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Texas A&M History Conference

Junyi Han is a senior double majoring in History and Media Studies. She was awarded a Summer 2019 Conference Grant which she used to attend the 10th Annual Texas A&M History Conference.

On April 12, 2019, I attended the 10th Annual Texas A&M History Conference: “Resistance in Retrospect” to present my research about the Great Purge. The conference is organized by the History Graduate Student Organization at Texas A&M University and it took place from April 12 to April 13. The central focus of this conference is to create a scholarly discussion on resistance in its various forms such as armed resistance against a central authority, political activism, engagement of public discourse, or popular memory.

My Exploration on Improving Understanding of Mosquito Distributions to Improve Malaria Control


Kasey Cervantes is a Junior majoring in Biology. He was awarded a Summer 2019 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on Malaria under Dr. Helen Baker. 

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This summer I undertook research into mosquitoes associated with malarial transmission at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Emory School of Nursing (Figure 1). Mosquitoes (Culicidae) are dipterans – True flies, which is one of the orders of insects, the scientific study of which is called entomology

Researching Rumor: The Rise and Fall of the Detroit Rumor Control Center

Martin Pimentel is a Senior  double majoring in History and Political Science. He was awarded a Summer 2019 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on Post-Civil War rumors under Dr. Jason Ward. 

“I refuse to call it integration” – A Different Legacy of Brown v. Board

Liza Cobey is a Junior double majoring in American studies and Media Studies . She was awarded a  Summer 2019 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on the history associated with the desegregation of schools in the U.S. under Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker. 

For generations, the women in my family have taught. My grandmother taught at the high school I attended decades before I was born, and my aunts, a cousin, and my mother all call their schools their second home. I grew up in a perpetual extended family tied together by bus routes and classrooms. I had no intention of following their path when I came to Emory. Despite this, by the second semester of my freshman year, I had connected with one of the few remaining professors from Emory’s Department of Education, and by the fall I was enamored with her work.


Sea Otters & Research


Megan Withers is a Senior majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. She was awarded a Spring 2019 Conference Grant which she used to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Hello! My name is Meg and I had the pleasure of presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at Kennesaw State University. At the conference, I presented a poster about my honors research, which focuses on the transmission of a bacterial disease called Strep syndrome in Northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoniI). I used U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) data to assess population density as a possible indicator of the disease’s transmission mechanism. I didn’t find a significant relationship between population density and prevalence of the disease, but I did gain knowledge about other factors, such as gender, that could potentially affect the disease and its impact on sea otter health. Future directions in this research are aimed at further identifying the means by which otters become infected and how behavior may affect this process.