As a part of the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University, I've had the opportunity as an upperclassmen to design and investigate my own research topic. This process is 2 years long and results in a variety of creative works showcased at the annual Keystone Symposium. My research topic revolves around access in music education for ELL students; for this project I conducted teacher interviews, collected student information through surveys and analyzed current music education literature. The result of this lengthy process was a research paper with my findings. If you'd like to check out my paper, you can click the below!
Boston University Cross-College Challenge
The BU Cross-College Challenge (XCC) is an interdisciplinary, project-based course for upperclassmen that gets students from all over the university to participate. The XCC engages students in team projects that address a real-world problem or an enduring human question, chosen by teams themselves, because of their passion about their subject matter. My course was centered around "cross-cultural storytelling" and focused on engaging with international students on campus through interviews and literature-based research. My team explored the topic of naming; the school and life experiences of students in relation to their name and how this played into their self-perception and identity was the main focus. I found this experience very relevant to my life working with students and certainly gained invaluable knowledge on human interaction.
We presented our findings in a video and presentation at the end-of-semester Expo in December 2022 as well as through a comprehensive research paper. If you'd like to read our paper or watch our video, check out the links below!