I will be taking a leave of absence from the PhD program at Boston University during 2013-2014, and I promised professors and friends that I would keep them updated with my activities. So I will provide a monthly posting in which I will briefly summarize my progress on profession-related items over the previous month.
Outline of Post:
- Recap To-Date
- May 2013
- June 2014
- Plans for July 2014
This May, I finished my first two years of my Economics PhD program at Boston University. I chose to take a 1-year leave of absence before my 3rd year, primarily to focus on accelerated language-learning methods (link1 link2). I have also been working with a small youth group called OJEPAC in Gisenyi City, Rwanda coordinated by Elisee Hakuzweyezu. I took a more personal role with this group in developing its Early Learning pilot program, which currently includes five mothers (link3). Depending on its progress, I may also continue to follow up with this EL pilot.
- Finals week formally ended May 11.
- Wrote and coordinated summaries for papers in the IED Discussion Paper Series.
- Finished up my end-of-year tasks related to the Graduate Student Organization's initiatives on Academic Open Access.
- Worked on Rwanda projects, prepared for trip to Rwanda.
- Prepared for Rwanda trip.
- Completed my work for the Spring 2013 IED Research Review deadline (link4).
- Visited OJEPAC in Rwanda for 2.5 weeks and worked with Elisee to determine a program for the organization that will work for all stakeholders.
Plans for July 2013:
- Follow-through with pending Rwanda items.
- Ramp-up study of memory techniques.
- Continue with routine work in Economics:
- Read theoretical and empirical papers.
- Review portions of Davidson and Mckenna's Econometric Theory and Methods.
- Improve my Stata toolbox.