Ongoing Projects

Some of our faculty lead long-term research projects. Undergraduate students who participate in these projects frequently write or co-author papers that are presented at conferences and symposiums or are published in professional journals. The projects include

Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship (MANOS). Advisor: Aday

MANOS is a student-run organization that travels to Cuje, Nicaragua every Spring Break, and also sends a few members on side trips during the Winter and Summer. We generally have between 13-17 student members and one faculty advisor, Professor David Aday. Our goal is to create sustainable health care reforms in a sub-community of Cuje called Chaguite, and we believe that the only way to create that kind of change is through an informed partnership between us and the community. In order to create that informed partnership, we’ve conducted ethnographic research in Chaguite, and have worked with the community to develop projects to improve community-indicated health concerns. For immediate relief, we have also held a free medical clinic for all of Cuje with American and Nicaraguan physicians for the past 5 years. 

Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability (SOMOS). Advisor: Aday

SOMOS is an undergraduate research project working in the Dominican Republic. Students participate in a biweekly academic seminar, and field work over breaks. SOMOS is a multi-year commitment, not just a service experience. Students evaluate and implement sociological research that supports sustainable development and community-based social action. Students involved with the project gain experience in ethnographic research, statistical network analysis, GIS, and GPS.


Borderlands: Student Research on Immigration Issues. Advisors: Bickham Mendez (Sociology) and Tandeciarz (Hispanic Studies)

Over spring break, Professors Bickham Mendez (Sociology) and Tandeciarz (Hispanic Studies) lead a research team to the Tucson/Nogales region of the U.S.-Mexico border. The project combines interdisciplinary field research, course work, and civic engagement to focus on "border issues": the political, social, and cultural effects of immigration from Mexico/Central America to the United States.

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