Winter term is an opportunity for students to pursue academic interests outside of Oberlin’s regular course offerings.

During the month of January, students complete individual or group projects of their choice, either on or off campus. Projects may be proposed by faculty, students, and occasionally by members of the administrative and professional staff and alumni. Ideally, students may spend full time on one intensive project or, alternatively, on two half-time projects. The Office of Winter Term coordinates these projects.

Office of Winter Term


Winter Term 2019 Student Projects

Project Student/Advising Professor
Examining the Effects of Rhythm on the Post-Auricular Muscle Response Student: Armstrong, Carlos
Professor: P. Simen
Winter Project Student: Beshers, Caroline
Professor: L. Kwakye
Role of GABA in a model of schizophrenia Student: Fried, Jackson
Professor: J. Thornton
Cross-modal Attentional Cueing in 3D virtual reality Student: Gudbranson, Nil
Professor: L. Kwakye
Predictive NOVA Modeling of the United States Gross Domestic Product Student: Henry, Andrew
Professor: K. Downing
Introduction to research on hormones, the brain, and memory Student: Jabbour, Alex
Professor: J. Thornton
Understanding Market Economics as a Complex Adaptive System Student: Jackel-Dewhurst, Hannah
Professor: K. Downing
Investigating the function of human alpha synuclein on cadmium toxicity, transport kinetics, and modulation of neuroprotective mechanisms in a dopaminergic cell model of Parkinson’s disease.  Student: Jimenez, Jessica
Professor: G. Kwakye
Effect of the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos and its Metabolites on Mitochondrial Dynamics and Morphology in Striatal Cell Model of Huntington’s Disease Student: Kallon, Sallay
Professor: G. Kwakye
Winter Project Student: Kerkhoff, Willa
Professor: L. Kwakye
Testing neurodevelopmental effects of compounds associated with human brain disorders Student: Klimpert, Nell
Professor: B. Carter
Winter Project Student: Li, Xincheng
Professor: L. Kwakye
Cross-modal Attentional Cueing in 3D virtual reality Student: Liu, Yuja
Professor: L. Kwakye
Effect of the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos and its Metabolites on Mitochondrial Dynamics and Morphology in Striatal Cell Model of Huntington’s Disease Student: McMinimy, Rachael
Professor: G. Kwakye
Investigating Emergent Structures in Western Fandoms Student: Miles, Kristen
Professor: K. Downing
Testing neurodevelopmental effects of compounds associated with human brain disorders Student: Mullaney, Eoin
Professor: B. Carter
The Emergence of Paths in a NOVA Simulation of Goal-Directed Agents Student: Mussard-Afcari, Yasmeen
Professor: K. Downing
Examination of Two-Alternative Somatosensory Decision-Making with Biased Intensity Probabilities Student: Nadel, Jacob
Professor: P. Simen
Investigating the function of human alpha synuclein on cadmium toxicity, transport kinetics, and modulation of neuroprotective mechanisms in a dopaminergic cell model of Parkinson’s disease.  Student: Reyes, Francis
Professor: G. Kwakye
Cross-modal Attentional Cueing in 3D virtual reality Student: Ribiero, Pedro
Professor: L. Kwakye
Risk and Exploration in Homo Sapiens Student: Roberts, Ross
Professor: K. Downing
Analyzing Language as a Complex Adaptive System Student: Shepherd, Benjamin
Professor: K. Downing
Analyzing Language as a Complex Adaptive System Student: Shiel, Oriene
Professor: K. Downing
Language as an Emergent Phenomenon Student: Stockton Hogrogian, Griffin
Professor: K. Downing
The sequential structure of inter-beat intervals in rhythm production under different time signatures and subsequent neural processing Student: Swann, Zoe
Professor: P. Simen
Cross-modal Attentional Cueing in 3D virtual reality Student: Taylor, Khalid
Professor: L. Kwakye
Introduction to research on hormones, the brain, and memory Student: Van Pelt, Kate
Professor: J. Thornton
Modeling the Synchronization and Desynchronization of Firing in Neuron Networks Student: Watson, Alexa
Professor: P. Simen