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Laura Rachel Baetscher        

Bachelor of Arts             

ANTHROPOLOGY & HISTORY & LANGUAGES/Spanish                                               

Plan: An analysis of the Arabization of the Iberian Peninsula and the legacy of Moorish Spain, using the Spanish language.                                            

Project: A paper on the Arabization of the Iberian Peninsula (756 - c.a. 1100 AD).

Sponsors: Gloria Biamonte, Carol Hendrickson, Timothy F. Little, Resha Cardone

Outside Evaluator: Maryanne Leone, Assumption College

 

Valerie Barrett 

Bachelor of Arts                           

ECONOMICS

Plan: A study of political economy with an emphasis on poverty and labor markets in the United States.

Project: A paper on the living wage movement as a way of addressing income inequality and economic opportunity.

Sponsors: James A. Tober, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Outside Evaluator: Jeanette Wicks-Lim, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

John Berry               

Bachelor of Arts                    

ECONOMICS & AMERICAN STUDIES

Plan: An exploration of economics and American studies focused on environmental public policy of the mid-to late- 20th century.

Project: An interdisciplinary paper on American deindustrialization and the rise of urban brownfields.

Sponsors: James A. Tober, Kathryn E. Ratcliff

Outside Evaluator: William Shutkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Colin Mark Bonnington

Bachelor of Arts                                

THEATER

Plan: Studies in theater with particular attention paid to the craft of the actor.

Project: Preparation and performance of The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee.

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen

Outside Evaluator: Edward Isser, College of the Holy Cross

 

Lydia Borowicz

Bachelor of Arts

THEATER                              

Plan: A study of theater that focuses on an exploration of directing with supporting studies in dramatic literature, theater history and criticism, with a focus on the plays of Edward Albee.

Project: The selection, study, rehearsal and performance of Edward Albee’s play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen

Outside Evaluator: Edward Isser, College of the Holy Cross

 

Cameron Campbell                            

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

POLITICAL SCIENCE & DEVELOPMENT STUDIES & RELIGION

Plan: An investigation of religious and political development paradigms.

Project: A case study of the development rhetoric in the case of the Dayak of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Internship: East and West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Sponsors: Meg Mott, Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: Lini Wollenberg, University of Vermont

 

Ryan Campbell

Bachelor of Arts                                 

RELIGION

Plan: An examination of the relationship between God and man (creator and creature) in Christian and Islamic traditions, supported by analysis of works by Ibn al-’Arabi, Herman Melville and the Book of Job.

Project: A set of papers comparing the monotheistic understanding of creation in the Bible and Qur’an, and the relationships made possible by such a worldview, through the Book of Job and the works of Ibn al-’Arabi.

Sponsors: Amer Latif, John Sheehy

Outside Evaluator: Michael Pittman, Albany College of Pharmacy

 

Margaret O’Brien Cassidy                     

Bachelor of Arts 

AMERICAN STUDIES/Photography

Plan: A study of urban planning and the built environment in Chicago from 1890 to the present, with supporting work in photography.

Project: A paper exploring reforms of urban spaces in Chicago from 1871 to 1909.

Sponsors: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, John Willis

Outside Evaluator: Francis Couvares, Amherst College

 

Amanda Charland                             

Bachelor of Science

BIOLOGY/Alpine Ecology & RELIGION

Plan: An examination of environmental biology including ecological field work in a Rocky Mountain ecosystem, and an investigation of environmental ethics from religious perspectives.

Project: A paper presenting and analyzing data on soil carbon in avalanche zones at different stages of recovery from a field study in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Sponsors: Robert E. Engel, Jennifer Ramstetter, Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: Joy Ackerman, Antioch University New England

 

Nathan Chates          

Bachelor of Arts                   

BIOLOGY/Ecology

Plan: A broad study across the field of biology with an understanding of the ecology of Vermont.

Project: A study of winter adaptations in Vermont birds with a focus on feeding dynamics in black-capped chickadees.

Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Robert E. Engel

Outside Evaluator: Rosalind Yanishevsky, Ecological Consultant

 

Franklin Crump                              

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

POLITICAL SCIENCE & THEATER

Plan: The development of Theater of the Oppressed, its theoretical background and its efficacy as a tool for change.

Project: An investigation of Augusto Boal’s theories and techniques, through the teaching of an introductory class on the Theater of the Oppressed.

Internship: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sponsors: Paul D. Nelsen, Gerald E. Levy                                              

Outside Evaluator: Mara B. Sabinson, Dartmouth College

 

Hannah Curtin

Bachelor of Arts                              

LITERATURE & HISTORY

Plan: An exploration of how 20th century Irish writers negotiate an “Irish” identity when reflecting on their national and cultural history.

Project: A comparison and analysis of the Irish identities constructed and put forward by James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

Sponsors: Laura D’Angelo, T. Hunter Wilson, Timothy F. Little

Outside Evaluator: Paul Cullity, Keene State College

 

Wylin Daigle                               

Bachelor of Arts

LITERATURE & WRITING & DANCE

Plan: An exploration of the literary devices in Dante’s Inferno using a fourfold interpretation, a dance performance exploring images from The Divine Comedy and a collection of original short fiction based on the importance of place.

Project: A paper exploring how Dante weaves allusions from the biblical world, the classical world and his own time into his depiction of place in the Inferno and how this layering creates a literary palimpsest.

Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, T. Hunter Wilson, Dana Holby, Laura C. Stevenson
Outside Evaluator: Franklin Reeve, Wesleyan University, emeritus

 

Sonia Darrow                                

Bachelor of Arts

SOCIOLOGY

Plan: A focus on the topic of intentional communities as manifestations of dissatisfaction with mainstream society and as attempts to improve on existing society. An examination of the motiviations behind, and the successes and failures among, such communities.

Project: Two ethnographic case studies: one about a successful community and the other about a problematic one.

Sponsor: Gerald E. Levy

Outside Evaluator: Willem Brooke-deBock, Kaplan University    

 

Sarah Dobbins                               

Bachelor of Arts

BIOLOGY & PHOTOGRAPHY

Plan: A study on public health in Peru using immunology and photography.

Project: A research project on the epidemiology of parasitosis and anemia in children from rural Peru.

Sponsors: Todd Smith, John Willis, Robert E. Engel

Outside Evaluator: Sharon McDonnell, Dartmouth College

 

Alyssa Follansbee                         

Bachelor of Science

BIOLOGY

Plan: An effort to apply biological principles to the graphic and biological design of dragons.

Project: A paper examining the physiology and behavioral ecology of dragons.

Sponsors: Robert E. Engel, Timothy J. Segar

Outside Evaluator: Hector Galbraith, Environmental Consultant

 

Micaela French                               

Bachelor of Arts

ECONOMICS/Development Studies

Plan: A study of development economics with an emphasis on urbanization, social entrepreneurship and the role of non-governmental organizations.

Project: A paper exploring trends in urbanization as they affect the dairy industry in Bangladesh, with a case study of BRAC Dairy based on field research.

Sponsors: James A. Tober, Lynette Rummel

Outside Evaluator: James Levinson, Tufts University

 

Justin Friedman                             

Bachelor of Arts

RELIGION/Political Science

Plan: A study of the intersection between religion and politics, with a focus on Messianism in the Hebrew Bible and Synoptic Gospels.

Project: Textual analysis of the development and understanding of Messianism in the Hebrew Bible and Synoptic Gospels.

Sponsors: Meg Mott, Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: Jed Donelan, Franklin Pierce College

 

Christopher John Gabriel                    

Bachelor of Arts

THEATER

Plan: An exploration of ritual practice and its relationship to performance.

Project: The adaptation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead into a staged performance.

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen

Outside Evaluator: Edward Isser, College of the Holy Cross

 

Daniel Garcia-Galili                        

Bachelor of Science

PHYSICS/Astronomy & Computational Methods

Plan: A study of astrophysics and applicable computational techniques, as well as methods in science outreach.

Project: Research on star formation, focused on energetic protostellar outflows in molecular clouds.

Sponsor: Travis Norsen

Outside Evaluator: Jason Zimba, Bennington College

 

Emma Louise Gardner                         

Bachelor of Arts

AMERICAN STUDIES/Literature

Plan: An exploration of changing attitudes towards and interactions with the environment in post-World War II American society, with an emphasis on patterns of domination and cultural resistance.

Project: A paper analyzing the aboveground nuclear weapons testing program during the Cold War.

Sponsors: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Gloria Biamonte

Outside Evaluator: Randall Knoper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Silver Gerety                               

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory & French

Plan: A series of essays in political theory addressing the theme of personal judgment in the face of the incomprehensible.

Project: An essay on the problem of individual complicity in systemic crimes.

Internship: Kigali, Rwanda

Sponsors: Lynette Rummel, Meg Mott, Laura D’Angelo

Outside Evaluator: Penny Gill, Mount Holyoke College

 

Kirsten Gravdahl                            

Bachelor of Arts

VISUAL ARTS

Plan: A study in visual arts focusing on architecture through design, research, photography and sculpture.

Project: An exhibit of architectural design, model making, photography and sculpture.

Sponsors: John Willis, Timothy J. Segar

Outside Evaluator: Karolina Kawiaka, Dartmouth College

 

Camille Grec                                

Bachelor of Arts

VISUAL ARTS

Plan: Through visual arts, a study and documentation of movement, mapping physical intersections with personal experience.

Project: Exhibition of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork that maps and abstracts everyday movement and travel experiences.

Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Olivia Bernard, Independent Artist

 

Esther Hall-Reinhard                        

Bachelor of Arts

MUSIC/Performance

Plan: To gain an understanding of Baroque violin performance practice.

Project: Two recitals: the first serves as an introduction to the experience of historically informed performance; the second reflects the paper topic of the evolution of the repertoire by presenting works which span the entire period and exhibit differences in national styles of composition.

Sponsor: Stanley Charkey

Outside Evaluator: Myron Lutzke, Mannes College of Music

 

Jessica Hanna                              

Bachelor of Arts

AMERICAN STUDIES & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES

Plan: A study focusing on narratives of national identity in 20th century U.S. culture, drawing on historical scholarship, history textbooks and media representations aimed at a popular audience.

Project: A paper exploring shifting portrayals of the American Revolution in the context of broader social, political and educational changes across the 20th century.

Sponsors: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Jay Craven

Outside Evaluator: Daniel Horowitz, Smith College

 

Jordan Hendrickson                          

Bachelor of Arts

BIOCHEMISTRY & DANCE & BIOLOGY

Plan: A study of natural science and dance in an effort to understand signaling and mate selection.

Project: A study of mate selection and gender recognition, with an emphasis on human pheremones.

Sponsors: Todd Smith, Dana Holby, Robert E. Engel

Outside Evaluator: Catherine Parker, University of Pennsylvania

 

Andrew Hood                                  

Bachelor of Arts

FILM/VIDEO STUDIES

Plan: An exploration of war and U.S. visual media from the end of the Vietnam War to the present, with an emphasis on television.

Project: A television screenplay and pilot episode examining the Iraq War through comedy and narrative.

Sponsors: Jay Craven, Kathryn E. Ratcliff

Outside Evaluator: Kenneth Peck, Burlington College

 

Katherine Marie James                       

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

ASIAN STUDIES/Mandarin Chinese & PHOTOGRAPHY

Plan: An examination of identity and nationality in 20th century China through text, photography, and speech.

Project: A history of ethnic identity and nationalism in modern China.

Internship: Kunming, China

Sponsors: Seth Harter, John Willis

Outside Evaluator: Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College

 

Ian Reid Jones                              

Bachelor of Arts

CERAMICS & ANTHROPOLOGY

Plan: A firm grounding in ceramics and anthropology with a focus on Japanese tableware and food culture, and an emphasis on wheel-thrown forms and traditional foods as they relate to Japanese identities.

Project: A ceramics exhibit displaying utilitarian works created with inspiration from Japanese ceramic traditions.

Sponsors: Carol Hendrickson, Michael Boylen

Outside Evaluator: Angela Fina, Independent Artist

 

Margaret Jones                              

Bachelor of Arts

POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory

Plan: An investigation of the politics of apathy and desire, with attention to consumerism, ’60s nostalgia and the de-politicization of modern youth in the United States.

Project: A series of graphic novel vignettes exploring issues of representation, sexuality, and personal and political freedom.

Sponsor: Meg Mott                                               

Outside Evaluator: Barbara Cruikshank, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Robin Kageyama                              

Bachelor of Science

BIOCHEMISTRY/Molecular biology

Plan: A study of biochemistry and molecular biology, with an emphasis on the enzyme telomerase.

Project: An experimental study on the expression of telomerase in the regenerating tail of the axolotl salamander.

Sponsor: Todd Smith

Outside Evaluator: Hong Zhang, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 

Melissa Kaiser                               

Bachelor of Arts

HISTORY/Languages

Plan: A study of the biblical figure Mary Magdalene from early Christian sources to medieval hagiography and legend, and how her role changed with the development of Christianity.

Project: A series of papers which examine the history of Mary Magdalene as a historical figure and legendary person through literature and art.

Sponsors: Thomas Mayo, Timothy F. Little, Anne Heath, Laura D’Angelo

Outside Evaluator: Paul Cullity, Keene State College

 

Adam J. Katrick                           

Bachelor of Arts

BIOLOGY/Writing

Plan: A study of the wolf through biology, literature and writing.

Project: A study of the theories of animal cognition with a focus on Canis lupus.

Sponsors: Robert E. Engel, Laura C. Stevenson

Outside Evaluator: Robert Siegel, University of Wisconsin

 

Ryan Kish   

Bachelor of Arts                               

VISUAL ARTS/Painting & Sculpture

Plan: A body of work in sculpture and painting (informed by the relationships of the body to architecture) and an encounter with the work of the 20th century painter Philip Guston.

Project: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures that deal with the subject of the physicality of space and the relationship between two- and three-dimensional representation.

Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Timothy J. Segar, Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Dennis Congdon, Rhode Island School of Design

 

Christina Deserae Knoepfel 

Bachelor of Arts

DANCE & LITERATURE

Plan: A study of dance art forms and of literature. The specific focus of literature will be on man’s separation from land and community in Native American literature.

Project: A dance performance focused on the spiritual and communal qualities of dance storytelling.

Sponsors: Dana Holby, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Outside Evaluator: Andrea Olsen, Middlebury College

 

Kara Kriss    

Bachelor of Arts                             

BIOLOGY/Physiology

Plan: The study of how knowledge of physiology and anatomy can help both music teachers and performers excel in their fields.

Project: A science experiment to compare hyperflexibility and fine motor skills between musicians and non-musicians.

Sponsor: Todd Smith

Outside Evaluator: Alison Mott, Independent Artist

 

Elyse Lattanzio                             

Bachelor of Arts

AMERICAN STUDIES & SOCIOLOGY

Plan: An exploration of subcultural artistic expression in the contemporary United States with a focus on graffiti.

Project: A paper analyzing emerging forms of graffiti in relationship to an evolving subculture.

Sponsors: Gerald E. Levy, Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Joe Austin, University of Wisconsin

 

Rebecca Lawrence                            

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

HISTORY/Vietnamese Education

Plan: A study of education in Vietnam through history, policy and student views.

Project: An analysis of the work of the U.N. with youth and the education system in Vietnam: contemporary practice and future possibility.

Internship: Hanoi, Vietnam

Sponsor: Seth Harter

Outside Evaluator: Dung Ti My Lam, Vietnam National University

 

Jennifer Irene Lee                          

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

ANTHROPOLOGY

Plan: A study of the Maya, past and present, drawing on archaeology and social/cultural anthropology.

Project: The history of Copan with a focus on 18-Rabbit and the Great Plaza, including an in-depth analysis of the hieroglyphic text and images on Stela A.

Internship: Tecpán, Guatemala

Sponsor: Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Christopher Jones, University of Pennsylvania

 

Gabriel Lein 

Bachelor of Arts                             

COMPUTER SCIENCE/Security & MATHEMATICS/Cryptography

Plan: A broad study within computer science and mathematics with an emphasis on Internet security and cryptography.

Project: The development of a course on computer networking and Internet security.

Sponsors: Matthew Ollis, Jim Mahoney

Outside Evaluator: Matthew Dailey, Dartmouth College

 

Matthew Levasseur                           

Bachelor of Arts

PSYCHOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY

Plan: An exploration of certain theoretical formulations in the fields of psychology, anthropology and post-structuralism, in the context of field research in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Project: An evaluation of fieldwork within the framework of Anti-Oedipus by Deleuze and Guattari.

Sponsors: Carol Hendrickson, Thomas L. Toleno

Outside Evaluator: Jennifer Burrell, University at Albany

 

Melanie Eileen Lewis  

Bachelor of Science                      

BIOLOGY/Conservation Biology

Plan: A study of biology and conservation biology, with a focus on the tiger (Panthera tigris) and the history of human–predator interactions.

Project: A paper detailing issues of predator conservation, particularly as applied to tigers and other apex predators.

Sponsor: Robert E. Engel

Outside Evaluator: Rosalind Yanishevsky, Ecological Consultant

 

Aja Warner Lippincott             

Bachelor of Arts        

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES & ANTHROPOLOGY

Plan: A broad understanding of environmental studies and anthropology with an emphasis on sustainability, deep ecology and community.

Project: An exploration of the concept of deep ecology including its history and contemporary influence.

Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Tom Wessels, Antioch University New England

 

Jeremy Loeb                                 

Bachelor of Arts

ASIAN STUDIES & RELIGION/Sustainable Development

Plan: A study of sustainable development issues in contemporary Vietnam, from the perspectives of rural development theory, religious ethics and ecologically sustainable agriculture.

Project: A paper on the political, economic and distributive aspects of sustainable development and natural resource equity in rural Vietnam, based on library research and a summer of fieldwork in an agrarian commune near Hanoi.

Sponsors: Seth Harter, Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: James Levenson, Tufts University

 

Sonia Lowe                            

Bachelor of Arts

AMERICAN STUDIES

Plan: An exploration of 19th and 20th century print culture with a focus on the dissident press.

Project: A historical case study of a feminist and free thought labor journal from the 1820’s.

Sponsor: Kathryn E. Ratcliff

Outside Evaluator: Randall Knoper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Timothy Michael Martin                       

Bachelor of Arts

PSYCHOLOGY/History and Theory

Plan: A study of the history and theory of psychology.

Project: Two papers discussing history and theory of phenomenology, psychoanalysis, phenomenological psychology, cognition and perception.

Sponsor: Thomas L. Toleno

Outside Evaluator: Larry Davidson, Yale University

 

Christian McCrory

Bachelor of Arts                           

PHILOSOPHY & POLITICAL SCIENCE/Environmental Ethics

Plan: A philosophical examination of the ethical consequences of specific cosmological conceptions of the natural world, with a focus on how such conceptions might inform an ecologically responsible political theory.

Project: An examination of Schopenhauer’s metaphysics and its ethical implications.

Sponsors: Neal O. Weiner, Meg Mott

Outside Evaluator: Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College

 

Evan Mehler                                 

Bachelor of Arts

THEATER

Plan: A study of theater focusing on American drama and the work of Arthur Miller.

Project: Production and direction of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy at the Whittemore Theater.

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen                                               

Outside Evaluator: June Schlueter, Lafayette College

 

Lisa Ann Miskelly                           

Bachelor of Arts

POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ecology

Plan: A study of the role of power in the formation of identities using the experiences of subjugated populations.

Project: A study of how land use prohibits or promotes political identities using a case study of Uttaranchal, India.

Sponsors: Meg Mott, Jennifer Ramstetter

Outside Evaluator: Barbara Cruikshank, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Michelle Rose Montalbano                    

Bachelor of Arts

RELIGION & LITERATURE

Plan: A study of the use of mythology and narrative forms in the construction of identity, paying special attention to classical Hindu texts and post-colonial Indian literature.

Project: A set of papers exploring the religious significance, structure and function of myths, culminating in an examination of the Bhagavad Gita.

Sponsors: Amer Latif, John Sheehy

Outside Evaluator: Michael Pittman, Albany College of Pharmacy

 

Willow Martin O’Feral                       

Bachelor of Arts

FILM/VIDEO STUDIES/French

Plan: An exploration through practice and analysis of the oneiric and imaginary dimensions of cinema.

Project: The production of two original short films exploring oneiric and nonlinear themes in storytelling.

Sponsors: Jay Craven, Laura D’Angelo

Outside Evaluator: Lynn Higgins, Dartmouth College

 

Eva Ann Salomon                             

Bachelor of Arts

VISUAL ARTS/Sculpture & Art History

Plan: An investigation of the aesthetics of food in visual art, paying particular attention to Japanese representation of food, Pop Art and the Western still-life tradition.

Project: A sculptural installation of handmade forms interpreting food as object, supported by analysis of Japanese plastic food.

Sponsors: Timothy J. Segar, Anne Heath

Outside Evaluator: Mary Lum, Bennington College

 

Moses Sandrof   

Bachelor of Arts                        

BIOCHEMISTRY/Toxicology

Plan: A look at toxic compounds and their interactions with biological systems.

Project: A description of the toxicology of selected toxic metals including their chemical behavior, biochemical interaction in the organism and physiological effects.

Sponsor: Todd Smith                                               

Outside Evaluator: Anthony Bishop, Amherst College

 

Lillian H. Schrank                          

Bachelor of Arts

VISUAL ARTS

Plan: A study in visual arts using photography and printmaking to explore both the observed world and constructed realities. The Plan will also incorporate sculpture and drawing and will be supported by work in art history.

Project: A portfolio of photographic representations of constructed spaces and a solo exhibition of an original body of drawn worlds presented through printmaking.

Sponsors: John Willis, Cathy Osman, Anne Heath

Outside Evaluator: Amy Montali, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Hayley Jeanne Shriner                       

Bachelor of Arts

RELIGION/Arabic Language

Plan: A study of Arabic literature, pre-Islamic to classical, with a focus on the works of Ibn al’Arabi, a medieval Sufi theologian.

Project: Translations from and a paper on the metaphysical and literary themes of the collection of mystical poetry The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, by Ibn al’Arabi.

Sponsor: Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: James Morris, Boston College

 

Margaret A. Singleton                

Bachelor of Arts      

THEATER/Costume Design

Plan: A study of theater with a focus on costume. Studies explore how to read scripts, interpret character and envision how dress works as a critical element of performance.

Project: Costume design and wardrobe management of two student-directed productions.

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen

Outside Evaluator: Joan Peters, Independent Designer

 

Kaylie Smedley                              

Bachelor of Arts

BIOCHEMISTRY/Neuroscience

Plan: A study of the biochemistry of nociception with a focus on the endocannabinoid system as an emerging therapeutic target.

Project: Paper on the anandamide system in the PAG and analysis of its therapeutic potential in treatment of neuropathic pain.

Sponsor: Todd Smith

Outside Evaluator: Adam Hall, Smith College

 

Evan Smith                 

Bachelor of Arts

AMERICAN STUDIES/Literature

Plan: A historical and literary exploration of the great migration of African-Americans from the South into the urban North, 1900-1930.

Project: An essay focusing on migration to Chicago, with an emphasis on housing issues.

Sponsors: Gloria Biamonte, Kathryn E. Ratcliff

Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

 

Suzannah Haley Sosman       

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies                

DEVELOPMENT STUDIES & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Plan: A study of social change in Brazil with an emphasis on the Amazon region.

Project: A paper addressing land, people and power in Brazil.

Internship: Santarem, Brazil

Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Lynette Rummel

Outside Evaluator: Amity Doolittle, Yale University

 

Katie Soule                                 

Bachelor of Arts

LITERATURE/Music

Plan: A study of the acquisition of knowledge in Western literature and music.

Project: An analysis of the acquisition of knowledge in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Graham Swift’s Waterland.

Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Luis C. Batlle

Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

 

Ambrose Sterr        

Bachelor of Arts                      

MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Plan: A broad study of mathematics and computer science focusing on both the mathematical theory of computation and a computational approach to mathematics.

Project: The design and implementation of efficient computer algorithms to look for combinatorial designs.

Sponsors: Matthew Ollis, Jim Mahoney

Outside Evaluator: Jeff Dinitz, University of Vermont

 

Eric Strom 

Bachelor of Arts                               

BIOCHEMISTRY/Neuroscience

Plan: A study of neuroscience with emphasis on lipid biochemistry.

Project: A research project measuring the rate of omega-3 fatty acid incorporation into erythrocytes of hybrid tilapia.

Sponsor: Todd Smith

Outside Evaluator: Yeonhwa Park, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Elizabeth Young Thompson       

Bachelor of Arts

LITERATURE/Writing

Plan: An exploration of the themes of family and race in American culture.

Project: A memoir exploring themes of family and race, supported by several papers exploring the same themes in American literature and culture.

Sponsors: Gloria Biamonte, John Sheehy, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

 

Holly Thompson 

Bachelor of Arts                         

HISTORY

Plan: A broad study of Irish history, culture and identity focusing on early Christian and present-day Ireland.

Project: A paper examining the development of the Irish and British churches during the early Christian era.

Sponsors: Carol Hendrickson, Timothy F. Little, Joseph Callahan

Outside Evaluator: Paul Cullity, Keene State College

 

Michelle Threadgould          

Bachelor of Arts

POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political theory & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES

Plan: An exploration of how art is a survival technique against nihilism and disenfranchisement.

Project: A short film, Loved, Love, and Loving, a story dealing with surviving a relationship.

Sponsors: Gloria Biamonte, Jay Craven, Meg Mott

Outside Evaluator: Lise Shapiro, Hampshire College

 

Nathanael Edward Totushek    

Bachelor of Arts

PSYCHOLOGY/Perceptual Learning & BIOLOGY/Endocrinology

Plan: Building a foundation in biology and psychology to connect the following topics: behavioral endocrinology, cognitive neuroscience and perceptual learning.

Project: Research in endocrinology and background writing in fields of endocrinology and psychophysiology.

Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Robert E. Engel

Outside Evaluator: Margaret Anderson, Smith College

 

Amalia Jorah Var                   

Bachelor of Arts

PSYCHOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES/Gender and Sexuality

Plan: A broad study of psychology with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.

Project: Two papers utilizing the disciplines of psychology and history. The first explores the maternity home system in America, focusing on the post-war period. The second paper explores young and unwed motherhood in contemporary U.S. society through the vantage points of psychology, social work and public policy.

Sponsors: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Thomas L. Toleno                                               

Outside Evaluator: Linda Whiton, Greenfield Community College

 

Tessa Walker                                

Bachelor of Arts

HISTORY & ASIAN STUDIES/Urban studies

Plan: A study of urban planning, exploring planning theory and unregulated urban change, with a focus on the urban morphology of post-socialist cities.

Project: Case studies on Hanoi, Vietnam and Budapest, Hungary examining urban developments as the cities transitioned to market economies.

Sponsors: Seth Harter, Timothy F. Little

Outside Evaluator: Piper Gaubatz, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Jesse Welch                                 

Bachelor of Science

PHYSICS & MATHEMATICS

Plan: A broad study of physics and mathematics with an emphasis on complex systems.

Project: A study of the chaotic pendulum, including calculations of the characteristic exponents and an exploration of parameter space.

Sponsors: Travis Norsen, Matthew Ollis

Outside Evaluator: Jason Zimba, Bennington College

 

Trevor D. Wentworth

Bachelor of Arts                        

WRITING & LITERATURE

Plan: Studying the writing of fantasy novels and examining the classical, medieval and renaissance literary influences on the modern fantasy genre.

Project: An original fantasy novel entitled The Guardians and the Gems.

Sponsors: Laura C. Stevenson, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Outside Evaluator: Franklin Reeve, Wesleyan University, emeritus

 

Amanda Rose Wilder         

Bachelor of Arts               

FILM/VIDEO STUDIES & LITERATURE

Plan: A study of “poetic documentary” and “documentary poetry,” comprising an exploration of documentary film and video considered as an art form and a critical consideration of selected poets whose poetry and critical writing

engage questions of the relationship between reality and art.

Project: A reflexive poetic documentary film about Fair Winds Farm, the family that runs it and threads that connect it to personal experiences with farms and family.

Sponsors: T. Hunter Wilson, Jay Craven

Outside Evaluator: P. Adams Sitney, Princeton University

 

Katherine Williams           

Bachelor of Arts

THEATER/Political Science

Plan: A study in theater with a focus on light and lighting, particularly in terms of the representation of power and spectacle.

Project: A lighting design, in applied and conceptual versions, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sponsor: Paul D. Nelsen

Outside Evaluator: Gerald Stockman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Matthew Winner          

Bachelor of Arts                   

PSYCHOLOGY/Religion

Plan: A comparative study of major theories of symbolism including contemplation about the questions this research raises.

Project: Studying major theories of symbolism in psychology and religion.

Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Amer Latif

Outside Evaluator: Thomas Hersh, Psychologist

 

Sarah E. Wise                             

Bachelor of Arts 

PAINTING

Plan: A study, through studio practice and exploration of contemporary painting, of the formal and conceptual elements integral to the development of symbolic imagery, where sensitivity to process informs content.

Project: An exhibition of works on paper that play with characterization and situation in order to conceptually depict the various ways individuals relate to their environments. A paper on the concepts, sources and working methods

employed by the abstract painter Julie Mehretu.

Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Carol Hendrickson

Outside Evaluator: Rie Hachiyanagi, Mount Holyoke College

 

Jonna Wissert                               

Bachelor of Arts

DANCE & PSYCHOLOGY

Plan: A study of female teenage behavior in group settings, including the environment, group dynamics and culture in which these programs take place, and a look at curricula that facilitate successful dance programs.

Project: An evening-length performance inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland incorporating jazz, modern and hip-hop technique and adolescent development.

Sponsors: Dana Holby, Thomas L. Toleno

Outside Evaluator: Rebecca Nordstrom, Hampshire College

 

Hannah L. Zola              

Bachelor of Arts

LITERATURE/History

Plan: A study of Victorian literature and how it is influenced by the historical atmosphere of 19th century Britain, with a focus on the works of Jane Austen, the Brontes and Anthony Trollope.

Project: A paper examining Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, looking at how they represent the Victorian standards of love and marriage and the duality between appearances and reality.

Sponsors: T. Hunter Wilson, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Timothy F. Little

Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

 

 


 

 

 

 

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