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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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Sophie Gaulkin '17 in Iceland.
The Rocky Ethics of Geological Sampling

Rock coring is the fundamental means of analysis for geoscience. Unfortunately, it also destroys part of the very record it enables geologists to study. For this reason, geoscientists need a code of ethics to preserve the geological record as much as possible while conducting research. These codes do exist, but Sophia Gaulkin ’17 believes that they are insufficient. This summer, she is using an Emerson Grant to research the current state of the ethics of geological sampling and propose a new code of conduct.  More ...

Angel Pichardo,Suxian (Suzy) Lin,Katherine (Katie) Guzzetta, Abbas A. Khan.
Bio. Research Provides Cultural Experience Abroad

Biology majors Abbas Khan’18, Suxian (Suzy) Lin’18, and Angel Pichardo’17, along with biochemistry major Katherine (Katie) Guzzetta’18 spent the summer exploring the application of nanoparticles in biotechnology at the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan. The research is under the supervision of Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang and in collaboration with Professor Zung-Hang Wei’s mechanical engineering lab at NTHU. In addition to the academic challenge, the research group has described the experience as a cultural adventure.  More ...

A Work that Crosses Boundaries

As a creative writing and archeology double major with a passion for art, Petra Elfström ’18 was able to combine her interests and put them into practice this summer through research funded by the Digital Humanities Initiatives (DHi). Elfström is making an educational film focusing on the archaeological practices of the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project (SNAP). Elfström is advised by Associate Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale and Janet Simons, co-director of the DHi.  More ...

Alexander Hollister '17, Hersheena Rajaram '19 and Patrick McConnell '17.
Are Young Refugees Staying in Utica?

Thousands of refugees have arrived in Utica over the past couple decades. One thing that’s unclear however is how many refugees, particularly youth, choose to stay. This summer a Levitt Research Group is examining that question. Alexander Hollister ’17, Patrick McConnell ’19, and Hersheena Rajaram ’19, working with Professor of Economics Paul Hagstrom, are developing a survey for refugee youth in the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area.  More ...

From left, Jaclyn Zingman ’18, Barbara Singhakiat ’17, Leah Pranschke ’17.
Psychology Majors Explore Self-Esteem and Ego Threat

This summer, psychology majors Barbara Singhakiat ’17, Leah Pranschke ’17 and Jaclyn Zingman ’18 are conducting social psychology research under the supervision of Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton. Their work examines reductions in working memory following ego threat in people with defensive self-esteem.  More ...

Sanju Koirala '19
Koirala ’19 Seeks to Promote Mental Health Through Writing

This summer, Sanju Koirala ’19 is conducting research on creative writing as a tool for psychological healing in Nepal with literature and creative writing professor Jane Springer. Her research is funded by an Emerson summer research grant.  More ...

James Bryan '16, Hunter Sobczak '17 and Emma Raynor '18.
Why Do Russian Policymakers Adopt Foreign Models?

Building on data from  the 2016 Hamilton College Levitt Poll titled “The Russian Elite 2016,” a group of students this summer is researching the diffusion of foreign models into Russia through a Levitt Center grant.  More ...

Irina Rojas '18
Rojas ’18 Researches Reproductive Experiences

For the past two summers Irina Rojas ’18 has volunteered as a translator in the Labor and Delivery Unit at Tufts Medical Center. This year her interest in the reproductive health experiences of pregnant women with high-risk pregnancies (pregnancies that pose risks to the baby, the mother or both) has now led to her own research project with women’s studies professor Cara Jones. Rojas' research is funded by a Levitt Center grant.  More ...

Mariah Walzer '17
Old Times, New Research: Examining Lithic Artifacts

Mariah Walzer ’17, an archaeology major, spent this summer analyzing the lithic artifacts recovered from 2015 field school at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village in British Columbia. The research is supervised by Associate Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale.  More ...

Olivia Surgent '17 at this year's Autism Walk.
Surgent ’17 Sets Sights on Career in Autism Research

Some students enroll at Hamilton undecided as to their academic path; others know exactly what track they want to pursue. Olivia Surgent ’17 is in the latter group.  She’s been interested in neuroscience, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), since middle school when she began teaching swim lessons to children on the spectrum. This summer Surgent is advancing on that path as an intern at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior in Madison, Wisc.  The center specializes in understanding neurological functions of children with developmental disorders such as ASD.    More ...

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