Student Research (SYE) | St. Lawrence University Global Studies

Student Research (SYE)

All Global Studies majors are required to undertake an independent research project during the senior year. These SYE (Senior Year Experience) projects, which typically involve research conducted in conjunction with off-campus study, require students to bring comparative and/or transnational analysis to bear on their chosen areas of geographic and thematic concentration. Regular projects are completed during one semester (GS489 for fall semester, GS490 for spring semester) under the supervision of a Global Studies faculty member. Honors projects (an option for students who maintain a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.2 GPA overall) are two semesters in length (GS498 and GS499) and involve close work with three faculty members: the primary GS advisor, a second reader from the department, and a third reader from outside the department.

Global Studies SYE projects are unique in the close association the student has with a faculty member. Rather than working in a class or with a group of students, Global Studies students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member who has expertise in the field. The close relationship between students and faculty for SYE projects helps to create an experience where the student can delve deeply into the subject of the project with the guide of an experienced writer and researcher. In addition, the Global Studies SYE helps develop the learning skills that are necessary to succeed outside of the structured classroom setting. 

Students may apply for various types of funding to support research for their senior project.

Past Global Studies Honors Projects


  • Mohammad Abid Amiri, "American Muslims and the Media After September 11"
  • Lauren Bennett, " Dancing Through History: An Examination of Ethnography in Dance- a Case Study and a Reflection on a Personal Work"
  • Austin Dempewolff, "The Changing Meanings of Migration and Being a Native or Outsider in 21st Century Shanghai: Negotiating for a Municipal Identity"
  • Michelle Evans, "Assimilation and Identity in France: The Case of the Franco-Algerians"
  • Khadeeja Hamid, "Futile Resistance to Globalization: The Case of Dharavi's Mahila"
  • Bridget Heaton, "The Neo-Colonialism of the American Lifestyle: How the United States Maintains its Influence Globally Through Militarization and the Commodification of Culture"
  • Bupe Mazimba, "Emergent Empire: China's Increasing Role in the Global South"
  • Casey O'Brien, "Religion in Social Revolutions: A Case Study of the Sandinista and Hizb Allah Movements"
  • Lily Rougeot, "Turning the Perpetual Wheel of Global Inequality: An Analysis of Processes of Foreign Aid"
  • Liliana Saplontai, " Youth In Argentina: Understanding Social and Political Attitudes of Generation Y Within Globalized Context From a Socio-historical Perspective"
  • Alexander Stone,
  • Cody Witherell, "Representing People & Culture Through the Eyes of a Mouse: How Disney Has Changed the Way We View People and Culture Case Studies at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL"


  • Keilly Cutler,
  • Vanessa Kuffner, "Don't Fight the Old Story, Just Write a New One": NGO's vs. Change through Local Knowledge, Culture and Agency


  • Amy Bolis, “Prospero’s Daughter as an Alternative Narrative to Shakespeare’s The Tempest: An Investigation of Literary Colonization in the Postcolonial Caribbean”
  • Eric Kinsey, "Analyzing the Fair Trade Movement's Impact on the Tea Sector in Tanzania"
  • Rebekah McCluskey, "Ernai in Coastal China: Exploited Prostitutes, Modern Concubines, or Empowered Opportunists?"
  • Shazia Shahnaz, “Effects of 9/11 on the Muslim Population in the United States: How It Has Enabled Them to Be a Part of the Public Sphere in North America”


  • Sajana Blank, "The Plight of Underprivileged Girls: Reevaluating Gender Inequalities through Grassroots Initiatives in Kenya and North India"
  • Harriet Newman, "Staging Movements: African American Modern Dance as a Social Movement, 1930s-1950s"
  • Daniel Shafer, “The Reality of Humanitarian Work: A Dynamic Exploration Into the Militarization of Foreign Aid in East Africa Through Private Security Firms”
  • Thomas Simunovic, “The Politics of Memory: Spain and the Law for the Recuperation of Historical Memory”
  • Jessica Sullivan, "Procuring a Place in the Sun: The Evolution of Tourism in La Herradura and Taos"


  • Paige Evans, “Globalizing Indigenous Knowledge and Herbalism: Implications for At-Risk Medicinal Plant Species: A Case Study of Coptis trifolia (Goldthread)”
  • Sean Watkins, “Facebook: An Uncritical Space”


  • Colleen Callahan, "Imperial versus Indigenous: Post Colonial Language Development and the Search for Cultural Identity in Two Contemporary African Nations"
  • Katie Nelson, “Are We Really Changing Anything?  The Role of Humanitarian NGOs Working in Kenya During the New Age of Globalization”
  • Jenna Stearns, “The Feminization of Labor and Migration in the Capitalist World Economy: The Case of Lavapies”


  • Jamie Kennedy, "Agricultural Policies in the U.S. and the E.U."
  • Laura Woltag, “Exploring Youth Identities: The Akwesasne Creative Writing Class”


  • Kaileah Christie, "Citizenship and the Subjectivities of Displaced Migrant Women"


  • Katie Cerretani, "Ecotourism and it's Impact on Sustainable Agriculture: A Study of Three Costa Rican Communities"