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At Clark, hands-on learning is integrated into our curriculum and fundamental to our culture.

Through coursework and co-curriculars,  internships and study abroad, you’ll be challenged to connect what you learn with a broader appreciation for its context and applications.

Stories from the Field

Clark celebrates ‘Bodies’ with art exhibition

Installation concludes yearlong symposium sponsored by Higgins School

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Nipurna Dhakal visualizes battle against COVID-19

Clarkie helps develop virus transmission simulator during internship

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Mycology students get hands-on in forage for fungi

Class identifies mushroom species in Hadwen Arboretum

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Recent Student Projects

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Making the LEAP: Do First-Generation Students Feel Prepared for Experiential Learning?

Isabel Bleyer ’20 and Hillary Plumb ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Lobster Programming Language

Skyler Brivic ’20
Funding: LEEP Fellowship
Academic Program: Computer Science
Sponsor: Professor Frederic Green

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Voronoi Decomposition of Aperiodic Sets Closed Under Fixed-Parameter Extrapolation

Ngu Dang ’20
Academic Program: Computer Science
Sponsor: Professor Frederic Green

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Switching It Up: Bilingual Education Fostering Cognitive Flexibility and Math Achievement

Lital Dotan ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Sangmi Park
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Evolution of the Revolution: Libyan Perceptions of the Political Situation Before and After the 2011 Protests

Yasmeen El-Gerbi ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Özden Melis Uluğ

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Educating Homeless Parents on the Importance of Play: A Capstone Project Stretching Beyond the Clark Community

Alena Ferreira ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Comparing Suitabilities in GeoMod to Transition Potentials in Land Change Modeler

Benjamin Gessel ’20 and Ila White ’20
In collaboration with graduate students Megan Brown and Gemma Wilkens
Academic Program: Geography
Sponsor: Professor Robert Pontius

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Analyzing COVID 19 Data in USA using Autocorrelation

Trang Hoang ’20
Academic Program: Mathematics
Sponsor: Professor Michael Satz

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Synthesis and EPR Studies of Pyrazine-Bridged Copper (II) Chains

Emma Kirkman-Davis ’20
Funding: Frederick M. and Alice Murdock Research Fellowship
Academic Program: Chemistry
Sponsor: Professor Mark Turnbull

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Predictors of Success in Post-Secondary Mathematics

Aryana Kubiak ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Sangmi Park
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Dybbuks and Destruction: Explorations into a Yiddish Gothic

Azariah Kurlantzick ’20
Academic Program: English
Sponsor: Professor Lisa Kasmer

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“Why Try?”: The Impact of Self-Stigma on Self-Efficacy Among College Students

Aaron Madow ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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The Relationship Between Rave Drug Use and Executive Functioning

Malaika Malik ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed

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The Armenian Genocide: Survivors’ Perceptions of Psychological Needs

Carly Massino ’20
Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt

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Racial Diversity in Massachusetts Teaching Staff

Alana Merly ’20
Program: Sociology
Sponsor: Professor Deborah Merrill

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Both Sides of the Aisle: How Bipartisan Couples Reconcile with their Identities

Natalie Mitchell ’20
In collaboration with graduate student David Yoo
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor James Córdova

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Semantic Integration of Knowledge in Young Adults

Jessica Murgo ’20 and Matthew Swanat ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Taxonomic Coding of Teachers’ Instructional Behaviors and Language of Instruction in Head Start Classrooms Serving Spanish-speaking Children

Emma Nagler ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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When a Tie Becomes a Victory: The Fight for Gender Equality in Olympic Boxing

Mikayla Pantano ’20
Academic Program: International Development and Social Change
Sponsor: Professor Cynthia Caron

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The Intersectional Help-Seeking Model for IPV Victimization

Collin Porter ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Gia Gambardella
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Does High School Experience with Project Based Learning Relate to Intended Major in College?

Hillary Plumb ’20 and Isabel Bleyer ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Analyzing Change in Swampland Composition Using TerrSet and the Pontius Matrix

Andrew Rizoli ’20 and Harrison Stone ’21
Academic Program: Geography
Sponsor: Professor Robert Pontius

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Multicellular Magnetotactic Bacteria under an Applied Magnetic Field Form Active Crystals

Alejandra Rosselli ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Ben Roque
Funding: Bruce and Shari Weiller Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Academic Program: Physics
Sponsor: Professor Alexander Petroff

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The Effects of Gender Stereotypes and Rape Myths on Male Helpseeking

Ali Serrantino ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Gia Gambardella
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Impacts of War and Trauma: Understanding the Perception of Mental Health Among Resettled Somali Refugees

Zahara Shidad ’21
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Motivations to be Out Online for LGBTQ+ Young Adults

Jake Sullivan ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Reihonna Frost-Calhoun
Funding: Steinbrecher Fellowship
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Abbie Goldberg

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Parent Survey on Childhood Mental Illness: Age of Onset, Symptoms and Intervention

Madison Thomas ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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L’Après “Barça ou Barsakh”:  L’autonomisation des jeunes à la suite de la crise migratoire au  Sénégal

Sara Vera-Cruz ’20
Academic Program: French and Francophone Studies
Sponsor: Professor Odile Ferly

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Organizational Culture Matters: A Case Study of the Global Research and Advocacy Group

Sara Vera-Cruz ’20
Academic Program: International Development and Social Change
Sponsor: Professor Ellen Foley

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College, Career, Commitment, Oh My: How College Partners Balance Romantic Relationships, Career Plans, and Financial Stability

Amanda Youmans ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Nicholas Canby
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor James Córdova

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