Sophia Wang ’19, who’s originally from China and has taken German for two years, began her research as an Emerson project, but she soon realized that what she wanted to explore went beyond the scope of a regular senior thesis.
Students in the junior year may become candidates by submitting a proposal for a senior year of independent study. The proposal usually grows out of earlier independent study courses and is framed in consultation with two faculty advisers of the student's choice.
Senior Fellows are exempt from taking a normal course load in the conventional curriculum, and they need not complete concentration requirements; they may take such courses as are appropriate to their fellowship projects and their educational goals. A written thesis is required at the close of the fellowship year, along with a public lecture to the College community. Evaluation is made by the advisors and an examination committee.
Ben Mittman ’18 used computational neuroscience to study how the ways in which the brain collects and processes information affects how people interact with members of different social groups.
Amy Zhang is using her senior year to pursue a project that she hopes will provide insight into the Asian-American female identity. It is titled “Birds of the Body: a Poetic Exploration of the Performance of Asian-American Femininity.”
Senior Fellow John Rufo ’16 spent the year interviewing contemporary political poets through the lenses of race, gender, sexuality, and disability.
Senior Fellow Robert Huben’s project, “Size Matters: Directed Explorations in Measurable Dynamics and Homological Algebra,” seeks to study two distinct areas of mathematics: homological algebra and ergodic theory.
Sabrina Yurkofsky ’15, a psychology-communication double major, studied sexism in television programming and its potential effects on viewers’ gender perspectives.