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Student Research

Undergraduate Research

Through independent projects, the Senior Program, and summer internships with faculty members, Hamilton provides an increasing number of opportunities for students to engage in significant — often publishable — research at the undergraduate level.

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Mary Langworthy '17 and Mary Margaret Allen '17
Fossilized Traces: the Search for a Window into the Past

For Mary Langworthy ’17 and Mary Margaret Allen ’17, the geology trip to Turkana, Kenya, was not only a great research experience, but also a true adventure. Supervised by Assistant Professor of Geosciences Catherine Beck, they visited East African Rift and described sedimentary rock sequences and collected samples that will be used for further analysis back at school.  More ...

From left, Kevin Carey '17, Thomas Soldi '17, Marcos Ferreccio '17 and Alexander Cornwell '17.
Hands-On Work, Preparation for an Engineering Path

Marcos Ferreccio ’17 and Alex Cornwell ’17 spent this summer building and optimizing an electron spin resonance (ESR) magnetometer. The research project was supervised by Professor of Physics Brian Collett and the Litchfield Professor of Astronomy Gordon Jones.  More ...

Shannon Boley '17 in Rome.
How Refugees Are Reshaping the Religious Landscape

With the Syrian refugee crisis ever-present in the news and issues of immigration taking center stage in the current presidential election, questions surrounding religious diversity and inclusivity have rarely been as important in global politics as they are today. It is against this historic backdrop that Shannon Boley ’17 was able to take her past research on religious pluralism from Upstate New York all the way to Rome, Italy, as one of this summer’s 18 Emerson Grant recipients.  More ...

Martina Brave '17 with Dr. Antonio Di Cristofano at an Albert Einstein SURP poster session.
Martina Brave ’17 Researches Thyroid Cancer

In 2016, the American Cancer Association expects 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer with approximately 2,000 deaths. Although anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is fairly rare, representing approximately 5% of thyroid cancer, it is also one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with most patients dying within 6 months of diagnosis. Martina Brave’17 got the opportunity this summer to explore the mechanisms behind thyroid cancer, as part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).   More ...

From left: Professor Adam Van Wynsberghe, David Dacres '18, Kalvin Nash '18, Erin Lewis '18, AB Abera '19 and Rich Pastor '73.
Students Present Work at Undergrad Chemistry Conference

Four Hamilton students presented their computational chemistry research during the 15th Annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held at Bucknell University July 21-23.  More ...

Linh Do '18
Linh Do ’18 Examines Vietnam's Economy in Transition

A far-reaching economic policy that impacts countless lives can start with something as small as a grain of rice. Linh Do ’18 is spending her summer working on a research project titled, “Vietnam’s Economy in Transition,” which aims to analyze the effects of the Renovation Policy on Vietnamese rice production. Her project, undertaken with economics professor Erol Balkan, is supported by a Levitt Center Summer Research grant.  More ...

Jennie Wilber '17
Examining Interfaith Communities

To Jennie Wilber ’17, interfaith and intercultural dialogue is important as a means to understand other people and build empathy across cultural boundaries. With its diverse group of immigrant and refugee communities, Utica is an ideal place to study intercultural interaction. Wilber is doing just that this summer through an Emerson Foundation research project.   More ...

Abigail Leitschuh ’17
Reflections of Educational Inequality in the U.S. and China

This summer Abigail Leitschuh ’17, working with Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang, is researching the Chinese education system, hoping to discover how similarly unequal education systems may come from two politically and economically disparate countries. Her research is funded by a Levitt Center research grant.  More ...

Kateri Boucher '17
Food for Thought

Kateri Boucher ’17 has taken away two things from her internship this summer. One is that urban farms are more than just producers of foods, they’re an integral part of many communities.   And two, it’s possible to combine several interests in one pursuit. Boucher is conducting a Levitt Center-funded summer research project on that topic with advisor Associate Professor of Philosophy Katheryn Doran.  More ...

Gabriela Foster '18
Foster ’18 Goes Deep on Higgins Lake Research

Gabriela Foster ’18 is engaged in a research project that goes beyond mere academics this summer. Foster, who is researching the different political and environmental interest groups that are impacting policy on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan, has been visiting the lake for her entire life. Her research is being conducted with Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo and is sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.  More ...

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