Beginning my Swem

Before coming to Williamsburg to complete my research, I did research online because I did not have access to Swem’s Special Collections. The list of databases that Swem lists  online was particularly useful. The newspaper archives contained a lot of the information that I needed.

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Abstract: Lemon Research Project

Hello all,

Through my research I hope to compile more information on the first African American students who attended the College of William and Mary. I had noticed that on the Special Collection Research Center Wiki website there was some information regarding these students, but the information given was not as detailed as it could be. One female student who was admitted in 1955 was not even mentioned by name. I hope to find out more information about these individuals and their experience at the College. I would like to discover the circumstances of their admittance and how they adapted to-what I assume to be- a less than receptive environment. I am also curious as to what activities these students were involved in and their level of academic achievement.

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An introduction to my summer research project, “Adolescence as a Unique Period of Vulnerability to Environmental Stressors: Nicotine Exposure Effects on Adolescent Versus Adult Anxiety Utilizing The Light Enhanced Startle Paradigm”

Adolescence has been identified as a unique period of human development characterized by
heightened exposure to a variety of environmental and social stressors. This developmental
period is therefore also a particularly vulnerable period to the physiological effects of stress. One
stressor known to have detrimental physiological effects, and that is common in adolescents, is the
introduction of tobacco products and tobacco use.

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Mortality Term in Zooplankton Models

My name is Kate Shipman, and I’m a rising sophomore. I began working on this project in the spring semester. My project looks at quantifying the importance of the mortality term in zooplankton models. Studying the population dynamics of zooplankton is essential, because zooplankton are the main consumer of phytoplankton and are an important connection to the rest of the marine food web.  Zooplankton are at the bottom of the food chain, so the dynamics of their populations affect the dynamics of higher trophic level organisms.  I’m excited to have this opportunity to continue my work on this project.

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My name is Desmarie Sherwood.  I am currently a rising senior and a Chemistry major.  I am working on a copper ion sensor.  It is related to mercury sensor from summer 2011.  The purpose of the project is to manufacture a ion dye complex that is sensitive enough to detect the heavy metals in biological environments.  I am really grateful for the opportunity to so summer research again and  I am really looking forward to it.

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