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Another Successful Summer of Collaborative Research

Twenty-three students participated in the Summer Collaborative Undergraduate Research (SCUR) program in 2020. They overcame challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by working with professors virtually or at a distance on projects.

“This summer our students had to be even more innovative due to the pandemic,” said Professor Sharon Preves who co-directs the SCUR program. “Their resilience coupled with the dedication of their faculty collaborators was incredible to observe.”

In some cases, projects were reworked entirely, moving from the lab to computer modeling. The agility demonstrated by students and their professors resulted in successful collaborations in departments across Hamline’s campus.

“It is an honor and privilege to work with students in developing their skills and confidence as scholars through the SCUR program," said Preves. "Our weekly interdisciplinary research seminars provide students with such a unique opportunity to workshop their research with students and faculty from across the university and to hear from Hamline alumni about the long-term impact of participating in the program, as they have applied the knowledge they gained through the program in graduate school or in their careers.”

This year the Hamline SCUR participants were:

Jada Benett with Aida Audeh, Ph.D. and Andrew Wykes, MFA. The project title is, “Feminist Study, Critique, and Reproduction of Mondernist Self-Portraiture”.

Hannah Bergene with Brian Hoffman, Ph.D. The project title is, “Lithic Size Distribution and Bifacial Core Production at the Louisville Swamp Site”.

Dalton Chenoweth with Stacie Bosley, Ph.D. The project title is, “Are pyramid schemes fueled by strain or opportunity? A place-based analysis of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing in the U.S.”

Jacob Cooper and Alana Crawford with Valentine Cadeaux, Ph.D. The project title is, “Biochar on Campus and in the Community: Food Waste Diversion for Climate”.

Soraya Dorvilier and Sadiyo Jama with Colleen Bell, Ph.D. The project title is, “Community Incarceration: Family Impacts and Consequences”.

Nick Grivna with Lifeng Dong, Ph.D. The project title is, “Optimizing Structure and Fabrication Process of Thin Film Solid-State Lithium Ion Batteries”.

Emily Haefner with Erik Asp, Ph.D. The project title is, “An Analysis of Authoritarianism and Religious Fundamentalism in Patients with Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Damage”.

Hannah Houle and Theo Salzberg with Jen Robb, Ph.D. The project title is, “The Psychological Impact of Postponing the 2020 Olympics on Paraolympic Athletes”.

Eliot Joy with Richard Pelster-Wiebe, Ph.D. The project title is, “Ancestral and Intergenerational Trauma and Healing”.

Eva Larson with Brian Hoffman, Ph.D. The project title is, “Lithic Debitage Analysis at the Louisville Swamp Site”.

Kelly McCollow and Asha Salah with Matt Sumera, Ph.D. The project title is, “Sounding War: Museum Soundscapes and the Representation of Armed Conflict”.

Elle Obermeyer and Mady Wiss with Sharon Preves Ph.D. The project title is, “Bro or Hoe: Gendered Code-Switching in Video Games”.

Sarah Sawyer with Mark Berkson, Ph.D. The project title is, “A Look at Skepticism Across Europe, China, and India Through the Centuries A Comparative Analysis”.

Owen Sloop with Lisa Ferguson Stegall, Ph.D. The project title is,“The Effect of COVID-19 Preventative Measures on Masters Athletes”.

Yee Thao with Kari Campeau, MA. The project title is, “Medical Story-Telling, Literacy Practices, and Patient Experience with Crowdfunding Platforms”.

Mai (PaZong) Yang with Bridget Jacques-Frickes; Neuroscience, Biology. The project title is
“Detecting IFT140 Gene Expression within Neural Crest Cells in Chick Embryos”.

Kendra Yoder with Bridget Jacques-Frickes, Ph.D. The project title is, “PRDM12 Gene Expression in Neural Crest Cells”.

Dean Young with Betsy Martinez-Vaz, Ph.D. The project title is, “Bioremediation of Cyanoguanidine”.

The SCUR program and the University Honors program are examples of the structured collaboration opportunities available to students and faculty at Hamline.

During June and July, SCUR participants committed to full-time research. They collaborated with faculty on projects and participated in a once-a-week afternoon seminar to share their progress and practice talking about their research with students and faculty from different disciplines. In addition to the weekly seminars, SCUR participants prepared research reports, posters, and developed abstracts. Completed work will be submitted for the Hamline interdisciplinary research symposium, an annual opportunity for students to present in a formal academic setting.

This year, Hamline’s symposium will be online during the week of September 21, 2020. Live virtual rooms will be open for discussion and questions on September 24, 2020, 11:30 - 12:30 pm.

Read about the 2019 symposium here.

Written by staff.