Class of 2015

Isaiah Bolden '15

Isaiah Bolden '15

Faculty Mentor: Michèle LaVigne

Isaiah is a Senior majoring in Earth and Oceanographic Science and minoring in Chemistry. He is interested in conducting research in the fields of Paleoclimatology and Chemical Oceanography. Specifically, Isaiah is interested in using geochemical records (proxies) to reconstruct the history of climate and ocean change in coastal regions on both modern and "deep" time scales. As coastal environments house 50% of the global population and provide numerous ecosystem services, the relationship between coastal oceanography, climate change, and climate history is of particular concern in forecasting the future of these regions.

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Maya Little '15

Maya Little '15

Faculty Mentor: Leah Zuo

Maya is a senior at Bowdoin College, majoring in History and minoring in Chinese language. Her research focuses on the way nationalism shaped Chinese state rhetoric about ethnic Koreans living in China during the Korean War. Maya is interested in ethnic history in China, the changing role of ethnic identification in Chinese politics and statecraft, national identity, and Chinese language.

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Golden Owens '15

Golden Owens '15

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Muther

Golden is a senior at Bowdoin College and is majoring in English. Her Mellon research, which she has turned into an Honor’s Thesis in the English Department, focuses on stereotypical representations of Black women in reality television. Specifically, she is exploring how reality television uses tools such as sound and footage editing, casting, and partial scripting to construct behaviors and/or personality traits that are or can be made to appear stereotypical as to present their Black female participants as “authentic” Black women. Over the course of her thesis, she discusses historical television portrayals of Black women, examines the methods that reality television uses to construct its content, and analyzes how two different reality programs—The Real World: Portland (2013) and Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta (2012– )—portray their Black female characters.  

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