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Academic Excellence: What Our Chapter Does

Academic Excellence: What Our Chapter Does

Elizabeth Rives

Sophomore | Major: Russian & Government

In Summer 2018 Liz interned on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Intern. She answered phone calls from constituents, conducted critical research for staffers, and gave tours of the U.S. Capitol to other constituents.

Stacy Pitcairn

Junior | Major: Neuroscience & Hispanic Studies

Stacy works in a neuroscience research lab here at W&M, where we study the role of orexinergic neurons and the basal forebrain in a sustained-attention task. There are a lot of attentional processing deficits in disorders like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia, so the goal is to understand these disorders so that we can develop better treatments. Side note: the rats are well-loved and taken care of, we measure how well they pay attention in different tasks and never seek to harm them :)

Jane Carey

Senior | Major: Biology

Jane interned in Summer 2018 at a wildlife rehab center in D.C. where she worked with birds, ducks, raptors, squirrels, opossums, turtles, snakes that had been injured or orphaned. She got first hand experience in animal care and rehabilitation and also had the chance to help with a couple releases back into the wild!

Parker Reynolds

Junior | Major: Government & Sociology

For Summer 2018, Parker interned in the Office of the Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan. During her internship she had the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings on behalf of policy staffers, write research memos, and plan events of the Speaker. She also got to attend the Speakers retirement party this Winter as his guest for her impressive work!

Lizzie Brown

Sophomore | Major: Government & Psychology

Lizzie works in a professor's neuroscience/psychology lab where we test the effects of nicotine on rat's susceptibility to anxiety. Personally, her job is to handle the rats, run them through the testing procedure, and record data.

Sophia Caronna-Morseman

Sophomore | Major: Government & Finance

Sophia since January 2018 has conducted individual research with the Political Psychology and International Relations Lab (PPIR) under Professor Marcus Holmes, co-director of the Social Sciences and Research Methods Center here at William & Mary. Her project is researching how emotional regulation impacts the effectiveness of political speakers in various domestic and international scenarios. Specifically, looking to understand the scale of how we perceive sincerity in public speaking based on emotional demonstration. She anticipates that her research will be published this May (2019)!

Caroline Polly

Senior | Major: Geology & Environmental Science

For her senior thesis Caroline looking at the Petersburg Granite (south of downtown Richmond) and analyzing rocks that are mineralogically different than the rest of the pluton. She chose this topic because these rocks can provide insight on the tectonic setting which is highly debated in the field of geology!

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