Thesis Thursday: Getting Participants

So, I figure that Thesis Thursday is going to be my new blogging platform, at least for a little bit. I hope you all enjoy my thesis related adventures! Whether you're a senior, a first year, an alum or outside of the direct Pomona community, I hope people find my anecdotes at least marginally humorous or relatable. Getting participants for a study is something I never thoug...
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Thesis Thursday!

So right now, I'm sitting in the Coop Fountain, attempting to work on the pre-write of my first chapter of my thesis. Scary stuff, right? I've heard it said before that the literature review of any thesis is the most difficult yet fulfilling part of the work: effectively establishing your arguments and your thoughts on paper through establishing a theoretical framework and a fo...
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Research

Sitting in a café, I stared into my open book.  I was about a week into my SURP and a week out of Thailand.   After glossing over these pages and these words for seven days, the past month felt like it had never happened.  Everyone chatted around me and I listened and I understood.   The man next to me asked to use my outlet and it was understood.  I read the words on the page ...
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Summer, School Year – What’s the Difference?

Hello there! My name is Lindsey, and I am a senior Neuroscience major and Linguistics minor. I haven’t posted on the blog yet – I had to send my laptop in for repairs a few weeks ago, and after receiving it yesterday I have finally regained sanity (as is the life of a college student). This summer, I am doing research through SURP funding about language processing and the effec...
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“Home”

Recently, I have been musing on the admittedly hackneyed concept of “home,” both alone and with my Pomona peers. Growing up in a close nuclear family with strong Northern California roots, I was, until recently, able to reduce “home,” in all of its abstract incarnations, to a place, a town, a block of 1920s track houses with too-narrow driveways and small patches of lawn. I ...
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SURP

Last week, I was granted funding for an eight-week summer research project through Pomona’s SURP!  SURP (Summer Undergraduate Research Program) is a means to allow students to conduct focused, long-term undergraduate projects to help heighten students’ understandings of their academic interests.  This is a wonderful and accessible program in that it makes it possible for studen...
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Sagehen at a Conference

Joanmarie DelVecchio '15, a PPA-Anthropology major, live-tweeted her experience at the Law at the Fault Lines--Southern California Law and Social Sciences Forum. The focus of the day-long forum was the way law influences and is influenced by "fault lines" between social and political groups. Live tweeting this law conference per @hollisbrusky 's request. Next up, marginalizat...
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Four Things I’ve Learned in Lab

This semester, I’ve begun work in one of Pomona’s Psychology labs (Social Cognition and Interaction.)  As a Philosophy major interested in Experimental Philosophy, this has (thus far) proven to be relevant yet completely new.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned so far: 1) Psychology experiments are super-secret.  If information lands in the hands of a participant (dun ...
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Even the Fish Party Hard at Pomona

Being a neuroscience major, research and lab work is a huge part of my academic workload. Once past the intro neuroscience courses, the upper-level courses expect students to be able to develop and test research hypotheses as a part of the labs. For example, in Neuroscience 110 last semester, also known as Developmental Neurobiology, I worked with zebrafish, or Danio rerio. The...
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