Mar 5, 2014
Vicky Egedus in her Ministry of Health uniform.
When Vicky Egedus arrived in Costa Rica to begin ACM's spring semester field research program in February 2013, she didn't know much about dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease found in many tropical and subtropical areas around the world.
"It wasn't a disease I was familiar with," she recalled, "but I knew it was relevant to the country where I would be living, and I was excited about that."
With the guidance of her research advisor, who is an expert on dengue, Egedus took on a project to find out how effective community outreach by the national Ministry of Health has been in addressing the spread of the disease.
In the process, she not only learned a lot about dengue, she also contributed to efforts to combat the disease in Costa Rica and returned with a new outlook on the academic and career direction she wants to pursue after she graduates from Lake Forest College this spring. Read more
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