Archive for January, 2018

January Update: Cheers to a New Year and Graduate School Acceptances

By • Jan 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! It is great to be back on campus. I have been getting back in the swing of things with both classes and my lab work. I have resumed progress on my project, continuing the experiments I planned out last semester. After the completion of these plans, I will meet with my adviser and…
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January Update: Actually Writing Chapters and Preparing for the Colloquium

By • Jan 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As January ends, I have completed drafts of my introduction, first section (a close examination of the dystopian genre and the novel itself), and am re-watching the Hulu series to start the second section (about the recent adaptation). Once that’s complete, I’ll need to write a “conclusion” or final bridge to come full circle with everything…
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Nose, Meet Grindstone

By • Jan 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Spring of 2017, I spent my days in hectic motion, trying to keep track of a multitude of deadlines and responding to all the surprise responsibilities that kept coming up (throwback to “please submit a brief summary” emails that came days before said summary was expected, back when I was still in the existential crisis…
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January update: Preparation for the Colloquium

By • Jan 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I can’t believe it’s my last semester at William and Mary! I will definitely be making the most out of my last few months here. During the first week of classes, I began preparing for the Honors Colloquium, which will occur in mid-February. Since I have drafted my introduction and methods section of my paper,…
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At The Crossroads: In Which I Do Ghetto Biennale

By • Jan 22nd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over winter break, I had the opportunity to participate in Ghetto Biennale, a unique festival that draws artists from around the world to Haiti’s capital, a city not typically seen as an “international” location. The exhibition is hosted by the local arts collective Atis Rezistans, whose members both collaborate with visitors and make their own…
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December Update

By • Jan 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have attempted my synthesis with a starting material that has a substituent group on the para position, which means the reaction is forced to take place on the ortho direction. I carefully carried out the procedure and used the 16-hour protonation step from my previous experiments. The resulting crude product appeared to be desirable.…
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November Update

By • Jan 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have been occupied trying to separate para and ortho isomers from each other again for the new reaction. I have also noticed an important product peaking missing from the NMR spectrum. I reasoned that there was not enough time for the initial product to be protonated and went back to search for literature on…
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Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics: Microprobe and EBSD Analyses in Process

By • Jan 20th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Three of the thin section chips have been sent off to be made into polished thin sections, and with these I will be able to complete an electron microprobe analysis and an Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) analysis. The microprobe analysis will be able to tell me the specific mineral chemistry of particular grains in my…
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Firearms Thesis: January Update

By • Jan 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! This is going to be a brief January update on my firearms thesis. As of this morning, I finished my initial edits, woohoo! I also managed to find a second reader–renowned economics professor, Carl Moody! Professor Moody is an expert on American gun policy. Thus, he will bring years of experience and knowledge…
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