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Research Projects

Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD) is held each spring to celebrate the exemplary scholarship and creativity of Willamette University students. Students work directly with faculty members or design and conduct their own research throughout the year.


  • Space as Resilience: Crafting a Home for People with Marginalized Identities - Melissa Legaria Cisneros (Colloquium Grant)
  • Heirlooms and the Immigrant Experience - Diana Marquez Guerrero (Colloquium Grant)
  • Organizational Social Context and Positive Social Change - Victoria Mohtes-Chan (Thesis)
  • Getting Out There: Navigating Queerness in Outdoor Recreation - Heather Pearson (Thesis)
  • The Destructive Queer Body: On Black Iris and Legitimizing Queer Identities Through Violence - Luke Moy (Thesis)


  • Creating a Movement for Liberation - Gonzalo Garcia Reyes (Colloquium Grant)


  • Factors of Fear on campus. - Timothy Chen (Independent Research)
  • Symbolism and Implications of Age and Sex: Contextualizing and Communicating about Age-Gaped Relationships - Aria Goodrich-Gray (Independent Research)
  • Experiences From The Hawaiian Diaspora - Emily Schlack (Independent Research)
  • Studying Spaces: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of First-Generation Students at Willamette University - Julia Brand (Independent Research)
  • Applying Foucault to China: How China Systematically Induces Self-Censorship - Simon Zhen (Independent Research)
  • Surveillance Through Snail Mail: Power in Epistolary Novels - Anna Fredendall (Independent Research)
  • The Sentimental Woman - Clair Shepherd (Independent Research)
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