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April is Undergraduate Research Month!

Your guide to Week 4

Our April showcase of undergraduate student research features live events, videos, visual and written research abstracts – and more. Browse this week's research projects, and visit again next week for more projects to come. Don't forget to check out the calendar of live events!

This Week's Departmental Honors Videos

Seniors in the Departmental Honors Program pursue an intensive, yearlong research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Each Honors project culminates in a thesis and oral defense. This month they present their work in 3-minute videos. Check out the example video below and click through to see all of this week's videos.

{{youtube:medium|3Hop-2yC2_8, Leslie Davis '21: Defining Sexism: The Impact of Elite Rhetoric on Conceptualizations of Gender-Based Prejudice}}

More Student Videos this Week

Students across Arts & Sciences completed 3-minute videos describing their research projects. Check out the example video below and click through to see all of this week's videos.

{{youtube:medium|fvGRiIHmx50, Ann Vonasek '22: The Role of Nav1.6 in Driving Breathing Behavior}}

Written Abstracts from first-year Monroe Scholar projects

Students prepared abstracts describing their research in 250 words. Check out the sample abstract below and click through to see all of this week's abstracts

Bilen Zerie '24: National Unity and Justice for Victims: Learning from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (International Relations)
 

NATIONAL UNITY AND JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS: LEARNING FROM SOUTH AFRICA’S TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

For many scholars and policymakers, the post-apartheid South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is the poster child for transitional justice mechanisms. Its dramatic, widely broadcasted truth-seeking process brought unprecedented international attention and acclaim. However, voices within South Africa maintain that the TRC failed at truly empowering victims. This study explores several questions to examine the unexplained discrepancy in perceptions. First, what was the commission’s framework and guiding principles, and why was this path chosen? Then, do victims feel that the TRC and its workings were in their best interest, and if not, what has disappointed them?  To answer these questions, this study draws on primary commission documents, scholarly literature, and studies. In particular, it provides a comprehensive evaluation of every accessible survey on victim-satisfaction towards the South African TRC. This analysis reveals that the commission’s focus on restorative justice and amnesties was established in order to benefit powerful parties as opposed to groups disenfranchised by apartheid. Victims remain disappointed and feel as though their demands for reparations, prosecutions, and structural economic reform were dismissed. This knowledge is critical because transitional justice is intended to prioritize victims by acknowledging and atoning for the abuses committed against them. If South Africa—the reigning example of truth commissions in the public eye—failed to uphold this core tenet, then that issue must be recognized and rectified.

Faculty advisor: Professor Kelebogile Zvobgo

 
Visual Abstracts

Click through the slide show to view a selection of this week's Visual Abstracts. See all of this week's visual abstracts.

  • DESIGN OF A CALCIUM-SENSITIVE BASE EDITOR TO RECORD INTRACELLULAR CALCIUM LEVELS IN MAMMALIAN CELLS

    Ben Epley '22: Analyzing the Genetic Architecture of Biofilm Formation in Yeast as a Proxy for Pathogenesis

  • Literature Review of Cyclotide Peptides: Synthesis, Engineering and Applications

    Giannette Kokkoris '21: Barriers and Potential Solutions to Low MCV2 Immunization Rates in Kenya

  • HOW SOCIAL INEQUITIES AND COLLECTIVISM AFFECT VIETNAMESE HEALTHCARE AND ITS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

    Gwyneth Pudner '22: Lynchpin synthesis of 1,2-diketones and other 1,2-dicarbonyl derivatives

  • Synthesis of Naturally Occurring Polyenes with Anti-Microbial Properties

    Lynette Tackey '21: BOREDOM AND JAIL SENTENCING DECISIONS

  • The Stage of a Society: Gender and the Palais Garnier’s Architecture

    Matthew Wright '22: Potential Impacts of Social Networking Privacy Settings on Well Being: A Literature Review

  • Our Moral Obligation to Others

  • The Relationship between Extraversion and Anxiety in  Young Adults