Spengler Research Conclusion

     Hi everyone!  I am very excited to say that I have submitted my final research essay to my advisor.  The concept for this research began to take shape over one year ago.  To see it come to fruition is stunning.  No paper is ever perfect, but I am proud of the work I have put into this process since I began to do full-time research in May.  I have had my highs and lows throughout this time, but practicing self-care and stepping away from my work now and then contributed a lot to my project’s success.  That way, I rarely felt stressed about my work, and my ideas remained fluid during the entire writing process.

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Summary

My time was well spent this summer in lab. I gained greater confidence and knowledge of procedures and protocol in lab, but I also learned a great deal about the underlying chemistry behind my project and topic in general. The main objective of my project was to learn more about the underlying kinetics of Rhodamine 560 (R560) compared to Rhodamine B (RB), which was previously studied on the 532nm laser. R560 studies were done by a previous student, but on a 470nm laser, so my job was to obtain data for R560 back on the 532nm laser to compare the Rhodamine derivative to RB, and see whether differences between R560 and RB were due to laser wavelength or because of difference in structure and underlying kinetic behaviors. Data for R560 specifically entails blinking traces of single molecule scans, which graph intensity vs. time, in order to track fluorescence and electron transfer kinetics.

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Raillery & Revolution: Final Summary

Raillery & Revolution: Final Summary

     It is hard to believe that three whole months have passed since I embarked upon this research project, and that I have finally finished the process of transcribing, translating, analyzing, and writing on The Bibliothèque de Campagne. Last week my faculty advisor and I had our last conversation, during which we discussed the final product of my research project: a journal-length article of twenty-four pages. The discussion was extremely helpful to me, as my faculty advisor and I addressed the lingering questions I had about my essay. We spoke about my questions concerning the style and organization of my essay, specifically how I could conclude paragraphs without sounding repetitive. We also spoke about my questions concerning bibliography, and how to properly cite translated quotations from the Bibliothèque de Campagne in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Additionally, we spoke about a concern I had with my argument, that I was making the overly simplistic claim that joke books directly caused the French Revolution. After examining the issue with my professor, I came to the conclusion that joke books couldn’t be wholly responsible for the French Revolution, but that they could reinforce the prevalent progressive ideas at the time and subsequently motivate citizens to seek change. Finally, I also discussed my claims in the section of my essay contextualizing my argument, referring to scholars Robert Darnton and Roger Chartier as opponents of my thesis. Overall, the conversation with my faculty advisor enabled me to polish my arguments and moreover, my essay, allowing me to conclude the final product of my research project.

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Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Update

As I put the finishing touches on my project, I wonder what I can do with this information going forward. They way religion is taught in some public schools could cause bigotry. Having public schools like Texas teach religion in America in such a politicized, pro-Christian way is unacceptable. Setting education standards is an immense responsibility as it helps shape the nation moving forward. After seeing how some states handle educating students about different religions and cultures, the amount of bigotry still in America makes a little more sense.

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Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Update

As I finish up my project, I have started to realize how much more information there is I wish I had the time to explore. Each state I’ve looked at had accompanying materials, such as books and movies, that teachers were meant to use to as supplemental instructional material. Those resources were beyond the scope of my project, since they were suggestions and not part of the actual standards. Some states like Texas also had a list of books over 500 pages long, so there’s no way one person could look through all of the books.

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