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.

Refugee Composers of the Twentieth Century: The Impact of Displacement on Musical Identity During World War II

I have always loved music, and since becoming a music major at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) I have gained a great appreciation for the history behind it. I decided to conduct independent research while taking my first music history course with Professor Rose Pruiksma, who later became my mentor when I received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant. I chose to apply for the grant because I wanted to experience exactly what a long-term research project entails, and because I wanted to learn more in-depth about twentieth-century music history.

Extracting Bankfull Widths and Stream Slopes from New England Rivers

Environmental policy, such as land management and regulation related to climate change, hinges on reliable, large-scale scientific data. Data related to the size of rivers is especially important. For example, greenhouse gas exchange between bodies of water and the atmosphere is one important parameter which can be derived from the size of a river. Flood prediction modeling, which is also dependent on large-scale scientific data, will increase in importance as global warming continues to affect the New England Seacoast region, where the land is close to sea level.

Sexuality and Regional Dialects in Southern New Hampshire

The concept of social identity dominates contemporary social and political discourse. We see statistics broken down along the lines of gender, class, race, or sexuality, and hear jokes that have to do with these social identities. While statistics are useful in constructing public policy, and jokes are funny in the right contexts, the way that social identities function is richer and more complex than some popular identity-based discourse may let on.

Occupational Therapy via Telehealth for Families Raising Children with Autism

Special focus on family health is emerging in occupational therapy and has potential to create a significant change in the lives of families. Family health is a complex term that captures overall well-being and satisfaction of each individual member, as well as the family unit. Family arguably may be the most critical unit of being in a child’s life, and is thus reflective on the overall life satisfaction, development, and well-being of all individuals involved (Newland et al., 2015).

Learning to Code Human Behavior

I have always enjoyed observing people and their behaviors. I often find myself analyzing relationships in public places, such as parents disciplining their children in the grocery store or talking with their children about certain types of food in a restaurant. In my major of human development and family studies (HDFS) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), we learn why children might behave in certain ways and use this knowledge to better guide our interactions with them to support positive development. I also am enrolled in the elementary education accelerated master’s program.

Understanding Interpersonal Trust and Task-Unrelated Thought Through Computer-Mediated Health Conversations

Most of our lives, whether professional or personal, consist of building relationships to manifest personal fulfillment through career advancement, inclusion in social groups, or attracting a significant other and raising a family. Building relationships with peers, mentors, and other professionals to achieve these subjective goals is usually facilitated through carefully attending to the way we converse with others, and creating meaningful conversations.

The Effects of Instagram’s Fitspiration on the Health and Well-Being of Women

Social media use has increased dramatically over the last decade, especially given its accessibility at the fingertips of all smartphone users. Instagram, a social media platform primarily for photo sharing, is the second most downloaded application in the Apple Store and connects at least 700 million users worldwide (Clement, 2020).

Connecting Composting and Greenhouses: An Energy Capture and Usage Model

Composting is an important practice used in sustainable agriculture and gardening. Disposing of food scraps through composting creates fertilizer that can be used in home gardens, in greenhouses, and on farms. Food scraps aren’t the only material that is valuable for creating compost; animal waste, human waste, and items such as wood shavings and paper plates and napkins are also decomposable ingredients.

Living in a World Where Seeing Is No Longer Believing: Artificial Intelligence as a Disinformation Engine

I have been fascinated by technology since my childhood. In high school, I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to the pursuit of technology and to unlock new ways it can help humanity grow and flourish. During my sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), I became inspired to double major in philosophy in addition to my original coursework in information technology. Although seemingly contrasting majors, the two come together beautifully when studying how our society influences (and is influenced by) technological innovations.

Professional Nurse-Led Unjani Clinics: Empowering the Nurse Entrepreneur

Many countries, including the United States, struggle with the accessibility and affordability of health care. In South Africa, health care is written as a constitutional right. However, the 45 million South Africans who live without health insurance are unable to access the private sector providers (South Africa Department of Statistics, 2017). This is a problem because the uninsured are subjected to public sector clinics, which are burdened by long queues and perceived ineffective care.


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