Charith Ratnayake Introduction

Hello! My name is Charith Ratnayake and I am a freshman biology major here at the college. I am primarily interested in pre medical studies but I also enjoy doing molecular research. Before I arrived on campus I applied to be in Dr. Saha’s honors laboratory and after a semester of honors lab  I was placed in her developmental biology laboratory, and that is where my research started. This past semester, along with my fellow lab member and mentor Andy Halleran, I have been doing research on the nervous system of frogs. Specifically, we are looking at the highly conserved Notch pathway. The Notch pathway contains a receptor that is connected to a intracellular domain, which when cleaved acts as a transcription factor and promotes the transcription of genes that lead to less differentiation. We plan to upregulate or down regulate this pathway to check the effects on the frog embryo. We hope to see phenotypic effects on the embryo, specifically with the neural tube and nervous tissue. Once that is completed we will check the difference in expression of certain genes once Notch expression has been changed. I am sure that this summer will be very fruitful and I look forward to seeing the results of our experiment!

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Woody Internship in Museum Studies

Hello!My name is Rachel Rosenfeld and I’m a rising junior at the College double majoring in History and Film and Media Studies. I’m extremely excited to announce that I received the Woody Internship in Museums Studies with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for this summer. This is a 10-week summer internship in curatorial studies at Colonial Williamsburg through which I will work directly with a Colonial Williamsburg curator to gain hands-on training in the world of museums.

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Abstract: Mobile Phones and Women’s Empowerment

Hello, my name is Catie Crowley and this summer I will be working on a project in Tanzania that seeks to assess how mobile phones impact women’s empowerment. This project is overseen by William and Mary’s Philip Roessler and Daniel Nielsen of BYU, and is implemented through a partnership with Tanzanian research institute, REPOA.

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Abstract: A Chronology of Medieval Ife

Hello. My name is James Renton; I am a rising sophomore on the Joint Programme with St. Andrews. I am majoring in History and have enjoyed engaging with the differences between the two Universities. One such difference was the opportunity for me to take Professor Gerard Chouin’s class on Mediaeval Africa in the fall. I had not known what to expect from such a class, it turned out to be one of the most fascinating classes that I have taken to date. I found it fascinating to be able to study cultures that are so unique and untouched by colonial powers. The possibility to travel to Nigeria with Professor Gerard Chouin as part of a joint venture led by him and Dr. Adisa Ogunfolakan, director of the A. G. Leventis Natural History Museum of the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-Ife, could not be refuse.

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Reflections in the Mirror: A Study of How Graduate Schools of Education can Recruit, Retain, and Support Teachers of Color

My research focuses on the lack of diverse teachers in the American teacher workforce and what can be done to increase the amount of diversity we see amongst teachers in America. My research question is: Why is there a lack of diverse teachers in the American teacher workforce and what can be done in Graduate Schools of Education to recruit, retain, and support teachers of color to have career longevity in the classroom? I will conduct research and gather data, which is compiled though interviews with current students and faculty of the William and Mary School of Education and an extensive literature review. This data will allow me to identify the gaps that are present in the WM School of Education Diversity Recruitment techniques. Using the data I collected, I will create the plan for a program that could possibly be implemented at the College of William and Mary School of Education to help increase the number of diverse students graduating from the School of Education with the necessary toolkit to become a successful teacher in urban school districts.

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