Cool Classes

A recurring Haverblog series highlighting interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.


Where They're Headed

A blog series reporting on the post-Haverford plans of members of the Class of 2014.


What They Learned

A series exploring the thesis work of members of the Class of 2014. 


WHAT THEY LEARNED: Avi Bregman ’14

Chemistry major Avi Bregman’s thesis, “Charge Transport Properties of Doped Nanographene Bowties,” picked up where his former classmate, Jennifer Whealdon, left off with her own thesis research a year before.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Raymond DeLuca ’14

Raymond DeLuca originally planned to write his senior thesis about a failed anarchist uprising against the Soviet government. But after researching an English version of the group’s daily newspaper, he discovered that a group of Russian émigrés in Prague had done the translating and dissemination of the paper, and he was moved instead to write “Refugees, Immigrants and Émigrés: A Reinterpretation of the Russian ‘Émigré’ Community in Prague, 1919-1939.”

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Alexandra Wolkoff ’14

Sociology major Alexandra Wolkoff started taking classes in the dance department at Bryn Mawr College during her freshman year and was so transformed by the experience that she sought to use her senior capstone project to study why.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Neilay Shah ’14

Neilay Shah’s history senior thesis, “The Luce-Celler Act of 1946: White Nationalism, Indian Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitan Elite,” focused on different implications of the law, which provided a quota of 100 Filipinos and 100 Indians to immigrate into the United States each year.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Matt Johnson ’14

Chemistry major Matt Johnson investigated the mechanisms by which some species of bacteria naturally produce pharmaceutically useful compounds, such as antibiotics, for his senior thesis.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Katie Ulrich ’14

Katie Ulrich traveled far from Haverford’s campus to conduct the research for her senior thesis, “Problematizing the Future: Brazil, Biofuels, and Basic Science,” traveling to Brazil to conduct fieldwork in a botany lab.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Robert Brooks ’14

Robert Brooks is looking toward a career in healthcare, but his desire to help people through science was partially inspired by his senior thesis, “Epigenetic Inheritance in a C. elegans Model of Increased Second Generational bli-5 Penetrance,” which studied C. elegans, a worm model organism.

Where They’re Headed: Daniel Barton ’14

    Computer science major Daniel Barton ’14 went straight from Commencement to a job with Garmin as a Software Engineer. As part of the company’s Hardware Integration Team in Olathe, Kansas, Barton will be spending most of his time working on building...

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Emily Mayer ’14

San Francisco native Emily Mayer traveled across the country to come to college at Haverford, but when it came time for the history major to write her thesis she looked no further than her own Bay Area backyard, writing about Women’s Building, a women-owned community center and landmark in the Mission District.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Valerie Snow ’14

Valerie Snow’s thesis, “Subsisting on Constitutional Promises: Socio-Economic Rights Litigation for the Poor,” examined the ability of the judiciary to help realize the social and economic rights of the poor, including rights to water, education, housing, or health care in India, Colombia, and South Africa.

Where They’re Headed: Oscar Wang ’14

Oscar Wang ’14 is now working as the executive director of Mentor for Philly (MFP), a program he started last year that recruits Philadelphia-area college students to mentor high schoolers as they prepare for post-secondary study.