Encouraging a zero-waste framework in the fashion industry by reinventing thrifting as it exists. Looking at the problem of fast fashion from a business perspective and reinventing a sector of sustainable fashion to make sustainable clothing the preferred choice for the shopper. Empowering the shopper to feel their best in their custom fit and designed clothing.
Established in 2008 to honor the legacy of Daniel F. Sullivan '65, P'04 (University president 1996-2009) and his wife, Ann, this fund will support the University Fellows Program. President Sullivan has been a particularly strong proponent of this program, which brings faculty and students together for research and scholarly collaboration in a summer community of mentors and learners.
Summer 2023 - Research Fellowships
Do glucocorticoid stress hormone act synergistically with the T3 thyroid hormone in Xenopus laevis metamorphosis?
Given the intricate interplay between the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axes in young tadpoles, the release of triiodothyronine (T3), an active thyroid hormone, is dependent on the body's need for corticosterone (CORT).
Helen “Tommie” Whalen had a palpable presence during her time at St. Lawrence University, where she served as the school’s registrar from 1930 to 1968 and acted as communications officer between the institution and enlisted students during WWII. Helen Whalen’s importance to St. Lawrence is reflected by the fact that she is in the athletic hall of fame and her work is mentioned in Candle in the Wilderness.
In 1987, St. Lawrence University’s then annual David B. Steinman Festival of the Arts was entitled “Art and the Vietnam Era: The Politics of Memory.” One element of the festival elicited over 140 veterans from around the country to send in hundreds of poems to a group of SLU faculty who selected and arranged them into a printed anthology. Along with their poetry submissions, veterans sent notes of gratitude, descriptions of their service, catalogues of awards and decorations they had received, and various other documents.
My summer research project aimed to analyze the enduring impact of Eve Ensler's 1996 play, 'The Vagina Monologues,' across four distinct eras: the Early Era (1996-2004), Middle Era (2004-2015), Pre-Covid Era (2015-2020), and Post-Covid Era (2020-2023). By delving into the popular discourse surrounding the play during each period, I sought to trace its historical trajectory and identify shifts in societal perceptions. This project served as a platform for honing my skills in historical research.
Urban art has dramatically blossomed from classic graffiti scattered across cities to a new dimension; street art stickers, or simply stickers. Stickers that litter pedestrian signals, electrical boxes, or just about any accessible surface found in cities allow for self-expression and engage passersby with their message. Street art stickers, when analyzed in connection with specific locations and times in history, provide an in-depth look into the cultures in which they were born.
My project was a pilot study exploring the possible relationship between worsened depressive symptoms and poor dental health decisions and how best to sample this data for my upcoming SYE project. With our own questions being added to the questionnaire, it was integral for future research that we investigate what works and what doesn't for proper sampling.
Cultural Identities: How does stateless identity create unstable cultural identity and what is its effect on psychological well-being?
Everyone experiences life through a different lens. While we value a constant and universal factor when analyzing data, identity is fluid and ever-changing.
The goal of my project was to write short stories serving as psychological portraits of individuals coming of age, with a thematic focus on familial independence and socioeconomic mobility. Throughout this project, I gained insight on the drafting process and how to use such processes to produce psychologically rich characters. For each of the two stories produced, I wrote three separate drafts, each with a distinct title and focus.
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, conversational AI systems like Chat GPT have emerged as powerful tools for natural language processing and human-computer interactions. My research aims to provide a thorough examination of the strengths and weaknesses of Chat GPT, while also delving into the pervasive issue of biases inherent in various AI models.
The purpose of this project was to analyze and digitize information pertaining to the collection of Mesopotamian burials held at St. Lawrence University under Dr. Mindy Pitre, excavated from Tell Leilan, Syria between 1979 and 1991 under the direction of Yale professor Dr. Harvey Weiss.
It is common to ask what something means, or what someone means by something, but rare to ask what it means for something to mean something. What does ‘meaning’ mean? This is arguably the most fundamental question a human enquirer can ask, and it is quite difficult to answer. The prevailing view in the philosophy of language is that a sentence's meaning is defined by its truth-conditions, or the conditions under which it would be true.
St. Lawrence University is a private institution located in Canton, NY. With around 2,250 students enrolled on campus each year, there are many disciplines, course options, and routes to take for new students. Students may meet with their advisers to help guide them on the correct path of courses, or they may choose to guide themselves. Every student goes through the registration process themselves, however. And every professor is on the receiving end of that registration process. At St. Lawrence there are three days of registration for students.
Archiving the Dub is a project that seeks to historicize and memorialize a theme cottage in St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, called ‘The Dub’, which houses a group of students who engage with feminist activism. Through this project, an attempt is made to trace a genealogy of its members’ missions, interests and activities through the digitization of documents dating back to the 1990s, as well as discussing the significance and contribution of these materials to the identity-building of the group.
Research Question: Can populist political parties in countries with relatively low levels of corruption gain public support using anti-corruption platforms? If so, why does this campaign tactic work?
In my research fellowship, I looked at the Constructed Language, or "Conlang" Toki Pona, and its popularity in online fandom communities. I discussed how Toki Pona is a a language that strongly adheres to the philosophy that there are no “incorrect” ways to use their language through its linguistic structure, as well as how the speech community surrounding Toki Pona speakers is organized almost entirely online, and how that modifies the traditional understanding of what a speech community is, and how it operates less like a speech community, and more like an online "Fandom".
By conducting in-depth interviews with US college students studying abroad and taking medical courses while abroad, our research team worked to analyze their experiences, including their perceived advantages of the opportunity, disadvantages, and barriers to accessing the opportunity. Additionally, we analyze how the experiences abroad benefit these students in their pathway to achieving post-grad success (specifically within the medical field) compared to students who didn't get to study abroad.
Sports analytics are a constantly growing field, but little work has been done to incorporate analytics to video games. This summer through my project, I wanted to see if similar tools that are used in professional sports could be applied to sports video games, specifically to predict Rocket League game outcome. I utilized a variety of statistical learning methods to investigate which statistics were most positively or negatively associated with winning, and built a random forest model that classified games as wins/losses correctly with almost 90% accuracy.
“The Digital World and The Modern Undergraduate” discusses research conducted on effects of digital information, assistant software, and generative AI on modern undergraduate students when compared to previous generations. My research considers both the positive and negative aspects of the transition to the digital world, in an attempt to present a full picture of these changes. Some of the programs examined in the paper are Google, Perusall, and ChatGPT.
This summer I devoted my SLU Fellowship opportunity to immerse in a new art medium. As a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art, I am passionate about finding space for intersection between both of my interests and paper making felt like a perfect opportunity for the exploration of sustainable practices. I was mentored by Velma Bolyard and Melissa Schulenberg in learning the craft. We focused on the use of readily available materials for the production of quality paper. More specifically we utilized paper scraps, plant fibers and recycled cotton t-shirt.
Summer 2022 - Research Fellowships
Today, 75% of residential land in the United States is zoned for detached single-family homes. This means that anything other than detached single family homes including apartments, low-income housing, senior living, and student housing are prohibited in these areas. Zoning regulations are the foundation of city planning, making them a fundamental aspect of society to evaluate when assessing the future of our nation.
The goals for this project were to train a convolutional neural network to be able to label game camera images taken in the North Country. Once trained the hope was to use it for Nature Up North projects that involve labeling thousands of images taken each year. Currently these images are labeled by volunteers and this network would be able to at least help sort them faster. At the conclusion of my project, I was able to train two networks – the first sorted images based on any animal presence, and the second sorted images based on animal species.
Ferritin is a kind of protein that exists in the human body with a mix of two different types of molecules called H and L. Diseases such as anemia, cancer, and Alzheimers have been linked to the malfunction of Ferritin in the body. Therefore, research is being conducted to further understand how Ferritin works. We have 2D images of Ferritin, which thanks to a software called Cryo-EM, can be combined to form 3D models of the protein. Unfortunately, the pictures that we have are blurry.
The research conducted for "You're a [Data] Wizard, Harry!" was done through the program of R. Through R, we started with text mining and cleaning of the first Harry Potter film script. From this script and data, we conducted many sentiment analyses for the course of the film and for each individual character. We then applied the sentiment analyses to networks, working to understand the sentiment of dialogue interactions and relationships. Through these analyses, we were able to see the overall connotations for each relationship's dialogue in the first film specifically.
Although they are challenging to see with the naked eye, zooplankton do serve a vital role in an ecosystem. More specifically, we focused on copepods and the nature of their appearance. The pigment that contributes to their coloration is astaxanthin, the purpose of which is possibly for UV protection. We wanted to see how the levels of this pigment related to the location, as well as the time of the year of sampling. It was also important to be able to create a reproducible method for the extraction of astaxanthin, in order to prevent the wasting of material.