Rockers are ambitious learners. They are explorers, inspired thinkers, and they are some of the youngest published students in the world.
“Our students make us proud through their discoveries, accomplishments, publications, presentations, and theses, and we endeavor to support any student seeking to enhance their academic experience through research.”-Pat Sharpe
Dean of Academic Affairs
Because class sizes are small, there are frequent opportunities for student-faculty collaboration at Simon’s Rock. The individualized attention helps cultivate a sense of excitement and agency in students’ work, which is often the impetus that leads to pursuing research opportunities.
Kai Naor ’12 is concentrating in psychology and contemporary critical theory, and his senior thesis is directly related to a research internship he has pursued with the help of his advisor, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Institutional Research Anne O’Dwyer. It isn't uncommon at Simon's Rock for a class project to evolve into a multiple-term research project, which in turn can become the foundation for a senior thesis. Along with Wynona Meyer ’15, Kai became a research assistant for staff psychologist Dr. Marilyn Charles of the Austen Riggs Center, a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. They are studying narcissism, psychopathy, and addiction, and exploring possible links among these disorders through the lens of thinking, comprehending, and self-assessment. They intend to do statistical analysis to uncover potential patterns among the disorders to find out whether the data supports different preliminary hypotheses. Kai’s senior thesis explores the idea that these three disorders share a common etiology and sets out to prove they share common symptoms, both behaviorally and internally.
Rocker's ideas are as individualized and diverse as the students themselves, and with professors who see students as partners in the work of intellectual exploration, there are few limitations on what Rockers can achieve.