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.

A Nurse in Nepal: Determining Quality of Postnatal Care in the Foothills of the Himalayas

Currently in Nepal, the infant mortality rate is 39 per 1,000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate is 170 per 100,000 live births (UNICEF, 2011).  In comparison, the infant and maternal mortality rate in the United States is 6 and 21, respectively.  Nepal, a poor country with a Gross National Income per capita of $400, compared to the U.S.

A Supplemented Diet: Multivitamin Use among College Students

Diet and nutrition play an important role in health maintenance and disease prevention (Balluz, L.S. et al). As Americans seek new strategies to achieve good health, the supplement industry offers many products to fulfill that desire.

Number Discrimination in the Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga Columbiana)

Research comes in many shapes and sizes. Some might imagine a setting with microscopes and complicated equipment, or even dangerous chemicals. It might require hours of long and difficult data analysis. I, however, see grey feathers and intelligent black eyes, with a personality to match. As a biomedical science, medical and veterinary science major, my research is different from a lot of other laboratories, but the work we do is just as important. The Clark’s Nutcracker birds I work with are remarkably intelligent and have unique personalities that make them a joy to be around.

Not in my Backyard: How Citizen Attitudes and Local Politics Affect Disaster Preparedness Policies

I got involved in natural disaster studies the old-fashioned way.

Interviewing the Street Children of Mekelle City, Ethiopia: Their Plight and What Help Public and Private Organizations Offer


(Click on map to enlarge) Ethiopia with Mek’ele (Mekelle City), capital of the Tigray Region (Nations Online Project).

Investigating the Presence of a Red Zone for Unwanted Sexual Experiences among College Students: Class Year and Gender


The 2012-13 McNair Scholars with the author in the middle in red (Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services).

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


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


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.


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