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.

Clothing and Power in the Royal World of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I

At President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech, “the women of the US Democratic party dressed in unanimous white” to make “a powerful statement that the status quo in Washington will be challenged” (Independent 2019). In the 1960s, women burned bras in support of women’s rights. In the late 1500s, Queen Elizabeth I took the reins of England, despite opposition, by creating a powerful image using clothing as one of her tools.

The Post-Tonal Pedagogical Piano Music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

I played piano for about ten years before deciding that I wanted to major in music performance and teach private lessons. As a beginning student, I was captivated by the wide variety of musical styles readily available in piano music and always wanted to explore sounds beyond those of the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. My longtime piano teacher throughout all of grade school, Kathryn Southworth, always provided me with these opportunities through exposure to interesting and often lesser-known composers.

Contributing to the Field of Dam Removal Science: Analyzing Sediment Characteristics in Mill Pond and Sawyer Mill

Research, whether formal or informal, is woven into the intricacies of everyday life. In its rawest form, it is the pursuit of truth; research seeks to provide a better understanding of the world we live in. Entering the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus as a civil engineering student, I didn’t anticipate the vital role research would come to play in my academic experience or in my understanding of how engineering principles are developed.

Using Magnetostratigraphy to Find the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina

Approximately 66 million years ago (Clyde et al., 2016), an asteroid collided with the Yucatan Peninsula (Schulte et al., 2010). The effects of this event, which marks the end of the Cretaceous period, were felt around the globe. It induced earthquakes and tsunamis around the impact site. Material released into the atmosphere caused acid rain and blocked sunlight, which caused global temperatures to cool. This cascading sequence of events also caused one of the largest mass extinctions in the history of Earth.

Remote Sensing for River Restoration and Dam Removal Studies

From a young age, I learned the importance of respecting the natural environment from my parents, particularly my dad, who is a restoration ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). My experiences growing up in a family that enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and other outdoor activities also contributed to my appreciation for natural resources. I took this passion for the environment and followed in my father’s footsteps by becoming an environmental conservation and sustainability major at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). 

Media, Gender, and National Identity in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The visuals we encounter every day present us with messages that convey cultural norms and values; billboards, magazines, books, television, and social media provide information about culture and gender, which are mutually informative. In the summer of 2019, I traveled to the city of Almaty, the cultural center of Kazakhstan, to conduct exploratory research on gender as it is transmitted in the mediascape. Mediascape refers to “a landscape of images that produce and disseminate information (newspapers, magazines, television stations, film production studios, etc.) . . .

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.

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