Sophia Jih, 2012, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I went to Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Delhi, India with the general goal of finding data for my tentative thesis project on measles dynamics within India. Aside from this goal—and changing my topic several times when data proved nonexistent or difficult to obtain,—I also helped with various projects at CDDEP. I was mostly involved with planning for the first Global ­Forum on antibiotic resistance in developing countries, a conference that will take place in October in New Delhi. Aside from this and helping with data requests and analysis, I also worked on a paper about antibiotic resistance in infants with neonatal sepsis. Hopefully this work will help provide an incentive to fund future studies targeting less-researched subjects such as the burden of sepsis. Through my travels and work experiences, I was able to understand the state of the Indian health system and how non-governmental organizations can interact with the community and with the government. I also learned a lot from listening to my coworkers discuss the various career and academic paths they’ve taken. I hope my newfound knowledge from this summer will help me decide what future schooling to pursue after graduation.