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.

I Cannot Tell a Lie: Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Deceptive Behavior

As a senior psychology student at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, I serve in many roles. Professionally, I work as the senior career peer in the Career and Professional Success office, as assistant to the lead ambassador in the admissions office, and as a peer assistant leader in the office of Student Development and Involvement. Throughout my experiences, I have developed a keen interest in what allows people to succeed.

Effects of a Typical Fast-Food Meal on Arterial Stiffness in Young Adults

By contributing to poor eating habits, fast-food chains play a large role in the obesity epidemic and its related health problems in the United States. It is known that a diet high in fat, sodium, and cholesterol (which describes most fast-food options) increases the risk of developing cardiovascular-related health complications (Anderson et al. 2011). One of these is greater arterial stiffness, or a decrease in the ability of the arteries to constrict and relax to move blood efficiently.

Investigating the Dark Sector: Attempting to Resolve the Hubble Tension with a Modified Model of the Universe

How did the universe come into existence, and what is its fate? How did galaxies, stars, and planets form? What is the universe made of at the most fundamental level? These questions are at the heart of the field of cosmology. My endless fascination with these questions and curiosity about the universe on all scales, from the formation of galaxy superclusters down to the most fundamental constituents of matter, sparked my interest in physics—the branch of science that studies these topics.

Digging in the Dirt and Keeping Research Clean: Bridging Two Majors with Hands-on Work

Whenever I mention that I want to be an archaeologist, people tend to conjure up images of Indiana Jones and his crazy adventures or, even worse, dinosaur bones. Both images are wrong. It would be fun to be the next Indiana Jones, but that is a popularized view of archaeology, and many real-life archaeologists cringe when they watch his movies. This is mainly because he fails to properly excavate his finds and simply grabs the “treasure” and runs. The other misconception, dinosaur bones, involves an entirely different field, paleontology, which is the study of fossils.

Scaling Methane Emissions Using Vegetation Cover Type at Sallie’s Fen

During the summer of 2018, I had an amazing opportunity to study methane emissions in a unique ecosystem just down the road from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). As an environmental science major with a minor in wildlife and conservation biology, I had always loved to learn about the natural world while surrounded by it. When Dr. Ruth Varner, who became my mentor, introduced this research opportunity to me, I figured it would be a perfect fit, and I was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Hamel Center to support the work.

Evaluation of Methods to Monitor Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in the Environment

Beyond my general passion for the environment, I struggled to find a particular area that I wanted to focus on as an environmental engineering major at the University of New Hampshire and in my future career. I have always wanted to do impactful work, but I was pulled by so many environmental issues that I struggled to decide which one I cared most about. So, when the opportunity arose in the summer of 2017 to intern at a company in their analytical chemistry lab, I took it—despite it being outside the realm of environmental engineering.

What Influences Seed Selection by Small Mammals?

Bartlett Valley in New Hampshire is alive with many species of animals. Just after the sun rises in the morning, you can hear dozens of frogs offering a chorus of croaks, and the beautiful echoing whistle of hermit thrushes can be heard throughout the valley. Red foxes can be seen trotting from forest edge to edge, and white-tailed deer pass through the trees silently with an uncanny grace. The traces of black bears’ claws can be seen carved into the smooth bark of beech trees, and occasionally, the deep rumble of a moose call can be heard in the distance.

The Heart of a Horse: 3-D Echocardiographic Analysis of the Equine Aortic Valve

Like human athletes, sport horses have more wear and tear put on their bodies, including on their hearts. High-performing human athletes have been known to die suddenly from cardiac events, and horses are no different. Cardiac issues like murmurs and arrhythmias can be normal in horses, but it is important to know when they are a cause for concern. This is especially true when the murmur is caused by disease or defects in the aortic valve, because this can lead to sudden cardiac death in a rare but not insignificant number of cases.

Korean-American Military Brat Lands in NH and Seeks to Improve Mental Health Training for Future Pediatricians

The rain relentlessly threw itself at the classroom window. Scattered quotes, posters, and supplies lining the walls were at dissonance with the organized desks inhabiting the center of the room. From where I stood, a whiteboard hung directly behind me, the carpet beneath began to mold to my shoes, and a projector dangled above the heads of about thirty students.

Connecting Rodents to Our Roots: A Journey of Education and Outreach

There’s nothing quite like watching a group of adults and children scurrying across a damp, leaf-littered forest floor, acting like mice, voles, and chipmunks so that they can learn about a little-known yet vital ecological niche. Yet that is just what I did while conducting an outreach program to share my research on the effects that rodents have on their environment. As an outdoor education major, my goal was to teach these people about the importance of rodents to forest health. Outreach is an important step in actualizing real-world action after research reveals an important issue.

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