Seven students will develop projects crossing disciplines and covering topics from prenatal storytelling to sound meditation
This fall, Hampshire College’s Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) program awarded over $10,000 to seven students in a highly competitive grant process. These students will pursue research projects and internships at the intersections of culture, mind/brain and human growth and development in areas ranging from food culture to music therapy.
UMass School of Public Health/Square One, Springfield, MA
Hannah will examine whether digital storytelling in the prenatal period of pregnancy is able to affect physiological markers for stress, and minimize postpartum depression risk in adolescents.
Cheese Culture in the US vs France
As part of her study of sustainable dairy agriculture and education, Amye will travel to France to compare their agricultural systems and cultural conceptions around food with those in the US.
Sign-Based Phononological 100P: A Look at Deaf Signers’ Memory
Julia’s goal is to provide evidence that performance differences between hearing and Deaf individuals are a result of formational features of a visual language, and not a reflection of deafness or the Deaf community.
Black Femme Survival
Isabella (Noa) will develop a social justice on-line platform and a community organization to provide a variety of educational resources to help black and brown queer femmes and women to learn, heal and thrive.
Somatic Geography: Exploring Embodied Displacement in Urban Environments
Tess will research the embodied experience of displacement, in order to explore the role the body plays in cultural sustainability, urban theory and planning.
Binaural Beats: Sound Meditation & Its Implications for Music Therapy
Nash will conduct ethnographic research on sound meditation, and look at its potential as a form of psycho-emotional healing and as a tool in music therapy.
The Birther’s Story
Isa will create an educational installation that uses birth stories to engage learners through empathy and resonance, and to ease the discomfort some have around the pain and discomfort associated with childbirth.
CBD also awarded grants to 10 Hampshire students last summer to pursue research placements and internships. Three students also received additional funding through the new Sherman Fairchild Summer Stipend Program in the Sciences.
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Hampshire College a multi-year grant to increase student interest in and access to the STEM fields. As Sherman Fairchild Fellows, participating students receive a $3500 stipend, with a $2200 housing and conference expense budget. Students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
Infant Cognition Lab, Hampshire College
Kyudo, Japanese Archery, Standing Meditation & Mind Development
Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Burbank, California
Hoover Lab, Colorado State University Prion Research Center
Nuestra Raices, Holyoke, MA
Adalante Abroad, Madrid, Spain
* Sherman Fairchild Award recipient
Supporters of CBD help fund original, innovative student research through the Student Research Endowment, which ensures that students continue to receive the funding, support and guidance they need to pursue their work at Hampshire and beyond. For more information, contact CBD at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 413.559.5730.