Alpha Scholars Fall/Winter 2023-2024 Medal Winners

Alpha Scholars is a rigorous social science research program that teaches college-level research, writing and presentation skills to high school students in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students work one-on-one with Harvard student mentors in advanced study and research of a topic related to their chosen SDG, culminating in a 15-page research paper and 15-minute presentation.

Congratulations to all Fall/Winter 2023-2024 medal winners on the quality of your research papers!

Gold Medal

Aguirre, Kiara. Innova Schools Bertello, Peru. “Unveiling the Peruvian Coca Leaf Trade: A Comparative Study of the Impact of the National Coca Enterprise in the VRAEM vs La Convencion

Laanait, Tristan. Fulton Science Academy, USA. “An Analysis of the Barriers Facing the Implementation of Duckweed Wastewater Phytoremediation Systems in Low-Income Developing Countries

Wu, Jasmine. Taipei Wego Private Senior High School, Taiwan. “Examining the Impacts of Debt-for-Nature Swaps: Insights from Peru, Indonesia, and Brazil

Silver Medal

Chun, Kaylee. La Canada High School, USA. “Variation of Involuntary Hospitalization Rates in America: A Florida Case Study

Cruz, Valentina Vale Farias. Colégio Militar de Fortaleza, Brazil. “Promoting Quality Education: Introducing Academic Olympiads as a Mechanism for Accomplishing Global Citizenship in Brazil

Malinović, Desanka. Barry Goldwater High School, USA. “Post-war Posts: An Exploration Into How Instagram May Aid in Relearning the History of the Yugoslavian Civil War

Pereira, Yasmim Gabriel. Colégio Militar de Campo Grande, Brazil. “Future Political Agenda: An Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Implications on Teenage Students’ Mental Health in Brazil

Bronze Medal

Bobbala, Aadhya. Keystone School, USA. “Education is a Need, Not a Want: A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis of Obstacles to Girls’ Education in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan”

Fernández, Martina. 4-004 Mercedes A. de Segura, Argentina. “From Tango to Capoeira: Unmasking the Rhythms of Diverse Socio-cultural Factors of Domestic Violence in Brazil and Argentina”

Levine, William. University High School, USA. “Agriculture in Haiti: An Analysis on the Impact of Colonial History and Foreign Intervention on Agricultural Systems”

Loyola, Angelo. C.T.E Jesus Obrero, Peru. “Extracurricular Activities: An Ally for Education and Socioemotional Development”

Stover, Joshlyn. James Madison High School, USA. “Agroforestry in Brazil: The Possibility of Agroforestry Systems to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of Cattle Ranching in the Amazon While Preserving Brazil's Economy”

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