Abstract: Ecotherapy interventions encouraging healing through nature

Ecotherapy is a form of psychology that allows nature to encourage growth and healing. This healing can be in the form of stress, cognitive fatigue, or mental illness. Healing with nature has become more important in recent years because humans have broken their deep relationship with nature. Human connection with nature is important because of a term Edward Wilson created called “biophilia,” which describes humans’ innate desire to connect with nature and other life. Recent studies have indicated that ecotherapy practices have reduced stress, depression and anxiety, and have increased pro-social behavior and overall well-being. Some interventions include horticultural therapy and animal-assisted therapy, while more commonplace ecotherapy practices include mindfulness walks, learning more about local nature, spending more time outside in general, and adding more greenspace to an indoor environment.

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Abstract: Huguenot Identity in mid-19th Century America

Hello World! My name is Geoffrey Ringlee, and I am a rising senior majoring in History and Computer Science. This summer, I am conducting research for my honors thesis on Huguenot identity in the United States from 1830 to 1880. Thanks to the Charles Center and their generous summer research grant, I have the opportunity this summer to search through the archives and annuls of history to learn about an overlooked part of the past.

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Abstract: Modelling the Effects of Density Dependence and Leaf Chemistry on Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed

The monarch butterfly has seen dramatic population declines in the past two decades (81% since 1999). A major contributing factor of this is the simultaneous decline in populations of common milkweed, on which the monarch is entirely dependent for much of its life cycle. As part of a plan to combat this decline, major replanting programs have begun in order to rejuvenate both species. However, while we know a great deal about the biology of monarchs, we know much less about the ecology of milkweed. This project aims to fill that gap by examining the role that leaf chemistry and plant density play in common milkweed population dynamics. To do this, I will collect demographic, spatial, and chemical data on milkweed in the field, and use that to expand a mathematical population model for milkweed.

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Abstract – The Color of Patriotism: Asian American Military Service and U.S. Citizenship

Hi! My name is Yosselin Turcios and I am a freshman at the College of William and Mary. I plan on majoring on Kinesiology and Health Science concentrating in Public Health and minoring in Psychology. This summer I will be assisting Professor Sohoni on his research concerning the legal obstacles foreign-born Asian Americans faced when trying to gain citizenship after serving the U.S. military during World War II.

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Abstract: Gender Inequality in Liberia: Leveling the Playing Field with “Manball”

Hi!  My name is Samantha Mehring, and I am a freshman at the College of William and Mary.  I plan on majoring in international relations and minoring in economics.  This summer, I will travel to Monrovia, Liberia to assess the impact that sports-for-development can have on gender equality and attitudes towards gender.

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