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Ivy Akumu '15
Ivy Akumu ’15 Seeks to Demystify African Religion in Emerson Project

When Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was released, it generated both curiosity and criticism for its portrayal of Christianity. For Ivy Akumu ’15, it sparked an interest in the history of Christianity and, by extension, of other religions. Her growing fascination led to an Emerson Foundation-funded research project this summer, titled “Demystifying African Religion.”  Through this project, she aims to deconstruct misconceptions about traditional African religions, partially through drawing parallels between them and Christianity.  More ...

Colin Henneberger '14
Considering a Career in Wealth Management

Colin Henneberger ’14 is fully embracing the New York City internship experience this summer by working at Pioneer Financial.  After waking up at 6:30 a.m., catching a train, transferring to the subway, and walking from the station, he finally arrives at the wealth advisory firm to start his workday at 9 a.m.  More ...

Shea Nagle '16, Ben Ligas '14, Scott Pillette '14, Sally Bourdon '15, Nicole LaBarge '15.
Levitt Research Group Examines Elevated Blood Lead Levels

Hamilton’s open curriculum encourages students to explore interdisciplinary studies, combining multiple subjects in an original and constructive manner.  When one group of students became aware of an issue plaguing the local community, they knew that by using their unique research interests they could tackle the issue comprehensively.  These Levitt Group Research Grant recipients will pursue their passion for aiding others while contributing to a larger body of scientific knowledge.  More ...

Kerri Grimaldi '15 and Deanna Nappi '15.
Roommates Run 13.1 and Then Some

On the morning of Sunday, June 9, Deanna Nappi ’15 and Kerri Grimaldi ’15 took a break from their typical routines.  The two Hamilton students traveled to the Adirondack region to participate in the ninth annual Lake Placid Marathon.  After selecting a lengthy playlist from their iPods and a pre-race warm up, the two women did not stop running until they crossed the finish line.  More ...

Dyllon Young '15
Making a Business Out of Conversation

Dyllon Young ’15 has found his niche in the world of language.  With a concentration in Chinese and additional fluency in Spanish, Italian and English, Young has been interested in learning new languages since he was in elementary school.   He is engaging his passion for speech this summer in an internship at Smigin, a startup language instruction company.  More ...

From left: Hannah Lyons '14, Kelly Jenkins '14, Andraya Cole '14, David Borczuk '14, Claire Barton '14, Megan Blair '16.
Biology Group Studies Blood Sugar for Links to Obesity

Obesity and diabetes are serious issues that public health officials are focusing on.  A bulk of the scientific literature blames sedentary lifestyles for the increase in obesity.  However, the developing trend of people becoming categorized as obese is increasingly steep and Hamilton student researchers believe there are more biological and chemical components to the issues.  More ...

Kina Viola '14
Kina Viola '14 Combines Math and Creative Writing in Emerson Project

The ideal of a liberal arts education involves taking courses over a wide and varied curriculum, especially when that means taking some risks. Kina Viola ’14, a creative writing major, is embodying that ideal by pursuing a research project that combines writing and math, a subject she’s always been interested in despite a proclaimed lack of familiarity.  More ...

Olivia Valcarce '15
Writing Center Tutor Olivia Valcarce ’15 Hones Skills in Literary Agency Internship

Hamilton emphasizes its students’ ability to write and edit effectively, and this summer Olivia Valcarce ’15 is taking advantage of those skills through an internship at Writers House Literary Agency. Valcarce, a Writing Center tutor on campus, is receiving financial support from the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund, administered through Hamilton’s Career Center, to pursue a long-term career interest in editing.  More ...

Sarah Mandel '15, Carrie Cabush '15, (Alex Cates '15 pictured on monitor), Summer Bottini '14, Mahima Karki '14
Tracking Movements to Find Answers

Picking up a spoon to stir your morning coffee seems uncomplicated enough, right? We simply see the object and move our hand until it is close enough to grab it. But how much harder does it become if the object gets smaller or farther away from us? Or what happens when we start using our non-dominant hand? Perhaps most of us could make an educated guess at how much harder it would make the task, but Paul Fitts took it one step further beyond just estimating.  More ...

Nicholas Yepes '15
Nicholas Yepes ’15 Awarded Kathryn Davis Fellowship

Nicholas Yepes ’15 has been awarded a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace from Middlebury College. The merit-based scholarship provides full room, board and tuition to attend one of Middlebury College’s Language Schools. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the late Kathryn Davis, to address today’s critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.  More ...

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