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Exposing the Emperor's Legitimacy: Augustus, Severus, and the Third Century Crisis

Andrew Giovanni Prout : History Summer 2007

The Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, transformed a republican government with almost 500 years of history into an imperial monarchy that would last for another five centuries. It is important to understand the sources of Augustus’ political legitimacy so that I can understand how changes to those sources of imperial legitimacy, like the changes made... Read More

Community-Based Alternatives for Mental Health Crisis Response: Past, Present, & Imagined

Peyton Provenzano : Peace & Conflict Studies Summer 2017

The prevalence of mental health crises among individuals in the United States is steadily increasing, but state-funded resources are declining. The police are the only 24/hr emergency responders in most areas, which means that police are obligated to respond to mental health crisis situations. The US Department of Justice estimates that people with mental health... Read More

Plachimada: On the Frontlines of the Fight for Water Democracies

Gavin Alle Raders : Anthropology Summer 2006

Conflicts over the control of natural resources lie at the heart of wars, violence, and terrorism worldwide. Water is the most precious resource for over 800 million farmers in India who depend on the groundwater for their physical and cultural survival, and water has been held for millenia to be the common property of all beings, to be maintained and distributed... Read More

P.A.I.R.S - Portable Ambisonic Impulse Response System

Andrew Rahman : Music Summer 2016

The purpose of the P.A.I.R.S. project is to capture the reverberation of historic spaces using state-of-the-art technology for archival use, future research, experimental composition and performance, and implementation in virtual reality (VR). I intend to record an acoustic representation, or a sonic snapshot, of each space using a technology called impulse response (... Read More

Visual processing and the elimination of extinction: an ERP study

Keyvan Rahmatian : Cognitive Science Summer 2003


Because Science: Language Change and Iconicity in Internet Speak

Anneliise Rehn : Linguistics, Education (minor) Summer 2014

The pace and nature of language change has significant impact on everything from grammar textbooks to natural language processing. With the internet providing new and inventive avenues for this change, we have an opportunity and a necessity to study these avenues. My SURF project researches a new grammatical construction which has emerged on the internet wherein “... Read More

Multimodality and the Post-9/11 Trauma Narrative in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Trisha Remetir : English Summer 2011

After September 11, American author Don Delillo announced: "Many things are over. The narrative ends in the rubble, and it is left to us to create the counter-narrative." Although a multitude of literary, psychoanalytic and political discourse has speculated on how, years after the fact, we now tell the "story" of 9/11, a cohesive picture of this counter-narrative... Read More

Analyzing and Optimizing Data Collection on the Attacks on Health-Care Facilities in Syria

Sayaka Ri : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2016

The Syrian civil war is approaching its fifth year of conflict and has been labelled “the worst humanitarian disaster of recent times”. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Al-Assad regime has systematically targeted health-care facilities and personnel as a weapon of war. In international criminal law, these attacks are a war crime and documentation is important... Read More

Narration and Perspective-Taking in Children

Sari Rickansrud : Cognitive Science, English, Education (Minor) Summer 2015

Relatively recently there has been a surge of interest in investigating the social value of fiction. For example, some researchers claim that fiction fosters the development of perspective taking abilities by serving as social practice as the reader mentally simulates narrated events. By perspective taking abilities I mean the capacity to understand another person’s... Read More

Barriers to Collective Bargaining in Chile and in California

Stephanie Ritoper : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2004

Identity Formation in People with Invisible Disabilities: How Decisions About Disability Disclosure Impact College Students' Sense of Self

Alyse Ritvo : Sociology Summer 2010

An invisible disability is one that remains unnoticeable to an observer unless the person with the disability or someone else discloses it.  Invisible disabilities can be of a physical, cognitive, intellectual, or psychiatric nature and are estimated to account for 40% of disabilities in the U.S.  Since people with invisible disabilities can choose whether or not to... Read More

Fertility Decline in the "Vineyard of the Lord"

Valentina Rizzo : PEIS, Demography Summer 2004

Nicaraguan Agroecology: Networking between the North and South

Briana Robertori : Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2010

For 10 weeks, I will be living up the mountainous rural coffee growing area of Matagalpa, Nicaragua studying the tourism that I myself will be a part of.  I will be studying how the UCA San Ramon coffee cooperative’s “agroeco-tourism” project is affecting the families and communities of the mostly female tourist hosts. To survey both the positive and negative effects,... Read More

Scripts of the Soviet Self: A Study in the Politics of Narration

Boris Rodin : Slavic Languages, Classical Languages Summer 2002

The Violoncello and the Romantic Era: 1820-1920

Alexandra Roedder : Music Summer 2003

Student-faculty interactions: Understanding Mexican-American Community College Students

Giovanni Roman : Sociology, Education (Minor) Summer 2015

My research project explores the role student-faculty interaction has on community college students and their goals to transfer to a four-year university. I am specifically focusing on Latina/o students who are more likely to attend community college and who are also one of the major underrepresented groups in four-year universities. This being said, however, there are... Read More

What in the World is This? Discovering Meaning Through Situational Narrative

Dana Rosen : Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2015

Imagine two hot air balloons that leave the ground at the same time. As they rise, one of them moves faster than the other and the distance between them grows as they get higher. Proportionality is everywhere in our world, as are many other mathematical concepts that we don’t consider day-to-day, which teachers often refer to real-world situations in the math classroom... Read More

Option Value in China's Great Migration

Andrew Harada Rowland : Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Mathematics Summer 2007

This research project will use a large series of migrant worker interviews to measure the option vale of the urban environment in Beijing, China. The difference in urban and rural earnings, taking into account respective changes in standards of living, are an important component of a migrant worker's decision to move from countryside to city. Understanding the... Read More

Protecting Paradise: The Politics of Citizenship in American Samoa

Tua-Lisa Runsten : Anthropology Summer 2015

Multiple memberships are increasingly common in the universe of citizenship. American Samoans are American non-citizen nationals of the United States; that is, they are nationals but without birthright citizenship. My proposed SURF projects examines the inherent conflicts and contradictions of these overlapping memberships in light of a lawsuit, Tuaua v. United States... Read More

Bodily Writings: Presidential Gestures

Sarah Rutherford : Rhetoric Summer 2003

Unmasking the Monstrous Ontology of Seonggoe in Neoliberal South Korea

Jinoh Ryu : Gender and Women's Studies Summer 2015

In South Korea, the global financial crisis of 2008 coincided with the upsurge in Facial Contouring Surgery (FCS) — the shaving of the cheek and jaw bones into a sculpted “baby face” — among people of all genders in their early 20s, specifically college students and graduates. Western media has reduced this boom to just another fad, but Western influences on young... Read More

The Cross and The Eagle: Egyptian Nationalism and the Coptic Orthodox Church Today: Egyptian Nationalism and the Coptic Orthodox Church Today

Amanda Sadra : Political Science, Human Rights (minor) Summer 2013

My project focuses on the role of Coptic Christians in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. Coptic Christians have a long history within the nation as the indigenous population, believed to have descended from the pharaohs themselves. The population has been largely marginalized in recent decades and prone to attacks of sectarian violence. This trend has been exacerbated... Read More

Measuring the Branching Ratio for the Decay B -> Ds(*)+ pi-

Mahsa Sadre-Bazzaz : Physics Summer 2004

Agricultural Productivity of Different Social Classes in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Imperial Russia

Mariya Sakharova : History, Economics Summer 2013

In 1917, after 300 years of rule by the Romanovs, the Russian state collapsed. To understand the causes of the 1917 revolution, and the destabilization of the empire in 1905, the economics of agriculture are important to explore. After all, Russia was mostly an agricultural state and the peasant agriculturalists composed over two-thirds of the population. I am... Read More

Towards a Phenomenological Sketch of the Body Schema

Camilo F Salazar : Philosophy, Film Summer 2005

The Liquid Border: How Alcohol Built a Wall Between Nations

Michael Sanchez : History, Film Summer 2013

On April 1, 1924, an official request to Washington was received for estimates on building an 8 foot fence along the 160 miles of international boundary between Mexico and California. However, in 1924 this request had nothing to do with either immigration or labor, but rather alcohol. With Prohibition in full-swing, Mexico posed a dual threat with Americans crossing... Read More

Chiapas and The National Crusade Against Hunger

Adriana SanchezPillot : Anthropology Summer 2013

The federal program Cruzada Nacional Contra el Hambre was launched by the new Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto at the beginning of this year. In a very symbolic act, the program was inaugurated in the community of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, an area near the home of the Zapatistas and a milestone in the history of their struggle. Mostly based in the community of San... Read More

Corporate Tax Rate Differentials and Transfer Price Manipulation: Evidence from Bilateral Trade Data

William Sandholtz : Economics, Statistics Summer 2017

For the most part, individuals must break the law in order to escape paying U.S. individual income taxes.  However, corporations can legally avoid (or at least defer indefinitely) paying U.S. corporate income taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax laws of various countries.  Major U.S. companies such as Google and Apple have made headlines with their... Read More

Educational Attitudes across Borders: Mexican Mothers' Views on Education in Mexico and the United States

Roxana Sandoval : Ethnic Studies Summer 2008

Mexican students have lower levels of educational attainment when compared to other groups. Parental involvement is essential for the success of students, thus it is important to understand how Mexican mothers in Oakland, California perceive the educations system and the obstacles they face. In addition, analyzing how mothers in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco,... Read More

Technology Buy-In: Gaps between the Ability to Pay and the Willingness to Adopt Point-of-Use (POU) Water Treatment Technology

Pronita Saxena : Economics Summer 2008

Anecdotal evidence suggests an information gap isn't the sole propagator of preventable water-borne diseases in urban slums: behavior change is multivariate. Through household surveys, I wish to understand how financial decision-making structures and other socio-economic factors condition the likelihood that a particular household will or won't treat its water.... Read More

Biodiversity and the Courts: Endangered Species Law in the US, Australia, and Canada

Robert Schaffer : Political Science Summer 2011

How effective are the endangered species laws in the US compared with those of other countries? Throughout the social science literature, scholars have noted that US courts have much broader powers of review over agency decisions than judges in other English-speaking nations, encouraging American interest groups to challenge agency rulings through the legal system. As... Read More

Whose Word Is It Anyway? The Rhetoric of [Re]Claiming Indigenous Language and Mixed Race [Dis]Identification

Kiana Schmitt : Rhetoric Summer 2017

The Native Hawaiian word "hapa" has undergone an extraordinary rhetorical and linguistic evolution. From signifying “half-foreigner" (colloquially, foreigner meaning "white,” due to influx of white Europeans and Americans forcibly entering Hawai‘i since the late 18th century), to "part Hawaiian, part white," then “part Hawaiian," to “half-Asian or Pacific Islander (API... Read More

Voices of the Potomac: Race, Class and the Deindustrialization of a River

Gabe Schwartzman : Geography Summer 2013

The project investigates how deindustrialization has been different on two areas of rural Maryland along the Potomac River, based on race and geography. During the last half century both ends of the river have lost heavy industries, yet the upper river has seen the maintenance of their population with a rise in poverty, while the lower river has seen a decrease in the... Read More

Coloring Around Race: Bay Area Figurative Art and Racial Depiction

Ryan Serpa : History of Art Summer 2016

My research attempts to examine the roles of race, suburbanization, and region in the context of San Francisco Bay Area art production. Specifically, I will look to the artwork of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, two members of the prominent Bay Area Figurative School. Bay Area Figurative art developed during the 1950’s and 60’s, a period of intense development in... Read More

Awakening From The Western Imaginary: The Resurgence of a Unified Rapa Nui Identity Against Psychopolitical Domination

Pablo Seward : Anthropology, Psychology Summer 2013

Bloodbaths by Western explorers, followed by various other forms of abuse, resulted in the reduction of the Rapa Nui of Easter Island to 115 people. Being the most isolated inhabited place on Earth, Easter Island has become a major tourist destination today, by means of the renowned landmarks left by the ancient population. Many of the five or so thousand Rapa Nui, all... Read More

An Examination of Brazilian Hip Hop as a Catalyst for Social Change

Suemyra Shah : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2004

The Gulf Wars: The Real Players

Shahin Shamsabadi : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2004

Utilizing long-term memory to model Northern California earthquakes

Graham Shapiro : Statistics Summer 2010

Does there exist a relationship between the times of past earthquakes and the time until the next earthquake?  Recent research suggests that there exists patterns in earthquake occurrence that exist between long sequences of earthquakes. Most current earthquake models assume earthquakes are either memoryless or only incorporate short-term memory. The purpose of this... Read More

Unveiling Travel Mode Shift Since the 2007 Beijing Public Transit Fare Reform

Diwen Shen : Economics, Statistics Summer 2014

In 2010, Beijing, China’s capital and second largest city, topped the “World’s Worst Traffic” list by Foreign Policy. Back in 2007, Beijing cut transit fares up to 80% to increase transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion ahead of the Olympics. The purpose of reducing car use was not achieved, but large shifts occurred between usage of non-car travel modes –... Read More

The Life of Music in New Delhi: An Artistic Tradition in Evolution

Sudev Jay Sheth : South and Southeast Asian Studies, Political Science Summer 2006

Responding to an earlier work by ethnomusicologist Daniel M. Neuman entitled The Life of Music in North India (1980), my research topic aims at understanding how the life of music has evolved in the quarter-century since that seminal study was published. The creation of both public and private institutions of teaching, research, documentation, archiving, and... Read More

‘Sing Me a Swing Song’: A Linguistic Approach to Text-setting in Jazz Bop Swing

Stephanie Shih : English, Linguistics Summer 2006

Linguists have studied text-setting and proposed metrical templates for mapping text to music; however, their pioneering works on the subject have neglected music outside the Western classical genre. My research will explore the influence of music on text in jazz bop swing, since the rhythmic and artistic nature of swing differs greatly from Western classical music.... Read More