RJ Fellows

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RJs: A Global Focus

The information below was compiled by Stephanie Flackman '10 to help bring the RJ experience of working in Costa Rica to the RJ Community.


Interdisciplinary Study in Costa Rica

RJ Fellows, after preparing for active engagement through prior RJ discussions and presentations, focus on their role as agents of change, while performing research and service-learning during a 13-day, transformative experience in Las Juntas de Abangares de Costa Rica. Previous RJ research projects from this interdisciplinary course covered diverse topics, such as environmental sustainability, cultural conservation, and public health.

Please utilize the individual links below to peruse RJ Fellows’ research papers, documenting everything from historical background to findings and conclusions about the significance of their investigation at the research site. While the topics are diverse, the RJ’s demonstrate a common thread of commitment to their work.

In contemplating how these research projects relate to the RJ Fellows community, the students directly connect their experiences in this unique cultural environment to the RJ mission of creating change. By employing research techniques and completing projects, the students take significant steps to find and explore viable solutions to pertinent societal issues, transcending cultural barriers to develop and implement solutions that promote the welfare and objectives of the people living within the studied community.


RJ Research & Exploration -- 2005


Laura Sheard -- Medicinal plant use in the community of Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica Laura Sheard -- Medicinal plant use in the community of Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica
Sarun Thomas -- The Use of Social Factors to Improve the Health Care System in Costa Rica Sarun Thomas -- The Use of Social Factors to Improve the Health Care System in Costa Rica

RJ Research & Exploration -- 2006


Alec Ganci -- More than Just Beans? - An Examination of Costa Rican Coffee Culture Alec Ganci -- “More than Just Beans?” - An Examination of Costa Rican Coffee Culture
Jacy Good -- The Effects and Attitudes of Globalization in Las Juntas, Costa Rica Jacy Good -- The Effects and Attitudes of Globalization in Las Juntas, Costa Rica
Jenna Long -- Water Quality in the Abangares Watershed Jenna Long -- Water Quality in the Abangares Watershed
Allison Ordemann -- The Effect of Diet and Exercise Patterns of Costa Rican Women on their Cardiovascular Health Allison Ordemann -- The Effect of Diet and Exercise Patterns of Costa Rican Women on their Cardiovascular Health

RJ Research & Exploration -- 2008


Stephanie Flackman -- Pesticide Poisoning in Costa Rica: Connecting the Application of Toxic Chemicals to Effects on Human Health Stephanie Flackman -- Pesticide Poisoning in Costa Rica: Connecting the Application of Toxic Chemicals to Effects on Human Health