I am working on researching experiments and studies conducted in third world countries on mothers and children regarding nutrition and behavior change to nutrition. I currently have the pleasure of working with Dr. Constance Gewa of George Mason’s Nutrition and Food Studies Department. I find studies and review and compare them, and Dr. Gewa decides which aspects of the studies would be most useful in constructing her own study on nutrition in Kenya.
On a weekly basis my main responsibility is research. I find the best peer-reviewed articles on the topic Dr. Gewa needs and condense them down into an annotated bibliography. I usually try to find five or more sources. I also convert the annotated bibliography into a spreadsheet summary. I divide the columns into topics such as “theory”, “sample size”, or “results” so that we can better understand the effectiveness of the studies. This semester so far, I have been working with data from a study conducted on women’s nutrition in Africa. I am responsible for filling in the blanks in the data, correcting mistakes, and interpreting the data.