"Sport and Play as a Vehicle for Social Change"
Matthew investigated the current status of student involvement in the field of sport and development and explored possible steps to maximize student collaboration, research and activism. Working with Right to Play, he analyzed the types of student involvement that is currently in place and explored some of the most promising models. He assessed where the student engagement has been lacking and explored ways to enhance student engagement.
Lauren Pischel ’11 (women's track & field)
"Putative Malaria Vaccine Antigens"
Lauren worked with professor Jonathan Kurtis on identifying and isolating putative pediatric malaria vaccine candidates. Two malaria cDNA libraries were screened with previously obtained plasma from 'resistant' and 'susceptible' 2-year-old and 3-year-old children from the Holoendemic region of Muheza, Tanzania to identify these antigens. In Kenya, Lauren worked with recent sport initiatives, committed to Malaria education, to explore ways to enhance educational and outreach services.
Sadiea Williams ’11 (women's basketball)
"Investigating the Interface between Technology and Sport in Traumatic Brain Injury"
Sadiea investigated the interface between technology and sport to understand how neural prosthesis affects Paralympians with traumatic brain injury from a scientific and social standpoint.
Brianna Williamson ’11 (volleyball)
"The Value of Evaluation Methods in Sport and Development Organizations"
Brianna studied the impact of sport on the war-affected areas of Northern Uganda. Through individualized interviews, she observed the way sport functions as a tool to reintegrate former child soldiers and abductees back into society. She worked with a team to evaluate inclusion in terms of gender and disability, and the mechanisms that make sport a viable tool in the reintegration process.