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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Banange, Bayaye: Addressing the Rise of Karamojong Street Children in Kampala, Uganda

Problem Statement Although the Ugandan government has actively addressed the Karamojong street children phenomenon since 2002, it remains a problem. In Kampala alone, there are over 2,000 Karamojong street children1. Despite renewed government fervor, the current Campaign to Eradicate Street Children in Kampala, spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender, Labor, …

How to Make “The Girl Effect” Real: Improving Education Outcomes for Girls in Primary Schools in the Nyanza Province of Southwestern Kenya

The World Bank, the United Nations, and many non-governmental organizations have published literature outlining the vast benefits of improving girls’ education in the developing world, yet significant educational disparities continue to exist. In order to develop economically and socially, Kenya must address this issue. Seventeen percent of primary school aged …

Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Reasons, Effects and Humanitarian Intervention

Overview Rape victims need to be empowered through economic uplift schemes. Rape has become part of the culture in DRC as the number of civilian perpetrators of rape increased 17 fold between 2004-2008. Due to the heavy stigmatization of rape, victims do not often report rape. They suffer psychological and …

The Invisibility of Caregiving Work and its Adverse Impacts on Women

Current divorce laws with regards to child-support and alimony fail to adequately support mothers coming out of traditional families where there is a primary bread-winner and a primary care-giver, a higher earner and a lower earner. There is an increasing trend of divorced women entering poverty. Census data from 2007 …

Archaeology in the Holy Land: A Weapon of History, Representation, and Politics

I am writing to you as a concerned global citizen regarding the current status of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its effects on the global heritage sites in the city of Jerusalem. Since even before the establishment of the state of Israel, the global community has been involved in the excavation, …

Barriers to Mental Health Services for Domestic Violence Survivors

Problem Statement Referral to outside services remains the most common practice of North Carolina domestic violence shelters and agencies for addressing mental health issues among survivors. However, practitioners estimate that only 5-20% of survivors actually receive services. This number is low considering 47.6% suffer from depression, 63.8% have PTSD, 17.9% …