Sample Abstracts

Example #1

Refugee Repatriation & Community Revitalization: Can Microcredit Lending Encourage Social and Economic Reintegration?

Chavi Keeney Nana '00, International Relations and German Language and Literature
Advisor: Craig N. Murphy, Political Science/International Relations

The frequency and magnitude of refugee flows produced by ethnic conflict in the post-Cold War period have forced the international community to reconsider its consistent rejection of repatriation as a viable solution to forced migration. If repatriation is to be successful, returning refugees must be reintegrated into communities torn by internecine warfare. Simultaneously, these communities must be socially rehabilitated and economically revitalized. Microcredit lending programs operate on the concept that community participation can be used to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Three repatriation programs established for the former Yugoslavia have incorporated lending schemes as a reintegration tool, and are evaluated on their ability to aid returnees and communities in post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction. (Research supported by a Schiff Fellowship)

Example #2

Hitchhiking through the Universe on Wellesley's 24-inch Telescope

Carolin Cardamone '02, Math and Astronomy, Bena Chang '04, Tara Donner '02, English, Leah Graniela '02, Spanish, Jennifer Huff '04 and  Chelsea Tiffany '04
Advisor: Kim McLeod, Astronomy

Come along with ASTR 206 as we take you on a tour of research projects and images produced from data taken at Wellesley's Whitin Observatory. We will explore the fundamentals of imaging the night sky with the astronomical digital camera on our 24-inch telescope. We will then describe how we measured: the mass of Saturn by following the motions of its moons; the spin of an asteroid by tracking its light through the night; the distance to a star cluster by determining star colors; the structure of a supernova remnant by using an image mosaic; and the shape and structure of spiral galaxies by analyzing multicolor images.

Example #3

The Female Patriarch: Mademoiselle Reisz's Role in Denying Female Liberation in The Awakening

Inna Kantor '97, English
Advisor: William Cain, English

Kate Chopin's The Awakening explores various options for the emancipation of women. Mlle. Reisz, an outcast from established society, escapes her prescribed feminine role and is thereby free to pursue her professional desires. Possessing male traits, she attracts Edna Pontellier, who feels constrained by her own position and views Mlle. Reisz's masculine behavior as a means of liberation from the societal sphere of women. Yet the relationship of Mlle. Reisz and Edna assumes a male-female dynamic, which forces Edna to assume a subordinate position that corresponds to the societal status she is attempting to reject. Through Edna's disenchantment with Mlle. Reisz, Chopin suggests that since communities tend to institute a hierarchy in which feminine qualities guarantee an inferior position, the notion that a woman might find liberation within the company of other women ultimately proves impossible.