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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 the 2019 projects.

Areas of Study

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Africana Studies

  • Josephine Dine ’22

    “Being White
    Advisor: Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy

Anthropology

  • Shavell Jones ’21

    Racial Formation in Japan
    Advisor: Mariam Durrani, assistant professor of anthropology

  • 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

Archaeology

  • Lana Dorr ’21

    Archaeology Field School
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Sarya Khandare ’22

    Archaeology Field School
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Sabrina Pike ’20

    Archaeology Field School
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Eliza Renn ’20

    Archaeology Field School
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

  • Nandini Subramaniam ’22

    Archaeology Field School
    Advisor: Colin Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology

Art

  • 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

Asian Studies

  • Zhaosen Guo ’21

    The First Contact: Earliest Generation of Chinese Students in America
    Advisor: Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

  • 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

Biology

  • 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

Chemistry

  • 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

  • Amy Glanzer '21

    Total synthesis of melokhanine A, an antimicrobial indole alkaloid
    Advisor: Max Majireck, 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

  • Holly Hutchinson '21

    Total synthesis of melokhanine A, an antimicrobial indole alkaloid.
    Advisors: Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry; W. Kramer, visiting assistant 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

Cinema and Media Studies

  • Graham Paull '20

    Cinema and Photography as Reflections of Technological Transformation
    Advisor: Scott MacDonald, professor of art history

Communication

  • Ran Lyu

    Social Media Direct Selling in China
    Advisor: Roseann Pluretti, visiting assistant professor of communication

Computer Science

  • 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

  • Peter Kelly '21

    Genetic Programming Applications
    Advisor: Thomas Helmuth, assistant 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

Economics

  • 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

Education Studies

  • Angelica Ramos '20

    3 Strikes and You're Out (of Funding)
    Advisor: Meredith Madden, visiting assistant professor of education studies

  • Diamond Jackson '21

    Mental Health of Hamilton’s Black Students
    Advisor: Meredith Madden, visiting assistant professor of education studies

Environmental 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

Geosciences

  • 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

  • Lucas Mangold

    An Analysis of the Ubiquitousness and Origin of Microspherules in Upstate New York Quaternary Sediment
    Advisor: Dave Bailey, 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

Government

  • 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

  • Leo Ross '21

    Artist-Audience Relationships in Presley, Warhol, Bowie, and West
    Advisor: Peter Cannavó, 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

History

  • 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

  • Ethan Dunn '20

    Cold War and Capitalist Subjectivity
    Advisor: Tom Wilson, the Elizabeth J. McCormack 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

Literature and Creative Writing

  • Kelly Collins '21

    Evolution of Female Protagonist
    Advisor: Suzanne Taylor, visiting assistant professor of literature

  • 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

  • Myranda Tristant

    Mental Illness in Graphic Narratives
    Advisor: Naomi Guttman, professor of literature and creative writing

Mathematics

  • Sanjog Karki '20

    Investigation of the binding pathways of ligands to influenza enzyme Neuraminidase
    Advisor: Adam Van Wynsberghe, associate professor of chemistry

  • Margaret Ryan '21

    Differential Graded Algebras
    Advisor: Courtney Gibbons, assistant professor of mathematics

Music

  • Nicholas Walters '20

    Medieval and Renaissance music styles by 20th century composers
    Advisor: Lydia Hamessley, professor of music

Neuroscience

  • 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

Physics

  • 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

Psychology

  • 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

Religious Studies

  • David Gagnidze '20

    Iroquois Revitalization in Upstate New York
    Advisor: Meredith Moss, PhD, lecturer in religious studies

  • Alex Cook '20

    Combating Deception in Genocide
    Advisor: Heidi Ravven, Bates and Benjamin Professor of Classical and Religious Studies

  • 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

Sociology

  • 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

Women's and Gender Studies

  • 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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