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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Closing the Imaginative Gap: Linking Civically Engaged Students with Careers of High Social Impact

Currently, over a quarter of graduating Duke seniors accept jobs in the consulting or financial services (C&F) industries. These students overwhelmingly cite their employment decision as one motivated by financial and psychological security, and plan to work long-term in high social-impact careers. For a university which has a strong stated …

DREAMing is Believing: Achieving In-State Tuition for Undocumented Youth

Problem Statement As immigration reform climbs to the forefront of the Congressional agenda following the resounding demands of the Latino constituency, it is crucial that we examine the work that remains to be done to remove inequality from our federal education system, particularly at the level of higher education. Of …

El Sistema in America: Improving Access to Music Education for Our Nation’s Most Underprivileged Youth

Problem Statement Since 1975, the El Sistema movement in Venezuela has utilized government funding to provide free classical music education for over two million children in poverty. Though El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States have emerged in recent years, the El Sistema USA movement lacks long-term sustainability due to …

Facing Discrimination and Deportation: Ending State-Sponsored Discrimination Against Latino Immigrants in America

Background Information: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) expanded its partnership with local police forces nationwide through the 287(g) program enacted in 2004. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to delegate investigation and detention powers to participating local police forces. Currently ICE has 287(g) …

Finding the Source: Addressing the Raise and Normalization of Intimate Partner Violence in Turkey

The most recent national study performed in Turkey on violence towards intimate partners shows that 50-60% of women in the entire country have experienced sexual or physical violence from their intimate partners at one point in their lives. According to the same study, 94% of women who have experienced abuse …

Flawed Welfare: Identifying How Best Community Health Centers Can Champion For and Meet the Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants

As the NACHC knows, undocumented immigrants will remain ineligible to enroll in the expanded Medicaid program that the federal government will offer through the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA). In addition, the federal government has plans to cut $10 billion dollars from the annual subsidy that compensates community health centers …