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Student Research

2014 Summer Research Participants

American Studies

Shannon O'Brien '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Africana Studies Angel Nieves
Examining the Community-Building Efforts of Food Justice Organizations in Philadelphia

Anthropology

Micha Stimson '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
 

Archaeology

Morgan Biggs '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project: laboratory results from 2011-2013 excavation seasons

Maxwell Lopez '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast

Bridget Maguire '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
Gournia Survey Project

Emily Rubinstein '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale
Slocan Narrows Archaeological Research

Art

Yang Yang '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Art Ella Gant
A Tale of Three Cities - Sketchbook Art Project

Art History

Ianna Recco '16
Advisor: John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts
Gournia Excavation Project

Henry Rittenberg '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies Lawrence Chua
From Penn to Richardson: A Study in Post-World War II Fashion Photography

Asian Studies

John Lyons ’16
Advisor: Kyoko Omori, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese)
Japanese Silent Film, Orochi (1925) & Benshi Artists

Biochemistry

Deanna Cho '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Characterization of Genomic Indicators in Hypotrichous Ciliates

Laura McCormick '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Biochemical and Biophysical Studies of Antimicrobial and Anticancer Peptide Piscidin

Mason Schoeneck '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Biochemical and Biophysical Studies of Antimicrobial and Anticancer Peptide Piscidin

Biology

Milinda Ajawara '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Fish DNA

Emma Anderson '17
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Heather Mallory
Behavioral Study of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Megan Blair '16
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
The Effect of Medicinal Herb Extracts on Vertebrate Intestines

Thomas Blanchard '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Mike McCormick
Microbial Ecology of Green Lake

Nikole Bonacorsi '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
Invasive Plants

Jonah Boucher '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Mike McCormick

Hannah Corman '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Mike McCormick
Microbial Ecology of Green Lake

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

Anne Emanuels '16
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Analyzing Pancreatic Tissue of Vertebrates

Blaire Frett '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
The Effect of Invasive Species on Forest Ecology

Alexandru Hirsu '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Ichthyophthirius multifilus

Ryan Hobson '16
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Vitamin C Synthesis in Invertebrates

Alex Jones '16
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Vitamin C Synthesis in Invertebrates

Leonard Kilekwang '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
Invasive plants

Lauren King '16
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Vitamin C Synthesis in Invertebrates

Sarah Lawler '16
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Histological Research of Animal Cells (Diabetic etc.)

Christopher Loan '15
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Investigating Effects of Natural Cathartics on the Gastrointestinal System of Mice

Samantha Mengual '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
Invasive Plant Management

Kathleen Moran '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
Effects of Garlic Mustard on Plant Communities

Shea Nagle '16
Advisor: Professor of Biology Herman Lehman
Looking at Manduca Sexta Hearts

Philip Parkes '17
Professor of Biology Herm Lehman
The Origins of Over-Testing: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

Benjamin Piegari '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
The Fish Parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis

Carly Poremba '15
Advisor: David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology
Horticultural and Historical Exploration of Botanico-Vegetable Medicine

Tshering Sherpa '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Presence of Apoptosis in Unicellular Organism

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

Weilin Tang '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Molecular Characterization of Ichthyophthirius Multifilis

Hannah Trautmann '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Bill Pfitsch
Effect of Reduction to the Invasive Species Honeysuckle to Tick Populations in the Hamilton Glen

Richard Wu '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Genome Structure of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis

Samuel Zimmerman '14
Advisor: Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang
Developing a New Pipeline to Reassemble the Genome of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis

Chemistry

Erik Antczak '16
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Synthesis and Analysis of Rare Eath Doped Metals

Bryon Banman '16
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Rare Earth Metals in Sol-Gel Lattices

John Bennett '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Organic Synthesis Methodology

Micheal Carducci '17
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Alpha-Fetoprotein

Esther Cleary '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Development of new organic synthesis methodology

John DeGuardi '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein
Organic Radicals

Allison Eckert '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein
Development of Tandem Radical-Suzuki Coupling Reactions for the Synthesis of Medium-Sized Rings

Bryan Ferguson '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Biochemical and Biophysical Studies of Antimicrobial and Anticancer Peptide Piscidin

Hannah Ferris '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Pyrrizolidines and Indizolidines

Andrew Fletcher '17
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Rare Earth Ion Spectroscopy

Phoebe Greenwald '16
Advisor: Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer
Rare Earth Ion Spectroscopy

Geum Mi Kang '17
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Computational Investigations of Influenza Neuraminidase Binding Kinetics

Alex Kaplan '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Pyrolizidines and Indolizidines

Jedediah Kass '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein
Ring opening of the cyclopropylcarbinyl radical

Zachary Klein '15
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Alpha-fetoprotein

Ashton Lowenstein '17
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
The Cryptumaldomide Project

Patrick Marris '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Computational Investigations of Influenza Neuraminidase Binding Kinetics

Yingbin Mei '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Organic Synthesis

Binh Nguyen '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Biochemical and Biophysical Studies of Antimicrobial and Anticancer Peptide Piscidin

Benjamin Schafer ’17
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Development of new organic synthesis methodology

David Seavey '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein
Introduction of five membered rings onto double bonds

Aida Shadrav '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten
Biochemical and Biophysical Studies of Antimicrobial and Anticancer Peptide Piscidin

Jonathan Shapiro '17
Advisor: Instrumentation Specialist Greg Rahn
Analysis of Neonicotinoid Pesticides of Honey and Beeswax in order to assess Colony Collapse Syndrome

Bryce Timm '15
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Synthesis of Cryptomaldamide

Richard Wenner '17
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe
Computational Investigations of Influenza Neuraminidase Binding Kinetics

Benjamin Wesley ’16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Development of new organic synthesis methodology

Christopher Williams '17
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck
Development of new organic synthesis methodology

Grace Williams-DuHamel '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein
Modified Suzuki Coupling Reaction with Radical Processes

Cinema and Media Studies

Asad Javed '15
Advisor: Professor of French Martine Guyot-Bender
En Rose - The Depiction and Reception of Homosexuality in French Cinema

Bennett Glace '16
Advisor: Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald
Another Man's Treasure: An Exploration of 'Trash' Cinema

Comparative Literature

Kevin Welsh '15Kevin Welsh '15
Advisor: Peter Rabinowitz, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis '38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature
Uncovering the "Quality of Distortion": Investigating the Cultural Divide Between the Midwest and the East Using Midwestern Literature From the 1920s and 30s

Computer Science

Mykhailo Antoniv '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Developing a configurable type-safe programming language for beginners

Kelsey Babcock '17
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Extending shell scripting languages with types

Alexander Cates '15
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interactions

Eric Collins '17
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Python library development

Benjamin Drebing '17
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Reasoning about programming behavoir

Philip Ewing '15
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interactions

Alexis Judd '17
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Python library/problem set development

Ryan Koven '16
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interactions

Chris Lee '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Developing a configurable type-safe programming language for beginners

Ching Hsuan (Annie) Leng '17
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Python library/problem set development

Judson Martin '15
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction

Yani Najarian '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Developing a configurable type-safe programming language for beginners

Helen Olivo '17
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction

Jack Pierce '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell
Developing a configurable type-safe programming language for beginners

Gretchen Walker '15
Advisor: Professor of Computer Science Mark Bailey
Extending shell scripting languages with types

Reina Weinstock '17
Advisor: Stuart Hirshfield, the Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Computer Science
Brain-Computer Interaction

East Asian Languages and Literatures

Tori Fukumitsu '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese) Kyoko Omori
Performing With the Picture, Moving With the Times: the Role of Benshi in Preserving a Japanese Cultural Practice and Adapting to a Global Audience

Wenlu Weng '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literature Zhuoyi Wang
Malnutrition of School Children in China: Influences of Government Policies

Economics

Sitong Chen '16
Advisor: Professor of Economics Christophre Georges
Analysis of the Internet-born Currency: The Birth of Bitcoin

C. Adam Pfander '16
Advisor: Professor of Economics Paul Hagstrom
Foreign-Born Labor Markets in Recession

Education Studies

Brian Sobotko '16
Advisor: Susan Mason, director of Education Studies Program
Transformational Leadership in American Public Schools

English and Creative Writing

Hannah Chappell '15
Advisor: Professor of English and Creative Writing Onno Oerlemans
Moving Through Language: The Intersection of Literature, Dance and Performance

Nathaniel Lanman '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Benj Widiss
"The Thought of Thought": Contemporary Inheritances of the Modernist Stream of Consciousness Narrative

John Rufo '16
Advisor: Steve Yao, the Edmund A. LaFerve Professor of English
Reading and Writing Pound: A Creative Examination of The Cantos

Collin Spinney '16
Advisor: Professor of English and Creative Writing Naomi Guttman
Beautiful Deviancy: A Work of Fiction and Poetry Born Out of Activist Art

Environmental Studies

Nicole LaBarge '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures (Russian) Frank Sciacca
Analyzing the Sustainability of Bon Appetit at Hamilton College Using a Life Cycle Assessment

French

Brendon Kaufman '15
Advisor: Roberta Krueger, the Burgess Professor of French
Social Uses of English Language Borrowings in France

Victoria Lin '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of French Cheryl Morgan
Behind the Veil: Formation of the Muslim Identity under Laicite

Geosciences

Alexander Boles '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences Brian Hough
Assessment of Seasonal Variation of Climate Based on Soil Water and Tree Ring Analysis

Felipe Ramirez '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences Brian Hough
Understanding the Effect of the Tectonic and Climate forcings on Lake Basins in Utah

Isabelle Weisman '15
Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences Brian Hough
Climate Regimes and Spatial Variation of Holocene Precipitation in the Rocky Mountain Region

Josh Wolpert '16
Advisor: Barbara Tewksbury, the Upson Chair for Public Discourse and Professor of Geosciences
Satellite Image Analysis of Bedrock Structures in Eocene Carbonates of the Western Desert of Egypt

Government

Nejla Asimovic '16
Advisor: Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs
Accession of Serbia to the European Union

Ming Chun Tang '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo
A Global Warming "Hiatus"? Online News Coverage of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

History

John Boyle '15
Advisor: Professor of History Kevin Grant
Ireland: Independent or Dependent Power at the United Nations

Matthew Currier '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of History John Eldevik
A Right to Kingship in Early Anglo-Saxon England: An Examination of Anglo-Saxton Kings' Ideology of Rulership in their Royal Charters

Leigh Gialanella '15
Advisors: Professor of History Douglas Ambrose and Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Christian Goodwillie
Print Culture in the Oneida Community

Interdisciplinary

Emily Banzer ’15Jeremy Cottle ’17, Justin Long ’16, Gabriel Rivas ’16, Christopher Rogers ’15 and Elizabeth Wilson ’15 with Associate Professor of Anthropology Chaise LaDousa and Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures John Bartle
Representing Arrival in Utica: Mass Media and Narratives of Experience

Shannon Boley ’17Sawyer Konys ’16 and Jasmin Thomas ’15 with Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate and Assistant Professor of Art Rob Knight
Transitional Religious Spaces

Mathematics

Benjamin Moody '15
Advisor: Professor of Mathematics Emeritus Larry Knop
Eigen-Grades

Music

Sophia Millman '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Music Heather Buchman
If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On: Is There a Future for Live Orchestral Performance?
 

Neuroscience

Hannah Zucker '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexandra List
Neuroscience graphic novel

Philosophy

Mercedes Corredor '15
Advisor: Professor of Philosophy Marianne Janack
Absolute Spirit, Logic, and Contemporary Philosophy: Returning to Hegelian Thought

Sarah Izzo '15
Advisor: Rick Werner, the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy
Brains on The Stand

Caleb Williamson '17
Advisor: Professor of Philosophy Todd Franklin
The 21st Century New Negro

Physics

Jacob Davidson '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
Polarization effects in the aCORN apparatus

Olivia Gozdz '16
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
How Polarization Affects The aCORN Experiment

Alex Grieco '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
aCORN Magnetic Field Correction

Bennett Heussler '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
Hot Filament alignment for the ACORN experiment

Malcolm Katzenbach '15
Advisor: Peter Millet, the Litchfield Professor of Physics
Impedance measurements of nonlinear acoustic oscillators

Alexander Laing '16
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
Hot Filament Alignment System for the aCORN Project

Andrew McWhirter '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Energy transfer interactions among rare earth ions in crystals and glasses

John Pikus '16
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Chelated rare earth compounds in porous materials: synthesis and optical characterization

Vineeth Rao '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Optical Behavior of Rare Earth Based Materials

Todd Roeder '16
Advisor: Peter Millet, the Litchfield Professor of Physics
Generating and observing ring vortices

Kevin Rovelli '15
Advisor: Professor of Physics Ann Silversmith
Chelated rare earth compounds in porous materials: synthesis and optical characterization

Michael Verostek '16
Advisor: Professor of Physics Seth Major
The Consistency of Modified Special Relativity

Eric Wistman '16
Advisor: Peter Millet, the Litchfield Professor of Physics
Impedance measurements of nonlinear acoustic oscillators

Emmerson Zhaime '17
Advisor: Professor of Physics Gordon Jones
Analysis Of Data From aCORN Experiment

Psychology

Rohan Arcot '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton
Defensive Self-Esteem and Memory for Self-Threatening Events

Nikole Bonacorsi '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Tara McKee
Changes in and correlates of ADHD symptomatology in college student

Katherine Callahan '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexandra List
Visual attention: Failures, dynamics and interaction with auditory attention

Joshua DeVinney '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Tara McKee
Changes in and correlates of ADHD symptomatology in college student

Courtney Hobgood '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Tara McKee
Changes in and correlates of ADHD symptomatology in college students

Alex Mitko '16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexandra List
Visual attention: Failures, dynamics and interaction with auditory attention

Abigail Quirk '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton
Defensive Self-Esteem and Memory for Self-Threatening Events

Rebecca Rees '16
Advisor: Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton
Defensive Self-Esteem and Memory for Self-Threatening Events

Christiana Westlin '15
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexandra List
Visual Attention: Failures, dynamics and interaction with auditory attention

Religious Studies

Lauren Scutt ’16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar
The transformation of Self through Ritual Action

Lainie Smith ’16
Advisor: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar
Investigating the growth and adaptations of the practice of meditation

Russian Studies

Keri Lloyd '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Government Sharon Rivera
Putin 1.0 v. Putin 2.0: The Development of Russian NGO Law and Resulting Effects on Civil Society

Sociology

Annie Lindahl '15
Advisor: Associate Professor of Sociology Steve Ellingson
Incarcerated Mothers: A Look into the Social Policy Surrounding and Implications for Women in Prison

Women's Studies

Zoe Bodzas '16
Advisor: Vivyan Adair, the Elizabeth J. McCormack Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Contemporary Poor Women Writers: Bridging an Historical Silence

Brenda Narvaez '17
Advisor: Associate Professor of Women's Studies Anne Lacsamana
Community Mapping with Day Laborer Women

Gabriella Pico '16
Advisor: Vivyan Adair, the Elizabeth J. McCormack Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Exiled Mujeres: Understanding Identities of Contemporary Cuban Women

Rachel Sobel '15
Advisor: Vivyan Adair, the Elizabeth J. McCormack Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Medical Practice and Policy

Cupola