Community-based Research, Southern Ethiopia/Zambia (Group project: Food Security/Health/Nutrition, Individual Interest Research)

Nutrition and Health Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Mary S. Willis
Contact Email
Additional Faculty
Alazar Kirubel, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Start Date
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Acceptable Undergraduate Majors
Majors from all colleges and departments are encouraged to apply for this program. Please contact Dr. Mary Willis for details.

Summer 22 UCARE slots only with Education Abroad Program. 

The summer 2022 program will likely take place in two of Zambia’s nine provinces, Southern and Eastern, as Ethiopia is not currently on the State Department’s travel list.

This FIELD-BASED project is part of an education abroad, global research experience that is conducted in Ethiopia and Zambia through NUTR/GLST 498b; consequently TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR this UCARE opportunity, YOU MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THIS EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM. The research team will focus on food security, health, and nutrition, studying the availability, accessibility, use-ability, and sustainability of foods, the impact of micro and macro-nutrient deficiency on health (such as dental disease, growth, and susceptibility to other infectious entities), and diseases that prevent the use-ability of food. However, all students will design individualized research on an area of interest to your major and future career or post-graduate education.

Students will learn all aspects of basic research, including the IRB-CITI training process, IMRAD formatting and science writing, as well as focused skills in areas such as anthropometric and visual dental assessment (of 6th and 7th graders), interviewing community members and health care professionals, completing market inventories, and observing and participating in household and health care activities. The research begins BEFORE departing for the 5.5 week, Africa-BASED program, and ends with a poster published in the UNL digital commons. No more than 3 UCARE slots are available for this Africa-based research program. If awarded, opportunities for a second year of funding are available.

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