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Five Keene State Students Receive Summer SURF Grants

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Five Keene State students received SURF grants that allowed them to work on research projects over the summer. These prestigious fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline.

Sociology major Margaret Mason spent most of her summer in Rwanda, gathering information that will help her get funding for a hospital to serve the Twa (Pygmy) people, a historically marginalized community, and other groups that have limited access to healthcare due to discrimination.

Senior Chemistry major Kayla Carter is working to synthesize macrocycles that will allow for more effective testing against different diseases or as new antibiotics.

Senior psychology major Rachel Lally is studying the relationships high school students have with staff, peers, and the school as a whole, working from the hypothesis that the more connected a student feels to his or her school, the less likely they are to drop out and the better their academic performance will be.

Senior BFA major Caitlin Calhoun is creating a sculpture project, “A Feast for a Future,” through which she intends to address a wide range of concerns, such as environmental degradation, social problems, and human and animal rights issues.

Jessica Boushie, a senior BFA major with a concentration in Printmaking, is completing a series of linocuts and photo transfers inspired by her belief that members of her generation have been raised to hide their emotions.