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Pat LeGates '18
Taking Notes

He’s a neuroscience concentrator, but Pat LeGates ’18  is spending the summer exploring a very different interest.  He’s composing experimental electronic music and video and studying the relationship between the two through an Emerson Foundation grant.  More ...

A Link Between Past and Present

Marisabel Rey ’19 is exploring the link between past and present in her native Peru this summer through an Emerson project that will examine the lingering oral storytelling tradition of the Peruvian highlands.    More ...

KT Glusac '18
Living the Life

This summer KT Glusac ’17, working with Professor of Philosophy Marianne Janack, will travel throughout New York State, living with and researching a variety of communal societies. Her research is funded through a Levitt Center grant.  More ...

Sofia Rachad '18, Audrey Nadler '18 and Erica Chen '19.
Fitting In

More than 17 percent of Utica’s population was born outside of the United States, and a drive through the city reveals numerous stores, churches and community centers built up by diverse ethnic groups. Despite the prevalence of immigrants in Utica, however, refugees face significant challenges to assimilating into the community. Understanding these challenges is the goal of a Levitt Research Group this summer. Erica Chen ’19, Audrey Nadler ’18 and Sofia Rachad ’18, with the guidance of Professor of Economics Erol Balkan, are researching the experiences of refugees in Utica.  More ...

Andre Burnham ’18 and Fiona McLaughlin ’19.
Queen Bees and Wannabees: Examining Bee Fitness

Over the past decade, bees have been dying and colonies collapsing in unprecedented numbers, posing a threat not only to the bees themselves, but to the many crops they pollinate. Scientists are still working to understand all the factors that pose risks to bees. This summer, Andre Burnham ’18 and Fiona McLaughlin ’19 are contributing their own research to this important question by comparing the fitness of locally raised queen bees and queen bees imported from California.  More ...

Emma Reynolds '17
Planting a Love of Poetry

Emma Reynolds ’17 is spending this summer pursuing one of her passions – poetry. The comparative literature concentrator is doing Emerson Grant-funded research on the construction of poetry syllabi at the college and high school level.  More ...

Samantha Donohue '18
Donohue ’18 Examines Muslim Women in the Media

Passionate about storytelling, Samantha Donohue ’18 crafted a summer research project that plays to that interest. Her work, funded by the Emerson Foundation, looks at the portrayal of Muslim women across several platforms in the U.S. and New Zealand: television, social media and virtual realities. Donohue will spend part of her summer and her junior year in New Zealand, where she will visit a mosque and speak with the Muslim Students Association at the Victoria University of Wellington, among other research.  More ...

Fain Riopelle '17
Writing Right for College

The adjustment to college life is something that many remember as perhaps overwhelming and, at times, confusing. As a Writing Center tutor, Fain Riopelle ’17 has tracked this transitional period by reading first-year students’ essays.  Through an Emerson research grant this summer Riopelle hopes to identify common issues with high school writing and create a curriculum that addresses them.  More ...

Anna Do '18
Anna Do ’18 Examines Sex Trafficking Through Levitt Grant

While Hamilton students seem to scatter across the globe every summer, Anna Do ’18 is staying close to home and delving into the issue of sex trafficking in the United States. Funded through a Levitt Center grant, Do seeks to raise awareness and create a safe space for survivors of sex trafficking in her native Syracuse, N.Y.  More ...

Elisa MacColl '16
MacColl ’16 Finds Niche With L.E.K. Consulting

Elisa MacColl ’16 will take her biology background to Boston management consulting firm L.E.K. in September where she will combine her science research experience with business. MacColl was valedictorian of the Class of 2016.  More ...

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