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More than 140 students spend each summer conducting high-level research with faculty members. The projects span disciplines and include international travel. Select an area of study below to see this year’s projects.

Areas of Study

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Africana Studies

  • Ashley Ramcharan ’20

    Studying transition to college for people of color
    Advisor: Nigel Westmaas, associate professor of Africana studies

American Studies

  • Konstantin Manokhin ’19

    Low Income Housing Regulations in Greater New York City Suburbia
    Advisor: Faiza Moatasim, postdoctoral fellow in Asian studies and visiting assistant professor of history

Anthropology

  • Sophia Coren ’21

    Archaeology as Advocacy: Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Promoting Sustainability in Transylvanian Mining Communities
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Shaina Coronel ’19

    The Revitalization Movement of an Indigenous Language: A Look at How Language Recognition Challenges Colonial Oppression
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Lana Dorr ’21

    Archaeology as Advocacy: Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Promoting Sustainability in Transylvanian Mining Communities
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Jada Langston ’20

    Archaeology as Advocacy: Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Promoting Sustainability in Transylvanian Mining Communities
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

Art

  • Emma Fighera ’20

    Visual Ambrosia: Verity and the Contemporary Photographic Landscape
    Advisor: Rob Knight, associate professor of art

Art History

  • Louis Mark Dzialo ’19

    History of Edward W Root and Root Art Center—teaching visual art at Hamilton
    Advisor: Deborah Pokinski, associate professor of art history

Asian Studies

  • Zhaosen Guo ’21

    The first Chinese Student on the Hill
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Shavell Jones ’21

    Japanese views of African Americans: 1940s-50s
    Advisor: Kyoko Omori, associate professor of East Asian languages and literatures (Japanese)

  • Stephanie Zhang ’19

    Analysis of learning of negative quantifiers by Japanese learners of English
    Advisor: Masaaki Kamiya, associate professor of East Asian language and Literatures (Japanese)

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

  • Ngoc Ngo ’20

    Effect of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) on Tetrahymena pyriformis
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Kailey Carlson ’20

    Scaling of Immunity Across Terrestrial Vertebrates
    Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology

  • Jacob Circelli ’20

    Peony Project
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Elyssa Feuer ’19

    Mechanisms of Meiotic Spindle Assembly
    Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology

  • Risper Kirui ’19

    Nanopore sequencing of peonies to determine parent generation
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Danielle Gomes Rodrigues ’19

    Synthesis and use of rare N-quaternized N,O-ketene acetals in the synthesis of bioactive small molecules
    Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Jake Lowy ’19

    New RNAi protocol for ciliate protozoan
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Yaa Konama Pokuaa ’21

    Shapes of nuclei in ciliate
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Elaine Yip ’21

    Genetically Engineering a RNAi Vector for Tetrahymena
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

Biology

  • Leili Aliyari ’20

    Spindle Assembly
    Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology

  • Maya Amy ’20

    Scaling of Immunity Across Terrestrial Vertebrates
    Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology

  • Urbana Anam ’21

    TBI Project
    Advisor: Herm Lehman, professor of biology

  • Ishan Bhatia ’20

    Proteome of the macronucleai of Tetrahymena thermophila
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Amelia Boyd ’20

    Blood Parasite Load and Recruitment in Swainson's Hawks
    Advisor: Christopher Briggs, visiting assistant professor of biology

  • Erin Bryant ’21

    Raising Crows
    Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology

  • Ellen Chinchilli ’21

    Scaling of immunity across terrestrial vertebrates
    Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology

  • Caroline Chivily ’19

    Development of Disease Resistance in Crows Against West Nile Virus Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology

  • Alexandra Ham ’20

    Mechanisms of Meiotic Spindle Assembly
    Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology

  • Jacob Kahn ’20

    Mechanisms of Meiotic Spindle Assembly
    Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology

  • Stephanie Kall ’19

    Exploring the Molecular Mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury
    Advisor: Herm Lehman, professor of biology

  • Hyein Kim ’20

  • Tiffany Ly ’20

  • Kaela Makins ’21

    Hyperthermia in Tetrahymena thermophila
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Farzonai Muzaffar ’19

    The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Drosophila melanogaster Learning and Brain Structure
    Advisor: Herm Lehman, professor of biology

  • David Opozda ’21

    Mechanisms of Meiotic Spindle Assembly
    Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology

  • Zeyan Tang ’21

    Database Construction
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Dehao Tu ’20

    The evolution of i-antigen genes in Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring

  • Andrew Vorrath ’20

    Hidden Resources: Zoos and Comparative Approaches to Immunology
    Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology

  • Emma Walsh ’21

    Crow Rearing
    Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology

  • Celine Yam ’21

    American crow nestling ecology
    Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology

  • Choiwing Yeung ’19

    Hidden Resources: Zoos and Comparative Approaches to Immunology
    Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology

Chemistry

  • A. Edward Allen ’20

    Dual Photoredox-Nickel Catalysis of Sequenced Radical Addition and Cross Coupling Reactions
    Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry

  • Alisha Blades ’20

    Pyridinium Salts
    Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Liam Bradley ’19

    Advisor: Karen Brewer, the Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry

  • Elise Butler ’20

    Intercalation of Metal Ions into Carbon Networks
    Advisor: Sarah Spisak, visiting assistant professor of chemistry

  • Carlos Espindola Gomez ’20

    Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Ben Kallus ’21

    Intercalation of Metal Ions in Carbon Networks
    Advisor: Sarah Spisak, visiting assistant professor of chemistry

  • Sanjog Karki ’20

    Neuraminidase binding kinetics
    Advisor: Adam Van Wynsberghe, associate professor of chemistry

  • Juliana Larson ’20

    Be careful what you tag for
    Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Helen Lin ’19

    Peptide Therapeutics Aiding Antibacterial Resistance
    Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Alice Long ’20

    Photoredox Catalyst-Mediated Radical Addition Reactions
    Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry

  • Danielle McConnell ’20

    Synthesis and use of rare N-quaternized N,O-ketene acetals in the synthesis of bioactive small molecules
    Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Claudia Morse ’19

    Synthesis and analysis of photovoltaic performance of perovskites
    Advisor: Karen Brewer, the Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry

  • Blayne Oliver ’20

    Materials Chemistry Approach to combating antimicrobial resistance
    Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Allen Park ’19

    Neuraminidase binding kinetics
    Advisor: Adam Van Wynsberghe, associate professor of chemistry

  • Gavin Schaefer-Hood ’21

    Combining Antimicrobial Resistance with Materials Chemistry
    Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry

  • Erin Walicki ’20

    Synthesis and luminescence properties of rare earth sol-gel derived nanomaterials
    Advisor: Karen Brewer, the Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry

  • Melissa Woodward ’19

    Synthesis and luminescence properties of rare earth (lanthanide) sol-gel derived materials
    Advisor: Karen Brewer, the Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry

Cinema and Media Studies

  • Geoffrey Schweller ’19

    Representations of Place in Ethnographic Film
    Advisor: Scott MacDonald, professor of art history

Classics

  • Allyson D’Antonio ’20

    Disabilities in the Ancient World
    Advisor: Jesse Weiner, visiting assistant professor of classics

  • Christina Naston ’20

    Pylos excavation
    Advisor: Anne Feltovich, assistant professor of classics

Computer Science

  • Alexandra Golub ’21

    PySNePS: A semantic network processing system for Python
    Advisor: Alistair Campbell, associate professor of computer science

  • Xingyu He ’21

    Mutation Operators
    Advisor: Thomas Helmuth, assistant professor computer science

  • Donald Holley ’20

    Machine Learning and Art
    Advisor: David Perkins, visiting assistant professor of computer science

  • HaYoung Lim ’21

    Machine Learning and Art
    Advisor: David Perkins, visiting assistant professor of computer science

  • Jack Scacco ’21

    Genetic Programming and Clojush
    Advisor: Thomas Helmuth, assistant professor computer science

  • Samuel Vigneault ’21

    PySNePS
    Advisor: Alistair Campbell, associate professor of computer science

Economics

  • Jesse Bennett ’19

    Explorations in Solar Energy: A Study of the Residential Demand for Photovoltaic Cells
    Advisor: Julio Videras, professor of economics

  • Andrew Wei ’20

    Individualism in the media and self-reinforcing inequality
    Advisor: Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Chair of Public Policy and professor of economics

Education Studies

  • Bennett Morrison ’20

    Indigenous People in Northern Canada: a Perspective on Education
    Advisor: Heather Merrill, professor of Africana studies

  • Angelica Ramos ’20

    Look into the Lives of Mexican-American Students in East LA Post-Chicano Movements
    Meredith Madden, visiting assistant professor education studies

  • Aoife Thomas ’20

    The Teaching of American Indian History in Central New York Elementary and Middle Schools
    Advisor: Meredith Madden, visiting assistant professor education studies

Environmental Studies

  • Nick Jickling ’19

    Monitoring Salt in Surface Water and Groundwater in Waterville, NY
    Advisor: Todd Rayne, the J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies

  • Jenny Soonthornrangsan ’19

    Monitoring Salt in Surface Water and Groundwater in Waterville, NY
    Advisor: Todd Tayne, the J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies

  • Lilly Yangchen ’20

    Gross National Happiness, Cultural Identity, Ectourism in Bhutan
    Advisor: Andrea Murray, lecturer in environmental studies

French and Francophone Studies

  • Eleanor Silva ’19

    Linguistic Experience of Francophones in Maine
    Advisor: Bonnie Krueger, the Burgess Chair of Romance Languages and Literature and Professor of French

Geosciences

  • Emily Alexander ’19

    Grain Size Patterns in a Lacustrine Core from Turkana, Kenya
    Advisor: Catherine Beck, assistant professor of geosciences

  • Meredith LaBelle ’19

    Tupper Lake Coring
    Advisor: Catherine Beck, assistant professor of geosciences

Government

  • Antton De Arbeloa ’21

    Using Technology to Track Human Rights Abuses
    Advisor: Sharon Rivera, associate professor of government

  • Maya Figliuolo ’21

    Using Technology to Track Human Rights Abuses
    Advisor: Sharon Rivera, associate professor of government

  • Claire Nicholson ’20

    Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict
    Advisor: Erica De Bruin, assistant professor of government

  • Diana Perez ’21

    Using Technology to Track Human Rights Abuses
    Advisor: Sharon Rivera, associate professor of government

  • Jinhong Wang ’19

    Sino-German Relationships: Economic Interests or Ideological Differences
    Advisor: Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Chair of International Affairs and Professor of Government

History

  • Jacob Altman-Desole ’19

    Hamilton's Place in the History of Abolitionism
    Advisor: Doug Ambrose, the Carolyn and David M. Ellis '38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History

Literature and Creative Writing

  • Zachary Deming ’20

    Self Told Slant: Toward a Narratology of Motive and Behavior
    Advisor: Peter Rabinowitz, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis '38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature

  • Hunter Lewinski ’20

    Seriality, Heteroglossia, and the Peripherality of Language
    Andrew Rippeon, visiting assistant professor of literature

Mathematics

  • Shanay Wadhwani ’19

    Predicting Fifa World Cup outcomes with statistics
    Advisor: Chinthaka Kuruwita, associate professor of mathematics

Music

  • Anthony Reyes ’20

    Jazz Fusion album
    Advisor: Michael “Doc” Woods, the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Music

Neuroscience

  • Lillian Behm ’20

    Multisensory perception and attention
    Advisor: Alexandra List, assistant professor of psychology

  • Jonathan Hacker ’20

    Multisensory Perception and Attention
    Advisor: Alexandra List, assistant professor of psychology

  • Sanju Koirala ’19

    Examining multi sensory integration in children
    Advisor: Vikranth Bejjanki, assistant professor of psychology

  • Meghan Pawlik ’20

    Multisensory Perception and Attention
    Advisor: Alexander List, assistant professor of psychology

  • Jane Plomp ’20

    Multisensory Perception and Attention
    Advisor: Alexandra List, assistant professor of psychology

  • Yeo Jean Song ’21

    Analysis of Traumatic Brain Injury on Learning and Memory Mechanism
    Advisor: Herm Lehman, professor of biology

  • Emily Williams ’19

    Examining the Neural Basis of Psychological Distancing in Young Children
    Advisor: Vikranth Bejjanki, assistant professor of psychology

  • Stephen Wisser ’20

    Effect of TBI on Learning in Drosophila melanogaster
    Advisor: Herm Lehman, professor of biology

Philosophy

  • Alexander Cook ’20

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Ethan Dunn ’20

    Hermeneutics and the Sublime: Secular Transcendence
    Advisor: Marianne Janack, the John Stewart Kennedy Chair of Philosophy

  • Samantha Fogel ’19

    A Comparative Look at Traditional and Evaluative Based Grading Systems
    Advisor: Marianne Janack, the John Stewart Kennedy Chair of Philosophy

  • Ram Franqui ’19

    Wittgenstein's Influence on Psychological Methodology
    Advisor: Katheryn Doran, associate professor of philosophy

  • Ian Hohm ’20

    Finding Connections East and West: Exploration of Comparative Philosophy
    Advisor: Russell Marcus, associate professor of philosophy

  • Melissa Mouritsen ’20

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Nana Kwame Odamtten ’20

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Hillary Bisono Ortega ’21

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Dorothy Poucher ’21

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Laura Rodriguez ’20

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

  • Kayla Self ’21

    Freedom of Expression at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

Physics

  • Kenan Akin ’19

    Advisor: Gordon Jones, professor of physics

  • Omar Beesley ’20

    Quantizing plane gravitational waves: Implementing Symmetries and Dynamics
    Advisor: Seth Major, professor of physics

  • Ian Chen ’19

    Magnetic gradient sensor
    Gordon Jones, professor of physics

  • Adriana Cruz ’21

    Evaluating the Effect of Common Cleaning Procedure on Quartz Surface Structures using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Advisor: Kristen Burson, assistant professor of physics

  • Carlo Esquivia ’19

    Advisor: Gordon Jones, professor of physics

  • Chengqi Guo ’20

    Electromagnetic Fields
    Advisor: Brian Collett, the Winslow Chair in of Modern Science and Professor of Physics

  • Michael Hosek ’19

    Rubidium magnetizer for Intermediate Fields
    Advisor: Brian Collett, the Winslow Chair in of Modern Science and Professor of Physics

  • Catherine Ryczek ’21

    Investigating Local Structure and Transport in Organic Electronic Devices with an Atomic Force Microscope
    Advisor: Kristen Burson, assistant professor of physics

  • George Tucker ’19

    Colloidal Particles
    Advisor: Viva Horowitz, assistant professor of physics

  • Daniel Wall ’19

    Assessing the Short, Medium, and Long-Range Order of Amorphous Silica
    Advisor: Kristen Burson, assistant professor of physics

Psychology

  • Zachary Bivins ’19

    Play and self-control in young children
    Advisor: Rachel White, assistant professor of psychology

  • Caroline Fjermedal ’20

    Multisensory perception and attention
    Advisor: Alexandra List, assistant professor of psychology

  • Claudia Karademas ’20

    Play and self-control in young children
    Advisor: Rachel White, assistant professor of psychology

  • Sandra Saldana ’19

    Social Support in Favelas in São Paulo, Brazil: How Do Community Members Deal with Severe Mental Illness?
    Advisor: David Walden, director of counseling and psychological services and lecturer in psychology

Religious Studies

  • Estella Brenneman ’20

    Modern Spirituality on the Camino
    Advisor: Seth Schermerhorn, assistant professor of religious studies

Sociology

  • Claire Curran ’20

    Fraternities at NESCAC Colleges
    Advisor: Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology

  • Anne McClanahan ’20

    The Situated Nature of Contemplative Places
    Advisor: Jaime Kucinskas, assistant professor of sociology

  • Nora McEntee ’19

    From Rust Belt to Locavore Haven: How the Movement for Local Foods Took Root in Central New York
    Advisor: Steve Ellingson, professor of sociology

  • Julia McGuire ’20

    From Rust Belt to Locavore Haven: How the Movement for Local Foods Took Root in Central New York
    Advisor: Steve Ellingson, professor of sociology

  • Geoffrey Ravenhall Meinke ’20

    The Situated Nature of Contemplative Places
    Advisor: Jaime Kucinskas, assistant professor of sociology

  • Amarilys Milian ’20

    From Rust Belt to Locavore Haven: How the Movement for Local Foods Took Root in Central New York
    Advisor: Steve Ellingson, professor of sociology

  • Rachel Schooler ’19

    The Situated Nature of Contemplative Places
    Advisor: Jaime Kucinskas, assistant professor of sociology

  • Kaitlyn Thayer ’19

    From Rust Belt to Locavore Haven: How the Movement for Local Foods Took Root in Central New York
    Advisor: Steve Ellingson, professor of sociology

  • Matthew Zeitler ’20

    The Situated Nature of Contemplative Places
    Advisor: Jaime Kucinskas, assistant professor of sociology

Theatre

  • Angelique Archer ’20

    Ain't I a Woman: Challenging Narratives of Color
    Advisor: Mark Cryer, associate professor of theatre

  • Emily Aviles ’19

    How to Create Theatre for and with Trama Survivors
    Advisor: Sara C. Walsh, visiting assistant professor of theatre

  • Adrian Summers ’19

    Racial bias in lighting in theatre
    Advisor: Jeff Larson, resident designer and production manager for theatre

Women's and Gender Studies

  • Eva Lynch-Comer ’19

    A Survivor’s Healing Journey: From Surviving to Thriving
    Advisor: Vivyan Adair, professor of women's and gender studies

World Politics

  • Muhammed Huzefah Umer ’21

    Examining Trade policies of China and US in Kenya, Pakistan and Brazil
    Advisor: Steve Orvis, professor of government

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