Our students have the opportunity to travel overseas and conduct field research for their master’s thesis. Students have traveled far and wide to countries such as the Philippines, India, El Salvador, Guatemala, and elsewhere.


Read Their Stories


Exploring the Poverty-Psychology Connection

Virginia Graves MS ’15 studied Tanzanian fishers to uncover the effects poverty has on psychology.

Read more about Virginia's fieldwork

Closing the Gender Gap

Several IDEC students received funding to test what types of incentives encourage women in developing countries to enter competitive labor markets.

Professor Alessandra Cassar

Getting Iranian Children Back in School

Elnaz Safarha MS ’15 tested whether a simple incentive like ice cream could encourage Iran’s street-working children to attend school more often.

Elnaz Safarha MS ’15