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Levitt Summer Research Fellowship

The Levitt Research Fellows Program is open to Hamilton students who wish to spend the summer researching a public affairs question of their own choosing. Summer Research Fellows collaborate closely with a faculty adviser, work on a full-time basis for 10 weeks, submit a 25 page paper, and prepare and present a poster during Parents’ Weekend in the fall.

Summer Research Fellows

Tanapat (Ice) Treyanurak '17, right, tutors immigrant Lucy Wang in ESL at BOCES Utica Access site.
Tanapat Treyanurak ’17 Continuing Work Related to Project SHINE Through Levitt Grant

While students, faculty, staff and visitors to Hamilton know that the Mohawk Valley is a beautiful and engaging place to live, another striking feature of the area is its position as a cultural and ethnic melting pot, thanks in large part to the City of Utica’s diverse refugee and immigrant populations. Tanapat Treyanurak ’17 is spending his summer continuing work related to Project SHINE, a program dedicated to assisting in the incorporation and assimilation of immigrants and refugees into local communities, through a Levitt Center grant.  More ...

James Robbins '16
James Robbins ’16 Exploring Public Health Challenges Through Levitt Grant

When most of us think about oral health, we might not think far beyond brushing our teeth and our next trip to the dentist’s office. James Robbins ’16, however, knows that there’s much more to it than that. This summer as a Levitt Summer Research Fellow he is researching water fluoridation for improved public health. Working closely with Professor of Biology Herm Lehman, Robbins has been researching the public health debate about water fluoridation.  More ...

Eren Shultz '15
Shultz Cultivates Career With TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture Investment Team

Although globally humans rely mostly on agriculture as a source of sustenance, farmers around the world are not on equal footing. Eren Shultz ’15 is particularly aware of this disparity “having both grown up in rural Wisconsin and spent significant amounts of time traveling and living abroad in small agrarian villages in Eastern Africa.” Shultz said he was both “fascinated and concerned” with “the differences in mechanization and lifestyles” between those communities.  More ...

Rachael Feuerstein '16
Feuerstein ’16 Studying Holocaust Psychology

While many students undertake research projects over the summer, Rachael Feuerstein ’16 is using her vacation to pursue a particularly charged subject of study: the social psychology behind the Holocaust. Her project, "The Psychology of Evil and Perpetration: A Psychological Analysis of Why and How the Holocaust Happened," under the direction of Professor of Religious Studies Heidi Ravven and funded through a Levitt Center grant, “aims to explain why ‘good’ people do bad things, or more generally, why people can do evil, such as commit mass genocide.”  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, in 2013.
Archaeology Magazine Highlights McEnroe’s Role in Study of Ancient Site

John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts, is co-leader of a team that is working on a complete architectural survey of the town of Gournia on the island of Crete. The work was highlighted in a lengthy article in the May/June issue of Archaeology magazine. “The Minoans of Crete” focused on site excavation that began more than a century ago.  More ...

Sarah Izzo '15
Sarah Izzo ’15 Presents at Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium

Sarah Izzo ’15 recently presented summer research from a Levitt Center Research Grant at the Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium Conference, “Neuro-Interventions and the Law Conference: Regulating Human Mental Capacity.” Izzo is a neuroscience major at Hamilton.  More ...

Ming Chun Tang '16
Tang ’16 Studies Media Response to Climate Science

Roughly every five or six years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes a report that indicates the current impact of climate change and consequent policy recommendations. The most recent report, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, contains three separate reports based on the IPCC’s working groups. Ming Chun Tang ’16, under the guidance of Professor of Government Peter Cannavo, is researching online news media’s coverage of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report for his Levitt Fellowship this summer.  More ...

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