At the Undergraduate Research Symposium on February 4 in Fulton Hall, 60 students described their investigations of subjects from funerary archaeology (Adam Gross ’12) to the development of commercial courts in Russia and Ukraine (Olena Savytska ’12) to nonprofit business strategies (Thomas Carroll ’13). Many of the students were recipients of Boston College advanced study grants or authors of recent articles published in the University’s undergraduate research journals—Al-Noor, Elements, Ethos, and Dialogue. In an opening keynote address, psychology professor Elizabeth Kensinger, a Searle Scholar with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health for her exploration of human memory, recounted her own travails as a researcher. “Sometimes,” she said, “the most interesting findings from a study are not the things you were looking for in the first place.”
Above, Jacquelyn Clancy ’11, a student in the Connell School of Nursing, explains her study of methodologies for assessing breast cancer risk in older women.