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Student Research

Programs

The Emerson Foundation Grant Program

Created in 1997, the Emerson Foundation Grant program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.


Emerson Research News

Grant Recipients

Sophie Gaulkin '17 in Iceland.
The Rocky Ethics of Geological Sampling

Rock coring is the fundamental means of analysis for geoscience. Unfortunately, it also destroys part of the very record it enables geologists to study. For this reason, geoscientists need a code of ethics to preserve the geological record as much as possible while conducting research. These codes do exist, but Sophia Gaulkin ’17 believes that they are insufficient. This summer, she is using an Emerson Grant to research the current state of the ethics of geological sampling and propose a new code of conduct.  More ...

Sanju Koirala '19
Koirala ’19 Seeks to Promote Mental Health Through Writing

This summer, Sanju Koirala ’19 is conducting research on creative writing as a tool for psychological healing in Nepal with literature and creative writing professor Jane Springer. Her research is funded by an Emerson summer research grant.  More ...

Ian Baize '17
Ian Baize ’18 Defines “Positivism”

What do you do when you’re reading and come upon an unfamiliar term? Most people will look it up and move on; Ian Baize ’18 took it a step further and turned his search on “positivism” into an Emerson summer research project. His advisor on the project is Professor of History Al Kelly.  More ...

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 ...

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 ...

Last year Marquis Palmer '18 conducted Emerson grant research with Professor of Philosophy Rick Werner.
2016 Emerson Summer Research Recipients Announced

Recipients of the 2016 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the Emerson Foundation Grant program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. Twenty-six Hamilton students and 23 faculty members will be working on the following projects this summer. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

Arthur Williams '16
White House Calling

Anyone who doubts the significance of Hamilton students’ research should have a talk with Arthur Williams ’16. His summer research, focused on the impact of microfinance loans on Cuban entrepreneurship, attracted the attention of President Obama’s senior director for speech writing as the president prepared for his historic trip to the island nation this week. Williams, an international student from Jamaica, also presented that research at SUNY Binghamton, and he attended Nasdaq’s Cuba Opportunity Summit.  More ...

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