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Global Scholars Presentations

Seniors in the two-year Global Scholars program present their capstone research projects. All presentations are open to the public.


Global Scholars 2020



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TRACE HELD"The Somalia Syndrome: Pragmatic Humanitarianism in the World's Most Dangerous Place"

Something struck a chord in me when I first encountered images of starving Somali children carrying AK-47s. Though I had encountered such images before, the Hobbesian state of nature stirred a sense of action as I recalled Dr. King’s maxim, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” When I shared my despair with my father during a late night kitchen conversation, he paused for a moment and said, “So what will you do about it?” Since I can remember the endlessly intricate web of intrigue of history and international relations fascinated me. So when given the opportunity to pursue any project, I considered the challenge to help people in the “most dangerous place in the world” not only exciting, but serving a greater humanitarian goal.

On the collegiate level I plan on studying finance, with minors in international relations and global politics, to aid me in realizing my dream of eradicating political unrest and poverty throughout the world by consulting with businesses and governments on how to best invest in their societies, enabling them to build a more just world.


Read Trace Held's Full Paper: "The somalia syndrome"

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NERMEEN RAHMAN“Food for the Soul: Utilizing Music Therapy and Digital Methods to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia”

Ever since I was little, I have played piano and have grown to love music. I have noticed that music has had a deep impact on myself and those around me. I wanted to explore the impact of music by shadowing researchers from the Regenstrief Institute using music therapy on delirious patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Joining the club “Ode to Joy” also facilitated my interest in the effects of music as we played our instruments for residents at an adult daycare center, and it would improve their moods and morale. As Alzheimer’s disease poses a global health threat, I think that the utilization of music therapy can be an interesting and vital approach in combating the disease and other forms of dementia. I would like to thank my parents, Ms. Sidey, the researchers at the Regenstrief Institute, Dr. Babar Khan, Dr. Nicole Fowler, and my classmates for their support in my project and the opportunities they have provided me.

Watch Nermeen's full presentation below:


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"Pakis United: Predicting the Trajectory of the Pakistani American Diaspora"

When I moved to the United States from Saudi Arabia, I found myself a member of a larger group that I could now claim as my own–the Pakistani American community. I soon realized, however, that the experiences of this nationalistically aligned group greatly differed from my own purely by virtue of geographical location.
This difference intrigued me, and I decided to use this project as an opportunity to explore and understand my new identity as a Pakistani Muslim in the social context of the United States. After conducting some research, I learned that—given the relative newness of the community—very little writing existed on the Pakistani American community and that the future of this oft misunderstood group was riddled with uncertainty. This project explores the sociopolitical factors that mold the Pakistani American identity, and ultimately serves as a predictor for the future of this dynamic community. In a time where the American identity is commonly racialized as white, sketching a blueprint for the architecture of a new immigrant group like the Pakistani American diaspora becomes more important than ever before.




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"Chasing Mars: The Limits of Human Imagination"

For whatever reason, I have always been fascinated by Outer Space. And I don’t think this is very unique to myself. Space is engrained in our collective culture. From movies to books to tv shows, science fiction has entranced us for generations. Because of this, I wanted to use this presentation to explore our deeply rooted connection to the stars. And Mars is the perfect subject.  Ever since we first touched down on the Moon, Mars has seemed like it was in our grasp. And with companies like SpaceX and Boeing as prevalent as they are today, Mars is as hot a topic as ever. This is the prefect point in time to talk about Mars in our media and culture. And more importantly how this will affect our journey forward.

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"Serial Watchers: America's Gruesome True Crime Obsession"

For the past few years I have been a self-proclaimed true crime addict. I’ve watched countless hours of Netflix docu-series and listened to several different true crime podcasts. However, in high school I started to consider how my actions may inadvertently affect others. As a consumer in a culture of fast news and instant gratification, it had become increasingly important to consume ethically and thoughtfully. Although the internet has allowed us to be closer to knowledge, we as a culture have been able to remain blissfully ignorant. True crime has seen a recent boom in pop culture since 2014, but what does this mean for American society? My presentation will exam the historical origins of the genre, the development to its modern forms, the reasons for its popularity, and the ethical implications of true crime. I would like to thank my parents, teachers, panelists, and especially Ms. Sidey for their support through the Global Scholars Process. 

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DANIel ehrlich"Putting the Pieces Back Together: The Cyclical Evolution of Society's Perspective on Knowledge Acquisition and How Interdisciplinary Collaboration is the Missing Link to Solving Modern-Day's Greatest Problems"

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

All throughout high school, I have strived to take in as much knowledge as I could in an endeavor to better understand and appreciate the world we live in. In addition to the subject matter, I have been fascinated by how these different subjects are interconnected, how the pieces all fit together to complete the puzzle that is knowledge. Throughout these past two years, while performing research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I had the opportunity to see how interdisciplinary collaboration is used to solve real world problems. It was this experience that prompted me to explore society’s relationship with interdisciplinary learning and problem solving for my Global Scholars project. This project takes us on a journey through time where we investigate the factors behind the pendulum-like movement of society, that oscillates between valuing the polymath and the specialist. We also analyze the essential nature of interdisciplinary learning in today’s world and examine the different ways in which such learning has been promoted in both education and research. Lastly, we explore what changes and modifications would need to be made before we could actualize the massive restructuring of education that appears to be in our imminent future.