Nicole Kalmus’s research is serving as a basis for her honors thesis. In her thesis, "Transparent or Opaque: Case Study for the Effectiveness of a Central, Transparent Aid Database System," she is examining the aid transparency movement and will evaluate foreign aid to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Kalmus is a 2013 Dorothy Goodwin Scholar, working with Jane Horvath, PhD as her faculty mentor. Her project focused on foreign aid databases. During summer 2013 she surveyed existing databases in order to evaluate their usefulness in measuring the effectiveness of foreign aid expenditure. Her project was an outgrowth of her work in the course: Economic Development and Gender and her experiences representing the University at the 64th annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in fall 2012.
She is a leader in the University community. An honors student, Kalmus is a member of the University’s dance team, served as a Red Cap in summer 2013, and is an intern in the Study Abroad Office. Kalmus did a study aboard semester in Grenoble during spring 2013. She is one of the four finalists for the Martin Scholarship.
Kalmus will be graduating in May 2014 with a double major in International Studies (Global Development Track) and Modern Language (French). After graduation Kalmus is planning on pursuing a master’s degree in development.