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.

Perceptions of Youth on Health, Nutrition, and Well-Being in their Local Community: The Somersworth Photovoice Project

When I was young, I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to help people on a large scale through community-wide interventions and policy change. As I got older, I developed a respect for high quality research. I understood that writing policy and implementing interventions is about more than just having an idea or an opinion. By uncovering the factors and evidence related to a problem, we equip ourselves with the facts necessary to build a credible platform for change. Put simply, research gives power to ideas.

A Good Life in Old Age: Accommodating Elderly Patients' Values and Motivations in the Thai Healthcare System

In college, we are often asked, “What do you want to accomplish in ten years?”  The answer to this question eludes many of us until we let go of the feelings of not knowing what to do with the rest of our lives and just follow our passions.  Thankfully, college grants us this freedom of expression and guides us to become the people we know we are capable of becoming.  This task is accomplished in waves, and in my case, began with taking a medical anthropology class, connecting with an incredible professor, Dr.

The Impact of an Epilepsy Self-Management Program on Healthcare Utilization and Related Costs

A chronic medical condition such as epilepsy requires a lifetime of monitoring and management by a medical team and the patient. The treatment is often multidisciplinary and can include medication, surgery, education, and self-management. This last approach focuses on teaching patients to monitor and respond to symptoms on their own while utilizing their healthcare team for guidance and support.

Comparison of Cuticular Hydrocarbons in Three Populations of the Carpenter Bee “Ceratina calcarata” to help Understand their Role in Social Evolution

You could say it was fate, you could say that it was destiny, or you could say it was just meant to bee. That pun was intended, though my introduction to bees happened quite unintentionally when, as a freshman in the fall of 2012, I stumbled upon the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Bee Lab and have been engrossed in bee research ever since. Under the direction of my mentor, Dr.

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina

As a student in political science and international affairs at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), I strive to expand my education by immersing myself in unique and challenging experiences. One of these experiences was my internship at Amnesty International U.S.A. in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2013. My most recent experience, and the focus of this article, was in the summer of 2014, conducting research in Bosnia-Herzegovina with funding from the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) in the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.

Do you “park your car” or “pahk your cah”?: The Changing Dialect of Southern New Hampshire

The way that you speak is affected by your age, gender, education, and the dialect you grew up hearing. The field of sociolinguistics studies the relationship between these factors and language change over time. Through my involvement in the University of New Hampshire (UNH) linguistics program, I heard about the New Hampshire Language and Life Project (NHLL) started by Dr. Maya Ravindranath, assistant professor of linguistics in the Department of English. The NHLL allows students the opportunity to document and analyze language change in southern New Hampshire.

Higher Levels of Confusion: Rocket Sensors in the Northern Lights


The rocket is launched into the aurora (Courtesy of Terry E. Zaperach, NASA).

Effects of Audible Human Disturbances on Koala (Phascolarctos Cinereus) Behavior in Queensland, Australia and Implications for Management

As a senior in the medical and veterinary option of the biomedical sciences major, it’s no secret that I have a love for animals. I have taken every opportunity I can to work with them, whether it be an internship at a zoo or a veterinary clinic. As a child, I was enthralled by Animal Planet’s episodes of The Crocodile Hunter, where host Steve Irwin ventured into the Australian wilderness to seek out rare and dangerous creatures in order to educate the public about them.

Diet Analysis for Wildlife Management: Protecting the Cheetah in Namibia

During the summer of 2014, I did scat, or fecal, analysis of carnivores for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia in order to help manage and protect the cheetah, Africa’s most endangered big cat. I learned firsthand how important and complex species conservation is. Before I went to Namibia, I was naïve about wildlife conservation and had no exposure to exotic animals. During my time in Africa, I learned to work with people from different cultures and truly gained a passion for animal conservation.

Taking a Deeper Look into the Lives of Disadvantaged Children through Visual Content Analysis

Asking children to draw a picture of family life is a simple and efficient way to assess their mental health. Katz, Barnetz, and Hershkowitz found that when children have to discuss traumatic experiences, drawing pictures gives them a sense of control, and helps them express their emotions more freely (2014). Children enjoy this activity, and are more at ease as compared to filling out a questionnaire or having a formal interview.


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