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Wendy Kelly (03S), who graduates on May 20, completed her Division III in geology, researching the formation of serpulid reefs in Baffin Bay, Texas. Serpulids are marine worms that secrete calcareous tubes and attach to hard surfaces, such as stone or shell. They are found around the globe and in a range of environments, but almost always in an individual form. In an aggregate form they are extremely rare.
Kelly wanted to know why the reefs formed: what caused this unique and fascinating grouping of serpulids in intertwined, layer-upon-layer growth? She found that it was most likely due to an environment with just the right balance of salt and warmth.
Her impressive research might well be used as a metaphor for the Division III itself. While outstanding individual senior theses are found all over and on most campuses, the aggregate nature of outstanding capstone projects at Hampshire does seem to suggest some rare environmental conditions just right for fostering the organic production of creativity.
Here are but a few of this year's topics: