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Harrison College Scholars explore politics, wellness, environment in summer work

From Ithaca to Hawaii to Ecuador, students in the Robert S. Harrison College Scholars Program in the College of Arts & Sciences took advantage of the summer as a time to explore their research interests.

The students — who create their own interdisciplinary course of study around a question or issue of interest — can receive summer funding from the program to pursue their research. Some of them also received other Cornell grants, including Summer Experience Grants, given to students who pursue low-paid or unpaid summer experiences.

Abigail Kraus '23 spent much of her summer in Hawai'i, working with an environmental organization trying to restore a traditional fish pond on the north shore of O'ahu.

“The pond was once a vibrant and fully-functioning ecosystem used to provide fish for chiefs of the area,” she said. “Due to various development issues and a lack of maintenance, it has since suffered and we are now restoring the pond so it can provide food for the surrounding community.”

Read the full story about Abigail's work and other Harrison College Scholars on the Arts & Sciences website.

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