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Milne Library Scholar

Inaugural Cohort

Name: Dorothea Caposito 

Major: English

School: Liberal Arts and Business


This study will examine queerness as it relates to horror and the “other” in 19th-century English society. While the main focus of the study is a close reading of literature, a New historical lens will be used to explore the author's background as well as the culture of Victorian England in relation to the novels. Gothic Horror of the Victorian age, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, and Frankenstein highlights the way authors have expressed either recognized or unrecognized “otherness” through their writing in a socially acceptable, widespread way.

Name: Gabriel Mora 

Major: Computer Science/Mathematics

School: School of Science


Pythagorean Triples are non-negative integers that satisfy the equation, a² + b² = c², popularized as the “Pythagorean Theorem.” The most basic example of this would be for the integers {3,4,5}, ex: 3² + 4² = 5². It is known that there is an infinite amount of Pythagorean triples. Just as you can have integers {3,4,5} satisfy the equation, you can also have, {6, 8, 10}. Another example is {9,12,15}. This pattern is also infinite and known as, “Non-Primitive Triangles.” The “Primitive” triangle being {3,4,5} (these are also infinite).  A prime number is any number that has no factors other than 1 and itself. {2,3,5,7,11...} is a short list of primes, which have been proven to be infinitely long. Taking the first example of {3,4,5}, you can see that for a, which is 3, is prime. The other two examples which are just expansions of {3,4,5} will not contain another prime (their sides {a,b,c} will have more than 1 factor, aka not prime). My project and subsequent research will be looking at Pythagorean triples (barring that they are only primitive, among some other constraints, and prime numbers, which are both infinite, and find a link in the role that primes play in the equation. Where do these occurrences happen. Are they predictable? And what, if there are any patterns, do they appear to contain. Do certain patterns become less common or erratic, as the values of {a,b,c} get higher.  

Name: Samantha Kaminski 

Major: Adolescent Education/English

School: School of Education, Human Ecology, and Sports Studies


The use of derogatory language has been a staple in American language dating back to before the 15th century, but how has that language changed to fit the modernized agenda of Americans today? With the new wave of feminism in America, and across the world, we see a shift in language like never before. Words that were once seen as derogatory are sparking new meanings and making headlines. The reclaiming of words that were once offensive may be feminisms biggest stride yet. In this research project, I will explore this shift of language with connection to the new wave of feminism in order to examine the effects on women of the 21st century in relation to hot topics such as body and sex positivity.

Name: Katherine Novko       

Major: Museum Studies

School: Cooperstown Graduate Program


The goal of this thesis is to utilize material culture to introduce discussions of broader historical themes. Using one object—a clock in the collection at Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY—as a case study of this method of interpretation, I will explore how objects within historic house museums might be leveraged to enrich and complicate the interpretation presented to audiences. In this case, the clock allows for a better understanding of complex social and economic systems that operated within the Atlantic world in the early nineteenth century.

Studying the personal financial context of George Clarke, builder of Hyde Hall, as well as the social context and industry of consumption, allows me to explore broader meanings related to Clarke’s purchasing habits. George Clarke constructed a domestic environment at Hyde Hall rife with material culture chosen to convey a sense of authority and reinforce his personal identity as an elite member of society while occupying a remote location in Otsego County.