Summer Research 2018

Photos by Maria Stenzel and Jiayi Liu

Summer Research Poster Session 2018

Every summer, dozens of Amherst College students engage in research in the physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. From laboratories to archives to the field, students can spend six or more weeks extending their classroom research, working on their senior theses or assisting in faculty experiments. The Summer Research Poster Session is an opportunity for student researchers to share works in progress, summer research stories, thesis ideas and experimental results.

This year the event took place in the new state-of-the-art 250,000-square-foot Science Center, home to the departments of biology, biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, computer science, physics and astronomy, neuroscience and psychology. 

Jen Adams ’21 at the Summer Research Poster session Jea Adams '21 is a Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellow. Research Area: astronomy. Faculty Mentor: Kate Follette.

The Summer Research Poster Session in the K. Frank Austen Biology Research Collaboration Space The Summer Research Poster Session took place on Sept. 7, 2018, in the K. Frank Austen Biology Research Collaboration Space in the new Science Center.

Lisa Cenek ’21 at the Summer Research Poster Session Lisa Cenek ’21 (center) is a Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellow. Research Area: mathematics. Faculty Mentor: Tanya Leise.

The Summer Research Poster Session in the K. Frank Austen Biology Research Collaboration Space The annual Summer Research Poster Session is an opportunity to recognize student achievement.

Lisa Cenek '21, Yuuna Klindziuk '21, Cindy Lopez ’20 at the Summer Research Poster Session Lisa Cenek ’21, Yuuna Klindziuk '21 and Cindy Lopez '20 (l to r) are Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellows. Research Area: mathematics. Faculty Mentor: Tanya Leise.

Lisa Cenek '21, Yuuna Klindziuk '21, Cindy Lopez ’20 at the Summer Research Poster Session Lisa Cenek ’21Yuuna Klindziuk '21 and Cindy Lopez '20 (l to r) holding up "trading cards" featuring their faculty mentor, Tanya Leise.

Mezmur Edo ’21 at the Summer Research Poster Session Mezmur Edo '21 discussing his research with President Biddy Martin. Edo's research was supported by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Research Area: chemistry. Faculty Mentor: Sheila Jaswal.

Stanley Dunwell '20 at the Summer Research Poster Session Stanley Dunwell ’20 showcasing his research on vector bone disease.

Annika Lunstad '21 at the Summer Research Poster Session Annika Lunstad ’21 is a Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellow. Research Area: physics. Faculty Mentor:  David Hanneke.

Kashmeera Baboolall-Kashew '19 at the Summer Research Poster Session Kashmeera Baboolall-Kashew ’19 explaining her research to Jonathan Friedman, professor of physics.

Juno Son '19 at the Summer Research Poster Session Juno Son ’19 sharing his summer research in the humanities.

Samantha Rydzewski '21 at the Summer Research Poster Session Samantha Rydzewski ’21 is a Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellow. Research Area: computer science. Faculty Mentor: Scott Alfeld.

Margaret Chien '20 Margaret Chien ’20 is a Clare Boothe Luce Research Fellow. Research Area: statistics. Faculty Mentor: Nick Horton

Refreshments at the Summer Research Poster Session In addition to the learning about the students' research, attendees could tour the new Science Center facility, and enjoy appetizers, hand-piped cannoli from Meriano’s Bake Shoppe and one of many science-themed treats. 

Science themed decorations at the Summer Research Poster Session Science-themed decorations contributed to the overall experience.

Bird's eye view of the Summer Research Poster Session
Mammoth footprints guided attendees into the Summer Research Poster Session.

Lisa Cenek '21
Lisa Cenek ’21 trading "faculty cards" with another student.

Attendees at the Summer Research Poster Session voting for their favorite Attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite poster.

Summer Research Poster Session