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Five CCNY undergrads Stanford-bound

Stanford Summer Interns 2017
CCNY's 2017 Stanford summer interns (clockwise from top left): Romiesa Ahmed, Maria Claudia Chaname, Samantha Nicole Dauer and Sophie Ziner.

A fifth cohort of City College of New York students is headed to Palo Alto, California, this month for the annual CCNY-Stanford Summer Research Program. The competitive program is designed for outstanding undergraduates considering graduate school -- specifically doctoral research -- in the humanities.

The students, their majors and research topics, are:

  • Junior Romiesa Ahmed (English literature and sociology), literature that reflects the portrayal of women and their roles in society in the novels of Jane Austen;
  • Senior Maria Claudia Chaname (Spanish), the literary work of Peruvian writer Carmen Ollé as a key moment in the evolution of female Latin American writers;
  • Junior Samantha Nicole Dauer (English), analysis of “slash” fanfiction using   queer theory and transnational feminism;
  • Senior Yessica Gomez (history and political science), history of the racial relationship between Dominicans and Haitians after the signing of the first official border treaty between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1929;
  • Senior Sophie  Ziner (English), what constitutes “women writers” in the examples of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, and other early 20th century Anglophone women who broke language and form in unprecedented ways.

Stanford University will match each CCNY student with a Stanford faculty member who will mentor the student's research project. Students will participate in a weekly seminar on the graduate application process and research in the humanities. A free Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation course will be provided for those interested.

Established in 2013 by CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts, this year’s program runs from June 16 through August 18, 2017.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.



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