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Student Research: Joyelle Newton ’15

I have been involved in two research projects during my Davidson career. I completed my first research project, in the chemistry department, the summer before my junior year. For six weeks, I worked on synthesizing a carbohydrate based compound that will eventually be used for influenza treatment. The summer was very successful and researchers in Zurich, Switzerland have now picked up the project. I completed my second project during the second semester of my junior year. In this project, we looked at the binding habits of the receptors that may contribute to cancer immunity. Despite its small size, Davidson has really great research opportunities. Having a smaller research group allowed me to grow close with both my advisor and the rest of my research group! I would suggest to anybody interested in a Davidson science major to consider research opportunities.

Written by Joyelle Newton ’15

Study Abroad: Katie Mathieson ’15 in Bangkok

Even though I love Davidson, by junior fall I was ready to challenge myself in a new setting. So one beautiful August day instead of driving back to the brick buildings and amazing friends and faculty I had grown close to at Davidson, I boarded a plane to Bangkok, Thailand.

I had a full 32 hours of traveling to become thoroughly sleep deprived, delirious, and overwhelmed by the thought of not seeing any of my friends or family for 6 months. What I hadn’t managed to process yet was what my daily life in Thailand would be like, the amazing new people I would meet, and everything I would learn in 6 months.

I stepped off the plane into a world where I couldn’t read signs or menus. I couldn’t even pretend I understood what people were saying to me, and not a single person passed without noticing that I looked very different from them.

My 6 months in Thailand were filled with eating fish eyeballs for breakfast, and bugs, but study abroad provides so much more than a 2 week vacation. I lived with Thai families, learned how to manage public transportation and how to speak Thai, and made incredible life-long friends from all over the world.

Written by Katie Mathieson ’15


The Davidson Dictionary: An Introduction to Davidson College Lingo

Study Abroad: Pooja Potharaju ’16

This summer, I had the pleasure of traveling to Athens, Greece, thanks to the generosity of Dean Rusk. I obtained a grant to conduct independent research about the social and psychological implication of the Greek economic crisis. Specifically, I was looking at how the downturn of their economy affected the rate mental health disorders and the public health response to it. Through interviews, I got to speak with patients and health care providers such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and even professors at the medical school. I also got to work with the Metropolitan Community Clinic in the Helleniko district of Athens. Aside from my work, living in Athens was a perfect way to spend the summer. Although hot and humid most of the time, the city was very much alive. I had a great time living with two female university students who showed me the best shops, clubs, coffee shops, and late night street food (souvlaki!). I also got to take a short trip to Santorini and Mykonos and see the beautiful Mediterranean islands to escape the busy city life. It made me really excited for my future in the health care field, and also more passionate about mental health.

Written by Pooja Potharaju ’16

Application Processing

Host: Allen Rigby, Admission Counselor

Special Guest: Jenny Clarke, Application Processing Manager


  • What happens to an application after you click “submit”?
  • How do I check the status of an application?
  • What are some tips to complete an application in a timely manner?

Listen to the Application Processing podcast

Essay Writing Tips, parts 1 & 2

Host: Katie Randa, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Special Guests
Kortni Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Abby Jones ‘10, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Irma Navarro ‘07, Former Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


  • How should students choose a topic?
  • How can a student truly personalize their essay topic?
  • Tips on answering Davidson’s supplemental essays
  • Proofread!
  • Check out our Google Maps Essay Project
  • Have fun with the essay.  Use your own voice.

*Note: Some information regarding essay prompts is outdated, but the advice remains relevant.




Study Abroad: Anastasia Owen ’15 in Russia

As I step outside into the crisp Davidson morning I am reminded how fleeting and somewhat ill-fitting a Southern chill air is to that of the beautiful Russian winter I experienced in my study abroad trip to Moscow and other areas of Russia this past spring. In these moments of walking outside of the Union in the early October morning I am whisked back into the snow on my walk to school down Tretyakovskaya Street, the icy wind flowing through St. Basil’s Cathedral outside of the Kremlin, the vast beautiful expanse of white fluff blanketed before the entrance to the St. Petersburg Hermitage. Feeling this slight Southern winter wind I am reminded of walks around the city during festival times, of being bundled up in a sleeper’s cart as I embark on a midnight, 8-hour long train ride to St. Petersburg snug with many other native Russians, of our travels beyond Russia’s close borders into the cool mountains of Georgia and Armenia during my study abroad trip to see sprawling ancient monasteries and traverse unscathed mountain road along rocky cliffs. The deeply present winter wonderland that painted Russia’s and the former Soviet Union’s landscape set the beautiful background for much of my experience of a very different part of the world, a challenge I am so glad I accepted.

Written by Anastasia Owen ’15

Research @ Davidson: The Davidson Research Initiative

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Entrepreneurship Initiative: Claire Gutermuth ’15

My summer through Davidson’s Entrepreneurship Internship Program led me to realize my passion for prosthetic design. At The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, I worked in the Design Studio, where I had access to hand tools, industrial machines, and 3D printers. My job included everything from building exhibit prototypes to designing and making my own creations.

While at The Tech, I learned about an organization called E-nabling the Future, an online community that open-sources the files for 3D printable prosthetic hands. E-nable connects volunteers who can donate these low-cost prosthetics to children around the world. Using The Tech’s resources, I modeled, 3D printed, and built a hand for a nine-year-old girl who I met through the museum. As I got more involved with E-nable, I started to work closely with the organization’s founder, Jon Schull. He invited me to speak with him about E-nable at Stanford’s MedicineX Conference in September, and Davidson sponsored my trip there. I am currently building a hand for a third recipient using Studio M’s 3D printers. If it were not for my internship at The Tech through Davidson, I would have never had the opportunity to become involved in such a neat organization!

Written by Claire Gutermuth ’15

Penumbra Theatre Internship: Matthew Schlerf ’16

Host: Allen Rigby, Admission Counselor

Guest: Matthew Schlerf ’16


  • What is the Penumbra Theatre Company?
  • What did the internship consist of?
  • How has this experience influenced your work at Davidson?
  • Learn more about Penumbra and the internship here.
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