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.

"Who Will [Independence] Please but Ambitious Men?": Rebels, Loyalists, and the Language of Liberty in the American Revolution

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The author portraying a loyalist refugee at a living history event (Courtesy of Willow Brook Photography, Pittsfield VT).

The Effect of a Barefoot Training Program on Running Economy and Performance

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Neil Baroody putting barefoot running to the test at UNH’s Mooradian Field (Perry Smith, UNH Photo Services).

A Passion for Saving Lives: The Motivation of Surgically Trained Healthcare Professionals in Mozambique

Over the summer of 2012, I traveled to Mozambique with funding from the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) to research the experiences of specially trained health care professionals who perform essential surgeries in the rural village of Manjacaze. After twenty-one hours on a plane and no sleep, I arrived in the capital of Maputo filled with excitement for what was to come. An hour passed and there I was, standing in the airport watching the same piece of luggage rotate through the conveyer belt without having retrieved my own.

Researching Soil Hydrogen Dynamics in Subarctic Sweden

During the summer of 2012, I had the incredible opportunity to study trace gas emissions near the Abisko Scientific Research Station in the tiny town of Abisko in subarctic Sweden. This was through the Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates (NERU) program, a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of New Hampshire. The director is Dr. Ruth Varner, research associate professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean, and Space and in the Department of Earth Sciences at UNH.

How Does Moo-ving to Pasture Feeding Affect the Nutrient Composition of Cows' Blood and Milk?

If someone had asked me what I thought my undergraduate education would entail, it definitely would not have included anything to do with cows. Nor did I see myself sitting in a cow pasture at dusk awaiting a photo shoot for the cover of the University of New Hampshire Magazine. With that said, I would not change a thing about my undergraduate research experience. Through studying carotenoids in cows’ blood, milk, and milk products, I was able to greatly enhance my educational experience at the University of New Hampshire.

In the Shadow of Court-Clearing: The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Struggle for Autonomy

I delicately turned the page in the decrepit two-hundred-year-old tome. What I found on the next page startled me. I hardly expected to find a horrific massacre in the dull annals of the New Hampshire legislature, but here before my very eyes were strewn the bodies of dozens of deceased insects: silverfish, eaters of books! These pests were hunting for a treasure that is buried deep within the University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library—a treasure that few students are aware of and one that few historians have explored.

Coming To America: The Social and Economic Mobility of African Immigrants in the United States

Imagine you had to start all over. None of your academic accomplishments mattered, not your high school diploma, not your bachelor’s degree, not even your nursing certification. Imagine that those grueling years you spent working on papers, projects and exams, were for nothing―at least nothing you could use toward the career you have always wanted.

A Community Approach: Improving the Health and Wellness of People with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland

A role model in my life has been my older sister who has Down syndrome. Through her, I have been exposed to persons with intellectual/learning disabilities, and greatly enjoyed forming relationships with this group of my peers. As I began my undergraduate career as a nursing student, I knew I wanted to continue working with adults with intellectual disabilities.

Hamanasi Eco-Resort: Examining the Profit, Planet, and People Bottom Lines of Sustainability

Every morning I wake up in my room, a small house built among the trees, sit on my front porch, and watch the sun climb up over the ocean. After breakfast, I walk barefoot along the beach towards the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Belize. As I near the resort, a boat full of scuba divers leaves the dock for a day of exploring the second largest barrier reef in the world. But I was not sent here to scuba dive with the hawksbill turtle or relax on the beach sipping a coconut, and I am not here to taste local Caribbean cuisine or visit ancient Mayan ruins.

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