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Current and Former Tischer Scholars

Student departmental research projects are varied and cross all disciplines. The senior-year projects from this and previous years can be viewed below.

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
    Chandra M. Banks '11

    Project: “Listening to the Lioness: A Phenomenological Investigation of Female Service Members Deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan”
    Mentors: Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology; Frederick Wertz, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Fordham University
    Committee Members: Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Terry L. Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and thanatology

    Lolade T. Bokini '11

    Project: “Women, Conflict and Peace: Norm Diffusion and the Efficacy of International Intervention in Improving the Roles and Status of Women in Post-Conflict Societies”
    Mentors: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee Members: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Linda Pappas Funsch, Ph.D., Middle East scholar for the Institute for Learning in Retirement, Frederick Community College

    Alice L. Butler '12

    Project: “Paris extra-muros: Histoire des banlieues, de l’immigration, et du discours social et politique de l’exclusion”
    Mentors: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French
    Committee Members: Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic; Frederick Bohrer, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

    Frances E. Carden '11

    Project:"Revising Society: Marriage and Money in Sense and Sensibility"
    Mentors: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
    Committee Members: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English; Lisa M. B. Lettau, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of English; Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegarde Pilgram professor of history

    Marian C. Currens '11

    Project: “The Cult of the Magna Mater in Augustan Rome”
    Mentors: Genevieve Gessert, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology
    Committee Members: Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegrade Pilgram professor of history; Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology

    Dana I. Davenport '11

    Project: “The Influence of Economics in Bachelor's Level Social Work Education”
    Mentors: Joy S. Ernst, Ph.D., associate professor of social work
    Committee Members: Kerry Strand, Ph.D., Andrew G. Truxal professor of sociology; Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management

    Kendal M. Enz '11

    Project: “The Preservation of Democracy through Alternative Media: The Problems with the Mass Media and Why We Need Alternative News Sources”
    Mentors: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism
    Committee Members: David Gurzick, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of management; Elizabeth A. Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism

    Sissi O. Hamann Türkowsky ’12

    Project: “‘Le premier ravissement de la Vierge’: Echoes of Bernini’s ‘Ecstasy of St. Teresa’ in an ‘Annunciation’ by Nicolas Poussin”
    Mentors: Anne Derbes, Ph.D., professor of art and co-director of the Honors Program
    Committee Members: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French; Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English

    Peter J. Heiss '11

    Project: "The Influence of the Spanish Guitar on the Keyboard Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti"
    Mentors: Noel Verzosa, Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor of music
    Committee Members: Wayne Wold, D.M.A., associate professor of music; Noel Lester, D.M.A., professor of music

    Tsion G. Hiletework '11

    Project: "21st Century Health Crisis: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Gender Relations in South Africa and Thailand"
    Mentors: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee Members: Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology; Ann L. Boyd, Ph.D., professor of biology

    Kristin J. Hillers '11

    Project: “Politics and Prose: North African Women’s Political Philosophy in Algeria, Morocco and Egypt”
    Mentors: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science and co-director of the Honors Program
    Committee Members: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

    Andrew T. Jannett '11

    Project: The Power of Social Networks: Millennial College Students and Political
    Mentors: Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science
    Committee Members: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism

    Carly J. Lewis '11

    Project: “Bicultural Identity of Hearing Children of Deaf Adults”
    Mentors: Kerry Strand, Ph.D., Andrew G. Truxal professor of sociology
    Committee Members: Maria Mays, lecturer in social work; Laura M. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

    Melissa A. Masino '11

    Project: “Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard: A Comparative Study”
    Mentors: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology
    Committee Members: Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegarde Pilgram professor of history; Anne Derbes, Ph.D., professor of art and co-director of the Honors Program; Genevra Kornbluth

    Heather A. Neri '11

    Project: “Response of Aiptasia pallida to heat stress in terms of retained algae and concentration of Heat Shock Protein 60 RNA”
    Mentors: Susan L. Carney, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
    Committee Members: Oney P. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; M. Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology

    Julie A. Shenk '11

    Project: "Springfield Hospital: A New Wave in the Care of Maryland’s Mentally Ill"
    Mentors: Michael A. Powell, Ph.D., lecturer in history at Hood and professor of history and political science at Frederick Community College
    Committee Members: Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Mary Mannix, archivist, The Maryland Room, C. Burr Artz Frederick County Public Library

    Maria C. Smith '12

    Project: "L’intégration et l’identité: une analyse de la littérature"
    Mentors: Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic
    Committee Members: Lisa Algazi, Ph.D., professor of French; Frederick Bohrer, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

    Sabrina D. Wade '11

    Project: “Exploring The Recovery Subculture of Members Affiliated With 12 Step Fellowships: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)”
    Mentors: Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology
    Committee Member: Laura M. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology; Delores Grigsby, L.C.S.W., director, Hood College Counseling Center

    Brittany S. White '11

    Project: “Recent Representations of Homelessness in the Media: A Content Analysis of Two Major Newspapers”
    Mentors: Kerry Strand, Ph.D., Andrew G. Truxal professor of sociology
    Committee Members: Joy S. Ernst, Ph.D., associate professor of social work; Laura M. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

    Krista M. Zerby '11

    Project: "Islamophobia in the United States: Patterns of Discrimination and Reasons for Hope"
    Mentors: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science and co-director of the Honors Program
    Committee Members: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

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  • 2010
    Priya Ashok '10

    "Torture in Democracies"
    Adviser: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science; Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy

    Katie R. Barnett '10

    "Secret at the Center of the Forest: The Appeal of the Shakespearean Thaumatrope"
    Adviser: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
    Committee: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy

    Emily F. Brownlee '10

    "Examining the Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on DNA Damage and Repair in the Sea Anemone Anthopleura elegantissima, Using the Comet Assay"
    Adviser: M. Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: Lori Wollerman, University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Sciences; Susan L. Carney, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

    Faye M. Clayson '10

    "Expression and Purification of a Recombinant Marburg Nucleoprotein"
    Adviser: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
    Committee: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology; Janice Gilsdorf, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

    Sean T. Clayton '10

    "China's Rise Through International Relations Lenses"
    Adviser: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee: Joseph Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial associate professor of economics; Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor of history

    Allison M. Darling '10

    "War as Peace, Peace as War: The Parthian Standards in Augustan-era Coins and Art"
    Adviser: Genevieve Gessert, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology
    Committee: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology; Anne Derbes, Ph.D., professor of art

    Mary Katherine Davison '11

    "The Effect of Crime Type and Proximity of Crime Perpetrator on Just World Theory Attributions"
    Adviser: Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology
    Committee: Robert W. Boyle Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology

    Bryan G. Hahn '10

    "Expression and Purification of the Myxoma Virus Leukemia Associated Protein Zinc Finger Domain"
    Adviser: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
    Committee: Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology; Dominic Esposito, Protein Expression Laboratory, SAIC-Frederick, Inc.

    Emily E. Heys '10

    "Health Care Reform as a Study in Values"
    Adviser: Anita Jose, Ph.D., associate professor of management
    Committee: Micheal Stratton, Ph.D., assistant professor of management; Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science

    Casey L. Kohnorst '10

    "Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy of [FeFe]-hydrogenase Model Compounds"
    Adviser: Christopher J. Stromberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
    Committee: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; Edwin Heilweil, Optical Technology Division, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.

    Curtis L. Lane '11

    "Ethics and Reason: A Critique of Kant's Moral Foundation"
    Adviser: Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy
    Committee: David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion and philosophy; Lisa Algazi, Ph.D., professor of French

    Sofiane F. Lazar '10

    "Swine Flu in America and its Implications for Mass Communication"
    Adviser: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism
    Committee: Aldan Weinberg, M.A., professor of journalism; Brian Goudet, Communications Director, National Biodefense and Analysis Countermeasures Center

    Jeannette L. Morris '10

    "Advertainment: A Study of Product Placement"
    Adviser: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism
    Committee: Katherine Orloff, M.A., assistant professor of journalism; Rebecca Prime, Ph.D.,

    Nicole S. Parnell' 10

    "Poverty Alleviation: Do Sectoral Growth and Foreign Aid Matter?"
    Adviser: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management
    Committee: Joseph Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial associate professor of economics; Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance; Yong-Kyun Bae, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics

    Catherine E. Peiper '10

    "Myth and the Cyborg"
    Adviser: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
    Committee: Amy S. Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Katherine Orloff, M.A., assistant professor of journalism

    Brittani J. Smith '10

    "The Effect of Income and Income Inequality on Corruption"
    Adviser: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management
    Committee: Micheal Stratton, Ph.D., assistant professor of management; Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance; Yong-Kyun Bae, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics

    Katherine A. Townsend '10

    "Directed Evolution to Increase Activity of Pectin Methylesterase"
    Adviser: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology

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  • 2009
    Rachel C. Bauer '09

    "The Logical Disjunction Between the Insanity Defense and the Law"
    Adviser: Robert W. Boyle Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of psychology
    Committee: Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history; Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology

    Lauren N. Beward '09

    "'You've Come a Long Way, Baby!': A Comparative Analysis of the Framed Female Form in Magazine Advertisements - Cosmopolitan, Essence and Playboy 1987 & 2007"
    Adviser: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism
    Committee: Aldan Weinberg, M.A., professor of journalism; Kathleen C. Bands, Ph.D., professor of education

    Mara G. Brounstein '09

    "The Relationship Between Drug Education and Attitudes Toward and Misuse of Prescription Drugs"
    Adviser: Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology
    Committee: Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Amy S. Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English

    Jennifer D. Chickering '09

    "Frederick County HOPE IV Residents' Social Networking and Community Experiences"
    Adviser: Laura M. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology
    Committee: Kerry Strand, Ph.D., Andrew G. Truxal professor of sociology; David Ozag, Ph.D., lecturer in management

    Kaleigh N. Dietz '09

    "Directed Evolution of Pectinases"
    Adviser: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology

    Julie A. DiFebo '09

    "Murderess: A Novella"
    Adviser: Amy S. Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English
    Committee: Katherine Orloff, M.A., assistant pro

    Jessica N. Grant '09

    "Gender Role Stereotype Portrayals in Targeted Advertising: A Magazine Content Analysis"
    Adviser: Darren Boas, assistant professor of management
    Committee: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism; Joseph Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial associate professor of economics

    Rebecca A. Hunter '09

    "Enantioseparation of Profen Drugs by Capillary Electrophoresis: Using Macrocyclic Antibiotics as Chiral Selectors"
    Adviser: Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
    Committee: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology

    Kyle L. Huyser '09

    "SuperBlazer: Building Hood's First Supercomputer"
    Adviser: George Dimitoglou, D.Sc., assistant professor of computer science
    Committee: Xinlian Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science; Ahmed Salem, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and information technology; Susan M. Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker professor of chemistry

    Michelle D. Leggieri '09

    "Resilience and Burnout in Social Workers"
    Adviser: Joy S. Ernst, Ph.D., associate professor of social work
    Committee: Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work; Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

    David E. Lester '10

    "The Search for Truth in the Music of Dmitri Shostakovich"
    Adviser: Wayne Wold, D.M.A., associate professor of music
    Committee: Jan Holly, Frederick Community College; Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history

    Rachel C. Lombardo '09

    "Increased Levels of Mutant Huntingtin Leads to Earlier Cell Death"
    Adviser: Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Christopher J. Stromberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry

    Erin E. McClure '09

    "Calpain Inhibition Studies of Huntingtin Proteolysis and the Effects of Inhibition of Huntingtin's Disease Pathology"
    Adviser: Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Kimberly Tysdal, associate professor of mathematics

    Elizabeth A. McFadden '09

    "'To Promote a Woman to Beare Rule': Competition and the Appropriation of Queenly Representation in Elizabeth I's Reign"
    Advisers: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English: and Anne Derbes, Ph.D., professor of art
    Committee: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French; Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, Ph.D., assistant professor of art and archaeology

    Jeffrey D. Meister '09

    "The Impact of Evangelicals on United States Politics"
    Adviser: David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion and philosophy
    Committee: Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of religion and philosophy; Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history

    Ashley E. Miller '09

    "Saint or Schizophrenic?"
    Adviser: Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology
    Committee: Ingrid G. Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of religion and philosophy

    Kristina L. Negas '09

    "The Game Changer: How ESPN Revolutionized Sports Journalism"
    Adviser: Donna Bertazzoni, M.B.A., professor of journalism
    Committee: Aldan Weinberg, M.A., professor of journalism; David Simon, adjunct instructor of communication arts

    Danielle L. Sgro '09

    "The Politics of Medicine: A Comparative Health Care Examination of the Incorporation of Alternative and Herbal Medicine Within the Political, Economic and Social Structures of Present Day Society"
    Adviser: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Linda Scott, Ph.D., professor of psychology

    Robert K. Stegman III '09

    "The Freedom of Information Act and the John F. Kennedy Assassination"
    Adviser: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
    Committee: Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history; Gerald McKnight, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history

    Meaghan A. Verleysen '09

    "The Use of the Comet Assay to Detect Copper-induced DNA Damage in the Anemone, Aiptasia pallida"
    Adviser: M. Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology
    Committee: James Devilbiss, instructor of mathematics; Oney P. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

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