Age: 22
Home Town: Rockville, Maryland
Education: BSc- Bachelor of Science, General Biology, University of Maryland
Specific Field Interests: Biology: microbiology and infectious disease
Placement: Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) - Mahaballipuram, Tamil Nadu
Area of Focus: Technology/Innovation

Highlights: Avan will have the fantastic opportunity to work among over 2,000 beautiful reptiles and amphibians. Her placement lies at the intersection of her love for science and education, deep interest in development work, and lifelong love for animals. She aims to learn from the experts and be able to form a practical waste management strategy, supported by experimental results. Avan is excited to finally visit South India, meeting new people, tasting the cuisines, and indulging in the culture of the community where she will be staying. Prior to AIF, Avan has served as co-president of a student organization called SHARE, which sends unused, surplus medical supplies from local hospitals to under-supplied clinics abroad. She has also participated in the Critical Language Scholarship program to learn Hindi.

For the Love of a Place

Though almost a month has passed upon returning to the U.S., India has been on my mind each day. Over the course of the year, I came to deeply appreciate

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Moral(ly) Outrage(ous)

I’ve been wanting to cover this topic for a long time, however I’ve been rather apprehensive to do so because it may not be the most popular of opinions. Nonetheless,

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A Rea(LIST)ic Reminiscence

I create lists for everything: to-do lists, quote lists, remember-this-when-you-are-old lists, shopping lists, lists of lists (that was a list in itself…can we say listception?) I’m that kind of person

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A Flavor for Learning

If I had to describe India in one word, I’d say….hmm…that’s a tough one. India is so incredibly diverse in every possible way; culturally, geographically, ethnically, climactically, politically, academically, you

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Cyclone Vardah

Imagine, over the span of 40 years, watching a forest grow from delicate saplings to towering trees.
That is the power of nature.
Yet, with a strong gust of wind

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The Show Must Go On!

This past week, we had the pleasure of hosting the tremendous performing trio of Uataueist!
What was that?
Uataueist!
Still didn’t get it? Try saying “what a waste!”

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The Croc Adventures Begin!

I often find it difficult to look up while walking on an uneven terrain. I have to intently survey the ground before each step, searching for potholes, puddles, or anything

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