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'Should I change my honors thesis topic?': Some advice from someone who did

by rjp218 Apr 06, 2016
This summer I started preliminary research for my thesis. For a variety of reasons, I decided to change my topic and start from scratch. This was a difficult decision, but something that I knew had to be done. In looking back on this experience I realized that others might benefit from my mistakes. Below are a few ways that I knew it was time to change.

Income Inequality in Latin America and the Role of Policy

by rjp218 Apr 08, 2016
Source: Leah GalambaSource: Leah GalambaSource: Leah Galamba A strong interest in the culture and people of Latin America as well as a background in economics has led Leah Galamba to focus her thesis on the recent changes in income inequality within the region. Data collected here in the United States has allowed her to examine and quantify the effects of various policy changes on the level of inequality in eight different Latin American countries. Additionally, time spent abroad in Peru has given her a first-hand experience of what real inequality looks like and how real people, and the country, are affected by it.

PTSD, Gender, and Violent Spouses: How (Not) Expressing Emotions Matters

by rjp218 Feb 15, 2017
https://pixabay.com/p-323419/?no_redirectUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a rock? Probably not, but imagine talking to a person (ideally, a romantic partner) that has the emotional responsiveness of, say, a rock. That is to say with zero indication of emotion. Zip. Nada. Zilch. None. Put simply, it is frustrating. Some would say infuriating. Others might comment that it makes their blood pressure skyrocket. Personally, I find it intriguing.