The San José State University Library Research Scholars Program provides undergraduates with a year-long, paid opportunity to engage deeply with library faculty and staff, collections, and resources.
Facilitated by a team of librarian mentors, participants learn about the resources at King Library, basic research methodologies, and information topics, like plagiarism, copyright, and publishing. The culminating project of the experience is to present one's research in a group setting.
Research fellows deposit their work into the campus repository.
Ricardo Andres Pimentel
Decades of constant wars have produced millions of military personnel returning home after their stints protecting their country. Though many of these military members are able to fully reintegrate into society, a significant minority return with psychical and psychological difficulties. Included in this vast list of difficulties is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder is particularly endemic to military populations, and although numerous treatment modalities are available to veterans with PTSD, they are not all effective for every individual. Thus, numerous grassroots and private organizations have been working to pair veterans with service dogs for the treatment of PTSD. Despite mainly anecdotal evidence claiming the positive effects of pairing veterans with PTSD with service dogs, it is highly suggestible that these service dogs can provide substantial benefits for veterans. In the current research design, a survey was devised to gauge the attitudes and beliefs of veterans with PTSD toward their service dogs. The preliminary results of the current research strongly suggest that veterans with PTSD are strongly in favor of their service dogs, and are claiming that their service dogs are helping ameliorate their symptoms of PTSD.
Lindsay M. Cutler
The incidence rate of homelessness in the United States has been trending positively over the last decade. The Department of Housing and Urban Development attributes this growth primarily to the West-Coast. States in this region particularly responsible for the rise in rates have significantly large concentrations of both homelessness and high-paying innovation-sector jobs in major cities–known as superstars for the extreme demand to live there. Dispersion between higher and lower-income residents is noted to be significantly higher in superstar cities. In light of the recent interference of an unprecedented pandemic, COVID-19, economists predict a significant increase in the incidence rate of homelessness nationwide. To further elaborate on this relationship, the interactions between homelessness rates, employment, costs of living, and government response are analyzed prior to the onset of COVID-19, and after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States. This analysis intends to explore how COVID-19 has impacted these 5 agglomerated cities' responses to the housing crisis. A qualitative grounded theory meta-analysis was performed. 5 cities (San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, and Boston) were selected for a comparison of qualitative data describing trends in homelessness, employment, costs of living, and government strategies. Data was compiled from literature released by government databases, annual government reports, research institutions, and relevant stakeholder associations. The interactions of COVID-19 on each variable are analyzed. Implications for future hypothesis testing are explored for the state of the combined housing and pandemic crisis as it continues to develop.
Alexander Werdmuller von Elgg
This research aims to describe a condition of college level art education and is composed of two parts: an annotated bibliography and a survey. The annotated bibliography describes dissertations, research papers, articles, and books about histories and current trends in college level art education. The survey asks students and faculty at San Jose State University, California about their extent of value toward a variety of experiences in college level art education. Some key findings from the research are that studio space, expressivity, and craftsmanship are some of the most valuable qualities in college level art education.