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EUS Senior Projects

EUS Senior Projects

"Viewed by the College as the capstone of the student’s education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Senior Project is an original, individual, focused project growing out of the student’s cumulative academic experiences." - Student Handbook. 

Students are allowed a tremendous amount of flexibility in choosing a topic for their senior project. Preparation for the senior project begins in junior year with meetings with advisors, course work, tutorials and seminars all geared towards developing a depper understanding of the student's interests within EUS.  During the senior year, one course each semester is devoted to completing the senior project. Below are examples of senior projects written by recently graduated EUS majors.

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Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Bard College
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Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Senior Projects in Environmental and Urban Studies

EUS Senior Projects have addressed questions pertaining to a wide variety of topics, including: Environment and population growth; sustainable development; environmental impacts of globalization; international efforts to protect the environment; land ownership and the distribution of wealth; the environment and human health; the measurement of environmental quality; distributive impacts of environmental policy; environmental racism; alternative energy; urban sprawl; land-use planning; land and tax policy; wilderness protection; watershed protection; deforestation; habitat loss; agricultural subsidies; organic farming; animal welfare; pollution control policy; fisheries; species extinction; transportation policy; ecotourism; the viability of small communities; and environmental politics, art, and education. A bibliography of Bard student projects and theses dedicated specifically to food/agriculture can be found here

Recent senior projects:


"Damming Development: Egypt’s Aswan High Dam and the Environmental Repercussions of Hydroelectric Power"
Gokhale, Maia

"Regenerating Local Soil: Applied Ecology in the Bard Community Garden"
Bartley, Michael

"Corporate Swine: How the Pork Industry is Destroying North Carolina's Environment"
Bennett, Isabel

"Pediatric Obesity and Tactics of Resistance: Educating Consumers on the Dangers of Industrially Processed Foods"
Cuomo, Natalie

"White-tailed Deer in the Hudson Valley: Our Role in Overpopulation and Forest Damage"
Danz, Thomson

"Sparks of Green Fire: Moments of Environmental Connection in Experiential Learning"
Darnell, Elisabeth

"Outside the Frame: Mapping and Urban Space in the United States, c. 1920-2014"
Diliberto, Grace

"Park With a View: A Study of New York City's Washington Square Park Through a Social and Political Perspective"
Eschenbach-Smit, Olivia

"Revitalization for Whom? A discussion about inequality in Midtown, Kingston, NY"
Kasperzyk, Zoe

"Aiding Gays: How the Gaying of AIDS Affected Response, Treatment, and Research During the Early Years of the Epidemic in San Francisco"
Margolis, Abigail

"The Living Laboratory: Theory, Practice, and Musings on the Attainability of Sustainability in a New Hudson Valley Community"
Marshall, Natalie

"Beyond the Meadowlands: A Sense of Place"
McKeigue, Anna

"Back to the Oven: Cultural Imaginations of Bread and Community in the Hudson Valley"
Perez, Antonia

"Landscapes of Control: River Infrastructure in the Mississippi Delta"
Rollings, John

"Hobo-Nature Guy as Peak Bagger or Thru-Hiker: Identities of Outdoorism and the Construction of Nature in South African Ecotourism Companies"
Rose, Katherine

"Building a "Good School": Architecture, Interior Design, and Effective Learning"
Soucy, Marina

"On Environmental Education"
Spreuwenberg-Stewart, James

"Lifeguarding the Hudson: Microbial Agents of Concern in Puddles, Tide Pools, and the River"
Winig, Elizabeth


"Can Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) Reduce the Abundance of Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapulars)?"
Gillen, Jennifer

"Reimagining the Urban Landscape After Destruction: Narratives of Rebuilding in Atlanta and New Orleans"
Hanusik, Virginia

"Not My Backyard: An Alternative Look at Property Justice and Anarchist Resistance to Gentrification"
Hollarsmith, Logan

"Beyond the Blue Line: Exploring Watershed Cartography in the Catskills"
Johnston, Laura

"Resonator of Memory: The Cultural Politics and Aesthetics of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
Kemmett, Catherine

"Duck and Cover: The Effects of American Federal Civil Defense Materials During the Cold War"
Lambert, Jessica

"Synthesis and Characterization of the Antimicrobial Bisindole Alkaloid Violacein and Analogs"
Norman, Matthew

"A Contrast of Acupuncture, Cranial Osteopathy, and Rolfing Structural Integration"
Reiman, Steven

"(Dis)Solution of Homogeny: An Architectural Exploration"
Rucewicz, Sean

"An Evaluation of Invasive Species Management in the Galapagos Islands"
Salinas-Ivanenk, Anna Sofia

"Navigating Yerevan's Kond: Democratizing Urban Planning"
Soorenian, Lia

"Clay Licks as a Keystone Resource and Their Potential in Conservation in the Las Piedras Watershed"
Varanashi, Gowri

"Gallo en un Corral Ajeno: A Critique of the Permaculture Presence in Subsistence Central America"
Scheibert, Rachael


"Shooting for the STARS: The Sustainability Movement in Higher Education"
Avid Burton Gookin

"(Re)inventing the User," a historical discourse on the dialogue between he computer interface and its user
Adrienne Flora Kirk

"Lunch Trays and Power Plays/The Squarest Meal of Them All: School Lunch and the Search for Harmony and Health in America," an examination of the history of American school lunch policy.
Myan Norann Melendez

"The REDD+ Balloon: An Analysis of the California-Chiapas Agreement around REDD+ as a Snapshot of the Expanding Regime Complex for Climate Change"
Hannah Rachel Mitchell

"Contested Publics: Business Improvement Districts and the Limits of Privitization"
Felix Kliros Walworth

"Through the Eyes of a Coyote: The Changing Nature of Urban Predators"
Sarah Y. Yates 


"The Role of Supermarket History and Design: Immediate Influence and Long-Term Effects on Customers"
Sherif Essam Ahmed

"In the Company of Bees: Gleanings from the Hive"
Rachel Liesel Hyman

"Articulating the Home: Retreat, Activism, and Intimacy in Contemporary American Homesteading”
Elizabeth Mae Castle (EUS and anthropology double-major)

"Carving Out an Agricultural Landscape: Meat Production and Geographies of Resistance in the Hudson Valley"
Cyrina Shannon King

"The Stone Wall and the Town Common: Dwelling and Mythmaking in the New England Landscape"
Honora Connell Montano

"Landscape of Conflict: The Political Ecology of Settlements Surrounding Deonar Garbage Dump in Mumbai, India," an inquiry into the cycle of demolition and rebuilding of several slums on the outskirts of Mumbai
Elias Menifee Moose

"New York City Birds: The Creation of a Multispecies Metropolis"
Lily Consuelo Saporta-Gagiuri


"I Eat, Therefore I Am," a historical analysis of why our food has gotten weaker and how it influences human and environmental health
Bridget Elizabeth Hallowell

"Time for a Team-Beam: Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Education," a qualitative analysis of the television show, its value as an educative tool, and the lessons imparted upon its viewers

Michael Ross Kauffman

"The Impact of Dams on the Quantity and Quality of Suspended Organic Material in Four Dutchess County Streams (New York)”
Mélanie Massardier Kenney


"'Where the sea is reborn'; A Framework for Marine Protected-Area Creation in Tropical Ecosystems”
Tina Marie Doran

“A Greenhouse Gas Inventory of a Concentrated Solar-Power Trough System"
Christopher Jun Harada

"Diabetes and Northern Arapaho Subsistence”
Roberta Marie Harper-McIntosh

"Native Plants and Arresting Demifauna: A study of Native and Exotic Plant Species in the Suburban Yard and their Respective Relationships with Arthropods"
Chantal Abigail Zupka Ludder

"Saving the Sound: A History of the Threats Facing the Long Island Sound” 
Thomas Victor Serino (EUS and Political Studies double-major)