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Student Research

Programs

Levitt Student-Faculty Research Teams

Levitt Research Group Grants support groups of students completing summer research projects under the supervision of at least one faculty adviser. The grants are intended to encourage faculty and student publications. Fieldwork or original analysis of existing data is generally required, with preference given to teams doing research in the local community. Projects that will be useful for policy makers and other researchers are also encouraged. Students in research groups and their faculty advisers meet face-to-face regularly to coordinate and communicate research efforts, as well as participate in a weekly gathering with other research groups. Each student works on a full-time basis for at least 10 weeks, submits a 25-page paper, and prepares and presents a poster during Parents' Weekend in the fall.

Group Grant Recipients

Sebastian Lissarangue ’18, Nico Yardas ’18, Professor Alan Cafruny and Ryan Franquiz ’18.
Is Latin American “Pink Tide” Really Ebbing?

In the late 1990s, many Latin American countries turned away from the democratization and free market economies promoted by the United States. Instead, leaders such as Hugo Chávez, Lula da Silva and Evo Morales inaugurated a new era of left-leaning social movements and policies known as the Pink Tide. Over the past five years, many have surmised that Latin America is turning away from the values of the Pink Tide. A Levitt Summer Research Group is now researching the extent to which that’s true.  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 ...

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 ...

Sofia Rachad '18, Audrey Nadler '18 and Erica Chen '19.
Fitting In

More than 17 percent of Utica’s population was born outside of the United States, and a drive through the city reveals numerous stores, churches and community centers built up by diverse ethnic groups. Despite the prevalence of immigrants in Utica, however, refugees face significant challenges to assimilating into the community. Understanding these challenges is the goal of a Levitt Research Group this summer. Erica Chen ’19, Audrey Nadler ’18 and Sofia Rachad ’18, with the guidance of Professor of Economics Erol Balkan, are researching the experiences of refugees in Utica.  More ...

2016 Levitt Summer Research Grants Announced

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center recently announced the 2016 Levitt Summer Research Fellows. To enhance student research around issues of public affairs, the Levitt Center funds student-faculty research through its Levitt Research Fellows Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors who wish to spend the summer working in collaboration with a faculty member on an issue related to public affairs.  More ...

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