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Fifteen students selected for inaugural Upstate-Global Collective Summer Research Program

Fifteen students have accepted offers for summer research positions through the Upstate-Global Collective program, which provides opportunities for students to engage with faculty across the New York Six on interdisciplinary research.  Many students will be working with faculty from outside their home institution.  The list of student researchers and faculty mentors are provided below, along with a brief description of the projects:

1. "Skill Response to Immigrants within Skill Cells," a research project through the "Immigration and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Colgate student Weilin Gu with Colgate faculty sponsor Chad Sparber.

2. "Immigrant Skills after Legalization," a research project through the "Immigration and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Colgate student Quinn Steigleder with Colgate faculty sponsor Chad Sparber.

3. "Latino Immigrants and Migrant Workers in Upstate New York," a research project through the "Immigration and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Union student Geguel Landestoy with Union faculty sponsor Victoria Martinez.

4. "The Impact of In-State Tuition for Undocumented Youth," a research project through the "Immigration and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Abigail Outterson with St. Lawrence faculty sponsor Cynthia Bansak.

5. "Testing Legacies of Invasive Trees on Soil Chemistry," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Kathryn Peterson with Union faculty sponsor Jeffrey Corbin.

6. "Dispersal and Ecological Impacts of Invasive Species in the Finger Lakes," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Jamila Roth with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Meghan Brown.

7. "Indigenous Heritage and Discourses Invoking Ecological Metaphor," a research project through the "Indigeneity, Sustainability, and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Justin Long with Hamilton faculty sponsor Meredith Moss.  

8. "Mapping Human Rights Resources in Upstate New York," a research project through the "Culture of Respect" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Dylan Colbert with Hobart & William Smith faculty sponsor Jack Harris.  

9. "Narrating an American Religion: The Hill Cumorah Pageant and the Story of Mormon Religious Freedom," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Jennie Wilber with Colgate faculty sponsor Jenna Reinbold.  

10. "In the Courts of the Conqueror: Native American Religious Freedom," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Talia Vaughan with Hamilton faculty sponsor Seth Schermerhorn.

11. "Issues of Religious Freedom and Human Rights in the Tibetan Buddhist Diaspora Community, Ithaca, New York," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Hobart & William Smith student Maggie O'Reilly with Colgate faculty sponsor Mahinda Deegalle. 

12. "Understanding Religious Freedom on Campus: Hindu Students Organizations in Upstate New York," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Hobart & William Smith student Mark Pitifer with Hobart & William Smith faculty sponsor Anthony Cerulli.  

13. "Constructing Women's Loss in Post-Conflict Religious Communities," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Colgate student MacKenzie Neeson with Union faculty sponsor Peter Bedford.

14. "Muslim Diaspora Populations and Urban Renewal in Utica, NY," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Colgate student Emmett Potts with Colgate faculty sponsor Harvey Sindima.

15. "The Separation of Church and State: Jews in Early American History," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Hobart & William Smith student Macaela Rourke with Colgate faculty sponsor Shayna Sheinfeld.  

Students and faculty sponsors will present their research as part of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium Upstate New York Undergraduate Research Conference scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Colgate University.  A separate Upstate-Global Collective Research Symposium is tentatively scheduled for that Friday, September 25, 2015.  More details will be announced soon.  

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