Midway through the second semester, Hamilton students continue to excel in the classroom, in academic competitions, and as student-athletes.

Hayrumyan ’27 Awarded $10,000 Projects for Peace Grant

Nana Hayrumyan ’27 has been awarded a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant for her proposed project Hooys: Planting Seeds of Hope in Artsakh Youth.

Nana Hayrumyan ’27
Nana Hayrumyan ’27

Projects for Peace, based out of Middlebury College, is a global program that partners with educational institutions to identify and support young peacebuilders.

Hayrumyan’s project aims to empower the youth of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) refugees who were forced to leave their homeland due to the impact of wars and a blockade. Through virtual workshops featuring discussions, group activities, and guest speakers, the project is intended to contribute to global peacemaking efforts by catalyzing personal, intellectual, and communal growth.

The project also involves a book distribution initiative. By providing educational resources, the project is aimed at bridging the knowledge gap, fostering growth and empowerment in communities that need it the most.

Each year, Projects for Peace grants $1.25 million to student leaders who are developing innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. 

17 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa keyIn its second meeting of the academic year, the Hamilton chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elected additional members of the Class of 2024 to the oldest academic honorary society in the United States.

  • Sarah Ahrens, Environmental Studies and Government
  • Gweneth Child, French & Francophone Studies
  • Chloe Chiota, Biology
  • Olivia Chiota, Biology
  • Jessica Frantzen Japanese and Psychology
  • Elizabeth Gale, Anthropology
  • Dana Goettler, Classical Languages and Creative Writing
  • Grace Goldberg, Anthropology and French & Francophone Studies
  • Syra Gutow, Middle East/Islamicate Worlds Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Megan Mogauro, Archaeology and Classical Studies
  • Madison Monroe, Computer Science
  • Anna Oshea, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Yongwoo Park, Physics
  • Anthony Scurto, Literature and Theatre
  • Oliver Stevens, Cinema & Media Studies and Philosophy
  • Ainsley Wilson, Creative Writing
  • Tianxing Zhang, Philosophy and Psychology

Students Attend Yale Africa Innovation Summit
Hamilton students attended the Yale Africa Innovation Summit in 2024.
Hamilton students attend the Yale Africa Innovation Summit

In February, 12 Hamilton students attended the Yale Africa Innovation Summit focused on innovation and solutions for the African continent. Economics major Gabriella Kaggwa ’25 led the Hamilton group. She applied for funding through the Reyni Fund and helped select the diverse group of students for the symposium. Attendees included Meg Lambert ’27, Andrew Hohmann ’26, Arí Dougal ’26, Chiamaka Kanu ’27, Cicille Dan-Morton ’24, Eval-Eniman Imoke ’26, Gift Uwakwe ’24, Isis Riviere ’25, Mame Thiam ’27, Rejoice Muleya ’27, Ryley McGovern ’25, and Tafara Godo ’27. Lambert is quoted here about the experience.

Student-Athletes Excel In and Out of the Classroom

A national runner-up, All-America honorees, several conference award winners, and athletes and teams competing at the highest level were just a few of the headlines from Continentals winter sports action. More than 100 Hamilton student-athletes were named to the NESCAC’s Winter All-Academic Team, while eight students earned a spot on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team. Read about the winter sports successes.

Brendan Byrne ’26

Poem by Byrne ’26 Published

A poem by Brendan Byrne ’26 was published by The Shore, an online poetry publication seeking cutting, strange, and daring work from new and established poets alike.” The poem by Byrne, a creative writing and government major, is titled “Too many crows in the sky.”

Sustainability Research by Yankee ’25 Appears on Website
Anna Yankee ’25, Udall Scholar
Anna Yankee ’25

National Science Foundation-funded research on seafood sustainability conducted by Anna Yankee ’25 has been published on the Gulf of Maine Research Institute website. Yankee, an environmental studies major, interned at the research institute last summer.   

“In my report, I evaluate how seafood offerings at restaurants in Portland and Cape Cod compare with current fishery landings and develop insights into the potential for restaurants to source a greater variety of local seafood, especially in the context of climate-driven species distribution shifts,” she explained.

Mathletics Team Participates in National Competition, Takes Second in Snow Bowl
From left, Songhang Man ‘27, Kayla Davis ‘25, LaStarra Rosser ‘27, advisor prof. Andrew Dykstra, Anna Petrov ‘27, and Max Klivans ‘25.
From left, Songhang Man ‘27, Kayla Davis ‘25, LaStarra Rosser ‘27, advisor prof. Andrew Dykstra, Anna Petrov ‘27, and Max Klivans ‘25.

Hamilton’s Mathletics Team posted a solid performance in the Putnam competition, the preeminent math competition for undergraduates in the United States and Canada, and took second place in the annual Snow Bowl. Team members included Songhang Man ’27, Kayla Davis ’25, LaStarra Rosser ’27, Anna Petrov ’27, and Max Klivans ’25. Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrew Dykstra is team coach. The mathletes took second place in the annual Snow Bowl competition, a friendly competition among Colgate, Skidmore, and St. Lawrence, for which each school tallies its top scores on the Putnam to determine the winner.

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