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Shannon Boley '17, right, at Nandamala Buddhist temple in Utica with Ko Salla the monk there.
Shannon Boley ’17 Examines Religious Lives of Utica Refugees

At Hamilton, research into how the city of Utica and its flourishing refugee population affect one another has been going on for over a decade. This summer Shannon Boley ’17 and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate are studying the religious life of refugees in Utica as part of Harvard’s prestigious Pluralism Project.  More ...

John Rufo '16 reads at Bowery Poetry Club.
The Politics of Poetry

John Rufo ’16 is taking poetry beyond the personal and into the political this summer with an Emerson project titled “Hybrid Forms, Hybrid Voices: A Creative Study of Contemporary Political Poetics.”  More ...

Marquis Palmer 18, right, discusses his Emerson project with his advisor Professor Rick Werner.
Marquis Palmer ’18 Examining #BlackLivesMatter Movement

This summer, Marquis Palmer ’18 is exploring conceptual frameworks with the potential to contribute to the recent #BlackLivesMatter movement, focusing primarily on an unexpected and popularly misunderstood school of thought — anarchism. His research is an Emerson project under the direction of John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy Richard Werner.  More ...

 Rachel Beamish '16 poses in front of Greek temples while studying abroad in Rome.
Ancient Mythology Is New Again in Rachel Beamish ’16 Emerson Project

Classic mythology originated thousands of years ago, yet it still resonates with audiences today. With an Emerson Foundation grant, Rachel Beamish ’16 is examining adaptations of classical and Egyptian mythology within modern young adult novels. She is working with Professor of Africana Studies and Classics Shelley Haley to examine how contemporary novels adapt classical mythology to 21st century American culture.  More ...

Emma Reynolds '17 in Colorado.
A World of Meditation

Emma Reynolds ’17 is taking a deeply personal approach to research this summer, exploring the role of geography in the practice of meditation and studying the effects of different landscapes on the female consciousness through a project titled “Rooted in the Ground: A Geographical and Historical Study of the Female Consciousness in Meditation.  More ...

Anna Arnn '17
Anna Arnn ’17 Takes to Archaeological Field Work

Anna Arnn ’17 is taking her studies in archaeology into the field this summer as part of a program through the University of Montana Missoula. Through the project Arnn will be working with UMM graduate student Matt Walsh, performing faunal analysis, or the study of animal remains in the context of archaeology.  More ...

Paula Ortiz '18 shoots her film in Otavalo, Ecuador, overlooking Imbabura mountain.
Paula Ortiz ’18 Takes a Shot at Documentary Filmmaking

Paula Ortiz ’18 is taking a shot this summer at an endeavor many professional filmmakers never undertake, let alone rising undergraduate sophomores: crafting a documentary. Ortiz is pursuing this project, titled Textile Patterns and Social Structure: Recapturing the Artistic, Historic and Cultural Legacy of Otavalo, with funding from an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award and Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald as her advisor.  More ...

From left; Steve Young, Pat Marris '16, Erin Lewis '18, David Dacres '18 and Prof. Adam Van Wynsberghe,
Hamilton Students Present at MERCURY Conference

Patrick Marris ’16, David Dacres ’18 and Erin Lewis’18 presented the results of their summer research projects during the 14th annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held July 23-25 at Bucknell University.  More ...

Talia Vaughan '18 plays the AF-MATB game while researchers use cameras to collect data during the workload study.
Fortunato ’17, Sahlberg ’17 Seek to Improve Biometric Technologies

Computer science majors Jason Fortunato ’17 and Linnea Sahlberg ’17 are attempting to improve upon expensive biometric technologies this summer through a research project titled Remote Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Working under Stephen Harper Kirner Chair of Computer Science Stuart Hirshfield, their research is focused on the creation of relatively unintrusive alternatives to Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) equipment, utilizing lasers to operate remotely instead of the common skin-contact reliant systems of traditional equipment.  More ...

Njideka Ofoleta ’16 Sheds Light on Women Emigrating from Africa to Spain

When Njideka Ofoleta ’16 studied abroad in Spain last semester, she noticed something about the population in her neighborhood. She lived in an area with a high immigrant population, and although she saw many African men in public and in the media, she saw few African women. She realized that African women were rarely discussed, and she “wanted to delve deeper into that rarely-covered realm.” With a grant from the Emerson Foundation, Ofoleta has spent time in Morocco, Spain, and the United States to research African women immigrating into Spain.  More ...

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