Going the Distance for Science

Genevieve Pilch

Are you planning your capstone and realizing you might have to do research off campus? Genevieve Pilch ’17 had a similar challenge as she was working on her capstone. Through her capstone, she is researching Mimulus guttatus’, the common monkey flower, genetic composition and its phenotype. Her lab is combining phenotypic observations with genetic data…

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Dinner Parti

Evangeline Soileau

Evangeline Soileau ’17 completed her capstone in architecture titled “Dinner Parti” under her advisor, Professor Amber Bartosh Evangeline was interested in investigating the architectural relationships between events and spatial production via the lens of social dining. The way a space is designed—its materials, structure, and technology, in relation to rapidly changing cultural transformations—affect the functionality…

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Using Your Personal Story

Using Your Personal Story By Giovanna Saccoccio You might hear your professors say that your personal story is your best asset and needs to be integrated in your scholarship. Through her Capstone, Hasmik Djoulakian (AS ‘17) fully understood the weight and power of bringing poetry about her personal life into her academic analysis. Hasmik’s Capstone,…

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Crisis Text Line Benefit Festival: So Much More than a Capstone

Crisis Text Line Benefit Festival: So Much More than a Capstone By: Dulce Morales & Giovanna Saccoccio You might hear your capstone advisors say, “You can do whatever you want to do for your capstone.” Rebecca Duke, a senior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, took this advice to heart. Rebecca…

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Every position is ludicrous without evidence…

Chantelle Mendonsa  (AS ’15) completed her Capstone, Structural Impediments to Progress: Iran 2009 & 1979, in political science. Prof. Mehrzad Boroujerdi served as her advisor. Chantelle compared the methods and characteristics of both the 1979 and 2009 movements in Iran. According to the scholars Chenoweth and Stephan, the main factor for success is the quantity…

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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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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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To Bologna and Back

Carolyn Goldstein (VPM ’16) grew up playing the violin, so becoming a Violin Performance major seemed like the natural decision to make when it came time to declare. The requirements of the major seemed familiar. While the class requirements for Honors were also straight forward, there was a big unknown requirement … the Capstone. She could see…

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