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.

Exploring the Potential for Sharia-compliant Microfinance in Underwriting Jordan's Muslim Poor

In the developed, industrialized West, the idea of microfinance may strike the average person as somewhat distant. Microfinance offers small loans, often unsecured, to people who conventional banks will not lend to because they lack collateral or credit history. It wasn’t until I arrived in Egypt, just a few weeks before a popular coup d’état unseated President Muhammad Morsi, that I understood why access to microfinance is so vital to the poor.

Contemporary Art with Chinese Characteristics: Relations between Beijing Artists and the Chinese Government Post-1989

China is known in the West for its repression of individual expression, especially during the Cultural Revolution (1966-71) under Mao Zedong. Mao died in 1976, and by 1989 his successor Deng Xiaoping had been cautiously moving toward greater openness. That year, a landmark exhibit of contemporary art, work which had existed underground since at least the 1970s but had not been publicly shown, took place at the National Museum near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This was the first acknowledgment of “unofficial” art (works not created for the government) in the Communist Party's history.

Interviewing Adults with Intellectual Disabilities about Oral Health in Brisbane, Australia

Brushing our teeth is as routine as is going to the dentist twice a year. Today so much goes towards preventative care, and yet we still end up with cavities or imperfections that need treatment—even just for vanity. Now, imagine a person with an intellectual disability, a person who may find it hard to remember, concentrate, or make decisions easily or quickly. He or she may need constant reinforcement about the basic tasks of everyday living. Regular teeth brushing and trips to the dentist don’t happen, and their oral health suffers.

Questioning the Marshall Plan in the Buildup to the Cold War

The European Recovery Program, part of the Economic Recovery Act of 1948, was from its inception known by the name of its chief proponent and designer, George C. Marshall, United States Secretary of State from January 1947 to January 1949. In place until 1951, the Marshall Plan made possible the economic recovery of a continent devastated by World War II. It was brilliantly designed to succeed where other rehabilitation plans had failed. The development of the Plan was extremely complex, not only because of what it proposed to do, but also because of ideological tensions between the U.S.

A Nurse in Nepal: Determining Quality of Postnatal Care in the Foothills of the Himalayas

Currently in Nepal, the infant mortality rate is 39 per 1,000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate is 170 per 100,000 live births (UNICEF, 2011).  In comparison, the infant and maternal mortality rate in the United States is 6 and 21, respectively.  Nepal, a poor country with a Gross National Income per capita of $400, compared to the U.S.

A Supplemented Diet: Multivitamin Use among College Students

Diet and nutrition play an important role in health maintenance and disease prevention (Balluz, L.S. et al). As Americans seek new strategies to achieve good health, the supplement industry offers many products to fulfill that desire.

Number Discrimination in the Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga Columbiana)

Research comes in many shapes and sizes. Some might imagine a setting with microscopes and complicated equipment, or even dangerous chemicals. It might require hours of long and difficult data analysis. I, however, see grey feathers and intelligent black eyes, with a personality to match. As a biomedical science, medical and veterinary science major, my research is different from a lot of other laboratories, but the work we do is just as important. The Clark’s Nutcracker birds I work with are remarkably intelligent and have unique personalities that make them a joy to be around.

Not in my Backyard: How Citizen Attitudes and Local Politics Affect Disaster Preparedness Policies

I got involved in natural disaster studies the old-fashioned way.

Interviewing the Street Children of Mekelle City, Ethiopia: Their Plight and What Help Public and Private Organizations Offer


(Click on map to enlarge) Ethiopia with Mek’ele (Mekelle City), capital of the Tigray Region (Nations Online Project).

Investigating the Presence of a Red Zone for Unwanted Sexual Experiences among College Students: Class Year and Gender


The 2012-13 McNair Scholars with the author in the middle in red (Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services).


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