Research Articles

Research articles describe research and creative projects in all the disciplines and are authored by UNH undergraduates or recent graduates in collaboration with Inquiry student and staff editors. They should not exceed 2500 words (excluding bibliography). These articles are based on research reports or essays written for a course or independent study. Because of the relatively short length and general audience of research articles, their authors often choose to narrow or refocus their original text. The research experience is held to be as important as research results.

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina

As a student in political science and international affairs at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), I strive to expand my education by immersing myself in unique and challenging experiences. One of these experiences was my internship at Amnesty International U.S.A. in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2013. My most recent experience, and the focus of this article, was in the summer of 2014, conducting research in Bosnia-Herzegovina with funding from the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) in the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.

Do you “park your car” or “pahk your cah”?: The Changing Dialect of Southern New Hampshire

The way that you speak is affected by your age, gender, education, and the dialect you grew up hearing. The field of sociolinguistics studies the relationship between these factors and language change over time. Through my involvement in the University of New Hampshire (UNH) linguistics program, I heard about the New Hampshire Language and Life Project (NHLL) started by Dr. Maya Ravindranath, assistant professor of linguistics in the Department of English. The NHLL allows students the opportunity to document and analyze language change in southern New Hampshire.

Higher Levels of Confusion: Rocket Sensors in the Northern Lights


The rocket is launched into the aurora (Courtesy of Terry E. Zaperach, NASA).

Effects of Audible Human Disturbances on Koala (Phascolarctos Cinereus) Behavior in Queensland, Australia and Implications for Management

As a senior in the medical and veterinary option of the biomedical sciences major, it’s no secret that I have a love for animals. I have taken every opportunity I can to work with them, whether it be an internship at a zoo or a veterinary clinic. As a child, I was enthralled by Animal Planet’s episodes of The Crocodile Hunter, where host Steve Irwin ventured into the Australian wilderness to seek out rare and dangerous creatures in order to educate the public about them.

Diet Analysis for Wildlife Management: Protecting the Cheetah in Namibia

During the summer of 2014, I did scat, or fecal, analysis of carnivores for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia in order to help manage and protect the cheetah, Africa’s most endangered big cat. I learned firsthand how important and complex species conservation is. Before I went to Namibia, I was naïve about wildlife conservation and had no exposure to exotic animals. During my time in Africa, I learned to work with people from different cultures and truly gained a passion for animal conservation.

Taking a Deeper Look into the Lives of Disadvantaged Children through Visual Content Analysis

Asking children to draw a picture of family life is a simple and efficient way to assess their mental health. Katz, Barnetz, and Hershkowitz found that when children have to discuss traumatic experiences, drawing pictures gives them a sense of control, and helps them express their emotions more freely (2014). Children enjoy this activity, and are more at ease as compared to filling out a questionnaire or having a formal interview.

Exploring the Potential for Sharia-compliant Microfinance in Underwriting Jordan's Muslim Poor

In the developed, industrialized West, the idea of microfinance may strike the average person as somewhat distant. Microfinance offers small loans, often unsecured, to people who conventional banks will not lend to because they lack collateral or credit history. It wasn’t until I arrived in Egypt, just a few weeks before a popular coup d’état unseated President Muhammad Morsi, that I understood why access to microfinance is so vital to the poor.

Contemporary Art with Chinese Characteristics: Relations between Beijing Artists and the Chinese Government Post-1989

China is known in the West for its repression of individual expression, especially during the Cultural Revolution (1966-71) under Mao Zedong. Mao died in 1976, and by 1989 his successor Deng Xiaoping had been cautiously moving toward greater openness. That year, a landmark exhibit of contemporary art, work which had existed underground since at least the 1970s but had not been publicly shown, took place at the National Museum near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This was the first acknowledgment of “unofficial” art (works not created for the government) in the Communist Party's history.

Interviewing Adults with Intellectual Disabilities about Oral Health in Brisbane, Australia

Brushing our teeth is as routine as is going to the dentist twice a year. Today so much goes towards preventative care, and yet we still end up with cavities or imperfections that need treatment—even just for vanity. Now, imagine a person with an intellectual disability, a person who may find it hard to remember, concentrate, or make decisions easily or quickly. He or she may need constant reinforcement about the basic tasks of everyday living. Regular teeth brushing and trips to the dentist don’t happen, and their oral health suffers.

Questioning the Marshall Plan in the Buildup to the Cold War

The European Recovery Program, part of the Economic Recovery Act of 1948, was from its inception known by the name of its chief proponent and designer, George C. Marshall, United States Secretary of State from January 1947 to January 1949. In place until 1951, the Marshall Plan made possible the economic recovery of a continent devastated by World War II. It was brilliantly designed to succeed where other rehabilitation plans had failed. The development of the Plan was extremely complex, not only because of what it proposed to do, but also because of ideological tensions between the U.S.


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