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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Cultural Transformation Toolkit

The Green House Project is a nonprofit organization working to deinstitutionalize skilled nursing facilities through the creation and proliferation of a radical small home model that prioritizes person-directed care. The organization, which was founded in 2003, has now over 350 adoptees of the model throughout the country, and is slowly …

Improving International Development Through Data-Driven Methods

The Peace Corps is an independent agency run by the U.S. Federal Government that primarily sends American volunteers abroad for two years programs to complete international development projects. However, 10-15% of the time, Peace Corps Volunteers do not complete their two years of service when they resign due to various …

When Place Matters: History of Access to Healthcare and Mental Healthcare in Rural NC

“Place—a confluence of the social, economic, political, physical, and built environments—is fundamental to our understanding of health and health inequities among marginalized racial groups in the United States” –Sharrelle Barber For the past 14 weeks, I served as an administrative intern with the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ …

Internship with the League of Women Voters of the US; Thesis: “The Liberation of All Beings: Zen Buddhism and Political Considerations in Modern America”

My PEP fellowship helped support my internship at the League of Women Voters of the U.S. where, in addition to other work, I researched the election laws of all 50 states and helped maintain Vote411, a comprehensive voter information website. Through this, I learned about how states make voting more …

Campaign for Doreen Bogdan-Martin for Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

I worked on the campaign for Doreen Bogdan-Martin for Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU is a UN agency that sets global internet protocols and is tasked with promoting internet infrastructure development in the global south. I lead research on existing internet infrastructure regimes across sub-Saharan …

Post-Pandemic Reproductive Healthcare Service Recovery Framework for Kenya

In Sub-Saharan Africa, national health infrastructure and institutional financing lag behind individuals’ need for access to reproductive healthcare services. The COVID-19 pandemic halted essential reproductive care delivery by limiting in-person visits and reducing workforce and funding. To meet population needs in post-pandemic life, the government needs to adjust a national …