UNC-CH Students

‘An indescribable energy’

UNC-Chapel Hill psychology major Kaylee Miceli is spending her summer in Vietnam interning with students from Tan Tao University to explore how various treatment methods affect depression.

When Kaylee Miceli decided to head up a neuroscience research study in Vietnam, there was only one problem: a plane ticket to Vietnam isn’t cheap.

“I knew what I wanted to do, but there was always a financial barrier,” said Miceli, a rising junior who is a psychology major.

Instead, she hunkered down in the library, trying to decipher Vietnamese research papers on mental health treatment in a part of the world she thought she couldn’t visit.

But with financial support from the Carolina Global Initiative Award, Miceli boarded a plane to Ho Chi Minh City this summer to explore her interest in neuroscience in a way she never thought possible.

An initiative of Carolina’s Center for Global Initiatives, the award provides need-based funding to students with little or no travel experience, allowing them to research, study, work and volunteer across the country and the world.

During her summer in Vietnam’s Long An Province, Miceli is interning with local students from Tan Tao University to conduct interviews with nearly 40 patients at a local hospital, exploring how various treatment methods affect depression — an illness surrounded by intense stigma in Vietnam.

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Originally published  July 9, 2018. Written by Emilie Poplett.



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