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History of the Prose Poem

Yaul Perez-Stable Husni : Comparative Literature, Creative Writing Minor Summer 2014

Past attempts to define the prose poem as a genre depend on the oppositional status of prose and poetry, thinking then of the prose poem as a space for synthesis. However, because these accounts imagine stable definitions of prose and poetry, specific prose poems can only invoke—and not reconfigure—those definitions. Through literary analysis, I will trace the... Read More

The Effects of Singing on Speech in Geriatric Voice.

Libby Perfitt : Linguistics Summer 2016

I am investigating the effects of singing on speech in geriatric voice. In my work as vocal coach I have perceived changes in students’ speaking voices alongside their advancements as singers. Scientifically, it has been noted that the voice undergoes many changes with age, most of which occur more intensely after 65 years of age in men and after menopause in women.... Read More

Reconstructing the Two-Dimensional: Planimetric Designs in Colonial Peru

Shauna Peterson : History of Art Summer 2009

To the European mind, conditioned by the Renaissance ideals of linear perspective, the two-dimensional patterns of the indigenous people of colonial-era Peru proposed a very different conception of space. In an attempt to qualify a process that defies traditional Renaissance visual standards, art historians termed the... Read More

Disentangling the Contributions of Reactive and Proactive Cognitive Control to Impulsivity

Audrey Phan : Cognitive Science Summer 2020

Impulsivity as an individual behavioral trait is a hallmark of externalizing disorders including ADHD, oppositional defiant, and conduct disorders. Impulsive individuals are thought to lack cognitive control (i.e., the ability to behave according to one’s goals), which has been found to operate via two distinct modes: reactive control (i.e., goal information is... Read More

Conceiving of the Climate: Conceptual Metaphor in Ecopoetics

Sonnet Phelps : Linguistics, Conservation & Resource Studies Summer 2020

Research in conceptual metaphor has established that, far from being a decorative flourish, metaphor is integral to human reasoning: we extrapolate from our immediate experience to make sense of abstract objects and processes. Climate change is such a process, happening on spatial and temporal scales far beyond our perceptual horizons. While metaphor is indispensable... Read More

Inductive Inferences

Patricia Pierry : Psychology, Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2015

A defining feature of human language is its creativity; we can express an infinite number of ideas from a limited number of words. One well-analyzed source of such creativity is the rules of grammar, which let us combine words into sentences in new ways. However, we know much less about another source of creativity—the flexible use of words, known as... Read More

Westphalia and the Myth of International Order

Nicholas Pingitore : History Summer 2019

On October 24, 1648, Europe signed The Peace of Westphalia. This marked the end of the Thirty Years’ War, one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts, which claimed the lives of more than eight million people. But perhaps more importantly, The Peace of Westphalia is remembered as the birth of what political scientists, politicians, and even your morning paper would come to... Read More

Gender stereotype knowledge and social causal attributions in young children

Verity Pinter : Psychology Summer 2018

Intuitive theories that young children have about others’ behavior develop through exposure to patterns of covariation – the degree to which two variables change together across time and situations – as a child develops, incorporating new empirical evidence with prior knowledge. Over time and cultural exposure, children's causal theories about other people's behavior... Read More

Masculine Maneuvers: Family and Profession in the Transnational Labor Market

Jobert Poblete : Anthropology Summer 2006

The Philippines has become a leader in the “export” of nurses. Filipino nurses are leaving by the thousands every year to take positions in chronically understaffed medical facilities in the United States and around the world. This research project is concerned with this migrant flow. Specifically, I intend to conduct ethnographic research on men doctors retraining as... Read More

Migrants, Modernity, and McDonald's: The Influence of Discourses of "Modernity" on Thai Female Subjectivities and Resistance

Amanda Pojanamat : Sociology Summer 2006

In developing capitalist countries such as Thailand, many women migrate every day from the rural areas to Bangkok in search of the “better life”. I would like to explore how their understandings of the “good life” are influenced by “modern” discourses and whether their constructions and reconstructions of these “modern” discourses contain resistance either to... Read More

Social and Environmental Influences on Diabetes Management for Low-Income San Franciscans

Kameswari "Kamu" Potharaju : Public Health Summer 2020

While it is well-established that the social determinants of health play a monumental role in patients’ management of their health, there is more to be learned about how a deeper understanding of the social and physical environment can be applied to shape beneficial interventions. Learning how a patient’s neighborhood affects their ability to visit the doctor in their... Read More

Found Identity: A Study of Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

Anthony Principe-Contreras : English Summer 2020

My research focuses on Ocean Vuong's 2019 novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous." Vuong incorporates the epistolary form--narrated by his protagonist, Little Dog, to his mother--to elucidate how Little Dog explores his identity in 21st-century New England as the son of a Vietnamese immigrant. My research will consider how Vuong's novel integrates scholarship from post... Read More

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


Caesars and Subdivisions: The Urban Fabric of the Roman West in the Age of Augustus

Alexander Reed : History, Classical Civilizations Summer 2019

The years 31 BC – AD 14 saw the Western world undergo a great revolution in culture, politics, state, and society as the regime of Caesar Augustus dismantled and replaced the centuries-old republican system of government at Rome with an imperial autocracy. In the provinces of the Roman empire, the very fabric of the city provided a key platform for the promotion of the... Read More

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

“Sin-Sheltering Grove”: The Implication of Nature and Female Sexuality in Rochester’s Poetry

Ariel Renner : English Summer 2018

Nature has so often been used as a vehicle to express femininity, sexuality, and eroticism throughout literary history. However, when we speak of “nature,” there is often an overlooked ambiguity to the term that necessitates further explanation as to the sort of nature a given work focuses on. My research pays close attention to this ambiguity, as I will use a... 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

Latinx Scholar-Ballers: The Educational Experience of Latinx Student Athletes Across Varying Institutional Settings

Ladislao Rodriguez : Ethnic Studies, Sociology Summer 2020

Have you ever heard of Joe Kapp? Aside from being a NCAA Men's Basketball champion, the last Cal QB to play in the Rose Bowl and the head coach during "The Play" Kapp was a Latinx student-athlete. Joe Kapp and Latinx student-athletes, are easy to recognize anywhere they go because of the value placed upon athletics in society. For this reason, their ability to succeed... Read More

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

Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia

Lara Rostomian : Integrative Biology Summer 2019

When looking into the topic of family planning in Armenia, I was disappointed to see the limited and outdated literature available. This data, nearly two decades old, indicated high abortion rates coupled with low modern contraceptive prevalence. Making this discovery ignited my interest in conducting survey-based research to assess Armenian women’s knowledge and... 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

Politics of Care: Understanding an Embodied Ethnic Studies Pedagogy

China Ruiz : Ethnic Studies + Chicano Studies, Education Minor Summer 2018

In September 2016, Governor Jerry Brown passed a bill that called for the implementation of an Ethnic Studies program in California public high schools. This moment follows decades of student-led movements fighting for a culturally relevant education. The implementation of this bill necessitates an examination of the ways current Ethnic Studies curriculums are being... 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