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Robert Szypko ‘12

Major: geography and minors in government and French


Szypko (inset photo, above) spent the summer of 2011 conducting research for his senior honors thesis on graffiti in Paris. The photo above, taken by Szypko, is of several artists painting murals at an abandoned bus depot near Porte de Vincennes.


He says, “I was able to learn first-hand about the nuances of qualitative research. Interviews did not always go as planned and results were not as expected. Having to adapt accordingly reoriented my thesis in valuable ways, shed new light on my social sciences coursework, and gave me a sense of the exciting opportunities that exist in conducting academic research.”


During the Student Forum on Global Learning on January 16, 2011, Szypko will present, “The Uncertainty of Qualitative Research: Reflections on Researching Graffiti in Paris.”


(Photo courtesy Robert Szypko ’12)


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Taken on August 27, 2011