Megan Orlando, 2012, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
During the course of my internship, I began an independent research project that I plan to develop into my senior thesis. I worked with a Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) Research Analyst to investigate cultural and socioeconomic determinants of antibiotic consumption in the United States. I used statistical analysis to examine county-level antibiotic use patterns and produce a consumption function. This project allowed me to research factors that influence antibiotic use at both regional and international levels. I also performed cross-cultural comparisons across Europe with a thorough literature review and then moved the discussion to the United States. Through this experience, I developed my own research question and determined the best methods for analysis. This was my first long-term global health research project, and it allowed me to investigate cultural and social norms that transcend nationality. I also attended events hosted by CDDEP and became acquainted with the office staff and my co-workers. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into the careers of global health researchers, though I plan to pursue a career in clinical medicine.