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MMUF Fellows: Research Highlights Summer 2013

Brandon Alston Brandon participated in the MMUF Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) at the University of Chicago, studying various scholarly discourses through both his own personal research and critical discourses and academic disciplines provided by the SRTP program, such as Anthropology and Political Science. In addition to completing his own research project, he was exposed to the wider scholarly community within the Mellon Mays Foundation and the benefits of community within the fellowship.

Mariah Braxton Mariah continued her study of French at Howard County Community College, and studied for the GRE at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Zakiya Gibbons Zakiya worked in a comparative cognition laboratory through a competitive internship at Yale University under Professor Laurie Santos. Here, Zakiya worked in a lab coding videos and working with capuchin monkeys running studies pertaining to decision-making.

Simone Partridge Simone held an internship with the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy through Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Internship Program. The Mayor's Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about city government firsthand with placements in a department, a summer long group project, and weekly opportunities to hear from leaders throughout city government. Simone conducted research for her upcoming fall thesis on the role of the university as an economic developer and agent of displacement. She hopes to expand past the discourse on town-gown conflicts and explore what the presence of academic institutions means for the projected and internal identity of college towns.

Shahzeen Nasim Shahzeen spent this summer studying Arabic at Middlebury's language school in Oakland, CA. Middlebury is renowned for their language programs and their commitment to the language pledge, a system that does not allow students to use any language other than Arabic for the entirety of the two-month program. Shahzeen studied Arabic grammar and vocabulary, as well as famous cultural centers in the Middle East, e.g. Aleppo, Syria, and studied their development throughout history.

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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