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Twenty-eight Students Selected as Upstate-Global Collective Summer Student Research Fellows for 2016

Twenty-eight students have been selected 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. "Indigenous Ethnic Group Identification and Cultural Beliefs about Land and Resources," a research project through the "Indigeneity, Sustainability and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Genesis Moran Guerrero with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Brien Ashdown.

2. "Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Global Indigeneity and Local Discourse and Practice," a research project through the "Indigeneity, Sustainability and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Jade Alvillar with Hamilton faculty sponsor J. Seth Schermerhorn.

3. "Non-Native Species Control in Upstate NY," a research project through the "Indigeneity, Sustainability and Human Rights" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Jamila Roth with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Meghan Brown.

4. "Population Dynamics of Invasive 'Crazy Worms' (Amynthas spp.) in Central New York," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by Colgate student Sonya Dexter with Colgate faculty sponsor Timothy McCay.

5. "The Securitization of Migration in the President Election Campaigns," a research project through the "Immigration and Human Rights: Border Issues to the North, South, and Beyond" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Cora Prudhomme with St. Lawrence faculty sponsor Ronnie Olesker.

6. "Effects of Invasive Earthworms on Behavior of Red-backed Salamanders," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by Union student Thomas Stephens with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Bradley Cosentino.

7. "Culture of Respect Student Summer Research Fellowship," a research project through the "Culture of Respect" working group, conducted by Hamilton student Bryan Ferguson with Hamilton faculty sponsor Cecilia Hwangpo.

8. and 9. "Riparian Invasions in the Context of Landscape Change," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by St. Lawrence student Luke Harvey and Skidmore student Rafaela Iturralde with Skidmore faculty sponsor Josh Ness.

10. "Invasive Species in Finger Lakes Tributaries," a research project through the "Upstate and Global Impacts of Invasive Species" working group, conducted by Hobart and William Smith student Noland Michels with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Susan Cushman.

11. "LGBT Rights in Cuba from the Revolution to the Present," a research project through the "Culture of Respect" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Sarah Coker and Union student Kathryn Evans with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Juan Liébana.

12. "Ecotourism, Development and Connection to Nature: Panama and Upstate NY – Achiote Panama and Nature," a research project through the "Indigeneity, Sustainability and Human Rights" working group, conducted by St. Lawrence student Gretchen O'Leary with St. Lawrence faculty sponsor Daniel McLane.

13. and 14. "Debating Islam from the Pulpit: Muslims of Rochester’s Response to the Views of the 2016 Presidential Candidates," a research project through the "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Pluralist Societies" working group, conducted by Colgate student Dominic Wilkins and Hobart and William Smith student Mark Pitifer with Hobart & William Smith faculty sponsor Shalahudin Kafrawi.

15. and 16. "2016 C.A.R.E. (Community Action, Research, & Education) Summer Fellowship Program," a research project through the "Care and Support in Aging Communities" working group, conducted by Hobart and William Smith student Kelsey McElwain and Colgate student Jordan Chervin with Union faculty sponsor Carol Weisse and Skidmore faculty sponsor Crystal Moore.

17., 18. & 19. "2016 Summer Research Fellow in Cay Anderson-Hanley's Healthy Aging & Neuropsychology Lab," a research project through the "Care and Support in Aging Communities" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Zachariah Arnold, Hamilton student Amelia Denney, and Union student Elizabeth Altman with Union faculty sponsor Cay Anderson-Hanley.

20. "Refugees from Middle East Conflict Zones," a research project through the "Refugees on the Move: The Global Refugee Crisis and Local Refugee Lives" working group, conducted by Union student Olivia Britton with Union faculty sponsor Tom Lobe.

21. "Liberation Heritage Project: Documenting Social Justice Movements in South Africa's Eastern Cape," a research project through the "Culture of Respect" working group, conducted by Union student Laura Schaffer with Hamilton faculty sponsor Angel David Nieves.  

22. "Vulnerable Communities and South Asia: The Roles of India and China in Sri Lanka," a research project through the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by St. Lawrence student Paige Richardson with St. Lawrence faculty sponsor.

23. "Mapping Delhi," a research project through the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Yidi Wu with Hobart & William Smith faculty sponsor Vikash Yadav.

24. "Mapping Ahmedabad, c. 1920-1945," a research project through the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by Hobart and William Smith student Kayla Jones with Hamilton faculty sponsor Lisa Trivedi.

25. A research project through the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by Skidmore student Andrea Sumrall with Hobart and William Smith faculty sponsor Vikash Yadav.

26. and 27. "Can immigrants and refugees save dying cities?," a research project though the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by St. Lawrence student Shiko Gitau with Colgate faculty sponsor Navine Murshid.  

28. "Revitalizing Low-Income Communities," a research project through the "Marginalized Communities and Urban Centers" working group, conducted by Hobart and William Smith student Sara DeVault-Feldman with Hamilton faculty sponsor Faiza Moatasim.  

Students and faculty sponsors will present their research as part of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium Upstate Undergraduate Research Conference scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Hamilton College. A separate Upstate-Global Collective Research Symposium is scheduled for that Friday, September 16, 2016. More details will be announced soon.