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2019 Participants


More than 120 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
Josephine Dine ’22
“Being White
Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Victor Cheng Lou ’21
Reverse Chinatown: Livelihood behind Foreign town in Beijing
Advisor: Julie Starr, assistant professor of anthropology
Ishan Mainali ’21
Images of the other: 60s Hippie Encounters with Nepalis
Advisor: Chaise LaDousa, professor of anthropology
Emma Fighera '20
Sublime Verisimilitude: The Thin Line of Artifice
Advisor: Rob Knight, associate professor of art
Elias Griffin '20
Exploration of upstate NY through ceramics
Advisor: Rebecca Murtaugh, professor of art
Andrew Barstow '20
Synthesis of Estrogen-Blocking Peptides
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Samantha Brown '22
Synthesis and Spectroscopy of rare earth-dope sol-gel and nanomaterials
Advisor: Karen Brewer, Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry
Grace Carey '21
Exploring the cis-regulatory logic that scaffolds gene inputs
Advisor: Rhea Datta, assistant professor of biology
Dayeon Cheong '21
A cultivation approach for Lacrymaria olor and the difference in movement of its anterior end under different prey conditions
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Samuel Cho '21
Sol-gel routes to rare earth-containing silica-based gels and glasses
Advisor: Karen Brewer, Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry
Jacob Circelli '21
Lacrymaria/MNP Hyperthermia Treatment on Tetrahomina
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Michael Goldstein '20
Synthetic Peptide Delivers Cargo Directly into T. thermophila
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Kaela Makins '21
Hyperthermia Treatment
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Shelby McVey '22
Dynamics and regulation of meiotic spindle assembly in Zea mays
Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology
Subin Myong '22
Dynamics and regulation of meiotic spindle assembly in Zea mays
Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology
Catherine Pontius '21
Calcium Imaging in SF9 Cells
Advisor: Herman Lehman, professor of biology
Savannah Ryan '21
Radical Chemistry Using Organic Photocatalysts
Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry
Stephanie Wu '21
Applications of nanoparticles in cancer cell lines
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Liuhui Xiao '21
Synthesis of peptidomimetics derived from alpha-fetoprotein against estrogen breast cancer
Advisor: Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Leili Aliyari '20
Dynamics of Spindle Assembly in Zea mays
Advisor: Natalie Nannas, assistant professor of biology
Emma Bartle '21
Calcium Imaging in SF9 Cells
Advisor: Herman Lehman, professor of biology
Annie Danielson '22
Crow Behavioral Ecology
Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology
Erin Ebert '21
Bighorn Sheep and Mule Deer Immune Defenses
Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology
Grace Godwin '21
How nutritional condition in bighorn sheep and mule deer drive investment in immune defenses
Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology
Ajla Karabegovic '21
Lacrymaria Culture
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
Meaghan Parlee '21
Explore the cis-regulatory logic that scaffolds gene inputs
Advisor: Rhea Datta, assistant professor of biology
Lily Sochan-Rosen '21
Bighorn Sheep and Mule Deer Immune Defenses
Advisor: Cynthia Downs, assistant professor of biology
Vincent Sorrentino '20
Crow Behavioral Ecology
Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology
Nat Spicer '21
Enhancer regulation and activation by transcription factors in the embryo and the eye in Drosophila melanogaster
Advisor: Rhea Datta, assistant professor of biology
Emma Walsh '21
Crows
Advisor: Andrea Townsend, assistant professor of biology
Marjorie Wang '22
Molecular cloning of fruit fly enhancers to explore the cis-regulatory logic that scaffolds gene inputs
Advisor: Rhea Datta, assistant professor of biology
A. Edward Allen '20
Dual Photo Redox using Organic photocatalyst
Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry
Julia Ganson '21
Microwave-mediated Nickel Catalysis
Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry
Brian Lawson '20
Photoredox Catalyst-Mediated Radical Reactions
Advisor: Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry
Elijah Marris '21
Synthesis of Cationic Cy5.5 Dye Conjugated to Norbornene to be Used for Fluorescent Tagging
Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry
Danielle McConnell '20
The Application of N-(1-alkoxyvinyl)pyridinium Salts in Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions
Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry
William Richardson '21
Creating uniform silver nanocrystal sensors
Advisor: Farah Dawood, assistant professor of chemistry
Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21
Antimicrobial Peptide Polymerization
Advisor: Angela Blum, assistant professor of chemistry
Adam Valencia '22
Synthesis of polymers of electrocatalysts for energy relevant reactions.
Advisor: Wesley Kramer, visiting assistant professor of chemistry
Leyla Valerio '21
Intercalation of Metal Ions in Aromatic Systems
Advisor: Sarah Spisak, visiting assistant professor of chemistry
Paul-Anthony Hart '20
Synthesis of BRD9876 analogues for small-molecule perturbation of kinesin motor proteins
Advisor: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry
Ran Lyu
Social Media Direct Selling in China
Advisor: Roseann Pluretti, visiting assistant professor of communication
Amr Abdelhady '21
comparing lexicase selection with other parent selection methods on benchmark problems in genetic programming
Advisor: Thomas Helmuth, assistant professor of computer science
Nathaniel Adair '21
Semantic Networks
Advisor: Alistair Campbell, associate professor of computer science
Ian Nduhiu '22
Creating a language using collaborative neural networks
Advisor: David Perkins, visiting assistant professor of computer science
Daniel Noenickx '22
Semantic Network Processing System
Advisor: Alistair Campbell, associate professor of computer science
Kenneth Talarico '22
Creating a language using collaborative neural networks
Advisor: David Perkins, visiting assistant professor of computer science
Alma Thompson '21
Combinatorial Optimization of Social Networks
Advisor: Darren Strash, assistant professor of computer science
Louise Thompson '21
Combinatorial Optimization of Social Networks
Advisor: Darren Strash, assistant professor of computer science
Grace Woolson '21
Analysis of Instruction Frequencies in Programs
Advisor: Thomas Helmuth, assistant professor of computer science
Adriana Jonas '21
Toward a Better Understanding of Refugees' Preferences
Advisors: Wei Zhan, assistant professor of economics and Paul Hagstrom, professor of economics
Brian Komen '21
Mobile money transfers in Kenya
Advisor: Jonah Yuen, visiting assistant professor of economics
Erin Rosen '21
Toward a Better Understanding of Refugees' Preferences
Advisors: Wei Zhan, assistant professor of economics and Paul Hagstrom, professor of economics
Angelica Ramos '20
3 Strikes and You're Out (of Funding)
Advisor: Meredith Madden, visiting assistant professor of education studies
Emely Chacon '22
Methane Production in Wetlands
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Lucille Kline '22
Methane Production in Wetlands
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Ravena Pernanand '21
Facilitators of and Barriers to Climate Change Action in Central New York
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Rachel Pike '21
Facilitators of and Barriers to Climate Change Action in Central New York
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Abigail Roller '21
Facilitators of and Barriers to Climate Change Action in Central New York
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Nicole Czwakiel '20
Paleoreconstruction of Lake Turkana
Advisor: Catherine Beck, assistant professor of geosciences
Jada Langston '20
Stromatolites Research
Advisor: Catherine Beck, assistant professor of geosciences
Pauline Santry '21
Methane Production in Wetlands
Advisor: Aaron Strong, assistant professor of environmental studies
Robert Welch '20
Mineral Formula application for education and research
Advisor: Barb Tewksbury, the Upson Chair for Public Discourse and Professor of Geoscience
Joel Harper '21
Mapping the State's Domain in the Era of Mass Surveillance: The Chinese Social Credit System Through the Lens of State Legibility
Advisor: Alexsia Chan, assistant professor of government
Richard Huiskamp '21
Huey Long and the Evolution of Democratic Proceduralism
Advisor: Joel Winkelman, lecturer in government
Savannah Kelly '21
Guatemala's Claim to Fame: The socio-political implications of Guatemala's territorial dispute with Belize
Advisor: Heather Sullivan, assistant professor of government
Emma Tynan '20
Restoring rights to inmates and former felons
Advisor: Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Memorial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Government
Elizabeth Atherton '22
New World Nature: Diversity & Loss in the Early Modern World
Advisor: Mackenzie Cooley, assistant professor of history
Thomas Anderson '20
New World Nature: Diversity & Loss in the Early Modern World
Advisor: Mackenzie Cooley, assistant professor of history
Antton De Arbeloa '21
New World Nature: Diversity & Loss in the Early Modern World
Advisor: Mackenzie Cooley, assistant professor of history
Kate Biedermann '22
The Crossroads of Animality and Humanity: The Evolution of Race in European Discourse, 1400-1700
Advisor: Mackenzie Cooley, assistant professor of history
Erika Ivins '21
Fact and Fiction of Joseph Conrad's Humanitarian Politics
Advisor: Kevin Grant, the Edgar B. Graves Professor of History
Kayla Self '21
New World Nature: Diversity & Loss in the Early Modern World
Advisor: Mackenzie Cooley, assistant professor of history
Zach Deming '20
Pelted with Cherries: Opera and Narratology
Advisor: Peter Rabinowitz, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis, '38, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature
Julia Dupuis '21
Pray the Gay away: Conversion Therapy
Advisor: Roseann Pluretti, visiting assistant professor of communication
Kim Lifton '20
Edward the Black Prince...
Advisor: Katherine Terrell, associate professor of literature
Sanjog Karki '20
Investigation of the binding pathways of ligands to influenza enzyme Neuraminidase
Advisor: Adam Van Wynsberghe, associate professor of chemistry
Nicholas Walters '20
Medieval and Renaissance music styles by 20th century composers
Advisor: Lydia Hamessley, professor of music
Ella Antolini '20
Multisensory perception and attention
Advisor: Alexandra List, assistant professor of psychology
Dianne-lee Ferguson '22
Neurobiology of Learning, Memory and Motivation
Advisor: Siobhan Robinson, assistant professor of psychology
Anna Lyndaker '21
Development of self-control in children
Advisor: Rachel White, assistant professor of psychology
Elisa Taylor-Yeremeeva '20
Neurobiology of Learning, Memory and Motivation
Advisor: Siobhan Robinson, assistant professor of psychology
Stephen Wisser '20
Examining the Unfolded Protein Response via biochemical markers in TBI induced drosophila melanogaster
Advisor: Herman Lehman, professor of biology
Lionel (Mufudzi) Chogugudza ’21
Developing a neutron chopper for the BL3 neutron lifetime experiment
Advisors: Brian Collett, Winslow Chair of Modern Science and professor of physics; Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Sean Conroy '21
Developing a neutron chopper for the BL3 neutron lifetime experiment
Advisor: Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Adriana Cruz '21
Modeling adiabatic fast passage losses in polarized helium 3 and comparison to experiment
Advisors: Brian Collett, Winslow Chair of Modern Science and professor of physics; Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Samantha D’Angelo '21
Magnetometry
Advisors: Brian Collett, Winslow Chair of Modern Science and professor of physics; Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Lindsay Gearty '21
Magnetometry
Advisors: Brian Collett, Winslow Chair of Modern Science and professor of physics; Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Chengqi Guo '20
Non-Hermitian Operators
Advisor: Katherine Brown, assistant professor of physics
Andrew Projansky '21
Modeling adiabatic fast passage losses in polarized helium 3 and comparison to experiment
Advisors: Brian Collett, Winslow Chair of Modern Science and professor of physics; Gordon Jones, Litchfield professor of astronomy
Catherine Ryczek '21
Structural Analysis of Oxide Network Films
Advisor: Kristen Burson, assistant professor of physics
Elise Butler '20
Neurobiology of Learning, Memory, and Motivation
Advisor: Siobhan Robinson, assistant professor of psychology
Iftikhar Ramnandan '21
Self-distancing as emotion regulation
Advisor: Rachel White, assistant professor of psychology
Hannah Reck '22
Person Perception and Impression Formation
Advisor: Keelah Williams, assistant professor of psychology
Anna Tinker '21
Person Perception and Impression Formation
Advisor: Keelah Williams, assistant professor of psychology
Christine Tomasi '21
Person Perception and Impression Formation
Advisor: Keelah Williams, assistant professor of psychology
Tessa Lavan '20
Exploring Caretaking on Pilgrimage: The Intersection of Gender, Healing, and Religion at Sacred Sites in Lourdes, France
Advisor: Quincy Newell, associate professor of religious studies
Kaya Bielecka '21
Transnationalism and Assimilation: The Case of Polish Immigrants in Utica, NY
Advisor: Matt Grace, assistant professor of sociology
Abigail Henkel '21
Language and Tourism In Philadelphia’s Chinatown
Advisor: Meredith Moss, scholar-in-residence
James Thomson '20
Notch in the Rust Belt: Utica's Fight for Revitalization
Advisor: Stephen Ellingson, professor of sociology
Maya Amy '20
Untangling Pathology on the ‘Streets of Philadelphia’”
Advisor: Vivyan Adair, professor of women's and gender studies
Duncan Davies '21
Queering the Campus: An LGBTQ History of Hamilton College
Advisor: Joyce Barry, visiting assistant professor of women's and gender studies
Nora Torres '20
Wei/NanoEngineering and Microsystem
Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology
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