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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The Future of Education Development: Spiritual Education as a Cure to Development
Term:
Spring 2018
Department:
Political Economy
This project explores the implementation of a spiritual education curriculum in the 1997 National Program for Personal Training, Uzbekistan’s large-scale education reform plan, coupled with the its growing vocational education as an essential foundation for thriving social and economic development in Uzbekistan. Since its independence from the USSR in 1991, the Republic of Uzbekistan has focused its education goals on moral and community development as an essential component to contributing to a growing private-sector and knowledge-based economy, however the establishment of Community...Read more
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“Intergovernmental Organizations: Safety Nets or Passive Bystanders? A Critical Assessment of the European Union’s Role in Countering Democratic Erosion”
Term:
Spring 2018
Department:
Political Science
My paper seeks to identify the conditions under which the European Union (EU) can successfully leverage its legal and normative authority to enforce its binding democratic principles. By drawing on recent cases of serious democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland, I offer possible explanations for why the EU might fail to act on clear violations of its binding democratic principles among member states. Conversely, I consider the cases of Croatia and Turkey, in which the EU has more stringently enforced democratic practices as a condition of EU membership, and I examine why they were able...Read more
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The Gift and the Ghost: A Transnational Feminist Reading of the Tohono O'Odham Borderlands
Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
Interdisciplinary Studies
My project uses critical queer and feminist security studies move beyond the boundaries of “state-centric” theory, and focuses on the liminal sovereignty and citizenship of those who reside in “domestic-dependent nations” in the borderlands as well as their role as mediators between the State and “illegal” migrant bodies. I will examine the white supremicist institutional abjection of migrant and indigenous bodies as the discursive creation of “pathological problem groups” which justify and reproduce border security: while the migrant represents the uncertain spectre of future threat to state...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
Psychology
Research has shown that parental socialization practices play a crucial role in children's emotional competence, and that the socialization process is bidirectional (Eisenberg et al., 1998). One important aspect of emotion socialization theorized to benefit children’s emotion understanding is how parents talk about emotions with children (Thompson, 2002). Research in this field is primarily limited to Western populations (Cameron, 2000) and lacks information regarding the effects of cultural factors on parental emotion discussion (ED). The present study addresses this limitation using...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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Term:
Fall 2017
Department:
Anthropology, Classics
Amanda Dobrov is a senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Anthropology and Classics. She will be presenting her research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute for America (AIA), her research draws on the work she completed with the Palatine East Pottery Project during its 2016 and 2017 seasons. Her research is titled “Roman Amphorae of North Africa: Markers of a Pan-Mediterranean Economy” and looks at the relationship between Rome and its North African provinces through the archeological record. She is using transport amphoras (large ceramic vessels used in the ancient...Read more
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Signing the Mystic Contract: Masochism, Bodily Abjection, and Transcendence in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love
Term:
Spring 2017
Department:
English
I am currently researching the parallels between masochism and narratives of religious suffering for my English Honors thesis. This portion of my project engages with the late 14 th century English mystic Julian of Norwich, whose first-person account of her prayer for illness is narrated as drawing her closer to God. I have been invited to present my findings and further questions at “Philosophy at the Margins,” the Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Hawai’i. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella Venus in Furs, published in 1870, is credited for introducing what is known...Read more
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Term:
Summer 2018
Department:
English & Legal Studies
As a manager at the Human Rights Lab at Berkeley Law, I use open source investigation skills to verify international human rights abuses. At the Lab, I lead the Digital Verification Corps, or DVC, which partners with Amnesty International to investigate a wide range of human rights abuses around the world in real time. At this year's DVC Summit at Cambridge, I will be presenting on the process, techniques, and implications of my work this semester verifying several instances of international human rights violations. I will be focusing specifically on my work using video analysis to verify and...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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IWILI Project
Term:
Fall 2016
Department:
Public Health
The IWILI Project is a youth led initiative to empower young people in Burkina Faso and boost youth entrepreneurship in the country. It is a year-long program divided into three phases. Phase one is a leadership and entrepreneurial camp where young people develop skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and leadership. After this initial phase, the participants go through a mentoring phase where they intern with local entrepreneurs evolving in their field of interest. These entrepreneurs mentor our participants, help them perfect their business model canvases, build their network and find...Read more
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“‘Our Pain: Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s The Yard of Childhood”
Term:
Fall 2016
Department:
English
My senior thesis, “‘Our Pain: Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s The Yard of Childhood ,” engages in a close reading of the contemporary South Korean novelist’s 1981 short story collection through the lens of literary trauma theory, while interrogating the assumed universality of such eurocentric theoretical concepts. A significant part of my research examines the transgenerational transmission of trauma as a symptomatic response to the Korean War—specifically the division of the peninsula resulting in 10 million people suddenly and forcibly separated from their family...Read more

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