Undergraduate Researchers


Eleah Ruffin

Eleah is a senior obtaining my Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences. Her hometown is Roanoke, VA, where she grew up her entire life. She is passionate about mental health and hopes to one day pursue a career goal in the industry in order to make a difference and help those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys journaling, calligraphy and watching cartoons


Patrick Hardner

Patrick is a Biology student with hopes of pursuing a career in secondary science education. He is involved in research in William and Mary’s biology department with Dr. Paul Heideman, with which he is researching the effectiveness of “minute sketches” and students’ abilities to store information more efficiently. He hopes to transfer what he learns as an undergraduate researcher into a high school biology classroom environment.


Alexandra Harris

Alexandra is a rising Junior majoring in Government and minoring in Education from Chesapeake VA. She serves as the Event Coordinator for the Students of Hip-Hop Legacy club (SoHHL) and the event coordinator for Africana House. She also has served as a Multicultural Recruitment Intern in Admissions and has conducted research through the WMSURE program in the Education and Government departments. Alexandra has worked with the Center for Student Diversity as a PLUS Counselor for two years and plans to continue working with organizations on campus to cultivate a welcoming campus community for students of all backgrounds. After undergrad, Alexandra hopes to attend graduate school to receive her master’s degree and eventually hopes to work with students and educators in some capacity.


Samantha Boateng

Samantha is a senior at the College, double majoring in English and History. On campus she is involved with the African Cultural Society and Afrodite Dance team. Additionally, in 2016, Samantha founded a nonprofit organization, Read 2 Lead, which seeks to empower the youth by providing libraries to communities in need. So far, Read 2 Lead has opened 2 libraries in Ghana and is currently working on its 3rd library. Samantha hopes to work in International Education Policy in the future and sees research with this team as an exciting new opportunity!