The Senior Program

All senior physics students work collaboratively with faculty members on research projects as part of the Senior Program. This intensive one-semester project combines original scientific research with reading and understanding the scientific literature. It culminates in a senior thesis that is defended in a series of oral presentations. The Senior Program reflects Hamilton's commitment to a strong grounding in writing and public speaking.

Recent projects in physics include:

  • Happy and You Know It: Predicting Happiness in College Students
  • Psychopathic Traits in College Populations: An Examination of Biological Sex, Aggression, and Facial Affect Recognition
  • The Adjustment to College: Comparing Models of Parent and Peer Support on Emotional School Engagement and Academic Achievement
  • Does Food-Related Thought Suppression Result in the Defensive Protection of Anti-Fat Biases?
  • How Media Literacy Programs Can Override the Media’s Objectification of Women
  • Defensive Self-Esteem as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Ego Threat and Anxiety
  • Is Implicit Race Bias Associated with Teachers’ Perceptions of Student Problem Behavior?
  • The Misinformation Effect and the Factors of Visual Perspective, Emotion, and Symptomatology
  • Nontraditional Adjustment to College: Comparing First Years Entering in the Fall Versus the Spring
  • Self-Harm, Alcohol Misuse, and Disordered Eating: Is Self-harm Replaced by More Acceptable Coping Strategies in Young Adulthood?
  • Risk and Resilient Functioning Among Maltreated Adolescents with Disabilities
  • Coping with Negative Affect: Examining Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavioral Coping Strategies Among College Students
  • Social Networking Websites as an Assessment Tool Within the Hiring Process
  • The Usability of College Admissions Websites Among Students with Learning Disabilities
  • The Fallibility of Eyewitness Memory: Implications and Protections in the Courtroom
  • The English Lens: Comparing Student Perceptions of Support and Belonging on Campus
  • You Should ‘Insta’ That: An Unfiltered Look at Attitudes, Motivations, and Habits of Instagram and the Impact of Social Media Exposure on Self-Esteem and Mood
  • The Effect of Heteronormative Advertising on the Brand Recall of Gays and Lesbians
  • Information Overload: The Inverse Relationship Between Information and Experts’ Prediction Accuracy
  • The Effects of Misinformation and the Own-Race Bias on Eyewitness Testimony
  • Ethnic and Racial Identity and Academic Achievement Among International College Students: The Role of Acculturation
  • Risk and Resiliency: Examining the Relationship between Language Brokering, Cultural Socialization, and Family Conflict among Adolescents
  • The Role of Functional Behavior Assessment in Developing Autism Spectrum Disorder Interventions Appropriate for the General Education Setting
  • The Effects of Music Videos and Video Games on Young Adults’ Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Is Emotional Intelligence a Good Predictor of Job Performance Across Race/Ethnicity?
  • The Effects of Counter-dispositional Behavior on Extroverts and Introverts
  • Are We Well ‘Liked’? Comparing Facebook and Instagram Usage and Related Perceptions in Undergraduate Students
  • Matching Person to Media: How Individual Differences Relate to Learning Preferences and Outcomes
  • To Your Face, on Your Facebook, or on Yik Yak? College Students’ Perceptions of Relational Aggression
  • The Overgenerality Effect and PTSD: An Evaluation and Assessment of the Underlying Mechanisms
  • Civic Engagement in College Students: Are They Socially Responsible?
  • Prehospital Pain Management: Attitudes of Mohawk Valley Advanced Life Support Providers