The Relationship Between a Culture of Happiness, Mental Health, and Emotional Health Among Silicon Valley Youth

There have been studies on the negative effects of the modern culture of happiness on mental health, as well as the correlation between mental and emotional health. However, no one has ever studied how all three factors are interrelated, especially in a technology hub like Silicon Valley, where optimism and positive attitudes are especially strong. Given the views held toward negative emotions, perhaps looking into the relationship of Silicon Valley's culture, mental health, and emotional health will provide insight on how to move forward with the health of the youth in years to come.

Performance and game factors influencing the fluctuating ticket prices of NBA games

Dynamic pricing has been in effect with airline companies and other industries for many years but has relatively recently been applied to sporting events. In order to maximize revenue, many teams use dynamic pricing, which depends upon a variety of factors. This project aims to find the factors that most affect a change in price, as well as develop the ideal algorithm that maximizes a team's revenue while pricing.

The Impact of Community Gardening on Nutrition and Eating Habits

This project will examine the impact of community gardening on eating practices in low-income communities. Currently, research suggests that a large disparity in healthy food practices exists between the levels of healthy eating practices in high and low-income communities, with dangerous health ramifications. Community gardens, pieces of land gardened and developed by a community of individuals that produce food for collective consumption, have the ability to positively affect this issue.

Older Adults’ Core Values in Recreational Activities as Predicted by Developmental Psychology with Emphasis on Cultural Disparities

For older adults, aged 65 to 95, recreational activities are essential to maintain a healthy mental and physical state. Through analyzing the study of developmental psychology, the common core values of older adults were identified. Using these values, a hypothesis of older adult satisfaction of existing recreational activities was surveyed to test predictions. We then passed out a survey, gaining insight of older adult enjoyment, particularly with comparisons between Chinese and American cultures. Ultimately, the goal is to pinpoint older adults’ views on recreational activities in terms of motivation and enjoyability, while also identifying the impact of cultural disparities.

Determining Correlation Between Pediatric Cancer and Mental Health Outcomes in Adult Survivors

In the U.S., an estimated 15,780 children under 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year, and there is a problem with lasting effects on survivors of pediatric cancer. Despite the fact that most survivors remain healthy for decades, the mental and psychological effects of past treatment and experience still exist. This problem has negatively impacted victims of pediatric cancer because of increased rates of mental illnesses as they enter adulthood, including depression. By investigating the factors leading to this serious issue all around the world, my research can identify the link between certain types of pediatric cancer treatment and mental health issues, both of which are prominent in our modern society. In addition, the results of this research can help medical professionals best determine the way to lower the rates of traumatic mental health problems that these survivors encounter later on, which can potentially improve their quality of life.

Homelessness and the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto

Due to a myriad of factors, there exists a major and growing issue with the cost of housing in the Bay Area and the places people can go if they cannot afford rent. Palo Alto is no exception, with rampant NIMBYism and homelessness being a prevalent problem that too often is dismissed. There are many volunteer and nonprofit opportunities within Palo Alto, but this project focuses on the Opportunity Center, a walk-in clinic next to Town and Country with a wide range of services and ways to connect with case managers to find housing. This project was cut short due to the Coronavirus, but aims to bring awareness to the Center and the need for reform surrounding the issue of homelessness.

Bridging the Gap in Pediatric Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Patients

Pediatric Oncologists come face to face with difficulty when it comes to working with families of terminally-ill patients. Even though many children with terminally-ill diseases should be given the same resources as adults to alleviate their pain, about “80% of children dying with cancer in this country are still suffering, and their symptoms are not being adequately palliated (Wolfe, 2000). This problem has negatively impacted the 15,780 children under the age of 19, that are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. A possible cause of this problem is that adults do not understand how to deal with a terminally-ill child, especially one whose needs differ from those of an adult who is terminally ill. This research project will investigate how pediatric oncologists deal with terminally-ill patients with the goal of remedying this issue.

Improving Sun Protection Through Education and Access-Based Interventions

A deadly and common disease with a simple solution: skin cancer. Certain groups, such as low-income or dark-skinned groups, are particularly susceptible to the development of skin cancer due to lack of access to sun protection or lack of education about sun protection. An educational intervention has been found to increase the likelihood of future sun protection. The hypothesis was that pairing educational and access-based interventions will be even more effective at improving sun protection. The study was conducted at Palo Alto High School, and the impact of the interventions was measured through pre and post-surveys.

Air Pollution in Palo Alto vs East Palo Alto

This research project is about the disproportionate affects of air pollution in communities of lower socioeconomic status, especially between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Air pollution is a major problem because it has lots of long and short term health effects, like asthma. Communities of lower socioeconomic status experience more air pollution than other communities, so this research is aiming to see if East Palo Alto experiences worse air pollution than Palo Alto.

Barriers to Reporting Sexual Harassment at Palo Alto High School

In March of 2017, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) received a Letter of Findings from the Department of Education detailing their violations of Title IX (a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex), including failure to provide “a prompt and equitable response to notice of peer sexual harassment” (ED, 2017). A survey was administered to high school students in the spring of 2017, 2018, and 2019 as part of a resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). In 2019, 15.8% of students reported they “experienced sexual harassment in a school setting during the previous 12 months” (Kolar & Kuhbach, 2019). While the survey-reported rate of harassment increased from 10.5% in 2017 to 15.8% in 2019, the rate of reporting incidents to school officials has decreased, from 12.1% in 2017 to 7.8% in 2019. How might the Palo Alto High School improve their Title IX reporting process and address discrepancies in reporting?

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