Think Outside the Box of Your Discipline

Rachel Elizabeth Mandel (AS ’15) completed a Capstone in Modern Jewish Studies entitled, From Maus to Magneto: Exploring Holocaust Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Prof. Zachary Braiterman served as her advisor. Rachel’s Capstone analyzed the topic of Holocaust representation in comic books and graphic novels. Comics are an oft-overlooked medium in academic circles, so there…

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Understand the Future by Exploring the Past

Kelsey Modica (AS ’15)  completed her Capstone in international relations supported by her advisor, Prof. Seth Jolly. The project entitled, A Path to Peace: Reconciling the Sunni-Shi’a Conflict in Iraq, delves deep into history, to the seventh century after the death of Muhammad. In order to better understand why there is a conflict between Sunnis and Shiites…

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Manage Your Time

Christina Barquin (AS ’15) completed her English and Textual Studies Capstone with the support of her advisor, Prof. Claudia Klaver. The project, entitled Contesting Victorian Beliefs: The Unintended Effects of Victorian Novels, closely examines how the late Victorian novels, A Marriage Below Zero by Alan Dale and The Revolt of Man by Walter Besant end up…

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Don't Doubt, Write

Mary Salmonsen (AS ’15) Capstone was a novel, Imperfect Imitations, and Arthur Flowers was her advisor. She has so much advice for you that we just need to let her speak! If you’re in the process of making a Creative Writing Capstone, then the best thing I can say to you is congratulations. You’ve demonstrated…

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Just Write the Thing!

Meredith Jeffers (AS ’15) worked with her advisor, Prof. Chris Forster, to complete her Capstone, Exposing Narrative Ideologies of Victimhood in Emma Donaghue’s Room and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Meredith’s project examines the interesting narrative perspectives of Room and Gone Girl to understand the ways that these novels deconstruct mass media narratives of violence to reveal ideas…

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Adrift in the Abstract

Stephen Sorokanich III (AS ’15) completed a Capstone in mathematics and physics and worked with Prof. Leonid Kovalev as his advisor. His Capstone is entitled, Geometry of Hilbert Space Frames. Stephen has a lot of advice for math students in Honors, so I’m going to turn the stage right over to him: While the scientist has a…

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Passion and Interest

Caroline Habjan (AS ’15) completed her Capstone in biotechnology with Dr. Robert Silverman and Christine Rydelek at SUNY Upstate acting as her advisors. The title of Caroline’s Capstone is Maternal Obesity and Incidence of Depression.  The study was conducted using a collaborative approach, combining retrospectively collected patient data from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center.…

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Advice to Illustrators

John McGowan (VPR ’14) created a one-artist anthology comic, consisting of the first chapter of a serialized story, The Turkey Avenger, a series of autobiographical comic strips, and a collection of developmental material from the two projects for his Capstone, “Millennial Rust.” His advice is sharp and to the point, just like his drawings. Start your…

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More Risk = Better Payoff

Sarah Carlson Cassell (VPD ’14) produced and performed in a full-length, two-act musical for her Capstone, “Bat Boy: The Musical”. The show is a high camp, oddball piece which is about exactly what it sounds like – a boy who is part bat. The musical is quirky, but her advice couldn’t be more straight forward. Your…

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Engineers, Take Heed

Stephen DeSalvo’s (EC 14) advice may seem even more sound when you learn that his Capstone was named the best project in the Natural Sciences category. As an engineering student, your Honors experience is sure to be unique in comparison to students from nearly all other backgrounds. The experience will be just as rewarding for…

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