Past Winners

Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant

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Term:
Spring 2015
Department:
Political Science & ISF
This project seeks to address the problem of gender-based violence (GBV) in India, particularly in urban slum areas where it is most prevalent. Rape is one of the most common crimes against women in India, and in 2012 alone, approximately 25,000 rape cases were reported across the country. The Delhi Shakti Project seeks to empower women in Delhi’s Bhalswa slum by partnering with Delhi NGOs to foster culturally appropriate dialogue on women’s rights, and empowering women to be the change agents in determining solutions to sexual violence prevention. It seeks to build a coalition of NGOs...Read more
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Ethics of Phase I Trials in Pediatric Oncology
Term:
Fall 2015
Department:
Interdisciplinary Studies
Cancer is the leading cause of disease death in children in the U.S., taking the lives of nearly 2,000 children each year. Children with terminal cancer often have the option of enrolling in a Phase I clinical trial, which is intended for scientific research and not for therapeutic benefit. However, for children who will certainly die from their cancers, any chance of therapeutic benefit can be worth taking. Because there is no other population in which some pediatric cancer drugs can be tested, it is also essential to science that many children do so. While each specific case has costs and...Read more
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Heavy-Fraction Microdebris Enhance the Interpretation of Cultural Practices in Middle Islamic West-Central Jordan
Term:
Spring 2013
Department:
Anthropology
This project explores the potential of the analysis of miniscule artifacts excavated from archaeological sites worldwide to investigate the degree of cultural information lost when only examining larger artifacts. Specifically, my research uncovers the benefits of archaeological micro-debris, which are cultural and biological remains less than 4 mm in size, to provide new insights into people’s daily lives when compared against larger sized artifacts. The project uses as a case study a domestic structure from the archaeological site of Dhiban, Jordan dating to the complex middle Islamic...Read more
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More than Meets the Eye: Cultural Color Resonances in Old English Literature
Term:
Spring 2015
Department:
English
A native English speaker will not, generally, be surprised to hear that the color pink is associated with love, or green with envy; we are naturally attuned to the color symbolism embedded within our own language. Working with the literary tradition of a reconstructed language like Old English, however, many such symbolic resonances have been lost to us. In light of this, my research utilizes corpus linguistics and online digital resources to reconstruct the connotative resonances of the OE color terms read , fealo , and sweart . My findings indicate that many visually ambiguous aspects of...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2016
Department:
Celtic Studies
My research focuses on the Old Irish tale, Fled Bricrend, which has been described as one of the most characteristic Ulster Cycle tales, and contains many of the defining elements of the literary cycle. Alongside the quintessential hero’s competition, women’s roles in the Ulster Cycle can also be found in the tale, in the form of the Briatharchath ban Ulad , or the Women’s Word-Battle. My analysis is a combination of new research concerning the construction of gender roles, specifically in medieval Ireland, and the study of heroic speech acts (drawing on the works of Ward Parks, Carol Clover...Read more
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Youth, Ecstasy, and the World: Beyond the Postmodern and the Post-subcultural through Rave Culture in South Korea
Term:
Spring 2014
Department:
English
My work at large investigates theories on transnational youth cultures as articulated by western scholars (American and British), who tackle topics of global capitalism, postmodernism, hybridization of global and local cultures, and so on. The general intention behind my investigation is to trouble the claims that these scholars make, such as the universal applicability of postmodern thought in a world dominated by western capitalism and consumption. I attempt to question claims like this by observing specifically the South Korean youth and their responses to western commodities advertised...Read more
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Lady Nijo and Nuns Today: Challenges and Opportunities
Term:
Fall 2013
Department:
Comparative Literature & Interdisciplinary Field Studies
Towazugatari ( Confessions of Lady Nijo ) is an autobiographical text by a woman who left her position in the Japanese medieval courts to become a Buddhist nun. At the First International Buddhist Nuns Conference in Paro (Bhutan), I will be discussing Nijo’s life as a nun in an interactive presentation. The conference will be attended by Buddhist nuns and scholars of Buddhism from around the world and promises to be a truly cross-cultural exchange. I aim to meet the conference’s mission to “inspire and empower the nuns” by generating discussion among the participants to compare their...Read more
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Maji Yaja Kwanza
Term:
Spring 2014
Department:
Economics and Mathematics
The aim of this project is to establish WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) curricula/practices in the coastal province of Kenya, through the enactment of water and sanitation infrastructure in public primary schools. The larger intention is to connect with the public water/sanitation treatment plants for sustainable development, and eventually expand into homes. M aji Yaja Kwanza pledges to address the interconnection between water and sanitation access, public health, gender equity, and educational participation. My team commits to see the pilot study of our public-private partnership project...Read more
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Evolution of fsQCA: Causation, Measurement, and Analytic Procedures
Term:
Spring 2013
Department:
Political Science
Building on theoretical and substantive critiques of medium-N methods such as qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), my research focuses on the development of alternative techniques for research on roughly 10 to 70 cases. Unlike other medium-N methods, QCA offers a middle ground between qualitative and quantitative analyses – pairing case knowledge with statistical tools and emphasizing causal complexity. However, certain aspects of the method invite a critical look at its capabilities. My paper, “Evolution of fsQCA: Causation, Measurement, and Analytic Procedures,” maps out QCA’s basic...Read more
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(Re)-Interpreting the "Last Resort" of Christopher Dorner: Theorizing Ontology and Violence within Fanon's Zone of Non-Being
Term:
Spring 2013
Department:
Ethnic Studies
The title of my research is The Re-Islamization of Andalucía: Muslim Moroccan immigration into Andalucía. I discuss the influx of Muslim Moroccans immigrating to the southern region of Spain, Andalucía focusing particularly on immigrant women. There is a historical significance to understanding the migration of Muslims into the southern region of Spain. From 711-1492, this territory was the Islamic European Empire, Al-Andalus. In 1492, the Spanish Catholic Monarchy conquered Al-Andalus and expelled both the Muslims and Jews. As Walter Mignolo has shown, this is the first moment in which the...Read more
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Beyond "Easter Island" and "Rapa Nui": The Ruins of the Present in a Contested Place
Term:
Fall 2013
Department:
Anthropology & Psychology
Based on two field seasons in Easter Island, including fifty in-depth interviews and participant observation, my project (a senior honors thesis in anthropology) consists of a historically informed ethnography of tourism and subjectivity. ‘Easter Island’, a global destination for cultural tourists, is more famous for its human monoliths than for their creators, the extant Rapa Nui people. My research examines the extent to which the names ‘Easter Island’ and ‘Rapa Nui’ capture, in the contemporary, two spatial imaginaries historically born out and against each other to refer to the same place...Read more
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The Three Stage Proposal
Term:
Spring 2013
Department:
Political Science
Although Erika studies Political Science and Public Policy, she currently works as a Nuclear Policy Research Assistant to Dr. Bethany Goldblum in the Nuclear Engineering Department. Together, they lead the UC Berkeley Nuclear Policy Working Group, which consists of undergraduates, graduate students, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers, and professionals working on a project related to nuclear security. Erika’s research focuses on strengthening US and global nuclear security through improvement of our domestic and global nuclear forensics infrastructure. Specifically, she is...Read more
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Osteoporosis in the past: a meta-analysis, cross-cultural comparison, and intra-skeletal examination of bone health in the ancient world
Term:
Spring 2015
Department:
Anthropology
My research addresses the cannon of literature behind metacarpal radiogrammetry – a clinical technique developed in the 1960s that takes x-rays of the second metacarpal (hand bone) for information on bone loss. The second metacarpal has been shown to be a good proxy for bone loss throughout the skeleton and has become a widely used method in osteoporosis research. The majority of this literature has found that middle to old age women in industrialized societies are at much higher risk for osteoporosis than their male counterparts. This trend has been so well documented that some suggest that...Read more
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Term:
Fall 2014
Department:
Nuclear Engineering
As an undergraduate in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Adriana Ureche recognizes the impact of nuclear physics on global relationships. Adriana currently works as an undergraduate Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) partner at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with Dr. Aaron Hurst and Dr. Bethany Goldblum. Her research focus is in nuclear data evaluation and development, which serves a critical role in Nonproliferation efforts. The specific focus of her research is the investigation of the 139La( n ,γ) reaction to improve the capture-gamma data in nuclear...Read more