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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Understanding and Evaluation of the Mental and Physical Well-Being of Orphaned and Vulnerable (OVC) in Naama, Uganda

The problem of orphan-hood and vulnerability in children poses a huge challenge for Ugandan society. The recently passed Second National Strategic Programme Plan of Intervention (NSPPI-2) defines an orphan as “a child below the age of 18 years who has lost one or both parents.” In addition, NSPPI-2 classifies vulnerable …

SOS Village Recommendations

My primary concern while teaching the girls at SOS Village was encouraging them to succeed. In every class, I constantly emphasized the importance of working hard and focusing on their studies. I made several observations through the course of my volunteer work. I will start by giving a short assessment …

A Study of Socioeconomic Status and Social Pressure on Views of Violence Against Women after the November 2011 Earthquake in Van, Turkey

This project is executed in collaboration with Van Women’s Association (VAKAD). The project aims to understand the situation of women in Van after the October 2011 earthquake. The project has two parts. The first aim is to illustrate the situation of women currently living in Van and the issues for …

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors at the Durham Crisis Response Center

The psychological effects of Domestic Violence have been well documented. Golding’s (1999) meta-analysis found that 47.6% of survivors experience depression, 63.8% have PTSD symptoms, 17.9% exhibit suicidality, 18.5% have alcohol abuse problems, and 8.9% live with substance abuse problems. Unfortunately, due to severe budgetary and staff constraints, it is difficult …

al-Resala: A Case Study of Civic Engagement in the Middle East

Resala Training Center (RTC) of Dokki is one of the many services provided to the community by the organization Resala. Resala is the largest NGO in Cairo and it was started in 1999 as  a student movement at the department of engineering at Cairo University. RTC provides training to the …

Analyzing the Ways in which Urban Ministries of Durham Can Better Serve the Needs of the Durham Poor and Homeless

The following is a community based research report of the work of Urban Ministries intern, Tegan Joseph Mosugu. Tegan conducted a community based research project from May to July, Working as a research fellow at Urban Ministries, Tegan had a wide exposure to all the day to day. During his …