514B9A33-B40D-D252-28C0DC3D11369AD3
56FEE7C4-9CD8-F7A4-F0E12A8500B83EA2

Student Research

Programs

The Emerson Foundation Grant Program

Created in 1997, the Emerson Foundation Grant program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.


Emerson Research News

Grant Recipients

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Rock coring is an important means of analysis for certain disciplines within 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 ...

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 ...

Ian Baize '17
Ian Baize ’18 Defines “Positivism”

What do you do when you’re reading and come upon an unfamiliar term? Most people will look it up and move on; Ian Baize ’18 took it a step further and turned his search on “positivism” into an Emerson summer research project. His advisor on the project is Professor of History Al Kelly.  More ...

Cupola