The Class of 2024E, the last cohort of students that experienced Amherst before the pandemic, graduated on Sunday, Dec. 3 at a short ceremony in Johnson Chapel. Graduates reflected on the ways in which their unique pathway through college has shaped their experience.
The college held its annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition on May 4. Topics ranged from the role of zinc in space travel-related aging to the unfulfilled promises of America's founding, and awards were given for first place, runner-up, and people’s choice.
Yusrah Kaudeer ’21 is a chemistry and math double major from Mauritius. Her thesis investigates alpha-crystallin: a protein in the eye whose malfunctioning causes cataracts. Kaudeer has investigated this protein since her first year at the college and is advised by Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry Patricia B.
Q: What is your thesis about? A: My thesis is at the intersection of urban economics and industrial organization economics. What it’s looking at is competition between landowners who own retail centers. It’s essentially thinking about how the landowners’ choice[s] of retailers within the centers affect each