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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