Bass Connections Research Informs Theses and Dissertations

The following are just a few examples of students who leveraged Bass Connections participation for their thesis or dissertation.

Undergraduates

Hope Arcuri, Public Policy & Global Health
Thesis examining nonprofit culinary job training programs and their effects on joblessness and poverty in North Carolina
Project team: Promoting Academic Success for Latino English Learners in Elementary School

Kathryn Benson, Program II & Global Health
Thesis investigating cardiovascular disease risk, knowledge and perception in rural Uganda
Project team: Integrative Global Health Research on Sickle Cell Disease

Meghana Vagwala, Program II
Thesis exploring mental health attitudes and patient care practices in Kathmandu, Nepal
Project team: Global Mental Health Program

Julia Kaufman, International Comparative Studies & Global Health
Understanding Community-Based Practices Used by Lay Counselors in a Family Therapy Intervention in Eldoret, Kenya
Project teams: Responding to the Educational and Psychological Needs of Children and Families in Durham's Transitional Housing and Global Mental Health Program

Thomas Klug, Public Policy & Environmental Sciences
Understanding the Impacts of Traditional Cooking Practices in Rural Madagascar and a Way Forward with Improved Cookstoves
Project team: Cookstoves and Air Pollution in Madagascar

Shruti Rao, Program II
Thesis examing the relationship among global value chains, behavioral economics and the psychology of personal finance
Project teams: North Carolina Competitiveness and Pocket Colposcope

Sarah Rapaport, Neuroscience
Conditional LRP1 Knockout Murine Model for Traumatic Brain Injury
Project teams: Perception, Language and Memory and Interventions Improving Neurosurgery Patient Outcomes in Uganda

Joshua Grubbs, Chemistry
Evaluation of a Dietary Intervention for Chronic Methylmercury Exposure Among Communities in Madre de Dios, Peru
Project team: Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Daniel O’Connell, Neuroscience
Age Related Differences on a Smooth Pursuit Task in High School and Youth Football Participants: Implications for Baseline Concussion Assessments
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Chloe Ricks, International Comparative Studies
Comparison of her home region, the Mississippi Delta, to the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro
Project team: The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense

Tara Bansal, Public Policy
Analyzing the Development of Social Capital in the Slums of Bangalore
Project team: Studying the Real ‘Slums’ in Bangalore

Katie Becker, Public Policy
That’s Not FAIR: Fact-checking Trump’s $113 Billion Undocumented Immigration Sticker Price
Project team: Where Does the Money Go? Federal Spending on American Children

Kathy Dai, Neuroscience
Genomic Instability in Alzheimer's Disease: TOMM40 Poly-T Variations
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Jennifer Acosta, Psychology and Neuroscience
First in the Family: Exploring Social and Psychological Variables across Generational Status in College Students
Project team: Schooling and Parenting: Implications for Students' Academic Identity

Kirsten Bonawitz, Neuroscience
Changes in the Expression of Late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Genes throughout
Pathological Progression within Single Neurons
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Indrani Saha, Program II
Being Within: Disruption and Disorientation in Carlos Cruz-Diez's Chromosaturation
Project team: Art, Vision and the Brain

Sophie Alman, Psychology
Can Reminders of Brands Make People Happier than Reminders of Romantic Partners? Perceived Control and Self-esteem as Mediators of Brand/Partner Comparisons
Project team: Aging and Reliance on Memory-based Heuristics

Madeleine Bernstein, Biomedical Engineering
Efficacy of “Thresholding Method” in Identifying On-field Impacts with DASHR Device
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

John D’Angelo, Biomedical Engineering
Baseline Drift Removal with an Electrooculography Headset
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Julia Tuttle, Global Health
Drug Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases: DNDi and the Product Development Partnership (PDP) Model
Project team: Innovation & Technology Policy Lab

Sonal Gagrani, Neuroscience
The Effect of a TOMM40 Poly-T Variant on Mitochondrial Stress Responses in Alzheimer’s Disease
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Shane Bierly, Neuroscience
A Novel Method for Examining APP Arrest in the TOM Complex
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Jenny Li, Sociology and Global Health
Technology in Global Health Education: Evaluation of a Distance Learning Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists
Project team: Distance-based, Executive-style Degree Completion Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists

Lauren Kane, Neuroscience
Honors thesis on white matter alterations and methionine cycle dysregulations in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease
Project team: Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Vinay Nagaraj, Mechanical Engineering
Honors thesis related to Bass Connections project research
Project team: Self-guided Parameter Fitting for Cochlear Implant Users

Leena El-Sadek, Cultural Anthropology
Living with Faith for Now: Journey of Iraqi Refugees between Homes
Project team: Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health

Rebecca Brenner, Neuroscience
Honors thesis related to Bass Connections project research
Project team: Moral Judgments by and about Stimulant Users

Laurie Hwang, French Studies & Global Health
“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”: A Comparison of French and U.S. Health Research on the Neurodevelopmental and Epigenetic Effects of Tobacco Exposure on Vulnerable Populations
Project team: Environmental Effects on Cognitive Development

Ryan Buxbaum, Public Policy
Driving Renewable Energy Growth Through Effective Public Policy: A Financial and Policy Analysis of Cash Grants, Tax Credits and Pass-Through Tax Structures (MLPs and YieldCos)
Project team: Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation

Parth Chodavadia, Global Health
Education and Mental Health, India
Project team: Education and the Changing Brain

Matthew Farnitano, Biology
One Gene or Many? Different Genetic Mechanisms Drive Convergent Evolution in Monkey Flowers
Project team: International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)

Winnie Biwott, Economics
Women’s Land Rights and Empowerment: Impact of the Land Tenure Regularization Reform (LTR) on Contraceptive Use and Domestic Violence in Rwanda
Project team: Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film

Danielle Colson, Mechanical Engineering
Solar Hydrogen Production
Project team: Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation

Elle Gault, Global Health
Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of Task-Shifting in Two Post-Earthquake Humanitarian Crisis Sites: Haiti and Nepal
Project team: Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film

Mark Cullen, Evolutionary Anthropology
Look Out! A Study of Vision in Human Running
Project team: Look Before You Leap! Using Eye Tracking to Understand the Evolution of Locomotor Decision-making

Graduate and Professional Students

Stephanie Reist, Romance Studies
Christ the Redeemer Turns His Back on Us: Urban Black Struggle in Rio's Baixada Fluminense
Project team: The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense

Mercy DeMenno, Public Policy
The Politics of the Regulatory Policymaking Process: Three Essays on Governments, Markets, and Effective Regulatory Governance
Project team: Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review

Daniel Ribeiro, Law
Adaptive Regulatory Impact Assessment: Beyond the Foresight-Hindsight Divide
Project team: Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review

Anna Johns Hrom, History
Between Fraud Heaven and Tort Hell: The Business, Politics, and Law of Lawsuits
Project team: Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review

Alexandra Oprea, Political Science
Children or Citizens: Civic Education in Liberal Political Thought
Project team: Citizenship Lab: Civic Participation of Refugee Youth in Durham

Soli Shin, Environmental Management
Ancillary Services Participation for Electric Vehicle Fleets
Project team: Governance and Adaptive Regulation of Transformational Technologies in Transportation

Nia Christian, Biomedical Engineering
Efficacy of “Thresholding Method” in Identifying On-field Impacts with DASHR Device
Project team: Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

Justin Lana, Environment
Malaria Risk Factors in the Peruvian Amazon: A Multilevel Analysis 
Project team: Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Melissa Manus, Evolutionary Anthropology
Inter-Species Microbial Sharing in Rural Madagascar: A Study of Environmental Influences on the Skin Microbiome
Project team: Shining Evolutionary Light on Global Health Challenges

Dominic Lucero, Global Health
Factors Associated with Distribution of Leishmaniasis Disease and Vectors in Madre de Dios, Peru
Project team: Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Hanzhang Xu, Nursing
Dissertation on the impact of migration and urbanization on Chinese older adults’ experiences, behaviors and health outcomes, focusing on persons with diabetes
Project team: Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings

Jonathon Free, History
Redistributing Risk: The Political Ecology of Coal in Late-Twentieth Century Appalachia
Project team: Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation

Libby MacFarlane, Global Health
Participatory Methods for Climate Change and Mental Health Research: Photovoice in Nepal
Project team: Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health

Jessica Bolton, Psychology & Neuroscience
Developmental Programming of Brain and Behavior: A Role for the Innate Immune System of the Placenta and Brain?
Project team: Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain

Brittney Wittenbrink, Global Health
The Relationship Between Support Systems and Disease Burden for Families Coping with Sickle Cell Disease in South Africa and Cameroon
Project team: Integrative Global Health Research on Sickle Cell Disease

Jordan Hashemi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dissertation on a topic related to Bass Connections project research
Project teams: Information, Child Mental Health and Society and The Lives of Things