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.

Social Behavior and Personality Patterns of Captive African Elephants

When I was young, I had a holographic trading card of a cheetah with facts about the species on the back. As I moved the card, the cheetah appeared to sprint through the lush grass, which fascinated me. That was probably my first exposure to any wild animals. I grew up in a city, but quickly fell in love with the local zoo. Years later, I decided to major in biomedical science at the University of New Hampshire because I was intrigued by anatomy and physiology.

Does Foam Rolling Really Work?

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is an enigma to the exercise world: researchers are still trying to understand the process by which DOMS occurs and figure out exactly which modalities, or treatment methods, can alleviate DOMS. You may have experienced DOMS after working out at a higher intensity than usual, after going on a long hike that you’re unaccustomed to, or back in high school when you started preseason workouts. Foam rolling is just one proposed modality for reducing the length of time an individual experiences a high level of perceived soreness after exercise.

The Evolution of Senses: My Research Journey into the Nervous System of Cnidaria

I began my journey in biological research the summer after my first year at UNH, when I was selected to participate in the in the Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP). I still remember walking into the Plachetzki laboratory for the first time. Just like me, the laboratory was brand new. It felt as if I was walking into a different world, one filled with shiny equipment and foreign reagents that could unlock the answers to scientific questions. My mentor, Dr. David Plachetzki, gave me a tour and told me about all the research ideas he planned to pursue at UNH.

Exploring the Diversity of Tropical Pumpkin in Costa Rica

My generation faces the challenge of feeding an exponentially growing population with an increasingly energy-intensive meat diet, while adapting to and mitigating climatic shifts. To engage in this matter, I am graduating with a bachelor of science in sustainable agriculture and food systems (SAFS), a dual-major in international affairs, and a minor in Spanish. Concern about climatic impacts led me to conduct an independent research project in Costa Rica, motivated by my interest in crop diversity and food security.

Student Commuters: Unpacking the Factors That Influence How High School Students Travel to School

Seventeen years into the twenty-first century, the citizens of the industrialized world experience the influence of technology in almost every sphere of their lives, including recreation, politics, home life, work life, and transportation. As we take new technological developments as commonplace, especially in the sphere of transportation, we may not think twice about how modernization affects our safety, our social lives, or the well-being of the environment.

The Healing Power of Storytelling: An Exploration into the Autoethnographic Process

My mind was a hopeless mess when it came time to register for courses for my eighth—what should have been my final—semester studying communication arts as an undergrad. Since my depression diagnosis in the spring of 2014, my mind and overall wellbeing had been at the mercy of sharp ups and downs. I hastily chose a few course numbers falling under the short list of remaining requirements for graduation. Unbeknownst to me, a higher being sat beside me, drawing my attention to CA 612, Narrative with Barbara Jago.

The Defining Characteristics of the Buurtzorg Nederland Model of Home Care from the Perspective of Buurtzorg Nurses

My grandmother had home care, but I did not know much about what that involved. As a senior honors nursing student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), my favorite part of nursing is getting to know the patients.  Hearing stories from the elderly, joking with patients, being a shoulder to lean on and a resource for information and collaboration all resonate with my nursing philosophy. Therefore, when my faculty mentor Dr.

Using Geographic Information Science to Map the Flight of the Regicides in Seventeenth-century New England

In May of 1660, the fledgling New England colonies welcomed two powerful and unexpected figures, Major Generals Edward Whalley and William Goffe. However, the presence of these heroes of the Puritan cause was tainted with the blood of the beheaded King Charles I. Whalley and Goffe were two of the judges who had found Charles I guilty of treason and ordered his execution in 1649, after his defeat in the English Civil Wars. Following the collapse of the Cromwellian Protectorate in 1660, the beheaded King’s son had returned to power as Charles II, and sought revenge.

Determining Presence/Absence and Abundance of Declining Shrubland-Dependent Songbirds in Human-created Shrublands in Southeastern New Hampshire

Ticks, thorns, bogs, dense vegetation, and blazing hot gravel pits might not be your first thought when talking about birding in New England, but they are certainly the reality when conducting research in the field. In the winter of 2014, we were invited to join an ongoing bird study at the University of New Hampshire seeking to investigate distribution, dispersal, and response to habitat management by shrubland-dependent songbirds.

How Does Silo Storage Time Affect Pavement Durability in Cold Weather Climates?

Since its introduction in the late 1800s, asphalt concrete has become one of the most important construction materials in the United States.  This basic mixture of sand, gravel, and asphalt binder (sticky, oily, glue-like material) currently covers millions of miles of pavement that connect every corner of the United States.  Among the engineering community, asphalt concrete is widely considered the safest, most durable, and most practical material for pavements.  Because of its widespread use, many research projects have focused on how to improve the performance of asphalt concrete for eve

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