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Meet Development Challenge Past Interns: 2014


Aubree Andres, 2017
Undeclared
I worked at the Mpala Research Centre outside of Nanyuki, Kenya for six weeks with Professor Dan Rubenstein. For this project, I went out with my research partners every day to collect data in the field. We were looking for a legacy of a holistic grazing system on the land where local goats and sheep were grazing during the dry season. read more >>



Benjamin Culver, 2016
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer, Katie Grabowski and I were interns for Professor Rob Pringle. We primarily worked with one of his graduate students on research for his doctoral dissertation. We studied three species of plants in the Kenyan rangelands within a genus called Barleria. read more >>



Katie Grabowski, 2016
Civil and Environmental Engineering
I spent this summer at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya. This was my first opportunity to do field research, and I was fortunate to be able to assist with two research projects. The first project involved working with Tyler Coverdale, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) PhD candidate. read more >>



Devansh Gupta, 2017
Electrical Engineering
This summer, as part of the implementation team of the Princeton University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, I worked on providing clean, accessible drinking water to the residents in the community of Muchebe, Kenya. I helped design and build a 67,500L rainwater catchment system that harvested water from the roof of Muchebe Primary School. read more >>



Brendan Hung, 2017
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
The Kenya team of the Princeton University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working on providing clean, accessible drinking water to the residents in the community of Muchebe, Kenya. As part of a five-year commitment with the local community, our team helped design and build a 67,500L rainwater catchment system that harvested water from the roof of Muchebe Primary School. read more >>



Haley Lane, 2016
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The area surrounding Mt. Kenya is unique due to the sharp precipitation gradient the peak generates. Because of this precipitation disparity intrinsic to the Laikipia Plateau, the region is home to both large scale industrial farming and communities afflicted by serious drought. read more >>



Jessica Luo, 2015
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Kenya team of the Princeton University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working on providing clean, accessible drinking water to the residents in the community of Muchebe, Kenya. As part of a five-year commitment to the local community, our team helped design and build a 67,500L rainwater catchment system that harvested water from the roof of Muchebe Primary School. read more >>



Dee Luo, 2016
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
The Mapping Africa project was formed as an initiative to collect a more accurate understanding of farmland distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the project uses crowd-sourcing to collect mapped data, which can be costly and inefficient. This summer, I worked with PhD student Stephanie Debats to develop a random forest algorithm to take satellite imagery of land in South Africa and accurately classify fields based on feature extraction. read more >>



Dayton Martindale, 2015
Astrophysical Sciences
The Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs, formed through Mpala Research Centre’s ties with local schools, are experiential after-school sessions that teach children basic biology and Earth science. For six weeks I stayed at Mpala and helped teach these classes, engaging in interactive lessons that included games, artistic projects, and experiments. read more >>



Taylor Morgan, 2016
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Along with fellow intern Haley Lane, I spent nine weeks in central Kenya this past summer conducting both field and lab work for PhD student Drew Gower. We looked at local climate-dependent water availability from rivers flowing through and around Nanyuki, Kenya, coming off of centrally located Mount Kenya. read more >>



Anchal Padukone, 2016
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer, while based at the Mpala Research Center in Kenya, I studied the effects of holistic cattle management on livestock and rangeland health, people's livelihoods, and on wildlife. Holistic grazing methods involve concentrating livestock in small areas and moving them frequently across grazing patches. read more >>



Annelies Paine, 2016
Woodrow Wilson School
During my PEI internship I worked as a teacher for the Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs, an after-school program that promotes conservation and sustainability through experiential learning. My colleagues and I prepared and taught lessons for primary and secondary school students on a variety of topics from evolution to endangered species. read more >>



Marcus Spiegel, 2017
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Desiccation cracking in the black cotton soils of Kenya influences both the flow of water into the ground and the drying of the soil. An understanding of these physical processes is integral to our knowledge of the water cycle and Earth-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange. read more >>



Alex Wheatley, 2016
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a teaching assistant with the Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs, I taught ecology, biology, and the basic principles of conservation to schoolchildren in 11 rural schools in Laikipia County. The program also works with teachers to promote experiential learning techniques. read more >>



Helen Yang, 2015
English
This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in an internship that was created through the collaboration between Program in Teacher Preparation and PEI. Our primary goal was to bridge communication and experiential learning about conservation and the environment between the Kenyan and American classrooms. read more >>



Katherine Zhao, 2017
Undecided
This summer, I worked at Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya as an intern studying the photosynthetic characteristics of the African Acacia trees. I learned to use instruments such as the Li-Cor 6400 to record photosynthesis and transpiration rates. read more >>