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August 13th, 2015 by 

Physics majors Samuel Habein ‘17 and James Harrison ’16 work with Tomohiko Narita, associate professor of physics, to build a telescope to detect cosmic rays.
Physics majors Samuel Habein ‘17 and James Harrison ’16 work with Tomohiko Narita, associate professor of physics, to build a telescope to detect cosmic rays. Photo by Tom Rettig


Physics majors Samuel Habein ‘17 and James Harrison ’16 work with Tomohiko Narita, associate professor of physics, to build a telescope to detect cosmic rays. Photo by Tom Rettig


Classics majors Melody Wauke ‘17, Charles Schufreider ’17 , Stephanie Neville ‘17, Claude Hanley ’18, Brian Clark ‘15 work on the Homer Multitext project with Mary Ebbott and Neel Smith, associate professors of classics. The ongoing project aims to create a digital, diplomatic edition of Homer’s Illiad. Photo by Tom Rettig


Classics majors Melody Wauke ‘17, Charles Schufreider ’17 , Stephanie Neville ‘17, Claude Hanley ’18, Brian Clark ‘15 work on the Homer Multitext project with Mary Ebbott and Neel Smith, associate professors of classics. The ongoing project aims to create a digital, diplomatic edition of Homer’s Illiad. Photo by Tom Rettig


Classics majors Melody Wauke ‘17, Charles Schufreider ’17 , Stephanie Neville ‘17, Claude Hanley ’18, Brian Clark ‘15 work on the Homer Multitext project with Mary Ebbott and Neel Smith, associate professors of classics. The ongoing project aims to create a digital, diplomatic edition of Homer’s Illiad. Photo by Tom Rettig


Philosophy and political science double major, Caroline Carr ‘17 is working with May Sim, associate professor of philosophy on project titled “The Compatibility of Confucian Values with Human Rights and Dignity.” Photo by Tom Rettig


Psychology major Alexandra Eckert ’16 studies implicit list learning in pigeons with Charles Locurto, professor of psychology. Photo by Tom Rettig


Psychology major Alexandra Eckert ’16 studies implicit list learning in pigeons with Charles Locurto, professor of psychology. Photo by Tom Rettig


Shane Garner ’15, who majored in English with concentrations in Africana Studies and Creative Writing develops a comedic portfolio of skits, stories and cartoons through a project titled “Comedy in the 21st Century,” supported by Scott Malia, assistant professor of theatre. Photo by Tom Rettig


Chemistry major Luke Lauchert ’16 conducts research in the lab of André Isaacs, assistant professor of chemistry, where he studies copper-catalyzed multicomponent reactions. Photo by Tom Rettig


Chemistry major Luke Lauchert ’16 conducts research in the lab of André Isaacs, assistant professor of chemistry, where he studies copper-catalyzed multicomponent reactions. Photo by Tom Rettig


Catherine Hill ’16, a history major and German minor, looks at Japanese ukiyo-e prints and paintings that feature women as the main subjects, supporting her interest in the ways in which women of varying social classes are portrayed in art. Hill worked on her project, titled “Harlot, Wife, Entertainer: Depictions of Women in 18th-19th Century Japanese Art," with Leila Philip, associate professor of English. Photo by Tom Rettig


Biology major Timothy Gardner ’17 works with Robert Bertin, professor of biology, studying habitat fragmentation, land use, and bird population in Massachusetts. Photo by Tom Rettig


Economics and political science major Andrea Thompson ‘15 works on a cost-benefit analysis of the GM and Chrysler bailouts of 2009 by estimating unemployment and wages in Michigan had the bailout(s) not occurred, with Robert Baumann, associate professor of economics. Photo by Tom Rettig


Economics and political science major Andrea Thompson ‘15 estimates a cost-benefit analysis of the GM and Chrysler bailouts of 2009 by estimating unemployment and wages in Michigan had the bailout(s) not occurred, with Robert Baumann, associate professor of economics. Photo by Tom Rettig


Mathematics major Joseph Terranova ‘16 researches what the probability is that a student at Holy Cross will meet everyone in his or her class with Eric Ruggieri, assistant professor of mathematics. Photo by Tom Rettig


Nicole Landry ’16 and Sarah Valente ’16, both chemistry majors minoring in art history, developed a passion for art conservation and spent their summer working with James Welu, director emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum. Through the project titled, “Conservation of Jenne Magafan’s Worcester East Murals,” they created a proposal to restore Magafan’s murals located at a local middle school. Photo by Tom Rettig


Nicole Landry ’16 and Sarah Valente ’16, both chemistry majors minoring in art history, developed a passion for art conservation and spent their summer working with James Welu, director emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum. Through the project titled, “Conservation of Jenne Magafan’s Worcester East Murals,” they developed a proposal to restore Magafan’s murals located at a local middle school. Photo by Tom Rettig

After the academic year ended, over 100 students returned to spend their summers on campus where they participated in leading research spanning a range of  disciplines: 67 students engaged in research in the sciences; 31 in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts; and six in economics.

Daniel Bitran, professor of psychology and coordinator of the summer science research on campus, says the summer research program overall is “a defining feature of a liberal arts education.”

The myriad of research projects offer students the opportunity to pursue topics of interest through intensive, focused projects while simultaneously working closely with faculty members who act as both advisors and research partners. Research projects varied from protein splicing to glass blowing, and took place in labs and libraries on campus, as well as onsite both locally and internationally.

“I am genuinely surprised and impressed every year with the projects that students come up with,” says Daniel Klinghard, associate professor of political science and director of the Summer Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. “Students and faculty work together to develop their own topics. They pursue their hearts, their interests, their unique talents and experiences.”

The student researchers will showcase their work at this year’s 22nd Annual Summer Research Symposium on Friday, Sept. 11 from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom.

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