Alpha Scholars Summer 2021 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 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.

Congratulations to all Summer 2021 medal winners on the quality of your research papers!

Gold Medal

Crutchfield, La’Mia. Bryant High School, USA. "Shattering the Succession: An Analytical Study to Solve Mass Incarceration in the United States 21st Century"

Johnson, Alexis. J R Arnold High School, USA. “Investigating Egoism’s Impact and Role in Sustainability Efforts”

Snowden, Ayanna. Bergen County Technical High School, USA. "Unaccountable: How Newark’s Water Crisis Exemplifies America’s Regulatory Failures"

Wang, Yutong (Yvette). UWC Changshu China, China. "Inequality Behind The Mask: How Does COVID-19 Affect the Situation of Women in Nigeria?"

Silver Medal

Ahmed, Ameena. Granger High School, USA. "Turkey and Somalia: Assistance, Aid, and Autonomy"

Darwish, Omar. The Bronx High School of Science, USA. "Statistical Analysis and Rational: Examination of the effects of perceived corruption of government personnel on domestic development in Africa during the 21st Century"

De Oliveira, Theresa. The Taft School, USA. "The socioeconomic consequences of Brazil’s tax policy: a tax-expenditures-based analysis"

Ivan, Olivia. Eastside Catholic School, USA. "Falling Through the Gap: Analyzing the Relationship Between the Gender Pay Gap and Wage Transparency Laws"

Ladipo, Victory. South Cobb High School, USA. "The Water and Sanitation Crisis: An Evaluation of the Allocations of Clean Water, Sanitation Resources, and Expenditures within Nigeria"

Soundararajan, Shyam. Dubai Gem Private School, UAE. "Virtue or Vice: A Review of Foreign Direct Investment’s Impact on Sustainable Development in the ASEAN Region"

Wang, Diamy. Alhambra High School, USA. "The Perpetual Foreigner: An examination into the misrepresentation of Asian-American history in United States history textbooks"

Wang, Ray. Westwood High School, USA. "Unequal India: Rising Inequality despite Unprecedented Economic Growth after 1991"

Wu, Que (Regina). Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy. "Big Improvements and Even Bigger Parking Spaces:  An Evaluation of the Impact of Chinese Online Government Media on Gender Equality"

Zhao, Ziyue (Gioanna). The Agnes Irwin School. "Gender-Related Advocacy and its Social Media Environment: How Did Extreme Promotion of “Feminism” on Weibo Increase Negative Sentiment Against Feminists in China"

Bronze Medal

Cahill, Madyson. Vinton County High School, USA. "The Restrictions of Mexican Immigrants in The United States: The Land of the Free"

Dash, Sonali. Bellevue High School, USA. "PTSD in Children caused by the Syrian Civil War: Importance of Education and Community Support"

Mugasha, Rahel. Alcanta International College, China. "Effectiveness of Nuclear Energy to Limit Greenhouse gases Emissions"

Nguyen, Uyen. John Bapst Memorial High School, USA. "Narrowing the education gap between ethnic groups in Vietnam"

Swaminathan, Sharanya. Troy High School, USA. "Case Attrition: Sexual Assault/Rape Cases in Denmark and India"

Zhang, Yuchen (Judy). Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy. "The Fudan Poisoning Trial As a Case Study Of the Primary Concerns Of Online Commenter  Netizens When Discussing Controversial Public Trials"

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