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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

The Effect of Viewing Sexual Films on Memory

Ka Yi Emily Tam : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

My research project for SURF is on human memory performance when viewing different emotional stimuli. The types of emotion I want to experiment on includes: happy, negative, neutral, arousing (adrenalin rushing), and sexual. The positive correlation between arousal and positive stimuli, and memory performance has been proposed. The negative correlation between... Read More

Taking Up Space, Locating Poetics by Place

Robyn Taylor : American Studies, Performance Studies (minor) Summer 2012

What does it mean to find oneself "On the Road?" What is the significance of traveling east to west? By traveling across the United States and examining the rhythm, kinetics, and visual movement of particular locations, I can try on the philosophical lenses of three American writers who were greatly influenced by place. Jack Kerouac, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt... Read More

Nha Que: The Culture of Rural-Urban Migration in Hanoi

Susan Tche : Economics, City Planning Summer 2004

Evanescence and Concatenation: The Dutch Role in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Marissa Teitelman : Political Economy, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2012

Certain histories have been ignored that are incredibly important to understanding self-identity. The Dutch West India Company’s (WIC) history epitomized trans-Atlantic diaspora, creating unique cultures all over the world and intensifying identity transformations. I will examine the extent of the Dutch role in producing identity transformation and cultural diaspora... Read More

Anti-Nazism and the Atelier Populaire: The Memory of Nazi Collaboration in the Posters of Mai '68

Gene Marie Tempest : History, French Summer 2006

My project examines the revolutionary role of the art students at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France's elite college of painting in Paris, and the historical significance of the posters they produced for the French student movement of May through June 1968. Of the 150,000 posters, I will primarily focus on those anti-fascist and anti-Nazi in scope,... Read More

Multiple Predictors of Self-Esteem in Early and Middle Adulthood

Seinenu Thein : Psychology, Public Policy Summer 2002

More than a Show? Identity Formation and Pilipino Cultural Night

Trisha Joy Tiamzon : Sociology, Political Science Summer 2005

Exploring the correlation between beta oscillations and MEPs during movement preparation

Claudia Tischler : Cognitive Science Summer 2017

Motor preparation can be probed using both electroencephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive brain stimulation technique which evokes a response called the motor-evoked potential (MEP) from the targeted muscle. However, recording MEPs is problematic—the MEP is highly variable from trial to trial, and the sources of fluctuations in... Read More

Critical Cartography: Imagining and Articulating Spatial Identities in Alameda, California

Emma Tome : Geography, Environmental Sciences Summer 2010

Recent scholarship in social science is re-invigorating notions of 'place' as it relates to social process. My research asks: how do these notions help to explain or complicate the process of redevelopment at Alameda Point, on the site of the decommissioned naval air station? And how may a close study of one place illuminate the efficacy or inefficacy of these ways of... Read More

Violence and Victimization among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study

Michelle Tong : Public Health, Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2017

Homeless individuals experience increased risk for violence and victimization on the streets and in shelters, as well as by spouses, partners and acquaintances. Older homeless adults suffer from even higher rates of violent attacks, although research is limited with regards to risk factors associated with violence and victimization. With half of single homeless adults... Read More

The Pendulum of Opinion: Union Membership Effects on Confidence in Labor, 1975-2014

John Towey : Sociology Summer 2015

Research on the decline of organized labor has tended to focus on the decreasing rates of union membership in the national or international context, while ignoring public support for organized labor. Those social scientists who have focused on union support, on the other hand, have not included union membership in their analyses. I will synthesize these two... Read More

Radicals for Capitalism': Ayn Rand and the Conservative Youth Movement of the 1960s

Andrina Tran : History Summer 2010

During the turbulent 1960s, controversial novelist Ayn Rand became a forceful voice for lost and disaffected youth.  Through her seemingly impenetrable philosophy of Objectivism, Rand offered a “round universe” of order, rationality, and certainty for young libertarians who felt that neither liberals nor conservatives fully addressed national issues.  My project will... Read More

Making Sense of Common Sense: Metaphor, Science, and Rationality in theThought of Hannah Arendt

Michelangelo Trujillo : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

Within political theory there is a debate over the compatibility of science with politics. Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault, amongst others, question the legitimacy of the social sciences in different ways, while, in contrast, those who support the role of science in politics argue that rational debate can be maximized through an of our capacity to hold language... Read More

Deciphering Spaces: The Mermaid and the Soul

Leah Tyus : English Summer 2015

The mermaid has been symbolic of desire and danger, beauty and monstrosity, and the human and non-human. Residing in the constant flux of paradoxes, the mermaid remains a beautiful enigma to all that encounter her. She is perceived at a distance, yet remains within close proximity because she is our reflection. As a reflection of the self, the mermaid is a product of... Read More

Hey Fatty Boom Boom! Fat and Fit in the Upper Paleolithic

Suzanne Ubick : Anthropology Summer 2013

Something happened to Homo sapiens, our species, between 75,000 and 60,000 years ago, that resulted in a very different suite of behaviors and the first population boom. I argue that modern humans underwent a biological change that, coupled with environmental changes driving dietary change, allowed humans, especially human females, to lay down large stores of body fat... Read More

Beyond the Binary: New roles and implications of NGOs in Haiti

Julia Uyttewaal : Geography Summer 2012

There are over 18,000 NGOs operating in Haiti, many of which provide overlapping services in the same regions without collaboration. Recent academic debates have pitted NGOs against the Haitian state, claiming that the multiplicity and fragmentation of NGOs prevents any sort of uniform policy from being implemented and thus further undercuts the legitimacy and... Read More

Breaking Down Barriers: The Effect of Power Differences on Closeness in Cross-race Friendships

Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk : Psychology, Sociology Summer 2006

Despite much progress that has been made, a troublesome racial hierarchy remains in the United States. How do power differences play out in cross-race friendships, where power may have unique or detrimental consequences? It has been found that cross-race friendships are less close. While some may aruge that this lack of closeness is due to race itself, I hope to... Read More

The Resilience of Filipino Activists: A Study of Human Security

Rochelle Valdez : Peace and Conflict Studies Summer 2012

Since 2002 the Philippine government has labeled numerous leftist Filipino parties as terrorists, using the Global War on Terror (GWOT) as a political tool to delegitimize opposing parties. Despite imprisonment, torture and killings, Filipino activists continue their struggle for national democracy. This project, contributing to a Peace & Conflict honors thesis,... Read More

Effect of Speaker on Non-word Repetition Tasks in Bilingual Children

Claudia Valdivia : Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2017

Nearly one quarter of children in the United States now hear a language other than English at home (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011). This means that millions of children, upon entering school, start acquiring English as their second language. At the same time as they experience a shift in language input in their new school environments, they also come... Read More

The Transformation of Traditional Hmong Spirituality in Modernity

Karen Vang : Anthropology Summer 2013

My research project is to explore what traditional Hmong shamanism is within a western scientific context and how has it transform within the past thirty years as Hmong migrate and settle abroad, particularly in the northern California. The questions that I ask are: when, how and under what conditions did spiritual belief and behavior shift between a loss, renewal and... Read More

Lithic and Spatial Analysis of Kharaneh IV

Joshua Varkel : Anthropology, Geospatial Information Science & Technology (Minor) Summer 2015

I will be analyzing/making sense of a collection (~30,000 pieces) of lithic materials from a 20,000 year old archaeological site in the Azraq Basin of Jordan. I will then put all the information obtained from the lithic remains into a GIS and run various statistical and spatial analysis, which will allow me to quantify my results and help understand the structure of... Read More

Read It with Tears: The Poetics of Old Norse Marian Devotion

Celine Vezina : English, Scandinavian Summer 2017

Skaldic poetry, a genre of medieval Icelandic vernacular poetry characterized by its ornate poetics and highly inflexible meter, typically taking the form of royal encomia, was the preeminent poetic form in much of Scandinavia during its period of composition (mid-9th-mid-14th centuries). My research will focus on the latter end of this tradition, the rarely studied... Read More

Social Media Use and Protest Behavior: A Comparative Study of the 2006 and 2011 Chilean Student Movement

Julia Villarruel : Latin American Studies Summer 2013

This study examines the 2006 and 2011 social movements in Chile, two years with distinctly different levels of social media penetration. By analyzing whether of not social media is changing the experience of participants, the relationship between leaders and individuals and media coverage of protests I seek to answer questions such as: Can social media networks bring... Read More

Coding order effects on abstract definitions and concrete examples

Satyugjit Virk : Cognitive Science, Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2004

INTOMEISEE: Exploring Burn Survivors' Comfort Levels with Sexual Intimacy

Huyen Vo : Social Welfare, Education (minor) Summer 2013

A burn accident can dramatically change a person’s quality of life; survivors have not only permanent physical scars, but also mental and emotional scars. For my research, I will examine how the severity of young adult female burn survivors’ injuries impacts their comfort in engaging in intimate and sexual relationships. I will approach this by first studying the... Read More

How Does Art Exhibition and Production Impact the Community Support for a Recovered Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Natasha vonKaenel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, Art and Social Movements, Creative Writing (minor) Summer 2014

In Argentina, during the economic meltdown of 2001, many factory owners fled the country, leaving hundreds of workers with no income and no clear idea of what lie ahead. In the months that followed, workers centered in Buenos Aires occupied their factory buildings and restarted production as a worker-owned cooperatively managed workplace. Some of these factories... Read More