Alpha Scholars Spring 2021 Medal Winners

Congratulations to all medal winners on the quality of your research papers!

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 undergraduate mentors in advanced study and research of a topic related to their chosen SDG, culminating in a 12-page research paper and 15-minute presentation.

The program is organized by Alpha Partners Education, a global pioneer of secondary extracurricular programs and long-standing partner of the Harvard International Relations Council, and final papers are evaluated by the Harvard International Review.

Gold Medal

Flynn, Alex. Keystone School, USA. “Living Under Different Skies: A Comparative Study of China and Japan’s Environmental Disparity From 1960 to 2010.”

Punukollu, Ria. Eastside Preparatory School, USA. “Infant and Child Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross Analysis to Eradicate Preventable Deaths of Children and Infants Under Five.”

Silver Medal

Ahmad, Aleena. Keystone School, USA. “Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness in the United States.”

Bhanushali, Tanmay. Interlake High School, USA. “Immunizing the Yemeni Population Amidst A Civil War.”

Jin, Xitong (Ellie). Northeast Yucai School, China. “Chocolate and Child Labor: An Investigation into Absolute Poverty’s Effects on Child Labor in the West African Cocoa Industry.”

Li, Ryan. Westwood High School, USA. “Brazil’s Policies, Perspective, and Approach Towards the Deforestation Crisis.”

Wang, Yining (Matthew). Beanstalk International Bilingual School, China. “An Investigation Into the Correlation Between Percentage of Women in Parliament and Rate of Civil Conflict in Senegal.”

Bronze Medal

Ajmani, Ishan. Keystone School, USA. “Calling For Help: The Water and Sanitation Crisis in India.”

Chen, Sitian. Chengdu Foreign Language School, China. “An Investigation Into The Factors That Influence Students’ Mental Health in Online Education During The COVID-19 Pandemic.”

He, Jiaxi (Jessie). Guangdong Country Garden School, China. “Goodness or Pragmatisim: What Motivates Customers of Blind Massage Services?”

Wang, Haotong (Felicia). High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, China. “An Investigation Into Air Pollution Reduction in Beijing.”

Wang, Yuguo (Ygritte). Nanshan Foreign Language School, China. “Urban Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Shenzhen’s Housing Provident Fund.

Zou, Hanxi (Hancy). Wuhan Sannew School, China. “An Investigation Into Practical Measures For Chinese High Schools To Reduce Food Waste.”

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