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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

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

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

Exclusion and Access in San Francisco Unified School District

Alex Siegel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2011

How does the urban geography of San Francisco shape access to education? By studying the San Francisco School District archives and exploring the city on foot and by bus, I seek to illuminate the relationships between transportation, housing, and the quality of public of schools. In light of the District’s unique student assignment policy, how does the relative... Read More

Identifying the Causes of Health Related Social Isolation among African American Seniors

Delane Sims : American Studies Summer 2011

My summer research will take place in Washington D.C. the hub of senior based organizations such as AARP and the Department of Health and Human Services. My research will consist of examining specific health disparities that exist among African American elders that can cause them to fall into social isolation. While in a socially isolated state, many of these seniors... Read More

Hate Crimes and Immigration in the Russian Federation

Tatyana Andrey Singh : Psychology, Economics Summer 2005

Children's assumptions about what others know: The case of words and function

Anjileen Kaur Singh : Psychology, English Summer 2005

Geographic Connection and Ideological Division: Inka Roads in Northern Ecuador

Hannah Abigail Sistrunk : Anthropology Summer 2007

The Inka Empire is known for its extensive road system – a monumental network of engineered routes across South America. My research will be focused on one section of Inka road located in Northern Ecuador in the region of the Pambamarca Archaeological Project. This area is known for fierce indigenous resistance to Inka imperial expansion resulting in the... Read More

Violence, Landscapes of Mourning, and the Technologies of Memory and Witnessing

Jeremy Soh : Anthropology Summer 2008

In my ethnography I explore the question of justice and memory in the aftermath of mass atrocities in Cambodia. For Cambodians, who have had to engage in a daily process of reckoning with the memory of (social) death, re-making a world has necessarily involved a delicate reweaving of kinships torn asunder by the violent alterations of life. I wish to look more... Read More

Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick: A Case Study of Gender Roles in Seventeenth Century England

Megan Stanton : History Summer 2008

This summer I will be studying the life of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1624-1678) as a case study for understanding the lives of aristocratic women in Early Modern England. Mary Rich is important and intriguing because aspects of her personality and lifestyle simultaneously conformed to and challenged the gender roles in her society. Both in the Countess’s... Read More

GETTING THE MESSAGE: Understanding the Construction and Effectiveness of Media-based HIV Prevention Information Targeting African American Men, Residing in Alameda County

Bill Stewart : Sociology Summer 2012

My research is concerned with understanding the construction and effectiveness of media-based HIV prevention information targeting African American Men, age 18-44, residing in Alameda County, California. African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States with black men accounting for 70% of the estimated new HIV... Read More

Quality of Life and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Rachel Stewart : Psychology Summer 2004

The Consecrated Kitchen: Culinary Expressions of Spirituality

Stephanie Joan Stiavetti : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

This projects aims to understand how Babette’s Feast and Like Water for Chocolate demonstrate the sanctity of food in relation to religious practice. My plan is to answers several questions in the course of my research: how do food and faith correlate, and how are these correlations articulated differently in these two texts? How do gender expectations shape the... Read More

Buddhist Contemplative Practice: An Integrative Approach for Investigating Consciousness

Dayna Stimson : Cognitive Science Major, Spanish Minor Summer 2012

My research focuses on the growing recognition that the scientific study of consciousness is lacking in one crucial element: a rigorous methodology for examining the first-person, qualitative aspects of conscious states. While neuroimaging and computational cognition have greatly enhanced our knowledge of brain function, we are no closer to bridging the “... Read More

The 35 Hour Work Week in France and the Political Economy of André Gorz

Adam Storer : Political Economy Summer 2011

Social theorist André Gorz explores the irrationality of a society dominated by distinctly economic motives in his book Critique of Economic Reason. A practical philosopher, Gorz ends his theoretical work with suggestions on limiting the sphere of economics, expanding the role of leisure, and allowing individuals to pursue work they actually enjoy, instead of simply... Read More

CAYA Coven: Pagan Eclecticism in the East Bay Area

Jennifer Stover : Anthropology Summer 2012

My research focuses on CAYA Coven, an eclectic Pagan organization in San Francisco’s East Bay that is dedicated to providing public rituals such as annual Sabbats and Full Moon Circles that honor seasonal and lunar cycles. CAYA means “Come As You Are” and emphasizes the incorporation of a diversity of Pagan traditions as well as deities from all over the world. I am... Read More

Explaining Regional Disparities of China's Economic Growth: Policy or Geography?

Zhengyun Sun : Economics, Applied Math, Geography Summer 2013

Astonishing development that China has achieved for the past 30 years following the Open and Reform in 1978 is unquestionable. What behind, however, is notable disparity of growth between coastal and inland regions. While previous studies focus on preferential policies, the crux of my project centers on answering the question: how geographic features and construction... Read More

Export Laws, British Coal, and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Gregory Swain : History Summer 2011

My research will look at the impact of English laws on the importation and use of coal in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period, both England and the Netherlands were prosperous nation with high demands for fuel. The English increasingly relied on coal, which influential theories tie to EnglandÕs being the worldÕs first country to... Read More

Zooarchaeological Analysis of Upper Paleolithic Faunal Remains from Myshtulagty Lagat (Weasel Cave) Located in the Northern Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Shannon Swan : Anthropology Summer 2008

The Caucasus Mountains acted as a gateway for early hominids, who migrated into and through these regions, perhaps multiple times. Myshtulagty Lagat (Weasel Cave) is the first intact stratified cave studied in the Caucasus dating from 500,000 years BP to the Holocene. The cave lacks a well-stratified early upper Paleolithic sequence (c. 40.000-30.000 years ago,... Read More

The Poetics of Punk

Alex Taitague : English Summer 2012

The language of gutter punks and academic poets have something in common: their expressive natures are socially conscious, politically aware, and always new or challenging. My research outlines how exactly both punk music and and poetry use their material to enact change in both the social and political spheres. Punk has remained one of the largest cultural phenomenon... Read More

Sustainable Urban Farming Practices in Pikine

Asia Tallino : American Studies - Food Systems Studies, Global Poverty & Practice (minor) Summer 2014

Urban Agriculture has been proclaimed around the world in the past few decades as an extremely effective method for not only providing food to a community, but also for providing jobs & more stable income generation. As the majority of the populations in the world are projected to live in cities by 2030, urban agriculture is becoming more recognized for poverty... Read More