemma of poverty, as shown in the prevalence of favelas, it proved to be a very appealing country for me to work in.

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