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Student Research

Programs

Levitt Student-Faculty Research Teams

Levitt Research Group Grants support groups of two to three Hamilton students completing summer research projects under the supervision of one faculty adviser. The research projects completed by each individual student in the group last for 8 to 10 weeks and help to answer an overarching research question. Students in research groups and their faculty advisers meet face-to-face regularly to coordinate and communicate research efforts. The grants are intended to encourage faculty publication as well as faculty-student publications. Projects that have output that will be useful for policy makers or other researchers are also encouraged. Levitt Research Group Grants conduct research related to at least one of the Levitt Center’s theme-based programs: Inequality and Equity, Security, or Sustainability. Field work or original analysis of existing data is required.

Summer Research Fellows


Group Grant Recipients

Sawyer Konys,  Shannon Boley and Jasmin Thomas.
From Church to Mosque: Rebirth of Spiritual Spaces in Utica’s Second Ward

Approaching 501 Park Street in Syracuse, a visitor would see what looks like a Catholic church. Though this site was once home to the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the building is now being converted into a mosque. As neighborhood demographics change, the need for specific religious spaces tends to shift as well. This summer, three students are working on a Levitt Group Research Project, “Sacred Spaces in Transition.”  More ...

Alison Ritacco '14 and Hannah Grace O'Connell '14 presenting at the conference.
Students, Faculty Present at Pioneer America Society Conference

Hannah Grace O'Connell ’14 and Alison Ritacco ’14 presented “Sharing Sacred Space: Possibilities and Pragmatics” at the 45th annual Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes conference on Oct. 11.  More ...

From left John McGuinnis, Andy Chen, Professor Todd Rayne and Zachary Pilson
Levitt Research Group Developing New Energy-Generating Models

Andy Chen ’16, John McGuinnis ’16 and Zachary Pilson ’16 are applying the science behind a survivalist water-collecting technique to develop an alternative energy-generating device. With a Levitt Research Group Grant, the team is utilizing a method similar to solar stills to generate energy from falling condensation.  More ...

Alison Ritacco, Prof. Brent Plate, Prof. Robert Knight and Hannah Grace O'Connell at the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, N.Y.
Students Examine Religious Spaces in Transition in Levitt Project

Through our contemporary media, readers frequently hear about the decline of religion in America.  Alison Ritacco ’14 and Hannah Grace O’Connell ’14 are working with Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate and Assistant Professor of Art Robert Knight, to examine the realities of religious life in the Utica and Clinton areas, which may complicate that common conception. In their Levitt Group Summer Research project, “Religious Spaces in Transition,” they are focusing on how local religious institutions adapt to change.  More ...

Elizabeth Buchanan '15, Katherine Delesalle '14, and Allison Schuette '16.
Utica's Roosevelt School is Inspiration for Theatre Project

Utica's Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, now with a crumbling brick exterior and overgrown foliage, stands in stark contrast to the educational institution it once was.  In their Levitt Group project titled “BRICKS: An Intersection of Architecture and Community,” three students are investigating the relationship between the city’s physical identity and its surrounding community.  More ...

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