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Student Research Profiles

Digging into Ancient History

May 15, 2017

In northern Israel, scholars from many disciplines and countries work side by side to survey, excavate, and attempt to understand how people have lived ever since the Stone Age. One of those researchers is fourth-year graduate student Nicholas... read more

Do Monkeys and Gorillas Have a Sweet Tooth?

May 10, 2017

Elaine Guevara  (Anthropology) studies the evolution and behavior of non-human primates, not only by observing them in the wild. She also explores the genetic basis of their traits. One recent project looked at whether Old World monkeys and apes... read more

Practical Ways to Improve Kids’ Lives

April 1, 2016

Karl Minges (Nursing) studies how simple changes can improve children’s health and lead to better academic and behavioral outcomes. Since coming to Yale, Minges has published 19 papers in peer-reviewed journals and was first author on 14 of them.... read more

Topic Modeling All 75 Years of Slavic Review

February 22, 2016

Slavic Languages and Literatures students Jacob Lassin and Carlotta Chenoweth are working with Assistant Professor Marijeta Bozovic and Trip Kirkpatrick, senior instructional technologist at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, on a project... read more

Protecting Endangered Predators

January 25, 2016

“There are fewer tigers in the wild than there are Yale undergraduates,” says Jennie Miller (FES PhD ’15), an ecologist and conservation scientist. Miller studied tigers and leopards in India for her dissertation and now, as a postdoctoral... read more

Engineering 'Off-the-Shelf' Blood Vessels

September 28, 2015

Nina Kristofik (Engineering and Applied Science) has won an American Heart Association graduate fellowship to pursue her research on tissue engineering. Kristofik is working to create better small-diameter (less than 6mm) arterial grafts. Vessels... read more

Fracture Toughness, or If You Drop a Smartphone....

June 11, 2015

If you drop a smart phone, the glass screen has a nasty way of cracking when it hits the floor. The glass itself might be strong enough to withstand the impact, but invisible structural flaws weaken its resistance to fracture. Wen Chen (Engineering... read more

Inside Islam: Research on Two Mosque Communities

June 11, 2015

Elisabeth Becker (Sociology) is studying Muslim communities in London and Berlin, where she is currently doing research. Her dissertation will be an in-depth ethnographic study, and, to accomplish it, she has immersed herself in the life of the... read more

Literature that Flourished Despite Dictatorship

June 11, 2015

Nathalie Batraville (French) is studying Haitian literature during the regime of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, which extended from 1957 to 1971. Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc”, who took over on his father’s death, were dictators who... read more

Gendered Racial Boundaries in WWII Alaska

April 13, 2015

Growing up in Anchorage, Holly Miowak Guise (History) heard stories about discrimination that her Iñupiaq family had endured when they left Unalakleet, their tiny (pop. 700), remote village in the Alaskan bush. At Stanford, where she majored in... read more

How to Earn a PhD: Perform Puppet Shows

April 13, 2015

Do babies see the difference between kind and unkind behavior? Do they prefer nice people over mean ones? Do they make ethical judgments? And how can anyone know what babies are thinking, when they are too young to talk? Arber Tasimi (Psychology)... read more

More Coffee, Less Melanoma

April 13, 2015

It turns out that coffee may be good for you, according to a study that was published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Lead author was Erikka Loftfield (Public Health), who defended her dissertation in February. She and... read more

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