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The School of Arts and Sciences is the first school of every undergraduate at UR. We welcome students to courses of discovery and creation, through 22 departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs.

Student Research

Laura Levy, '15

“I was trying to study the economics of the region. Even though the pieces stylistically looked like something you’d find in Greece, they were made from local, red mud… essentially bootlegging,” says Levy, a business major and archeology minor, who spent a summer in Turkey working on the Hacimusalar Hoyuk excavation site.

India Miller, '15Miller, a history major, studied how suicide was reported in Southern newspapers between 1860 and 1870 and found that the Civil War changed Southern perceptions of self-murder. After the war, “Americans began to view violent death through a more sympathetic lens,” she says.
Jess Dankenbring
Isabel Moffly, '15

“I wanted to show a narrative without words and let people project their own thoughts and stories onto my work,” says Moffly, a studio art major.

Sunni Brown
Caroline Dougherty, '15

Dougherty, a geography major, researched in the Peruvian Amazon speaking with residents about the impact of a proposed project to build a road that would allow better access to Puerto Esperanza. She conducted her research through participatory mapping, a relationship-based research method which allowed her to connect with people one on one, gain their trust and then learn the information she needed for her research.

Casey Schmidt, '15In her English honors thesis, The Lorax: Ecocentrism, Capitalism, and the Apocalypse, Schmidt researched the origins of Dr. Seuss’ story, the impact of its environmental message, and conducted a comparative analysis with the recent film version.
Katie DiPrete
Taylor Holden, '15 and Katie DiPrete, '15As part of an environmental studies senior seminar, Holden and DiPrete researched how UR could act as a good steward within its watershed by monitoring water quality over time and investing in projects that reduce runoff and pollution. “Our research modeled the percentages of impervious surface in campus drainage areas and estimated total runoff volume and content for the watershed based on an analysis of build structures and lots in the neighborhoods surrounding campus,” Holden says.
Remington Pomaranski, '16

“The connection between trafficking and terrorism is often overlooked. I strongly believe that [human trafficking] has a purpose greater than violence alone — it is a tactic,” says Pomaranski, who researched the use of human trafficking by terror groups Boko Haram and ISIS.

Travis Cuddy, '15Travis, a biology and music major, researched and performed Brazilian choro music and discovered that the creation of choro mirrored the creation of the Brazilian middle class. “Distinctly identifiable musical artifacts from each background — black, mixed-race, white — combined in choro, just as the people themselves combined in the rodas,” he says.
Travis Cuddy, '15Travis, a biology and music major, researched and performed Brazilian choro music and discovered that the creation of choro mirrored the creation of the Brazilian middle class. “Distinctly identifiable musical artifacts from each background — black, mixed-race, white — combined in choro, just as the people themselves combined in the rodas,” he says.

Faculty Highlights

  • Achter Articles

    Dr. Paul Achter recently published a piece on "The Wire" on Huffington Post, and "Reluctant Conquests: Media Events and the End of the Iraq War.” in the forthcoming book, Communicative Perspective on the Military: Messages, Strategies, Meanings.

  • Article in "Structure"

    Dr. Eugene Wu, along with chemistry colleagues Bill Miller III and Carol Parish and Lorena Beese from Duke University, published "The Closing Mechanism of DNA Polymerase I at Atomic Resolution," in the journal Structure.

  • Grayson Research Featured

    Dr. Kristine Grayson's research into the effects of temperature on invasive Gypsy moths was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Parish named ACS Fellow

    Dr. Carol Parish was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. The award honors individuals for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession of chemistry, and ACS.

  • Boland Article

    Linda Boland’s lab, in collaboration with researchers at VCU and the University of San Diego has published a peer-reviewed article, “Nature's Mutations Evolved a High Affinity PIP2 Binding Site in Vertebrate Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channels” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Boland and her collaborators also submitted the image that was chosen for the cover of the journal.

  • Davis Grant

    Dr. Jim Davis has been awarded a National Security Agency grant. He and his students will collaborate with the NSA to research constructions of difference sets, bent functions, and association schemes using covering extended building sets.

  • Bukach Grant

    Dr. Cindy Bukach has been awarded the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award for Understanding Human Cognition. Her research explores how brain and behavior becomes specialized for categories such as faces, and how these skills transfer or change through experience or brain injury.

  • McWhorter named Chair

    Dr. Ladelle McWhorter has been named the Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

  • Cable Book Chapter

    Dr. Jennifer Cable published “After the Italian Manner:  The English Cantata 1700-1710,” in The Lively Arts of the London Stage, 1675-1725 (Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance).

  • Bowie publishes new book

    Dr. Jennifer Bowie recently published The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals with coauthors Donald R. Songer and John Szmer. She spoke about it in a Boatwright Libraries Podcast.

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2015 Student Symposium

The 2015 Student Symposium featured nearly 230 student research presentations.

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