07 Jun 2017

Jambo Dr. Ndetei, Dr. Mutiso & Dr. Musau.

It has been a few years since I’ve had the chance to think of beloved Kenya & the brilliant team of researchers I had the opportunity to work with in 2015. I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude to you & the grace you gave to me in my time of need. I apologize again for the sudden leave I faced. Since then, I have been working at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas as a Research Associate, furthering my interest in the intersection of neurobiology & psychological aspects of poverty. I attribute my persistence in this field to the PCAF Psychotrauma Conference I was able to attend during my time with you. The topics covered & innovations explored inspired & motivated my work. I am now in a position to pursue graduate studies in behavioral economics, in hopes to strengthen the evidence-base for psychological interventions of economic decisions & the policy making thereof. I am very excited about this journey &, though my time was short, I thank you again for having me at the Foundation.

That being said, I would like to use my experiences with AMHF as reference, if you allow. I met Dr. Johannes Haushofer of Princeton University & the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the PCAF Conference & he now has a brilliant Research Specialist position open that I would like to be considered for. With your reference, I can bridge the relations & make the case for my candidacy.
My role in the KIDS & TEAM projects was instrumental to my development as a field researcher. I was able to learn more about data collection, management & analysis, preparing literature reviews for project development & grant writing. I learned about scaling up efforts & capacity building of existing institutions. I realized the complexity of these projects & the passion AMHF has to see them to fruition. I was thrilled to shadow Erick’s project management skills & Catherine’s brilliant grant strategies & organization. Gitonga, Rhodah & Kaitlin Atkinson were the best guides in the field, displaying leadership & grace that enlivened the work. Being at the table with major stakeholders, sharing tea & ideas really made an impact on my experience with AMHF.

I hope to return in the near future & continue where I left off.

Blessings & joy.

Thank you, always.
Meagan Volquardsen
Research Assistant
Center for Learning & Memory: University of Texas-Austin

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