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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Topic: The Built Environment, Housing, & Land Use

Facilitating the Building Model for a Community Resource Center in Shirati, Tanzania

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Watching the Marvelous City in Transition: Housing Policy Recommendations from the Voices of the Communities

For most of the past decade since Brazil was awarded the World Cup bid in 2007 and Rio won the Olympic bid in 2009, the Marvelous City has experienced a remarkable transformation. With the addition of the large scale favela-upgrading program Morar Carioca, the UPP security program, the influence of …

What Are the Implications of the Industrial Food System, and What Are the Barriers Facing Sustainable Food Production in Costa Rica?

This report details the realities of the 21st century Costa Rican food system. Drawing upon interviews with farmers (both organic and conventional), artisanal fishermen, supermarket owners, co-op organizers and participants, chocolate producers, and coffee manufacturers, this report intertwines on-the-ground testimonies with the work of NGOs, government agencies, investigative journalists, and …

Finding What Works: Working in the Context to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Rural Kenya

Problem Statement Mothers and children in rural Kenya have a disproportionate mortality rate when compared to the rest of the Kenyan population. This mortality can largely be prevented with care and services available within Kenya. A community based approach must be used to bring the established interventions to the mothers …

Reframing Strategies for Ending Homelessness: St. Vincent de Paul

Problem Statement Over the last five years, efforts by government and non-governmental organizations to end homelessness in San Diego have not been successful.  From 2009 to 2012, the number of homeless persons in the region grew from 7,892 to 9,638, an increase of 22.1%.  In San Diego, people who are …

A Summary of Factors Predicting Housing and Income Outcomes of Clients Applying for Disability Benefits

Homeless people in San Diego have disproportionate rates of disability – 65% of homeless adult individuals in the San Diego region had a disabling condition, compared to only 42% of homeless individuals nationally and 19% of all U.S. individuals nationally (Development, 2010) (Homeless, 2012). St. Vincent de Paul Village (the …