MA Project Report and Thesis Archive

Below you will find examples of graduate student work. This should help you gain an understanding of the range of projects and the format that should be used. Please remember that these projects are the actual work of our students and should only be used for format reference purposes.

                                                          2019

Native American Urban Relocation Collaborative Oral History Collection: Establishing a Community Repository and Developing Community-Driven Collection and Archival Practices
Project Report
Veronica Saldivar 

The Silicon Valley Approach to Poverty: Humanitarian Designers at Work in Financial Inclusion
Masters Thesis
Jeffrey Greger


Pedagogies of Play: An Ethrnographic Analysis of Activity-Based Learning in Two Elementary Classrooms

Masters Thesis
Chelsea Halliwell  

The Town of Loma Prieta: Applied Archaeology in The Forest in Nisene Marks State Park
Project Report
Arianna Heathcote

Recognition Through Remembrance: A Consideration of Muwekma Ohlone Oral Histories with Kuksu-Associated Material Culture to Infer Precolonial Connections to Place
Project Report
Alicia Hedges   

Mobility Through Droughts: Cross-Sectional Analysis of Femora in San Francisco Bay Area Prehistoric Native Population
Masters Thesis
Sarah Luce

                                                          2018

Our Homes, Our Stories: Aging in Place for LGBTQ Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area
Masters Thesis
Simon Jarrar

The Conservation, Excavation, and Analysis of Ancient Human Remains: A Bioarchaeological Case Study of Prehistoric Reburials from Nevis, West Indies
Masters Thesis
Marissa Massaro

Home Front Households: Propaganda and Patriotism in the Domestic Sphere During WWII
Project Report
Shauna Mundt

Deciphering Cultural Markers of Space: A Study of Understanding Urban Landscapes and Human Behaviors for a Smoother Transition of Autonomous Vehicles in our Ecosystem
Project Report
Bhargavi Pawar

Resisting Erasure: The History, Heritage, and Legacy of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
Project Report
Alisha Ragland

Landscape Mobility of the Precontact Ohlone: An Isotopic Investigation of Dietary Reconstruction, Landscape Mobility, and Marriage Patterns
Masters Thesis
Kelli Sullivan
                                                                2017

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Collaborative Forest Restoration in the Sierra Nevada
Masters Thesis
Michael Boero

Evaluation of Rural Native American Veterans’ Perceptions of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
Project Report
Julianne Cadden

Brandy City: Recording an Historic Gold Mining Town in Sierra County, California
Project Report
Elizabeth Fernandez

Street Vendors, Super Bowl 50, and the Spatial Politics of Immigration Control in Silicon Valley
Project Report
Miguel Garcia

Creation of a Cooperative Protection Agreement between the United States Forest Service and the Mono Lake Paiute Kutzadika Indian Community for Protection of Kutzadika Sacred Sites on Federal Land
Project Report
Robert Gelb

The Sediment Analysis of a Prehistoric Shell Midden from Nevis, West Indies
Masters Thesis
Erika Harvey

Strategies for Serving Undocumented College Students in California: A Project in Applied Anthropology
Project Report
Gabriel Manrique

A Study in Hoomanism: Understanding Meaning in Geek Philanthropy and Cyberanthropology
Project Report
Ailea Merriam-Pigg


Organizational Analysis at San José State Athletics: Building the SASS Peer Mentoring Program
Project Report 
Timea Molnar

Informing Archaeological Site Management through Faunal Analysis: An Exercise in Applied Zooarchaeology at CA-SCR-10
Project Report
Angela Moniz

Academic Barriers for Migrant Middle School Students in Salinas, California
Masters Thesis
Alexa Terhorst

Equine Assisted Therapy on People with Multiple Sclerosis, A Case Study
Project Report
Deborah N. Walde-Baughn

                                                                2016

The Anthropology Motivation: A Qualitative Study of Volunteers at Sacred Heart Community Service
Project Report
Danielle Anderson

A Hero’s Welcome: Helping Veterans at San Jose State University Make a Successful Transition to Higher Education
Project Report
Varsha Damle

Living between Borders: Transnational Marriage and US Resettlement Patterns in Sudanese Refugee Populations
Masters Thesis
Deirdre Patterson

                                                                2015

Family Perspectives on Sustainable Living: An Anthropological Study Imagining Different Futures
Project Report
Megan Aufdermaur

An Analysis of 3D Printer Users and Their Networks in the Silicon Valley
Project Report
Armando Ayala

Learning Non-Violent Social Collaboration: Beyond Entertainment- Developing Video Games with Games with a Purpose
Project Report
Benjamin Dubois

From Trauma to Trail: Proposing New Methods for Examining the Variability of Sharp Force Trauma on Bone
Master’s Thesis
Amanda Feldman

Understanding Participation of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trails
Master’s Thesis
Angela Fuller

Connecting Archaeology and Community at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Project Report
Karen Johansson

Ritual and Religion in the Ohlone Cultural Area of Central California
Master’s Thesis
Douglas A. Jones

The Temporal Dating and Analysis of the Archaeological Assemblage Recovered from a Portion of Prehistoric Site, “’Arma ’Ayttakiš Rúmmey-tak” (Place of the Spirit Woman Spring) CA-SCL-125
Project Report
Elisabeth Mabie

Looking Backward, Moving Forward: The Experiences of Indo-Fijian Immigrant Women in California
Master’s Thesis
Ambrita Nand

The Maritime Shipping Industry of the Geographic Region Bounded by Aptos and Alviso, California, 1850-1950
Master’s Thesis
Rebecca M. Spitzer

Understanding Participation in the Underground Economy in Oakland
Master’s Thesis
Ida Wilson

                                                                2014

Native American Response and Resistance to Spanish Conquest in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1769-1846
Master’s Thesis
Gustavo Flores

Anthropology in the Park: An Investigation into the Cultural and Civic Potential of Public Spaces
Project Report
Emily Green

Experiences of Immigration Among Women from Taiwan
Master’s Thesis
Robert Johnston

The Excavation and Analysis of the Prehistoric Caribbean Remains: A Bioarchaeological Case Study of a Prehistoric Female from Nevis, West Indies
Master’s Thesis
Chris Keith

What Motivates Volunteers?: Organizational Analysis of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Project Report
Chika Minami

Teaching Middle School Students to Level-Up: A Formative Evaluation of Integrating
Project Report
Anne Newman

Health Matters Olinder: Health Needs and Practices in Olinder Neighborhood
Project Report
Mercedes Ramans

The Temporal Dating and Analysis of the Archaeological Assemblage Recovered from a Portion of Prehistoric Site, “Satos Rini Rumaytak” (At the Hill Above the River Site) CA-SCR-12
Project Report
Jerry Starek

Forager Subsistence Regimes in the Thai-Malay Peninsula: An Environmental Archaeological Case Study of Khao Toh Chong Rockshelter, Krabi
Master’s Thesis
Hannah Van Vlack

                                                                2013

Globalization and Agriculture: Ensuring a Sustainable Future
Project Report
Sarah Linn Gallardo

Reading Partners Tutor Perspectives Project: An Ethnographic Evaluation of Volunteer Experiences
Project Report
Bethany Grove

The Multi-Movement: An Ethnography of Occupiers and Occupying
Project Report
Hannah Hart

Refugee Resettlement in Oakland: Improving the Volunteer-Client Encounter
Project Report
Kristin Keller

Formation of China’s First National Park: Interactions Among International NGO, Prefectural Government and Local Communities
Project Report
Jing Li

Live Journal Loyalty and Melodrama: A Stakeholder Relations in Web 2.0
Master’s Thesis
Christine Moellenberndt

How is the Past Preserved in a Pluralistic Society? A Case Study of the Portuguese in East San José as a Model for Interpreting Immigrant Landscapes
Project Report
Catherine Mistely

Designing Software to Meet the Needs of International Users
Project Report
David Mohr

Sabores Latinos: A Needs Assessment of Food Preferences of Latino Food Bank Clients
Project Report
Sara Salinas

From Silk Road to Silicon Valley: A Needs Assessment of English Language Services for the Iranian Community
Project Report
Cheryl Tombrink

                                                                2012

Ethnographic Assessment of Quantified Self Meetup Groups
Project Report
Adam Butterfield

The Breast Cancer Journey
Project Report
Jessica Donohue

Las Campeonas de Salud: Health Access, Social Networks, and Group Sustainability: An Ethnographic Evaluation
Project Report
Sabrina Duenas

Madres Líderes: Empowering Our Families and Community
Project Report
Jaqueline Gamboa

Aging Arab Immigrants: Family Portraits from the San Francisco Bay Area
Master’s Thesis
Kanhong Lin

The Climate Clock Initiative: Interaction and Network Assessment (INA)
Project Report
Loan Luu

Tod@s SOMOS Lideres: Cultivating Grassroots Leaders in Mayfair: An Ethnographic-based Evaluation and Curriculum Notes of a Grassroots Leadership Program Serving Spanish-speaking Women in East San Jose
Project Report
Maribel Martinez

Capacity Building in the Technological Age: A Collaborative Project at Homeboy Industries
Project Report
Josephine Nguyen

Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Design Research
Project Report
Mark Pratt

Fostering Empowerment within Special Education: Building Communication in a Specialized Program
Project Report
Kate Snider

Developing Cultural Agility between Emergency Medical Providers and Vietnamese-Americans in Santa Clara County
Project Report
Jason Vega

                                                                2011

Water and Power: Agricultural Intensification in Windward North Kohala, Hawai’i Island
Master’s Thesis
Christopher Avery

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship: A Microfinance Project in Santa Clara County
Project Report
Mayra Cerda

Silicon Valley Sparkplugs Project: Bridging Anthropology and Media to Address Issues of Civic Engagement
Project Report
Nicole Conand

The Future of Diversity: A Forecasting Project
Project Report
Jillian Griffith

Beyond Pink: Living with a Terminal Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Project Report
Mary Koskovich

A Community of Practice in Obsidian Studies
Project Report
John Schlagheck

A Community Needs Assessment on Mental Health Services Among Native American Indians in Santa Clara, California
Project Report
Auda Velazquez-Rivera

                                                                2010

A Hazardous Waste Management Solution for Bogota
Project Report
Andrea Arjona

Heal Project Process Report: Arriving at a Charrette to Effect Change at SJSU
Project Report
Marina Corrales

Organizations and their Component Individuals Venturing Outside Expertise
Project Report
Candice Heidebrecht

Collective Efficacy as it Relates to Public Safety in the Olinder Neighborhood
Project Report
Michelle Nero

Perception of Risk: Evaluating Women’s Health Concerns in Silicon Valley for Creating a Viable Online Business
Project Report
Vanessa Potter

                                                                2009

Gender, Status and Shellfish in Precontact Hawaii
Master’s Thesis
Robin Connors

Native California Prehistory and Climate in the San Francisco Bay Area
Master’s Thesis
Stella D’Oro

Rooted in Research: Anthropology and Design in Three Collaborative Projects
Project Report
Alicia Murphy

Where the Pampa Meets the Moon: A Search for Ethnobotanical Knowledge in Quillabamba
Project Report
Andrea Presler

                                                                2008

Applied Anthropology and Business: Financial Planning, Luxury Cars, and Microfinance
Project Report
Greg Cabrera

Engineering in the Making: An Ethnography of Product Development
Master’s Thesis
Armineh Noravian

 

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