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Faculty and students, plus Brijal Chaudhari '10, interview Juju Kaji Maharjan, a board member of the non-governmental organization Heartbeat in Kathmandu. (Photo from the Saints in Nepal blog)
Two economics professors and three students are spending part of the semester break in Nepal, studying the effect of remittances on literacy in that country.

Brian Chezum, R. Sheldon '68 and Virginia H. Johnson associate professor, and Cynthia Bansak, Flora Irene Eggleston associate professor, have published research on those who migrate from Nepal and send money to family members still in the country, and the effect that these remittances have on education. This study trip, a Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) Fellows Research Project, includes Christopher Shrope '13, Elizabeth Bastien '15 and Charlotte Caldwell '15, who are interviewing families to understand the impact of remittances on their life, as well as government officials and academics to understand policy constraints they may face.

Funded through the Loughlin CIIS Fellows endowment, CIIS Fellowships are intended to support faculty-student collaborative projects which are not for credit, but can lead to credit-bearing advanced research by the students at a later point.

The group has created a blog to document the project, Saints in Nepal.

Posted: January 4, 2013


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