Archive for September, 2013

Poster Presentations

By • Sep 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve done quite a few poster presentations during my time as a researcher at William & Mary. When I first began, I was very intimidated by these presentations, but now–although there are still a few butterflies–I actually really look forward to them. My research is something I enjoy, and that I don’t often have the…
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Wheels @ W&M – Summer Research Showcase Poster Session

By • Sep 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! I wanted to let anyone who’s been keeping up with this research know that I’ll be attending the Summer Research Showcase this week.  Along with many other student researchers, I’ll be in Blow Memorial Hall room 201 on Thursday, October 3rd, from 3:30-5:00 pm, with a poster about my project.  Feel free to… [Continue Reading]



The Habyarimana Regime and the Rwandan Genocide

By • Sep 27th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My first post focused primarily on the history of Rwanda leading up to the movement that culminated in the official independence of Rwanda in 1962 and the relations between the Hutu and the Tutsi under Gregoire Kayibanda, Rwanda’s first president.  In this post, however, I will elaborate further on the Kayibanda regime and discuss the […]



The Writing Process

By • Sep 26th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After spending all summer researching for this paper, one would think writing would come easy. I have a lot of information, a lot of knowledge on the topic, and many great sources. It is easy to sit down at the computer and produce a few pages. The thesis is not a normal college paper though,…
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Where does the split truly lie?

By • Sep 23rd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

An update on school starting and honors thesis researching: Life is crazy busy, but I have managed to secure a Skype interview with two of the members of Congregation Beth Ahabah this week. We will be discussing their input on Mitzvah Day – the annual Social Justice event I’m incredibly interested in which compares to…
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Nothing is Perfect

By • Sep 22nd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I finished my chapter on the Eugenics Society’s “Homes in Canada” operation, I breathed a sigh of relief. One down, with only several more chapters to go. In my eyes, this completed chapter exactly reflected what the essence of my honors thesis entailed and even provided some groundbreaking new evidence. I set it aside…
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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry: the research continues

By • Sep 19th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! So I am still proceeding with the same methodology I’ve been using all summer; research literature, add to model, incorporate into PLAS. In my last post I mentioned the Fas pathway, which has been a major research focus of mine since then.   I’ve recently taken a small detour that has allowed me…
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Review of summer research

By • Sep 19th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I enjoyed conducting research over the summer, mainly because of all of the novel experiences I encountered with my lab partner. I’ll note some of the events I thought were memorable. 1. Sometimes while collecting stilt grass or tick data, we would encounter snakes, and Molly would scream every time we saw one (to the […]



Stilt grass data collection images continues

By • Sep 19th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

From top to bottom: state park view/ Sandy Bottom/ sample site along colonial parkway. These images should give one a feel for the various environments my research partner, Molly, and I worked in while conducting research. However, these images represe…



Images collected at various sites when collecting Stilit grass data

By • Sep 19th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

From left to right: Deer carcus/sample site/sample site with transect set up