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George Ossei: On African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in Rhode Island

George Ossei | Posted 09.30.2014 | College
George Ossei

In the late 1700s there were about 427 free black men and 48 slaves living in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. By 1825, Providence had 1,414 free black men and four slaves.

Constance Castillo: A Thesis in the Visual Arts, "La Douceur De La Vie"

Constance Castillo | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Constance Castillo

Peace is a transition point, because it calls you to action. You climb a mountain to find peace in the view from the top, only to descend and keep walking in order to share that view with others and help them see it too.

Christopher Wienberg: How We Use the Web to Understand People

University of Southern California | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
University of Southern California

The social web has become integrated into our everyday lives, and our lives are increasingly reflected on it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, academic researchers have seized on this unique opportunity to study people on a massive scale.

Jenna Gaska: The Effects of Three Crucial Hormones on Proteins in Breast Cancer Cells

Southwestern University | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Southwestern University

Tight junctions (TJs) are crucial to both the development and normal functioning of most organs.

Jocelyn Streid: The Secularization of Christian Narratives in American Cancer Care

Duke University | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Duke University

I wanted to know why the vast majority of Americans die in a hospital or nursing facility instead of at home, why so many patients near death opt for aggressive treatment rather than palliative care.

Lorenza Cigarroa: Leadership, Coalitions and Collective Identity at Occupy Austin

Southwestern University | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Southwestern University

On Sept. 17, 2011, the world watched as thousands of protesters gathered in New York City to collectively challenge the power of the global elite. "We are the 99 percent!" they chanted in both defiance and hope.

Molly Superfine: A Feminist Analysis Following Art From the Street to the Gallery

Duke University | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Duke University

I first became interested in street art and graffiti writing as I wandered through the streets of Medellín, Colombia, during the summer of 2010.

Caitlin Ferrell: Physical Agency Over the Christian Female Body

Southwestern University | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Southwestern University

Throughout the history of the Christian tradition, the religious landscape has been littered with ideas of sacrifice, the fruition of these sacrifices, and the role of the human being within the execution of them.

Corley Gibbs: The Role of Duplicated Genes as Plants Respond to Environment

Duke University | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Duke University

Plants live a sedentary life (in case you forgot) but that doesn't mean they live a boring one. In order for plants to survive they must be constantly responding to the environment around them.

Emma MacLean: How Disability Is Represented in Theater

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

Although I had never considered myself an activist, my work in my American Sign Language class inspired me to learn more about the world of disabilities.

Tony Huffman: Comparing Eastern Kentucky's Highest and Lowest Performing School Districts

Centre College | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Centre College

In eastern Kentucky, many children lack the tools to escape the depths of poverty due to the struggling educational structures in place.

Brooke Chatterton: What Job Statistics Say About the Value of College Internships

Southwestern University | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Southwestern University

While some criticize unpaid internships as disenfranchising to the poor who are often unable to afford the luxury of working without pay, it provides work experience and eases student entry into the labor market.

Michael Habashi: Identity Construction Among Homeless Men of Skid Row

Duke University | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Duke University

Homelessness is a process of marginalization and de-legitimization that extends beyond a loss of housing.

Remi Ojurongbe: The Incomplete U.S. Immigration Narrative

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

Media content, tone, and the framing of immigration also influences public perceptions and play a role in the definition of immigration as a "social problem."

Benjamin Bracher: Is China Following in Japan's Footsteps?

Southwestern University | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Southwestern University

The question of China's economic growth in the coming years is more relevant now perhaps than ever before, as growth in the mature economies of the world has been slow to re-establish itself after the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

Leah Yaffe: Human Rights and the Sovereign State

Duke University | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Duke University

This contradictory reality -- that the sovereign state is both the best provider of and the worst violator of human rights -- means that human rights institutions are dependent on state stability.

Taylor Goodstein: Examining the Broken Brain and Reducing Stigma

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

I realized a seemingly obvious truth: A broken brain is not a broken ankle. There is no shame in a broken ankle, nor is there denial that the ankle is actually broken.

Danielle Ezzell: Fox's "New Girl" Showcases a New Masculinity

Southwestern University | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Southwestern University

This study examines specific examples of how each male character challenges hegemonic masculinity, thereby representing a new masculinity within the show.

Alexandra Toledo: Food Sovereignty in Neoliberal Peru

Indiana University | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Indiana University

All of this activity was part of the civil society mobilization in favor of a controversial law for food sovereignty debated in Peru throughout 2013, the watershed year for food policy in that country.

Emily Ngan: The Role of Microglia in Addiction in a Mouse Model

Duke University | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Duke University

Here, we suggest a new way that microglia may be involved in the development and maintenance of addiction to opioids and other drugs of abuse.

Paige Duggins: Dave Eggers Takes ‘Affective' Approach to World Citizenship

Southwestern University | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Southwestern University

As I was driving home, I kept hearing him say that in my head. It made me happy to think that through a simple act I had given this man rest, that for this night, our night, we both felt whole and human for encountering each other.

The Modular Shoe: Children's Footwear Designed for Developing Countries

Carnegie Mellon University | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Carnegie Mellon University

We realized that a family's footwear costs could be reduced by creating a shoe a child can wear as he or she grows.

Christopher-Marcus Gibson: Can We Make Ethics Scientific?

Duke University | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Duke University

By engaging with the scientific and ethical works of Aristotle, whose models of scientific demonstration became the basis of our own modes of scientific explanation, I developed an account of how an ethical science would operate.

Emily Weddle: The Ballets Russes, Four Patronesses and Me

Wellesley College | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Wellesley College

When I describe my thesis topic to other people, the first thing out of their mouth is, "Wow, how did you come up with that?"

Victor Obasaju: Nigerian Immigrants Struggle With British Identity

Indiana University | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Indiana University

Growing up, he explained, he was taught to fear the white British population; as he got older and higher up in society, he made the conscious choice to maintain his Nigerian culture.