Blog: Nguyen ’15 to Research Growing a Vegetable Garden on Campus

June 24th, 2014 by 


NAME Cindy Nguyen ’15

HOMETOWN Worcester, Mass.

AREAS OF STUDY Political science and philosophy double major

WHAT SHE’S RESEARCHING In the past, a team of faculty members and students, under the direction of professors, established a vegetable garden on campus. The proposal at the time explained the importance of educating the Holy Cross community where food comes from, making smart food choices and developing healthy habits. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the established vegetable garden was discontinued. Nguyen’s proposal seeks to come up with a plan to resurrect the garden and reach the initial goals. She will be working with a research partner, Matthew Watson’16, along with advisers Michelle Sterk Barrett, director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, and Andrea Borghini, associate professor of philosophy. They will be extensively researching the benefits of having a community garden and the methods of establishing and cultivating it all while adhering to principles of sustainable agriculture.

DURATION June 2-Aug. 1

WHAT SHE’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO “The idea of a self-motivating project excites me, knowing that this experience will be at time frustrating, rewarding, challenging, and exhilarating. In addition, I cannot wait to work collaboratively with my research team, Holy Cross students and faculty members, and the Worcester community to build excitement — and potentially create something beautiful together.”

WHY SHE’S BLOGGING “I think it is important to share my insights on our research project in order to generate support and interest.”

CAREER GOALS “The future is a little unclear at the moment, but I know that whatever I end up doing I want to seek and promote justice.”

ABOUT THE SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM For several years running, a Mellon Foundation grant is funding student-faculty research projects in the humanities and social sciences. Faculty working in disciplines ranging from anthropology to classics to political science mentor students working on research over the nine-week summer program. Holy Cross also offers a highly successful summer research program for students in the natural sciences, mathematics, psychology and economics.

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