ACRoSS 2021

The summer 2021 season of ACRoSS is a welcome return to sharing the work of our Allegheny summer research students. This year, ACRoSS runs on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 pm, from July 6th to August 10th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will hold ACRoSS virtually via this Zoom link. If you join us, we ask that you enter the Zoom call with your sound off so as to minimize feedback. We do encourage those attending to turn their cameras on if possible so that students can see the audience as they present.

At each weekly meeting, students will present short overviews of their specific summer projects (e.g., question of interest, methods of inquiry, anticipated results or applications, etc.) to an audience of students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and prospective students and their families.  Open to the all of the Allegheny College and Meadville Community.


ACRoSS 2021 Schedule


Tues, July 6th, 2021


Quinn Broussard ’22 (Philosophy)
Mentor: Irem Kurtsal, Philosophy
Title: Standpoint Epistemology and Autoethnographic Narratives


Ben Ramsey ’22 (Physics)
Mentor: Dan Willey, Physics
Title: Exploring galaxy through 21 cm radio emission


Erin Magnus ’23 (Philosophy and History)
Mentor: Irem Kurtsal, Philosophy
Title: Contemporary Art and Ontology


Tues, July 13th, 2021


Hassan Javed ’24 (Psych0logy)
Mentor: Ishita Sinha Roy, Communication, Film, and Theater
Title: Defining Pakistani Nationalism through Contesting Masculinities


Emily Jones ’22 (Biology)
Mentor: Yee Mon Thu, Biology and Biochemistry
Title: Inhibition of Protein-Protein Interactions of Sumoylated Proteins Involved in DNA Damage Repair


Alyssa Astaria
Mentor: Irem Kurtsal, Philosophy
Title: Transformative Experience and Substance Abuse Disorders


Tues, July 20th, 2021


Sam Rundquist, Ryan Mantione, and David Ahlers ’22 (Chemistry and English)
Mentor: Tim Chapp, Chemistry
Title: Activation of hydrogen with small molecules


Nicole Foulkrod ’22 (Biochemistry) and Carly Haas ’23 (Chemistry)
Mentor: Moira Flanagan, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Title: Exploring the Structure-Function Relationship in melanin pigments


Elijah Van Vlack ’22 (Mathematics)
Mentor: Craig Dodge, Mathematics
Title: One Dimensional Summands of Specht Modules


Tues, July 27, 2021


Claire Johns ’22 (Computer Science)
Mentor: Douglas Luman, Computer Science
Title: Good Work: Accounting for Academic Use of Open Source


Truong Son Nguyen ’23 (Math and Political Science)
Mentor: Tarah Williams, Political Science
Title: Inaccurate Election Projections: A Combination of Bad Polling and a Distrustful Public?


Grace Hemmelgarn ’22 (Environmental Science and Sustainability) and Danielle Studer ’22 (Environmental Science and Sustainability)
Mentor: Casey Bradshaw-Wilson, Environmental Science and Sustainability
Title: Working on PA Unassessed Waters Initiative


Tues, August 3rd, 2021

Kylie Rimes ’23 (Business) and Kai’lani Woodward ’23
Mentor: Byron Rich, Art
Title: Suburbs of Accra: Digital Neocolonialism


Madelyn Kapfhammer ‘22 (Biology and Computer Science)
Mentor: Amelia Finaret and Becky Dawson, Global Health Studies
Title: Global health informatics: Planning, organizing, and developing a lab


Sarah Schmidt ’21 (Economics and Environmental Science and Sustainability)
Mentor: Stephanie Martin, Economics
Title: Student experiences in the Business and Economics Department: Implications for gender disparity.


 Tues, August 10th, 2021


Abigail Smith ’22 (Environmental Science and Sustainability and Global Health Studies)
Mentor: Amelia Finaret, Global Health Studies
Title: Data quality in national health surveys: Who is missing, and why?


Luka Kathman ’23 (Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Mentor: Christopher Normile, Psychology
Title: Effects of Race and Gender on Perceptions of Exonerees: An Intersectional Approach


Precious Taylor-Forde ’22 Psychology
Mentor: Amelia Finaret, Global Health Studies
Title: Child growth curves and race science: A narrative review