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Senior Honors Thesis Grants

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Jovanay Carter '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Jovanay Carter, a member of the Class of 2019, has developed a project which highlights the experiences of black ballerinas in the United States from the mid-20th century to the contemporary era. Jovanay plans to emphasize a small part of the cultural experience of blacks in America to highlight key themes of class, race, gender, intersectionality, power dynamics, body politics, and the myth of the black superwoman.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Jennifer Wu '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Jennifer Wu, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science (QSS) major and a Government and Japanese minor.

Jennifer is interested in political psychology, public opinion, and political methodology and her QSS senior thesis looks at how people react to civil comments from a politician compared to uncivil comments, and how much of a difference it makes to the public if politicians apologize for their uncivil comments. Furthermore, it will look at whether in-group/out-group characteristics, specifically gender of respondent and politician, moderate how favorably people view a politician after an apology compared to no apology. Her advisor is Government Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, the Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Genna Liu '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Genna Liu, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science and Economics major.

Genna is interested in using quantitative analysis to understand issues relating to immigration, trade, and policy. After becoming interested in survey methodology through the Government DSP, she is conducting a survey experiment using conjoint analysis and framing treatments to examine Americans' immigration policy preferences and how it is affected by immigration framing. Her advisor is Government Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, the Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies.

In addition to her QSS thesis, Genna's research also includes examining the relationship between uncertainty, immigration, and geographic mobility.

In the future, Genna hopes to attend graduate school to study more quantitative research methods.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Evan Morgan '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Evan Morgan, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science major and History minor from San Clemente, California.

Using an online survey experiment, Evan seeks to determine the effect of stigmatizing language on drug policy preferences and perceptions of people who use drugs. This project continues his work studying the opioid overdose crisis. Evan previously did research at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy on the rise of opioid prescribing and is working on a project with Professor Brendan Nyhan to determine how localized drug conditions affect the behavior of legislators. As a Stamps Scholar, he runs a data journalism blog documenting the overdose crisis in New Hampshire. His advisor is Mia Costa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government.

Outside the classroom, Evan works as an editor for The Dartmouth newspaper, plays cello in the symphony orchestra, and barely keeps pace with the triathlon team. He plans to pursue a career in data science.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Teresa Alvarado-Patlan '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Teresa Alvarado-Patlan, a member of the Class of 2019, is a native of Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico who currently resides in the Suburbs of Chicago. She is a Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies (LALACS) major and a French minor. Alvarado-Patlan is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Associate Fellow and serves as a student member of the Committee on Standards in the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Her thesis focuses on the evolution of the Department of Homeland Security - from an agency enforcing strict immigration laws and border security to combating terrorism, to its current agenda targeting Latinx immigrants from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Her advisor is Matt Garcia, Professor of History and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Benny Adapon '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Benny Adapon ’19, an international student from Manila, Philippines, is an Associate Fellow with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship conducting his senior honors thesis research in Geography.

Benny works in the fields of political ecology, geopolitics, critical development studies, and feminist care ethics – among others – and for his thesis studies the interactions between nonprofit development projects and local marine reserve politics in Sulu-an, Samar, Philippines. Having enjoyed his time in Geography at Dartmouth, Benny plans on pursuing a doctorate also in the same field to continue engaging with his theoretical and research interests whose seeds were planted in classes as early as his freshman year.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Jordan Swett '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

As an Environmental Studies major and Economics minor, Jordan Swett '19 is fascinated by the interplay between developing economies and environmental improvement, particularly the ways in which humans can improve their own livelihoods and the environment through sustainable development.

Jordan is currently working with the Tuck School of Business Revers Center for Energy, researching U.S. wind energy policies, regulations, and markets to advise a wind energy startup company in commercializing their product.

For a portion of this summer and next winter break, Jordan will be traveling to South Africa to complete a senior honors thesis, during which he will be assessing the viability of installing and managing largescale renewable energy systems in rural communities that lack energy access. He is always excited to learn more about opportunities for collaboration within the economic, environmental studies, and energy spaces.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Josephina Lin '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Josephina Lin, a member of the Class of 2019 was awarded a grant in May. Lin studies Anthropology and Psychology at Dartmouth, and she is interested in communicating across lines of difference and trying to understand other cultures.

Lin’s thesis examines Buddhist educational practices at two sites in Kathmandu, Nepal and how they share their teachings, how they engage with western audiences, and how they promote certain identities through their educational practices. She became interested in this topic after taking a class about Buddhism in which she learned about contemporary manifestations of Buddhism and new issues that are arising within the tradition.

Lin hopes to contribute to scholarship about modem forms of Buddhist practice.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipients

The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce the Fall 2017 recipients of the Senior Honors Thesis Grants. The program provides grants of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. 

Senior Honors Thesis Grants

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Grants program provides grants of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. Read about Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu's experience developing her thesis Grieving for the Ungrievable: Support Systems Among Bereaved Ghanaians in the United States. Nana credits the Rockefeller Center and Mellon Mays programs, whose funding allowed for 15 interview transcriptions, enabling her to spend more time focused on analyzing and interpreting her findings.  

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