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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

February 2018

Emma DiMarco Summer Grant

This Month's Spotlight: A Lens to Discovery

Last summer, Emma DiMarco (Class of 2018), a Visual Arts major, received a FCRH grant to support her project "Blue Collar Country Club: A Photographic Documentation of Midwestern Bowling Alleys". Her grant excitingly illustrates how research can take place in very innovative, novel ways. Emma hypothesized that dramatic social changes had likely decimated the bowling industry and she was eager to use her skills in photography to document this. One of her goals was to create lasting pieces of imagery of a part of America that is commonly overlooked and a pastime that has been forgotten. Before setting off, she undertook extensive research on this topic and devised a route that would offer the evidence she was seeking. In July 2018, Emma hit the road starting in her hometown of Rochester, NY. During her travels, she photographed over 40 bowling alleys in 17 different states. Her work poignantly captures the steady decline of this formerly thriving industry.

These pictures create a narrative of not only the decay of bowling in our country, but the decline of fly over country and the blue collar workforce that once thrived there, but is now suffering and wilting, just like bowling.

Emma's captivating portfolio will be on display at this year's FCRH undergraduate research symposium. We are overjoyed to spotlight her stunning journey.

The Scope and Impact of Undergraduate Research

Each month, Fordham College at Rose Hill is proud to share highlights from our thriving undergraduate research program. Our students are actively involved in faculty-mentored research across disciplines, participating in a range of activities including utilizing state of the art equipment in our labs, meeting with patients in medical settings, spending time in the community interviewing and surveying members to achieve a greater understanding of historical and contemporary questions, reviewing source data in New York City and even around the world, as well as collecting specimens in the field for our many projects based in environmental settings. Excitingly, our students' contributions have considerable impact in their respective fields and to their professional development.