College of Letters and Sciences: HARCS
The following are abstracts from projects funded in 2001 to the present.
African American & African Studies
- The focus of this research project is to look into some of the 'lifeways' that have kept the one hundred twenty residents of Sandy Island, South Carolina, and Pawleys Island Gullah 'culturally sustained' communities in South Carolina.
- A case study contrasting two tribes' approaches to the new problems facing their communities due to Indian Gaming
- The goal of my research proposal is to return to Las Vegas to further research the topic I began studying last spring: I studied the rise and fall of the neon sign as an architectural presence in Las Vegas, and looked toward the future role of such signs.
- I would like to receive funding to view historical footage of eating contests at UCLA's Film and Television Archive.
- An in-depth examination of the prominence of kid-targeted "fun foods" and their cultural implications as they relate too children's play.
- American Studies senior thesis, examining how and if buying outdoor gear allows consumers to imagine a connection to American ideals of rugged individualism.
- How figuring out why privileged Americans join Teach for America can motivate the middle class to actively seek equal public education for all Americans.
- This project will focus on how California zoos and aquariums present "nature" to tourists and what their role is in animal tourism and society.
Art & Art History
- The dis.or.der project is a participatory visual arts forum for the interpretation and experience of identity, image, and worth on a superficial and a deep level. The students, staff, and faculty in the art departments at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, CCAC and Sac State are all invited to take part in this project. Everyone who is invited will be given a five by five inch wooden square on which to create their individual artwork in any medium and style. The final project is the assembly of everyone's individual square; the squares will be assembled in a grid form and mounted onto the wall in the UC Davis Art department.
- 4-week research trip comprised of 3 weeks of language, culture, history and political-study classes at an immersion institute in Guanajuato, Mexico, and 1 week in Mexico city. Personal social research of Mexican human experience & artistic resources, translating research into art and journaling to culminate in a community art exhibit during UC Davis Diversity Days.
- To reevaluate my personal role and status as an undergraduate artist functioning within the University system.
- Regional Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian iconography of the Song Dynasty present in the sculptural program at Baodingshan in Dazu, China
- An honors thesis on the relationship of spectacle and information in Rem Koolhaas' Seattle Public Library.
Asian American Studies
- Through comparing social, cultural and identity constructs of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco's Chinatown amongst the different generations, I will examine the family's role in influencing and individual's level of political engagement.
- This project focuses on the life of Sara Estela Ramirez, an early Twentieth Century Texas-Mexican poet who was an activist in the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
- To research and analyze Mexican newspaper rhetoric on California's Proposition 187 by accessing regional newspaper archives through the Jalisco, Mexico State Library
- Based on established anthropological methods, and drawing from a combination of social and film theories, I will analyze representations of human behavior in American films depicting catastrophic events. I will identify and discuss social theories that account for selfless and selfish behaviors, as well as film theories that account for the way in which such behaviors are represented through film.
- I propose to attend Squaw Valley's writers' conference or Napa Valley writers' conference to enrich my research project that includes both the study of contemporary North American poets and the preparation of my own chapbook manuscript of poetry.
- For my proposed project, I would like to travel to Beijing, China, and investigate why and how the One Child Policy has inexorably changed a generation. I will explore the implications of a "Spoiled Generation". The oldest generation dotes on one child, the only son or daughter becoming the center of the family, a stark reversal from the past hierarchical structure of the family.
- This project seeks to coordinate an educational event illuminating female ballad culture's performative aspects through the use of theatre, music, and dance.
- To design and construct 4-6 formal gowns incorporating the fabric piecing techniques found in American quiltmaking. To complete this I will be researching quilt piecing techniques, designing the gowns, drafting the patterns, piecing the fabric and constructing the garments. These garments will then be displayed at the Design Department's Picnic Day Fashion Show in April.
- I am addressing the need for readily accessible resources of successfully built landscape designs. As a student in the landscape Architecture program at UC Davis, I have found a tremendous wealth of information through a multitude of student-teacher interactions. Many of the faculty and teaching staff have shared examples of what each considers is a "successfully executed" design. It is common to receive such information during course lectures. I will assemble a set of built site projects through an initial round of interviews with the current teaching staff, and use these sites to collect preferential data for analysis and review. This new set of interval measurement will reveal the degrees of preference each site yields, based on the biases of the participants. The end goal is to create a professional quality publication that will be given to the department, as a reference tool for both educators and students.
- In "Waterhouse Transfigured," I will create a museum-quality exhibition that seeks to create 'living paintings' based on five paintings by john William Waterhouse. these 'living paintings' will blend historical and biographical information, original costumes, and live performance to reinvent what a museum exhibition can be.
- The project attempts to determine the social, economic, and environmental benefits and costs of constructing environmentally conscious, "green" buildings through interviews, surveying, and literature research.
- Import original photographs into the computer, and manipulate color, proportion, detail, etc. using Adobe Photoshop. Present final products at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April.
- To research, explore, and expand on the complex textile manipulation techniques of Reiko Sudo, Junichi Arai, and Issey Miyake; and to produce a clothing line based on my discoveries.
- Use meaningful words and color to create interesting and aesthetically pleasing compositions with only typography rather than imagery.
- An interactive, interdisciplinary exploration of the development of visual form within and beyond the context of time-based visual and aural structures.
- Reality Lost: Rediscover the World Around You will be a collection of photographs and the physical subjects of the photographs housed in custom frames intended to be an exhibit that contrasts our media driven world with the physical world around us.
- I plan to use light sensitive glow int he dark pigment and yarns, and digital printing in my spring fashion show line.
- An exploration of tailoring and dyeing techniques using ecologically-friendly and renewable materials. Geared toward young men entering the professional job market.
- A clothing line of at least five garments will be developed, combining surrealism with sculptural form and exploring constructional techniques made possible by non-traditional materials.
- I will apply Universal Design concepts to an apparel line for women's business wear that will look equally fashionable on able and disabled persons.
- For my senior project, I will design and construct a fashion line that is inspired by the colors, shapes, and forms of insects.
- This project will investigate the ambiguity of typographic communication. This will be done by constructing typographic sculptures using Plexiglas and utilizing lighting effects.
- My project explores the relationship between printed pattern and fine art as well as the potential for digitally printed engineered garments.
- To research and to document the Panamanian national fold dress in order to contribute new information to my field.
- A 6-garment fashion line advocating inspiring liberal world leaders through satirical propaganda & political slogans in order to educate the mainstream.
- I intend to increase awareness of sustainable clothing materials by using them to create a collection of fashionable and stylish garments.
French & Italian
- As my honor's thesis for my Individual Major in Film Theory and Criticism, I plan to examine the historical role of characters with developmental disabilities in film as well as the spectator relationship between those with developmental disabilities and film. This research will culminate in the creation of my own film, which will feature people with developmental disabilities as both the subject and the audience.
Medieval & Early Modern Studies
- Based on the Tain, do research at Navan Fort sites and National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, then create an annotated photographic map of the Tain.
Native American Studies
- This two-month-long ethnographic study will take place in Oaxaca, Mexico, and will examine how Zapotec women's gender roles change when their spouses migrate in order to work. In particular, I will look at how women's roles in the tasks and rituals of daily life are affected by the males' absences.
Spanish & Classics
- The goal is a live performance of scenes from classical plays, presented in chronological order in the original languages, with utmost attention to historical accuracy.
History of Spanish Art 2003
- The research and presentation of Lope de Vega's comedia "Amar sin saber a quien" will combine historical and performance aspects of the genre.
- This survey study examines Spanish speakers' attitudes about alternating between English and Spanish in conversation.
Women & Gender Studies
- My project will address the issue of feminism within the UC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center. I will research the ways in which feminism is embraced and practiced at the center by the people who help to run the center and the visitors who utilize the center.
- As part of my senior thesis in Women and Gender Studies, I am conducting research on the relationship between activism and feminism. I am focusing on African American female at three different institutions of higher education. This research contributes to knowledge in the fields of feminist and African American studies while enhancing my research capabilities.
- To study the efforts of the V-Day Foundation to empower young women, by building self-esteem, through the performance of private experiences in public venues.