Student Projects

Student Projects

The Hart Leadership Program has a long history of exemplary student work, and we are proud to showcase here a selection of student research projects, internships, and honors theses dating back to 2011. Below, you can explore nearly 400 student projects, filtering by project type, Hart program affiliated with the project, thematic topics, project locations, and project years. The database does not provide the full text of students' projects, but it does provide abstracts of student work wherever available, as well as more information including students' class year and, when applicable, the name of the community partner organization a student worked with to conduct their internship or research. We will continue to expand the database as our students continue conducting phenomenal projects. In the meantime, use the search function below to explore our incredible students' work, and get inspired!

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Project Location: South Asia

Empowering Women’s Health while Navigating Mumbai’s Socioeconomic Terrain

Sathvika Gandavarapu interned at the Myna Mahila Foundation in Mumbai, India, founded by Suhani Jalota, a former Duke Alum. The foundation, dedicated to women’s health, conducted research on economic empowerment, provided health services, and employed women to create menstrual pads in impoverished regions of Mumbai. Sathvika worked with the Health …

The Future of Afghan Applicants to US Colleges

This summer I worked with Kabul Educational Advising Center (KEAC), the only SAT testing center in Afghanistan, to create a standard and reusable preparation program for the Afghan high school students and school graduates who are interested in applying to US colleges and universities. We also developed an online application …

Effects of Access to Finance on Business Formation in Nepal

Introduction This paper looks at the role of access to finance in Nepal, as measured by number of bank branches and volumes of MFI loans, in formation of new businesses. It does so using time-series data and hopes to share policy implications that could move the country forward economically. Nepal …

Mobile App Design and Usage for First Responders

Background & Introduction Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh has the highest population concentration in the world. The large population, economic growth and urbanization are raising transportation demands. The number of vehicles on the road has increased dramatically, leading to more road side accident. The Problem 5.8 million people die of injuries and …

Confronting the Challenges of Household Selection in a Survey of Bangalore

Citizenship Index: A Brief Overview The Brown-Janaagraha Citizenship Index (CI) is a massive undertaking that aims to understand the quality of citizenship in urban India, in particular, Bangalore. This topic is of great relevance as India is rapidly urbanizing which, in turn, means the world is rapidly urbanizing since a …

The Student Experience of Teach for Nepal (TFN) Fellows’ Classrooms

Nepal’s public education system is in a dire situation: only 60% of the students who enrol in grade 1 make it to grade 10. Of those who make it to grade 10, over 50% of the students fail their 10th grade national level examination (School Leaving Certificate or SLC). In …