Judges needed for Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium April 11

March 17, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Faculty and graduate students are needed to serve as judges for the Center for Global Studies’ Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 11. Volunteers are being sought from various disciplines within the humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional. Each judge will read between six and eight papers and will provide written input based on a rubric. Judges will also be asked to attend the oral presentations requiring a two-hour commitment (10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.) on April 11.

The students — from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh — will address the theme of interconnectedness. Each student will have 12 minutes to give a presentation derived from the papers they submitted. This year’s papers and presentations (see categories and titles below) focus on diverse areas such as development, economy, gender, health, social justice, and migration and understanding. After the presentation, the panel will have five additional minutes to ask questions.

The symposium will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Professor Khanjan Mehta, director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State and Sophia McClennen, director of the Center for Global Studies at Penn State, will deliver the keynote address and closing remarks, respectively.

More information about the 2016 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium can be found at http://cgs.la.psu.edu/events/2016-global-studies-undergraduate-research-symposium.

Any interested parties should contact Sarah Lyall-Combs, associate director of the Center for Global Studies, at cgsinfo@psu.edu.

The 2016 Undergraduate Global Studies Research Symposium is hosted by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center. To learn more about the Center for Global Studies at Penn State, visit http://cgs.la.psu.edu/.


Development and Resources

"Barriers to the Commercialization of Desalination Technologies in the Developing World"

"Consumer Preferences in Developing Economies: A Case Study on Zambia"

"Developing a Low-Cost Manufacturing Method to Stamp Assays"

"Disability Information Database for Sierra Leone"

"Inexpensive Screening Test Strips for Diabetes"

"Mobile Technology to Improve Education on Disabilities in Sierra Leone"

"Quantifying Greenhouse Water Savings"

Gender, Social Justice, and Economies

"Chinese Military on the South China Sea: How Economic Trends and Force Modernization Will Dictate Military Policy in the Region"

"The South-North Water Transfer Project: A Cost Benefit Analysis"

"Colonialism in Kenya and the Rules of Evidence"

"Framing a Crisis: Xinhua's Portrayal of the 2009 Urumqi Riots to the International Community"

"Impact of Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution on Sexual Violence & Public Health in India"

"Queering Development: Constructing a Post-Colonial Transnational Queer Movement"


"Nutrition Deficiencies in the Developing World: An Evaluation of Nutrient Delivery Methods to Mothers and Their Children"

"A Comprehensive Overview of Obstetric Fistula and Its Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa"

"Diabetes Perceptions and Management in Senegalese Patients and Family Caregivers"

"Female Empowerment and its Role in the Reduction of Maternal Mortality Rate in India"

"Food Security and Iron Deficiency in a Cohort of Nepali Children"

"Pediatric HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Focus on Community-Based Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT)"

"Review of Health Status of Adolescent Refugees in Germany and Effective Methods of Treatment in Refugee Settings"

"Zika Virus and Prospective Crises: How should Latin American countries reconcile rises in congenital defects with restrictive reproductive laws?"

Migrations and Understanding

"A closer look at voluntourism: Comparing short- and long-term programs"

"The Development of an Industry for Orphanage Tourism in Cambodia and its Effects on Children"

"Access to Health Care for African Refugees to Israel"

"Experiences and Needs of Amputees in a Refugee Population"

"The Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation Continues to Cause Preventable Diseases In Refugee Camps in Africa"

"Substance Abuse Among Native Americans and Alaskan Natives"

"Examining the Rising Rates of Heroin and Prescription Opioid Overdose in the United States"

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Last Updated March 23, 2016