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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The Case for the Case for the Innocence Project

The Duke Law Innocence Project, a volunteer student organization, works to exonerate victims of wrongful conviction by assisting in investigations of claims of innocence. This summer, I served as a research assistant for the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, the umbrella organization for the Duke Innocence Project …

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 …

Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence

My project title was “Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence.” Its focus was using audience intelligence software to investigate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) audience diversity on social media, comparable organizations’ practices, and ways to reach diverse groups.

Challenges Facing Canadian Francophone Students in Anglo-Dominant Contexts During Their Transition to Postsecondary Education

While the majority of French Canadians live in Quebec, Canada is also home to numerous francophone minority communities scattered across the country. Although the constitution guarantees linguistic rights such as bilingual access to government services to these francophones outside of Quebec, the assimilationist forces from the dominant Anglophone culture continuously …

Using Latine Community Networks to Create Healthier Families

At Make the Road NY, I worked with the Health Outreach Team and Trans Immigrant Health Project to collect referrals to connect residents to SNAP/WIC benefits, NYC Care, health insurance programs, OSHA classes, and immigration assistance. I also researched and developed accessible-language bilingual presentations for community workshops on SNAP benefits, …

Durham: A Case Study for Economic Democracy

In the summer of 2022, I worked with the City of Durham to assist them in the implementation of their Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project, a yearslong initiative to democratize some of the city’s budget to increase community engagement, civic trust, and equitable funding. I researched how PB could be envisioned …