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Student Research

2013 Summer Research Participants

More than 130 Hamilton students spent part of their summer conducting research with faculty members. From Clinton to Washington and Oneida Lake to Greece, students collaborated with Hamilton faculty members on Levitt Center public affairs-related research, Emerson fellowships and science research.

Participants by Programs

Participants Listed by Discipline

Africana Studies

Ivy Akumu '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas
Demystifying African Religion

Jorett Joseph '15
Advisor: Professor of Classics and Africana Studies Shelley Haley
Justice Through Love: Community Building Efforts of Black Women

Archaeology

Katherine Hill '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
Elemental Characterization of Floor Sediments from Housepit Sy, Bridge River Housepit Village, British Columbia

Art

Katherine Bickmore '15
Advisor: Katharine Kuharic, the Kevin W. Kennedy Professor of Art
The Degeneration, Deterioration, and Decay of Society: A Critique of the Representation of the Femme Fatale in Art

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15
Advisor: John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts
Rewriting the Past: Excavation Project in Gournia

Deanna Perez '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Art Rebecca Murtaugh
The Life of a Book: From the Bindery to the Pedestal

Sean Smith '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Art Robert Knight
Art Is...: Re-examining Black Art in America

Biology

Claire Barton '14
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Elevated Blood Sugar in Turtles of Utica Marsh

Jennifer Baxter '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Detection and Identification of Electron Shuttles in Iron-Respiring Bacteria

Megan Blair '16
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Exploring Genetic Diabetes in Mice

Kevin Boettger '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Identification of Endogenous Electron Shuttles in Fe(III) reduction by Shewanella Oneidensis

David Borczuk '14
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Investigating Adipose Cell Morphology in Diabetes Mice

Matthew Brzustoski '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Investigating the Mechanisms of Remote Electron Transfer in Metal Respiring Bacteria

Andraya Cole '14
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Endocrinology

Robert Clayton '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Investigating the Primary Drivers of Change in Microbial Diversity Following Loss of Ice-Shelves Along the East Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Sitong Chen '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Building a pipeline to help identify mis-annotated genes in Ichthgophthirius multifiliis

Ryan Dorey '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Genome Structure of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis

 Helen Farrell '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Investigating the Primary Drivers of Change in Microbial Diversity Following Loss of Ice-Shelves Along the East Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Sydney Feinstein '15
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Vitamin C

Kelly Jenkins '14
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Health

Lily Johnston '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
5' Race cDNA and mRNA Ich

Daniel Lichtenauer '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick
Investigating the Primary Drivers of Change in Microbial Diversity Following Loss of Ice-Shelves Along the East Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Hannah Lyons '14
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Insulin Secretion in Turtles

Elisabeth MacColl '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Characterizing Different Strains of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis based on Somatic SNPs

Samantha Otis '14
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Mox in SZ Cells

Ashley Perritt '14
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Vitamin C

Douglas Santoro '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology William Pfitsch
Impact of Garlic Mustard on Soil Nematode Communities

Tshering Sherpa '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Ich Parasite

Patricia Taik '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Phylogenetic Analysis of the Phylum Nematoda using the Actin, beta gamma 1 gene sequences

Nikolaus Wagner '14
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Mox

Samuel Zimmerman '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Molecular Characterization of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis

Chemistry

Savannah Alvarado '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Investigation of Neuraminidase Lingand Interactions

Sky Aulita '15
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Anticancer Peptides Related to Cryptomaldamide

Bryon Banman '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Investigations in Ligand Binding Pathways of the Neuraminidase Active Site

Jeremy Brendle '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Chemistry research

Peter Campbell '14
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Incorporation of WO3-RE3+ nanoparticles into silica sol-gel matrices

Krystina Choinski '15
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Anticancer Peptides Related to Cryptomaldamide

Lisbeth DaBramo '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Tim Elgren
Toxicology Research

Tara Hansen '14
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Bioactive Depsipeptides Derived from the Alpha-fetoprotein Model

Jia Hsien Ho '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Normative Protein-Ligand Simulations

Shakil Hossain '14
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Bioactive Depsipeptides Derived from the Alpha-fetoprotein Model

Hannah Jaiven '14
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Synthesis of Antenna Ligands for Coordination to Europium and Terbium Ions

Leah Krause '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Investigations of Neuraminidase-Ligand Interactions

Edwin Marrero '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Fluorescence of Elements

Laura McCormick '15 
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Anticancer Peptides Related to Cryptomaldamide

Clare O'Grady '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Investigations of Molecular Docking as an Educational Exercise

Catherine Oglevee '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Rare Earth Sol-Gel Derived Materials

Laura Rivera '16
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Synthesis and Characterization of Sol-Gel Encapsulation of Rare Earth Chelated Complexes

Rachel Sobel '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Tim Elgren
Toxicology Research

Ashleigh Stephan '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Tim Elgren
Encapsulation of Enzymes

Andrew Szatkowski '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Luminescence of Sol-Gel

Bryce Timm '15
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Anticancer Peptides Related to Cryptomaldamide

Jacob Wagner '15
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Tim Elgren
Preserving Proteins with Advanced Sol-Gel Technique

Comparative Literature

Meghan O'Sullivan '15Meghan O’Sullivan ’15
Advisor:Professor of Comparative Literature Nancy Rabinowitz
Oral Expression of Refugee Women

Computer Science

Nicholas Brewer '14
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction Techniques Applied to Human-Computer Interface and Adaptive Systems

Margaret Coleman '16 and Katherine Droppa '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Development of Problem Corpus for Introductory Computer Science

Rachel Friedman '15
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction Techniques Applied to Human-Computer Interface and Adaptive Systems

Elliot Greenham '14
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction Techniques Applied to Human-Computer Interface and Adaptive Systems

Adam Gwilliam '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Semi-Automatic Discovery and Categorization of Semantic Errors

Samuel Kotlove '16
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction Techniques Applied to Human-Computer Interface and Adaptive Systems

Chris Lepre '15

Chris Lepre '15
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction Techniques Applied to Human-Computer Interface and Adaptive Systems

East Asian Language and Literatures

Melissa Yang '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of East Asian Language and Literatures Masaaki Kamiya
Idiosyncracies of the Chinese and Japanese Language in Comparison to the English Language in Conversation

Economics

Timothy Cowan '15, Kelly Osterling '15 and Samantha Sherman '15
Advisor: Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor in Public Policy
Community Development Successes and Failures in Small Cities

Ru Jun Han '14
Advisor: Professor of Economics Chris Georges
Understanding the Impact of Automated Trade Algorithms through Agent-Based Modeling

Elizabeth Kelly '14
Advisor: Lecturer in Economics Nesecan Balkan
The Seeds of Independence - Food Security and Risk Aversion in El Salvador

Malcolm Phelan '15 
Advisor: Professor of Economics Stephen Wu
Identifying Operational Barriers to Prehospital Trauma Systems in Developing Countries

Eren Shultz '15 
Advisor: Professor of Economics Erol Balkan
Sustainable Agriculture and Cooperative Farming: Observations from Tanzania and Uganda

John Wildman '15
Advisor: Professor of Economics Stephen Wu
Overcoming Operational Barriers to Prehospital Trauma Systems in Developing Countries

Education Studies

Krista Hesdorfer '14
Advisor: Director of the Education Studies Program Susan Mason
Civic Learning and Income-Based Achievement Gaps in the United States’ K-12 Education System

Crystal Kim '15
Advisor: Director of the Education Studies Program Susan Mason
The Korean Fever for Education: An Examination of Cultural Transmittance and Social Inequality

English and Creative Writing

Joseph Michaels '14
Advisor: Professor of English and Creative Writing Vincent Odamtten
McElroy Sentence Questioned: Gender and Cosmic Generosity in the Work of Joseph McElroy

Sarah Sgro '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of English Tina Hall
Family Gone Bizarre: The Domestic Grotesque in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry

Kina Viola '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Philosophy Russell Marcus
Mapping the Labyrinth: A Study of Infinity Through Mixed-Genre Creative Writing

Geosciences

Andy Chen '16, and John McGuinnis '16 and Zachary Pilson '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Geosciences Todd Rayne
Solar-powered Evaporation-condensation Device for Alternative Energy

Aubrey Coon '16
Advisor: Eugene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Geosciences
Delta Environmental Engineers/Sylvan Beach Nourishment

John DeGuardi '16
Advisor: Eugene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Geosciences
Rhenium and Osmium Dating of Black Shale Deposits

Adrien Hilmy '13
Advisor: Eugene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Geosciences
Rhenium-Osmium Dating of Black Shale Deposits

Government

Nicholas Anastasi '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo
An Assessment of the Recent Chilean Ministry for the Environment: The Framing and Rhetoric of an Institution

Mary D’Ambro '15
Advisor: Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs
The Common Agricultural Policy and French Power

Neil Edwards '14
Advisor: Professor of Government Steve Orvis
Chinese Influence in Africa: A Case Study of Chinese Developmental Investments in Tanzania

Adriana Fracchia '14
Advisor: Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs
The Rise of the Golden Dawn and the Future of Greek Democracy

Hristina Mangelova '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Government Sharon Rivera
Generational Differences in Political Trust in Bulgaria: How to Install Trust in the Bulgarian Nation

Fletcher Wright '14
Advisor: Professor of Government Steve Orvis
Re-imagining the Apartheid Era: Disillusionment and Reinterpretation

Claire Zurlo '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo
What Would Jefferson Do? The Jeffersonian Ideal and Modern Day Environmental Policy

History

Turner Trapp '15
Advisor: Professor of History Kevin Grant
The Discovery ofLogarithms, Their Application to Ballistics, and Their Role in the Royal Navy's Rise to Dominance in the Age of Sail

Anderson Tuggle '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi
From Feudal to Modern: Political Change in India’s Princely States during the Transition to Independence

Interdisciplinary

Shea Nagle '16, Ben Ligas '14, Nicole LaBarge '15, Scott Pillette '14, and Sally Bourdon '15
Advisors: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman, Associate Professor of Geosciences Dave Bailey, Associate Professor of Geosciences Todd Rayne and Philip Klinker, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government.
Interdisciplinary Research on the Impact of Lead Exposure

Music

Nathan Livingston '14
Advisor: Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley
Performing the Poetics of Music

Ricardo Welch '14
Advisor: Professor of Music Michael Woods
Dear Hip-Hop: Hip-Hop's Portrayal of the African American Male Figure

Neuroscience

Maybelline Acquaye '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
Neuroscience Research

Summer Bottini '14
Advisor: Jonathan Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology
Research in Action Planning

Carrie Cabush '15
Advisor: Jonathan Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology
Research in Action Planning

Alexander Cates '15
Advisor: Jonathan Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology
Research in Action Planning

Rebecca Gaines '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
The Neurobiology of Speech Perception in Real-World Contexts

Stephanie Hruza '16
Advisor: Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology
Seratonin and Sensory-Motor Gating

Christopher Holm '15
Advisor: Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology
Calcium-Binding Proteins in the Rat Brain

Mahima Karki '14Mahima Karki '14
Advisor: Jonathan Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology
Research in Action Planning

Noah Levinson '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
Neurobiology of Speech Perception in Real-World Contexts

Daniel Lustberg '14
Advisor: Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology
Clacium Binding Proteins in Rats

Sarah Mandel '15
Advisor: Jonathan Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology
Research in Action Planning

Sarah Mehrotra '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
Neurobiology of cognition in real-world contexts

Freymon Perez '14
Advisor: Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology
Calcium Binding Proteins in the Rat Brain

Sandhya Rao '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
Neurobiology of Speech Perception in Real-World Contexts

Gretchen Walker '14
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper
Neurobiology of Cognition in Real-World Contexts

Philosophy

Austin Heath '15
Advisor: Richard Werner, the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy
Grasping Infinity: Philosophical, Mathematical, and Spiritual Conceptions of Boundlessness

Andrew Schnacky '14
Advisor: Professor of Philosophy Marianne Janack
A Philosophical Approach to the Work of David Foster Wallace

Physics

Abrar Ahmed '14
Advisor: Peter Millet, the Litchfield Professor of Physics
Complex Systems

McKinley Brumback '14
Advisors: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones and Associate Professor of Physics Brian Collett
Building 390 Apparatus

Jacob Davidson '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
aCORN

Alexander Grieco '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
aCORN Analysis

Bennett Heussler '15
Advisor: Peter Millet, the Litchfield Professor of Physics
Research of a Helmholtz Resonator

Benjamin Moody '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Spectroscopy of Earth-Based Materials

Andrew Morrison '14
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
Hot filament alignment system for aCORN

Katie Pierce '14
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Spectroscopy

Kerkira Stockton '14
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
aCORN data analysis

Tsion Tesfaye '16
Advisor: Professor of Physics Seth Major
An Investigation on the Consistency of Modified Special Relativity

Joshua Wilding '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones

Grace Williams-DuHamel '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Seth Major

Religious Studies

James Anesta '14
Advisor: Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Portrayals of the Afterlife in Popular Culture

Hannah O'Connell '14 and Alison Ritacco '14
Advisors: Robert Knight, Assistant Professor of Art and Brent Plate, Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Religious Spaces in Transition

Sociology

Hannah Tessler '14
 Advisor: Associate Professor of Sociology Steve Ellingson
Born Chinese, Raised American: The Impact of Adoption for Chinese-American Adoptees

Mandy Wong '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Sociology Jenny Irons
Through A Different Lens: Fuzhounese Children's Viewpoint on Education

Theatre

Lizzie Buchanan '15Katherine Delesalle '14 and Allison Schuette '16
Advisors: Professor of Theatre Carole Bellini-Sharp and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Andrew Holland
BRICKS: An Intersection of Community and Architecture

Nate Goebel '15
Advisor: Carole Bellini-Sharp, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Theatre
Apocalypse at Dinner: A Creative-Minded Study of Anton Chekhov's Craft

Nathaniel Lanman '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Andrew Holland
Bricks: An Intersection of Community and Architecture

Wynn Van Dusen '15
Advisor: Carole Bellini-Sharp, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Theatre
Remembering "The City that God Forgot": A Study of Pop Culture and Art in Utica, Post World War II

Cupola