Current undergraduate students Articles & Blogs

August 1, 2016
For many, the Worcester Art Museum exists solely in the abstract as the impressive-looking building touted in chamber of commerce literature for its world-class treasures. Indeed, it is that. But for Clark University the museum, affectionately known as WAM, is something even more tangible — an active partner that gives...
Freight Farms founder Brad McNamara with business partner Jon Friedman
August 1, 2016
Behind the closed doors of the nondescript trailer in a city parking lot, leafy lettuces and bushy herbs sprout from vertical rows of gutter-like panels. The plants are fed nutrient-rich water while dangling strands of blue and red LED lights bathe them in an otherworldly pink glow. 
Rachel Polinsky, right, listens to Richard Freund talk abou the Holocaust escape tunnel
July 28, 2016
A recent Clark University graduate is part of a research story that has made international headlines: archaeologists’ discovery of a tunnel dug by Jews in Lithuania trying to escape extermination during the Holocaust.
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
July 21, 2016
It was just like any other open-mic night at an Italian restaurant in Loveland, Ohio, until then-12-year-old Olivia Schwartz performed her first original song “The Spark” a cappella. When she left the stage after completing the song, she was met by three guys in cowboy boots and country hats who introduced her to the...
Themal Ellawala, psychology student and Steinbrecher Fellow at Clark University, posed in front of a GLBTQ rainbow flag on a beach in Sri Lanka
July 21, 2016
Themal Ellawala ’17, a psychology major at Clark University, returned to Sri Lanka this summer to research how culture, gender norms and stigma affect non-heterosexuals in the island nation where he grew up. Ellawala (pictured above) is interviewing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) who fall...
Undergraduate students at Clark University involved in the HERO program outside at a work site
July 18, 2016
Five Clark University undergraduate students on yearlong HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellowships presented their research last week on how trees in the Worcester area are faring several years after the invasion of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The research opportunity epitomizes Clark’s LEEP (Liberal...
Eastern coyote, or what some would call coywolf
July 15, 2016
The eastern coyote: Considered by some to be “invasive,” the animal — which is generally the size of a  medium dog — now can be found in every town in Massachusetts (save Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), according to the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. But is it really a coyote? William Lynn Two Clark...
Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer looks across train tracks at Novosibirsk, Russia
July 14, 2016
When last we left Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer, dear reader, he was preparing to walk in the footsteps of famous Russian authors during a 17-day journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Since then, he’s taken blog readers to visit Russian literature’s important sites and experienced the country’s culture and complexities through the...
Psychology professor Denise Hines with students who helped organize the annual Family Impact Seminar at the Massachusetts State House
July 12, 2016
Millennials veer from older generations in their acceptance of marijuana legalization. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of those born between 1981 and 1997 approve of legalizing pot versus around 50 percent of Baby Boomers and GenXers. And while Denise Hines, research associate professor of psychology at...
Computer science students pose with their faculty adviser, John Magee, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE) contest at Hamilton College.
July 11, 2016
When faced with the pressure of producing computer code that works, and under the most stringent deadlines, Clark University’s computer science students prove they can step up. In the 2016 regional programming contest for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE), Clark’s two teams placed second...
July 7, 2016
Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel died last week at 87 years old, but not before working unflaggingly to keep the memory of those lost during the Holocaust alive and to encourage the world to remember and understand what both victims and survivors endured. “Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices,” he said...
July 7, 2016
Clark University’s visionary focus on liberal arts, effective practice and excellence in the humanities is being made even sharper with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation has awarded $620,000 to support "Introducing 'Problems of Practice' Courses into All Humanities Majors," Clark...
Clark University named a Forbes Top College
July 7, 2016
Clark University appears in Forbes’ annual guide to America's Top Colleges, ranked at no. 188 on the list of 660 schools recognized for “quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low debt levels.”
Etta Scott-Smith
July 6, 2016
Clark University junior Etta Scott-Smith is thankful to be on the “greatest journey of my life.” She always knew she wanted to study abroad in China, so much so that she made it a prerequisite when choosing a college. It wasn’t just because she wanted to see a different part of the world, or because she wanted exciting...
July 1, 2016
"The Fiske Guide to Colleges," revised and updated for 2017, again includes Clark University in its annual “selective, subjective, and systematic look at three-hundred-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the U.K.”
June 30, 2016
Spencer Cronin ’18 and Hannah King ’19 are spending the summer interning for Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, continuing their studies and conducting research with the help of stipends they received from Clark’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program.  Spencer Cronin '18 Cronin, a history major, is developing...
Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
June 28, 2016
Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the DigitalGlobe Foundation, Clark doctoral student Bernadette Arakwiye can now see the forest AND the individual trees (plus trails and village buildings) in her approximately 860-square-mile study area in the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda. The...
Jude Fernando overlooks a field in Haiti in 2016
June 28, 2016
Sitting on the edge of the bed of a pickup truck with a driver "maniacally navigating" the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Associate Professor Jude Fernando is relaxed and smiling, with his hair and long beard blowing in the wind. He's explaining what connections the five Clark University graduate students...
Stephen Steinbrecher and President David P. Angel with alumni Steinbrecher and Anton fellows
June 27, 2016
When Ali Canino ’12 saw the campground for the first time, her heart sank. Due to severe drought, Sioux YMCA’s Camp Marrowbone in north-central South Dakota had not been used in seven years, and it was a disaster. The buildings were falling down, there were no bathrooms, barbed wire was everywhere and the electrical...
Shiitake mushrooms at left; David Hibbett, Clark University professor of biology, at right
June 23, 2016
David Hibbett Over the past decade, specialty mushrooms, especially shiitake, have won over Americans. Renowned food writer and Clark University alumnus Mark Bittman '71 hailed the increased availability of shiitake for American cooks. Meanwhile, a Boston chef-turned-wholesaler recalled that in the 1990s, “nobody knew...
Jake Kramer talks to computer science students while holding an Amazon Echo speaker; visiting professor and former Amazon manager Kenneth Basye watches from the audience
June 21, 2016
When students at more than 1,000 colleges and universities ranked the companies where they’d like to work, the top six probably drew little surprise: Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel and Amazon. You’ll find Clark University graduates at all of these top picks, and over the past several years, Clark computer...
Clark University students with urban farmers and college students from Bogota, Colombia
June 15, 2016
Millennials, now the “largest segment of the U.S. labor market,” have latched on to social entrepreneurship, seeking to use innovative ideas to solve the world’s most pressing problems, Forbes reports. They want to support and work for businesses and organizations that make a difference.
Massachusetts Senator Harriette Chandler speaks at Clark University
June 10, 2016
About 40 public health officials, city and state representatives and academics gathered at Clark University this week to celebrate the success of collaborative health initiatives in Worcester – and discuss next steps, including curbing opioid-related overdoses.   The 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement...
Tree in Australia damaged by drought
June 8, 2016
  Scientists predict that 2016 is on track to become the hottest year on record. They estimate that record-breaking temperatures will stem in part from the current El Niño event, which affects weather worldwide. But they say climate change is also playing a role this year, just as it has for “the previous 17 record-...
June 7, 2016
Dear reader, Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer is inviting you on a 7,000-mile, six-book literary journey across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a great...

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