Engineering Students Recieve Blum Grant for Sanitation Research Project in Floating Village

Persons on boat

During the 2015-16 academic year, the Blum Center awarded three undergraduate students--Yao Guan, Rachel Muradian and Joanne Wu-- funding to carryout a sanitation project in the floating village community of Ton Sap Lake in Cambodia.

Every year since 2011, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Davis has supported poverty alleviation projects and research abroad implemented by promising undergraduate students through its Poverty Alleviation through Action or PATA grants program. In collaboration with the College of Letters and Sciences; the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Blum Center funded 24 students in 2016 to implement projects all over the world.

As part of this cohort, three engineering students--Yao Guan, Rachel Muradian and Joanne Wu spent summer 2016 in Cambodia. There they designed a structure to help improve sanitation conditions in a floating village community situated on Ton Sap Lake. 

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