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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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From left: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Rajinikanth Mohan, Annabel Sangree '18, Thomson Tai '17, Taylor Arnoff '17.
Team Collaborates on Plant Gene Research

Serine Hydroxymethyltransferase (SHM) genes are traditionally known for their role in metabolism. They catalyze the reaction that generates carbon essential for the production of amino acids and other metabolites.  While humans have two SMHs, the plant Arabidopsis has seven of them. This summer Annabel Sangree ’18, Thomson Tai ’17 and Taylor Arnoff ’17 looked at the roles these additional genes play.  More ...

Hamilton hosted the 6th annual NY 6 Undergraduate Research Conference on Sept. 17.
Students Present at NY6 Undergraduate Research Conference

Excitement, curiosity and even a bit of nervous energy filled the halls of the Kirner-Johnson building on Saturday, Sept. 17, as Hamilton hosted the Sixth Annual New York Six Upstate Undergraduate Research Conference. Students and faculty from the NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium gathered from the early morning to early evening to participate, and more than 150 students presented their research findings.  More ...

Professor Robin Kinnel, Nicholas Falcone '19 and  Abigail Tulchinsky '18.
Chemistry Students Research Potential Anticancer Substance

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. On average one in three people suffer from some form of cancer in their lifetime. The hope of creating a molecule that could stop cancer cells from dividing is what drew Abigail Tulchinsky ’18 and Nicholas Falcone ’19 to research potential anticancer peptides related to cryptomaldamide. Their research this summer was conducted under the advisement of Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Robin Kinnel.  More ...

Tatiana Bierut '18
Tatiana Bierut ’18 is Author on Prevention Science Article

Tatiana Bierut ’18 is first author on a paper published in Prevention Science, the official publication of the Society for Prevention Research.  The paper “Exploring Marijuana Advertising on Weedmaps, a Popular Online Directory” resulted from her 2015 summer research project.    More ...

Kateri Boucher '17
Kateri Boucher ’17 Presents Paper at ASR Conference

Kateri Boucher ’17 recently presented a research paper at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) conference in Seattle.  Her paper, ‘Too Smart to be Religious?’ Discreet Seeking Amidst Religious Stigma at an Elite College,” was completed through an independent study at Hamilton and then published this spring in Social Inclusion. She also attended the annual American Sociological Association (ASA) conference which took place concurrently in Seattle.  More ...

Martha Redmond '18
Redmond ’18 Looks at Perception and Linguistic Variations

Martha Redmond ’18 spent this summer researching the differences in how people perceive ambiguous sentences, looking at variables such as gender, age and level of education. She worked with Associate Professor of Japanese Masaaki Kamiya on this project, which was funded by an Emerson summer research grant.  More ...

Alex Witonsky '17
The Rhythm of Chinese Cinema

In just another example of the interesting and unpredictable ways in which Hamilton students choose to spend their time away from the hill, Alex Witonsky ’17 used his summer to conduct research on changes within Chinese cinema and the concept of rhythm. His project, the result of an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award, flung Witonsky as far as Beijing and Shanghai, and was conducted under the academic supervision of Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang.  More ...

Isabel O'Malley '18 at the Counseling Center
A Guide to Peer Counseling

While many Hamilton students end up taking leadership roles in any of the vast number of clubs, teams and organizations that the College has to offer during their four years, rarer is the chance to permanently shape the future of an up and coming administrative program. That, however, is precisely the opportunity that was given to Isabel Shaheen O’Malley ’18 this summer through an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award. She helped to create the training manual for Hamilton’s new Peer Counseling Program, launching this year.  More ...

Alan Yeh '18 at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle.
A Recipe for Creative Research

Alan Yeh ’18 blended his interests in food and Asian American history this summer by researching how food and foodways affect Asian racialization in the United States. His research, undertaken with literature and creative writing professor Steven Yao, was funded through an Emerson Summer Research Grant.  More ...

Hayley Goodrich '17 and Meg Riley '17
Becoming Changemakers

This summer, Hayley Goodrich ’17 and Meg Riley ’17 investigated what psychological and contextual factors make someone an activist, what they call an “activist consciousness.” They worked with women’s studies professor Margo Okazawa-Rey with the support of an Emerson summer research grant.  More ...

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