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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Offering a Second Chance: Providing Equal Opportunities to Former RUF Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Problem Statement Background Since the cease-fire in 2006, the Sierra Leonean government has worked extensively to reintegrate all former child soldiers involved in the decade-long civil war, even those of the rebel army, the Revolutionary United Force.  However, many of these children have been excluded from the process and many …

Slipping Through the Cracks: Elementary School Students Falling Behind and Staying Behind

Across the country, 33% of fourth graders do not have the most basic reading skills needed to succeed in classes, and later in life.  The third grade is a pivotal period in terms of reading development, as it is the point at which students stop learning to read in their …

The Duke Man: Redefining On-Campus Hegemonic Masculinity

While forcible sexual assault reports have gone for year 2011 have gone down, liquor law violations, drug use violations, and aggravated assault cases have increased. Reports of hazing at Duke have also increased this past semester. These irresponsible behaviors have harmful effects for both male and female students. Greater support …

The Intersection of Women, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Welfare Policy

Problem Statement The policies of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) regarding public housing are inadequate in addressing the special circumstances of homeless women who are victims of domestic violence (DV). In fact, some policies may even exacerbate their predicament, making them more vulnerable to intimate partner violence. While …

Underrepresented Minority Youth in the American Education System

Motivating black and Hispanic students is one of the biggest problems high school districts face throughout the country. According to the NAACP, “the rate at which African American males are dropping out and being placed in special education far exceeds the rate at which they are graduating and reaching high …

Cultural Program Evaluation

Background: This was the first year that the Women in Need Center instituted cultural classes for all present and past clients of the center. Each cultural program was designed for different purposes. The tea ceremony was designed to provide a safe and peaceful space where the clients could retreat from …