Student research

Students on the program each develop an individual research project and present research at McMaster University.  Prior years of the program involved students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where the program was first developed.

The class of 2014 presented the following projects:

  • Omoshalewa Bamkole, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Health Literacy as a Barrier to Care for Rural Morocco: Focus on Zawiya Ahansal”
  • Brian Trott, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Argan Until It’s All Gone”
  • Kavya Timmireddy, University of Pennsylvania
  • “HIV and the Family: Perspectives on Disclosure and Care-Giving”
  • Matthew Nichols, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Progress in Morocco: A Mere Copy and Not the Real Thing” (Child Abandonment)
  • Cherin Joseph, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Microcredit and Women’s Empowerment in Morocco”
  • Jennifer Donegan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Health Education: Why Ignorance Isn’t Bliss”
  • Margaret Reid, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “The Contradiction Within Moroccan Law and the Harm It Causes”
  • Winnie Chen, St. John’s University
  • “Violence Against Women in Morocco: Morocco’s Obligation to Protect Their Women Through Legal Action and Reforms”
  • Samantha Woller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Contrast in Cultures Within Morocco Creates Risk of HIV/AIDS Epidemics”
  • Dylan Gast, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “The Moudawana—The Personal Status/Family Code”

The class of 2013 presented the following projects:

  • Taylor Woods, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “The PJD and Women’s Rights in Morocco”
  • Rita Zebian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “NGOs in Morocco”
  • Leah Weipert, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Nutritional Status of Women and Children in Morocco”
  • Tomi Vandergriff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Child Abandonment in Morocco: Is There Hope for Future Children of Unwed Mothers?”
  • Alanna Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Migration and Gender”
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy) Ramey, University of Virginia
  • “Mudawwana: Women’s Empowerment in the Family Code”
  • Brian Neufuss, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “A Brief Account of Renewable Energy in Morocco: Past and Future Projects”
  • Alyssa Mulder, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Violence Against Women: Legal Complications in a Changing Morocco”
  • Hayley Mead, Franklin and Marshall College
  • “Increasing Number of Unwed Moroccan Mothers: A Result of the ‘Taboo’ Status of Sex and Emerging Social and Legal Support”
  • Donald McCauley, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Roads and NGOs for Change in Zawiya Ahansal, Morocco”
  • J’Mag Karbeah, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Social and Legislative Obstacles to Effective TB and HIV Treatment and Diagnosis in Morocco”
  • Alison Filler, University of Virginia
  • “Moroccan Folk Medicine and Fertility Customs in the Jewish Mellah”
  • Danielle Eyre, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Sufism and Abstract Art”
  • Caroline Cooney, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Inequalities and Islam: Family Planning in Morocco”
  • Holiday Burke, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Effects of Socialized Gender in Islam”
  • Viriana Blanco, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • “Determinants of Women’s Maternal Health”
  • Kenzie Kacmarcik, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Treating Mental Illness in a Moroccan Cultural Context”
  • Sarah Porter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Barriers to Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Morocco: The Need to Integrate Islamic and Westernized Medicine.”

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