A Pre-Medical Student’s Experience with the Escuela Taurina de Salamanca

My name is Michael Cammarata and I’m a junior at the College, as well as a Neuroscience major and Hispanic Studies minor. I will be spending several weeks in Spain this summer to train with the bullfighting school in Salamanca, while conducting interviews with young toreros, called novilleros, to understand the development of the aspiring matador, as well as the commitment and sacrifice necessary to succeed in such a competitive and dangerous industry. I am also in contact with the recently confirmed matador de toros, Alejandro Esplá, to arrange do a home-stay with him and his family, which will give me the unique opportunity to see the bullfighting world through the lens of a successful taurine family. His father is Luis Francisco Esplá, the famous retired matador from Alicante, Spain. I will be documenting my experiences daily, with the goal of synthesizing my experiences in an article addressing the future of bullfighting. I will also be writing several short stories, reflecting on works by Ernest Hemingway such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Sun Also Rises.

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An Introduction to Biracial Study

In Spring 2011, I enrolled in an independent study class with Prof. Cheryl Dickter at the College of William and Mary. Prof. Dickter is a psychology professor, whose research focus is social psychology. More specifically, social cognition,  person perception, stereotyping and prejudice. In this research lab, I have been trained to run participants and I have done extensive data analysis using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).

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Community Capacity Building in the Dominican Republic- Summer 2011

Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability (SOMOS) started as a duffel-bag medicine project that involved a group of undergraduate students from the College and alumnus physicians taking medical service down to the Dominican Republic. For the last seven years, SOMOS has been doing work in the community in the Northern region of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to improve public health and healthcare. As a part of the work, every January we hold a week long clinic in the community, where all patients are checked by physicians and accordingly given prescriptions.

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Reinvigorating Citizenship

Hello, All!

My name is Emily Gottschalk-Marconi, and I am a rising senior at the College. I am a pursuing a double-major in Government and Political Theory (a self-designed Interdisciplinary Studies program that marries my love of government, philosophy, and community studies). During my time at William and Mary, I have dedicated a great deal of attention to the concept of citizenship and civic engagement—two topics that were introduced to me during my Freshman Seminar, “Citizenship and Community” with Professor Joel Schwartz.

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The Development of a Organic Mercury Sensor

My name is Desmarie Sherwood.  I am a sophomore and a Chemistry major.  I currently work in Prof. Elizabeth Harbron’s lab.  She is an Organic Chemist.

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