Student Scholarship

Zionism, Liberalism, and Young American Jews: How Redefining the American Zionist Could Help Bring Peace to the Middle East
American Jews as a group have been defined, politically and historically, by both their commitment to American liberal values and their affinity for the State of Israel. However, recent studies suggest that younger American Jews are becoming increasingly alienated from the Jewish state. This paper seeks to explain this trend in the context of the historical and political experience of the American Jewish community.
Grabinski, Thomas Dale; Maw, Saw Min; Saderholm, Ian James; Sinai-Yunker, Emma Dorothy; Fainberg, Vadim V.
Green Eyes
Film made for Queer Cinema class in Spring 2013 about love, coffee, and sadness
Coming Home? Return and Its Implications for Peacebuilding in Post-War Bosnia
Claire Griffith's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
Grout, Tasman; Semlow, Andrea; Neems, Sophie
Food Assistance resource Usage in Grinnell, Iowa
This goal of this project was to explore the potential barriers experienced by Grinnell residents when accessing food assistance resources. This project was completed by a student research group on behalf of Mid-Iowa Community Action Inc. (MICA) in Grinnell Iowa due to MICA’s concern that Grinnell residents are not utilizing the food assistance resources in Grinnell to their fullest potential. Although Grinnell families may utilize resources beyond the city of Grinnell, due to time constraints, the researchers limited the scope of the project to just those to questioning that lie within Grinnell’s city limits. Researchers identified the following as the primary food assistance resources for Grinnell residents: MICA, Food Recovery Network (FRN), Giving Gardens (Gardens), Community Meal, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (federal food stamps, or SNAP), Bountiful Baskets, Grinnell FoodShare, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). They then examined the following questions regarding these resources: (1) which food assistance resources in Grinnell are food insecure families utilizing, and which are they not utilizing? And, (2) why are food insecure individuals choosing to utilize certain resources and not others?
An Evaluation of Galaxy, Inc.'s Fundraising Strategy
Anthropology field study of a local non-profit, Galaxy, Inc., a youth center, and its fundraising strategies.
Henderson, Sarah; Nelson, Elizabeth.
Increasing Attendance at the Grinnell Historical Museum
The Grinnell Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Grinnell community history, gather objects of historic value, and to preserve them for cultural and educational purposes for present and future generations. In recent years, the museum has faced a declining numbers of visitors. The purpose of this research was to determine how to increase attendance at the museum. We composed a list of recommendations that we feel can increase attendance while still being affordable and feasible for the museum.
Bodily Witness: Choreography of the Political
Joe Hiller's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
Haggling for Human Rights : the Paradox of Achieving Human Rights at the Cost of Peace
Using Gambia as the location, the author explores the question of whether it is possible for Human rights organizations to work with/alongside authoritarian regimes to benefit the people in the country.
Obstetric and Traumatic Gynecologic Fistula in Sierra Leone: A Call for Empowerment
Megan Januska's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
Jones, Summer.; Naborn, Lars.
Determining Students’ Postsecondary Plans: A Program Evaluation of the Tools Used by Grinnell High School’s Counseling Departmen
This report represents the methods, findings and recommendations resulting from a program evaluation conducted at Grinnell High School this semester about the effectiveness of the tools used by the school’s counseling department to determine students’ postsecondary plans. This research was conducted by two students in Monty Roper’s Practicing Anthropology course (ANT293) at Grinnell College, wherein students theorized, researched, interviewed and analyzed their data with the intention of benefitting the greater Grinnell community with their findings.
Unification of Germany
Sen Katayama's handwritten senior thesis, written in 1895, and a transcript of the paper created in 2012 by students enrolled in the Japanese 195 course.
Thisniggaugly: Understanding Violent Hate Speech in Rap Music
Ethan Kenvarg's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Conference
Kieffer, Alexandra L. (author)
Music and Metaphor: Legacies of Representation in Abstract Instrumental Music
Historically, the gulf between Beethoven and Schoenberg was Romanticism: its birth heralded by Beethoven’s Eroica symphony in 1804 and its demise crystallized by Schoenberg’s revolutionary atonality, Romanticism in music used the deconstruction of Classical form as a means of communicating emotion in abstract instrumental works. However, the key to understanding why critics’ responses to Beethoven and to Schoenberg were so different lies in recognizing, first, the commonality of the critics’ approaches in both instances.
Korn, Max Aaron, 1985- (author); Li, Song, 1985- (author); McFall, Christina Julia, 1986- (author); Nothwehr, Erin Joanna, 1985- (author); Nye, Melissa, 1985- (author); Prescott, Anna Tekla, 1984- (author); Shannon, Laura Mary, 1985- (author); Sullivan, Janaki Ann, 1984- (author); Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949- (author); Allison, Rachel C. (author); Chu, Emmon Zun-Xun, 1985- (author); King, Benjamin Francis, 1984- (author)
Decline and Renewal in the Heartland, Fall 2003
Student papers for Fall 2003 tutorial, Decline and Renewal in the Heartland, taught by Jonahthan G. Andelson.
Koychev, David; Pham, Hanh; Zhang, Kaiqian
LU Matrix Decompositions.
The LU decomposition is a standard matrix factorization, which expresses a matrix as the product of a lower triangular matrix and an upper triangular matrix. This is typically used in numerical linear algebra. We use this technique to find new formulas in pure mathematics. We will demonstrate new identities related to three-term recurrence relations, especially orthogonal polynomials, and Euler and Bernoulli numbers. We will also discuss the LU decomposition in Vandermonde matrices. The use of Maple, a powerful computer algebra system, was an essential tool used in this research.
Noyce Commons: relevance of layout, amenities, and space designation to college students
While the depth of a room in a building has often been found to lead to reduced interaction, this was not the case in Noyce Science Center in May, 2009. Facilities available to students were important to room use, and corresponded, in part, to student opinion on study preferences. While study areas separated the science majors, they did not exclude non-majors and underclassmen. In fact, more non-science-majors use study areas in Noyce than do science majors, though science majors spend more time in these.
The Progress Towards Turkish Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Rebecca Kulik's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
Kuure-Kinsey, Anna
Cross-Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication
This video is designed for college students preparing to study abroad. It contains information about the differences in nonverbal communication that they might encounter abroad. Once the students are aware of this information, they are better prepared to adjust their behavior while abroad, if needed. The video is also intended to be watched before returning to the home country, to prepare for reverse culture shock that a student might also encounter
The Recognition of Shari’a: An In-depth Analysis of Islamic Custody Cases
Brittany Landorf's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
Wollstonecraft, Kant, and China’s One-Child Policy: The Right to Education vs. the Right to Life
Olivia Lee's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference


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