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.

Student Commuters: Unpacking the Factors That Influence How High School Students Travel to School

Seventeen years into the twenty-first century, the citizens of the industrialized world experience the influence of technology in almost every sphere of their lives, including recreation, politics, home life, work life, and transportation. As we take new technological developments as commonplace, especially in the sphere of transportation, we may not think twice about how modernization affects our safety, our social lives, or the well-being of the environment.

The Healing Power of Storytelling: An Exploration into the Autoethnographic Process

My mind was a hopeless mess when it came time to register for courses for my eighth—what should have been my final—semester studying communication arts as an undergrad. Since my depression diagnosis in the spring of 2014, my mind and overall wellbeing had been at the mercy of sharp ups and downs. I hastily chose a few course numbers falling under the short list of remaining requirements for graduation. Unbeknownst to me, a higher being sat beside me, drawing my attention to CA 612, Narrative with Barbara Jago.

The Defining Characteristics of the Buurtzorg Nederland Model of Home Care from the Perspective of Buurtzorg Nurses

My grandmother had home care, but I did not know much about what that involved. As a senior honors nursing student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), my favorite part of nursing is getting to know the patients.  Hearing stories from the elderly, joking with patients, being a shoulder to lean on and a resource for information and collaboration all resonate with my nursing philosophy. Therefore, when my faculty mentor Dr.

Using Geographic Information Science to Map the Flight of the Regicides in Seventeenth-century New England

In May of 1660, the fledgling New England colonies welcomed two powerful and unexpected figures, Major Generals Edward Whalley and William Goffe. However, the presence of these heroes of the Puritan cause was tainted with the blood of the beheaded King Charles I. Whalley and Goffe were two of the judges who had found Charles I guilty of treason and ordered his execution in 1649, after his defeat in the English Civil Wars. Following the collapse of the Cromwellian Protectorate in 1660, the beheaded King’s son had returned to power as Charles II, and sought revenge.

Determining Presence/Absence and Abundance of Declining Shrubland-Dependent Songbirds in Human-created Shrublands in Southeastern New Hampshire

Ticks, thorns, bogs, dense vegetation, and blazing hot gravel pits might not be your first thought when talking about birding in New England, but they are certainly the reality when conducting research in the field. In the winter of 2014, we were invited to join an ongoing bird study at the University of New Hampshire seeking to investigate distribution, dispersal, and response to habitat management by shrubland-dependent songbirds.

How Does Silo Storage Time Affect Pavement Durability in Cold Weather Climates?

Since its introduction in the late 1800s, asphalt concrete has become one of the most important construction materials in the United States.  This basic mixture of sand, gravel, and asphalt binder (sticky, oily, glue-like material) currently covers millions of miles of pavement that connect every corner of the United States.  Among the engineering community, asphalt concrete is widely considered the safest, most durable, and most practical material for pavements.  Because of its widespread use, many research projects have focused on how to improve the performance of asphalt concrete for eve

Perceptions of Youth on Health, Nutrition, and Well-Being in their Local Community: The Somersworth Photovoice Project

When I was young, I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to help people on a large scale through community-wide interventions and policy change. As I got older, I developed a respect for high quality research. I understood that writing policy and implementing interventions is about more than just having an idea or an opinion. By uncovering the factors and evidence related to a problem, we equip ourselves with the facts necessary to build a credible platform for change. Put simply, research gives power to ideas.

A Good Life in Old Age: Accommodating Elderly Patients' Values and Motivations in the Thai Healthcare System

In college, we are often asked, “What do you want to accomplish in ten years?”  The answer to this question eludes many of us until we let go of the feelings of not knowing what to do with the rest of our lives and just follow our passions.  Thankfully, college grants us this freedom of expression and guides us to become the people we know we are capable of becoming.  This task is accomplished in waves, and in my case, began with taking a medical anthropology class, connecting with an incredible professor, Dr.

The Impact of an Epilepsy Self-Management Program on Healthcare Utilization and Related Costs

A chronic medical condition such as epilepsy requires a lifetime of monitoring and management by a medical team and the patient. The treatment is often multidisciplinary and can include medication, surgery, education, and self-management. This last approach focuses on teaching patients to monitor and respond to symptoms on their own while utilizing their healthcare team for guidance and support.

Comparison of Cuticular Hydrocarbons in Three Populations of the Carpenter Bee “Ceratina calcarata” to help Understand their Role in Social Evolution

You could say it was fate, you could say that it was destiny, or you could say it was just meant to bee. That pun was intended, though my introduction to bees happened quite unintentionally when, as a freshman in the fall of 2012, I stumbled upon the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Bee Lab and have been engrossed in bee research ever since. Under the direction of my mentor, Dr.

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