Students who at the end of their junior year have earned an overall grade-point average of 3.0 and a 3.5 in their major, are invited to participate in departmental honors work during their senior year. The prestigious and highly selective yearlong program is designed for students who wish to pursue intensive research or a special project. Papers and projects are presented at a special forum in the spring.
In consultation with a departmental faculty adviser, students choose a topic of interest, usually in their major, and select a committee of two additional faculty members to serve as advisers and readers.
Students who complete departmental honors papers, which are included in the permanent collections of the Beneficial-Hodson Library, are designated Christine P. Tischer Scholars, in honor of the 1965 alumna of the College who has generously supported the program.
To learn more about the 2017 and previous Tischer Scholars, click here.
Samantha Baldwin ’17
Major: English Literature
Project: Glorification, Degradation, and Restoration: Variations of Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons
Mentor:Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
Committee Members: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology; and Carol Kolmerton, Ph.D., professor of English
Since the 7th century BCE, authors have been fascinated with the tale of the Amazon queen Penthesilea and her intervention in the Trojan War. The story has been rewritten dozens of times, and throughout the year, I have examined as many of those texts as I could find in order to analyze the differences in the way Penthesilea is portrayed as a female character.
Quote: “This project has really taught me how much I love the research process. Being able to dive deeper into the history of the literature to find other sources, as well as being able to view photocopies of original manuscripts really fascinated me, even when some of those sources were incredibly difficult to find.”
Timothy Diethrich ’17
Project: Investigation of the Structure and Function of P-Rex2: Implications for a Molecular Mechanism of PTEN Inhibition
Mentor: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., professor of chemistry
Committee Members: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry; and Danielle Needle, biologist at the National Cancer Institute
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Abstract: The development of an effective and long-term cancer treatment is a top priority in the research sciences today. This study focuses on two proteins, PTEN and P-Rex2, that are important in many types of cancer, specifically melanoma, prostate, and breast cancer. The dual-specificity phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) is a tumor suppressor. PTEN functions by depressing the activation of the kinase AKT signaling pathway, a pathway that sends growth signals to cancerous tumors. Loss of this PTEN activity therefore leads to increased incidence of cancer. Phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate-dependent Rac exchanger 2 (P-Rex2) has been found to interact with PTEN and noncompetitively inhibit its phosphatase activity, thereby allowing the tumor to continue to grow. Overexpression and mutation of P-Rex2 has been observed in many types of cancers, including melanoma, breast, and prostate cancer. P-Rex2 and PTEN have been reported to interact through two sets of domains: the phosphatase domain of P-Rex2, which interacts with the PTEN tail, and the diffuse B-cell lymphoma homology (DH) and pleckstrin homology (PH) domains of P-Rex2, which interact with the phosphatase domain of PTEN. The structural basis for these interactions between P-Rex2 and PTEN has not been defined. The aim of our work is to explore this inhibitory interaction using protein engineering and X-ray crystallography. To accomplish this, bacterial and insect cells were engineered to express the PH and the DH-PH domains of P-Rex2 and full length PTEN. Following protein purification using affinity and size-exclusion chromatography, crystallization trials were performed in an attempt to obtain crystals of the PH and DH-PH domains of P-Rex2 alone and in complex with PTEN. Determination of the structures of P-Rex2 alone and in complex with PTEN will contribute to our understanding of P-Rex2 roles and will reveal the landscape of its interaction interface with PTEN, which will contribute to the development of small molecules that restore PTEN function.
Quote: “This research project taught me so much. Not only did I learn how to work effectively in a real, government lab, but I also learned what failure feels like and how to bounce back. Science is not easy, but when you get good results and can interpret and use those results to help save lives, design new inventions, or learn how something works, it is all worth it. These moments remind me why I picked chemistry and why I love what I do.”
Anđela Golemac ’17
Project: Economics and Political Science
Mentors:Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Paige Eager, Ph.D., professor of political science
Committee Members: Michael Coon, assistant professor of economics at the University of Tampa
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Abstract: Remittances are an important tool to combat poverty and stimulate local development. They are an important part of today’s global economy and for some developing countries comprise a significant percent of GDP. Remittances in Bosnia’s economy were equivalent to 11 percent of GDP in 2013. One out of every 20 households receives remittances. Prior literature demonstrates that gender influences the spending remittances. Women tend to spend remittances more on food and education while men on consumer goods. This paper examines how gender determines remittance expenditures in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Using the World Bank’s LSMS household survey data from 2004, I develop an IV regression and Tobit model, using the share of household receiving remittances and wealth index as instrumental variables. I also used a probit model to examine determinants of receiving remittances. The results confirm the prior literature: women spend more on education, food, and overall consumption, while men spend more on durable goods, health, and cable subscriptions. These results indicate that females receiving remittances do more to help maximize positive benefits of remittances on the development in Bosnia.
Quote: “This project was an incredible learning experience. I definitely feel more prepared for graduate school now that I've gone through a yearlong research project.”
Belina Onomake ’17
Project: The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Quantitative Reasoning
Mentor: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology
Committee Members: Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; Diane Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; and Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology
Abstract: Participants (N=172) were given the quantitative section of the 2001 version of the SAT and were randomly assigned to either a stereotype-threat group or a non-stereotype-threat group. The stereotype-threat group was told the SAT questions measured cognitive ability, while the non-stereotype-threat group was told the SAT questions compared two quantities. There was no significant difference found for the threat conditions or for the interaction between the threat conditions and the participants’ ethnicity. A significant difference, though, was found for ethnicity alone, in which the Caucasian participants received higher scores on the SAT compared to the native and foreign African-American participants.
Quote: “This experience helped me understand the process of conducting research. In addition, this research project has given me the opportunity to connect with various individuals. Although there may have been some challenges, this project helped me grow as a student and as a person.”
Logan Samuels ’17
Major: English (Literature) and Communication Arts
Project: The Brightest Fell: Renaissance Variations of the Fall of Lucifer in Marlovian and Shakespearean Drama
Mentor: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
Committee Members: Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and April Morris, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history
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Abstract: This paper attempts to demonstrate the progression of “The Fall of Lucifer” from its first known performances as part of the “English Mystery Play” cycles, through “Tamburlaine the Great and Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe, and up to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” It argues that these mystery plays influenced both Marlowe and Shakespeare’s portrayal of the devil in their works. The devil ceased to appear on stage; however, Renaissance playwrights presented versions of the demonic in different forms over time by displacing the figure of the devil in various ways. I hope to demonstrate that the rhetoric of Marlowe and Shakespeare is strikingly similar to the diction and phrasing used by the writers of the Chester and York cycles of the mystery plays. Moreover, I will assess how Marlowe and Shakespeare draw on, but then transform, the character traits and plot structures of the medieval Lucifer plays. Both Shakespeare and Marlowe reimagined “The Fall of Lucifer” and revamped Lucifer to be seen and understood by a Renaissance audience.
Quote: “Overall, I have loved doing Departmental Honors. Of course, a yearlong project is full of rigorous research and diligent planning and writing, but it has taught me how much I enjoy thesis-focused writing. Eventually, I hope to pursue my Ph.D. in English literature, but I was unsure of what area I wanted to focus on, so this was the perfect chance to investigate British literature and plays in both the Medieval and Renaissance periods. In a way, I used Departmental Honors as a trial run to see if I could commit to a high-level, research-heavy paper and to see if I enjoyed it and could balance it among other academic requirements, and I'm happy to say that I did. What surprised me most was my interest in the research. I'd always rushed through research to get into the meat of the writing, as I love to write, but I was taken aback by how much scholarly work there is on such a small subject and spent a good chunk of the year reading book after book and getting into the most finite details like tracing the origins of words like ‘murky’ and ‘mystery.’ It was like a literary scavenger hunt, and I was enamored by it. Although exhausting and stressful at times, I thoroughly enjoyed both researching and writing my paper, and look forward to doing one of a higher caliber that will allow me to spend time with an entirely new subject that I can research in depth.”
Natalie Yeagley ’18
Major: Art and Archaeology and History
Project: Shifting Trade Routes and Influence in the Early Aegean Bronze Age: From the Perspective of the Cyclades and Crete
Mentor: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor or art and archaeology
Committee Members: Barbara Powell, Ph.D., adjunct instructor in history; and Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., visiting professor of archaeology and art history
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Abstract: Archaeological sites on the island of Crete and on the Cycladic island group were examined in order to gain a better understanding of the established trade relationships between these groups in the Early Bronze Age Aegean (EBA). Archaeological excavations from these areas, both of which are located in the Aegean Sea within the larger Mediterranean Sea, yielded extensive evidence for a trade relationship in which the Cycladic island groups dominated specific trade routes on the island of Crete. The Cycladic-dominated trade relationship is indicated by the existence of numerous Cycladic imports and Cretan imitations on Crete. This trade relationship was changed by a disruption toward the end of the EBA, after which Cretan groups traded with civilizations located to their south, like Egypt. The disruption led to a chaotic rearrangement of trade relationships on the Cycladic islands as well, causing them to eventually intensify commercial connections with Greece and Anatolia. The EBA, prior to the wide-scale disruption or gap period, was the last period of time in which the Cycladic islands claimed commercial dominance in the Aegean. Cycladic commercial dominance is a defining characteristic of the EBA Aegean, and must be considered as such when addressed by Aegean scholars and archaeologists.
Quote: “The most important thing I learned was how to conduct research and organize the findings on a much larger scale than I was familiar with. I definitely struggled with organization because I had so much research to organize. In the end, I think I also gained an invaluable understanding of just how complicated seemingly specific matters or issues can be, especially in the field of archaeology! I also learned how much I enjoy conducting such research; this was my first large-scale paper, but I know it will not be my last!”
Jaclyn Bealer ’17
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Project: Working Hard for Pay that's Hardly Working: Gender Differences in Time Use in the Care Economy and their Effects on Wages
Mentors: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics
Committee Members: Ann Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics; and Ryan Safner, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of economics
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Abstract: In this paper, I analyze the impact of care activities on individual’s wages, focusing on the differences between men and women. The care variables that I investigate are childcare, elderly care and household care. This data comes from the 2015 American Time Use Survey. I perform two different regressions. The first is a log-linear regression, and the second is a Heckman two-step equation and Oaxaca- Blinder decomposition. The log-linear model allows me to get an overall basis of results, and the Heckman two-step and Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition isolates the potential discrimination for these differences in time use for men and women. I found that the effects spent on elderly care need further investigation as I got contradicting results. The effects of childcare and household care are found to be significant and not equal for men and women. For women, there are negative associations for time spent caring for their children and households in respect to wages, but men have a positive association for these same activities. I conclude that women are more affected by the care economy through deductions in their individual wages.
Quote: “Throughout this process, I have gained the skill of perseverance through working with real-life data. As an economics student, I love data, but in classes the data is already cleaned and organized in a useful manner. However, this is not what real-world data looks like. Real data is messy, and you are responsible to clean it and make it useful for your model, and this was no easy challenge. There were many times where the data was not working how I anticipated, making me change my plan. Although this was challenging, it gave me opportunities to learn more as I would have to adapt and keep moving forward, therefore showing me the value of perseverance when seeing my finalized model.”
Eleanor Blaser ’17
Major: Communication Arts
Project: The Jane Austen Movie Club: An Analysis of Modern Jane Austen Film Adaptations
Mentor: Katherine Orloff, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism
Committee Members: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., associate professor of English; and Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism
Abstract: When the first epic motion picture, “The Birth of a Nation,” was released in 1915, Jane Austen had been dead for almost 100 years, and the quaint stories of her regency girls trying to find husbands seemed to be far from most filmmaker’s minds. Austen wouldn’t make her way to the big screen for another 25 years, with Robert Z. Leonard’s 1940 adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” and her characters wouldn’t make it into the modern world for much longer. Yet in the last couple decades, Austen has gone through a bit of a resurgence in the world of film, thanks in no small part to one particular genre—the modern movie adaptation. The last 20 years have seen Jane Austen characters all over the world—from the streets of Beverly Hills to the beaches in India—reimagined and rewritten to work in the modern day. While some of these adaptations have been more successful than others, they ultimately help to illuminate her genius and show both her great foresight and her ability to construct timeless characters and plots. Modern adaptations of Jane Austen have helped to prove that the stories of Austen do not grow old with time, and that her universality as a writer still shines through just as brightly almost 200 years after her death.
Quote: “Working on this paper has been a challenging and wonderful experience. I’m so grateful that I was given the opportunity to do research on my favorite writer, and that I got to bring my love of film and literature together. While it was at times very rough (forcing myself to do the work was occasionally hard to do), I have truly loved writing this paper!”
Justine Del Nunzio
Major: Social Work
Project: Mental Illness in the Media: A Comprehensive Analysis
Mentor: Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology
Committee Members: Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., professor of social work; and Alan Goldenbach, assistant professor of communication arts and journalism
Abstract: This research provides a comprehensive review of approximately 150 journal articles analyzing how mental illness is portrayed in the media, as well as the effects these representations have on the public’s attitudes, persons with mental illness themselves, and social policy. In addition, the websites of 43 prominent mental health organizations in the United States were analyzed to explore their involvement in addressing the portrayals of mental illness in the media. Prior research suggests that mental illness portrayals in the media are disproportionately negative, promote inaccurate images and stereotypes, create negative public attitudes toward individuals with mental illness, have adverse effects on persons with mental illness themselves, and influence relevant social policy. Both the literature review and website analysis suggest that the United States is lagging behind other countries in addressing negative media portrayals of mental illness and their consequences.
Quote: “Through this research project, I have become more passionate about advocating for those individuals living with mental illness. Though I have professional experience working in the mental health field, this research has allowed me to gain a macro perspective on an issue facing this population. I plan on pursuing a career in the field of mental health, and hope to continue this research in the future.”
Samantha Frizzell ’17
Major: Art and Archaeology (Studio Art Concentration)
Project: Boundless: The Art of Takashi Murakami
Mentors: Martha Bari, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history; and Gary Cuddington, assistant professor of art
Committee Members: Jay Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of history
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to show the internal workings of artist Takashi Murakami’s systematic output of series and branding to simultaneously appeal to and critique the Japanese culture. Murakami effortlessly wears many hats at once to run his enterprises: respected artist, art theorist, anime and manga “geek,” cultural critic, global marketer and merchandiser, and international celebrity brands Takashi Murakami as a Japanese cultural phenomenon. He has a postmodern career that is marked by the ability to manipulate and translate Japanese popular culture into something for any market, from the elite world of high stakes art collecting to the consumer culture of cartoon kitsch.
Murakami’s domain of creativity draws viewers in with its bright colors and enticing gazes. Murakami hides his systematic use of traditional Japanese techniques and imagery behind his characters’ big eyes and elaborate, childlike dreamlands tapped from mainstream Japanese anime appropriated from a consumer-obsessed society. After analyzing the inner dynamics of his art, the paper ends with my own thoughts about my place as an artist, admirer of Murakami, and super-fan of Japanese anime and manga. By appropriating a selection of his work into my own monotypes, I closely examine how using serialization, replication, and appropriation of Murakami’s imagery affect my own art in this postmodern strategy with surprising results.
Quote: “I have come to a better understanding of myself as an individual and an independent artist through writing this research paper and creating art pieces that go with it, which explore the art world of Takashi Murakami even further.”
Gemma Hunt ’17
Project: The Effect of Offenders’ Education Level on Sentencing Time
Mentor: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology
Committee Members: Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; and Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology
Abstract: This experiment assessed the effect of three different offender education levels (no high school degree, high school degree, and college degree) on the amount of time they are sentenced for a crime. The study’s hypothesis was that offenders with a lower education level would receive a longer sentencing time than offenders with a higher education level. Ninety-six participants were randomly assigned to three groups: one group read four vignettes about offenders with no high school degree, one group read four vignettes about offenders with a high school degree, and the final group read four vignettes about offenders with a college degree. All participants responded on a number line ranging from five to 20 regarding the number of years they believed each offender should be sentenced. Statistics were analyzed to compare the average sentencing time given to offenders with each level of education.
Quote: “It was truly an honor to be invited to complete this project by the psychology department. While this has been the most difficult project I have ever had at Hood, I am grateful for the experiences and opportunities that it offered. One challenge that I faced was encountering unexpected statistical results, which ended up raising more questions about my topic and made me think about it on an even deeper level. This project evoked a passion for research, and I am thankful for my amazing adviser and committee members for helping make it a success!”
Katie Mann ’17
Major: Business Administration
Project: (Re) Designing Women: A Content Analysis of Female Characters on American Sitcoms
Mentor: Jerrold Van Winter, Ph.D., associate professor of management
Committee Members: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Lisa Algazi Marcus, Ph.D., professor of French
Abstract: Cultivation theory has shown that television impacts viewer’s perception of reality, and research indicates that sitcoms are currently the most popular sub-genre of television. Despite these findings, no study has been done to analyze the portrayal of female characters on sitcoms and how this portrayal may be impacting women’s views of their role in society. For this study, a content analysis was conducted on 100 sitcoms and 149 female characters, over the last 60 years, to gain an understanding of the portrayal of female characters on the most popular sitcoms of each decade. This study looks to answer three main questions pertaining to the accuracy of the portrayal of women’s workforce participation, the accuracy of the portrayal of working mothers, and how this portrayal has changed in the past 60 years. These three questions are addressed through the use of a logit regression analysis and by comparing the data collected on the female characters to the United States actual labor participation rates.
Quote: “I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to write a Departmental Honors paper. Besides learning about sitcoms and their portrayal of women, I also had to do a lot of data analysis that I had never done before. It was challenging at times, but I learned so much from this experience, and I had fun every step of the way!”
Major: Art and Archaeology (Archaeology Concentration)
Project: The Cult of Redemption: Isiac Worship in the Graeco-Roman World and its Influence on Early Christianity
Mentor: Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., visiting professor of archaeology and art history
Committee Members: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology; and Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic
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Abstract: Within the Roman Empire, many religions and traditions flourished. Foreign religions were important in Roman society, and I trace the worship of (the goddess) Isis from Egypt, to Greece and finally to Rome. After the fall of the empire, there is a drastic change in religious practices. I demonstrate that the worship of the Virgin Mary developed because of the popularity of the Isiac cult previously established within the Roman Empire.
Quote: “I learned the importance of developing my writing. This was not a project where one or two drafts were sufficient. I had to write many drafts, with large changes and extensive research, and this project helped me to learn the most effective way to develop and enhance my writing.”
John Pigott ’17
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Project: Common Envelope Evolution Of Toy Stars Using Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics
Mentor: John Boon, associate professor of computer science; and Ann Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics
Committee Members: Allen Flora, Ph.D., professor of physics
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Abstract: Smooth particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is a modeling technique primarily used to simulate fluids and fluid dynamics. There is a large body of knowledge and works that use SPH to model and simulate complex fluid problems. The technique was originally developed for astronomical processes, but since its origin, the technique has been applied to fluid problems in multiple fields. The original focus of the paper was to examine how SPH can be used to simulate stars and gasses in astronomical processes; in particular, we were interested in the use of SPH to simulate simplified star formation as well as simulating simplified binary stars in a common envelope. The common envelope process is a field of active study and is the main focus of my work. This paper describes the various results obtained by the project, which includes simulating multiple stars using smooth particle hydrodynamics, improving the simulation runtimes, and finding a way to handle the lambda value in the simulation.
Quote: “I selected this project because of my active interest in all the related fields involved including astronomy, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Common envelope evolution blends all these areas as it studies binary stars contained in a gas envelope. I have learned a great deal about this astronomical process as well as the smooth particle hydrodynamics modeling technique, which I used to simulate the stars. While some challenges with the simulation limited my scope, I was still able to produce interesting results about simulating the process.“
Elizabeth Shearin ’17
Project: U.S.-Vichy Relations: Diplomacy, Democracy and Collaboration, 1940-1942
Mentor: Corey Campion, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and global studies
Committee Members: Emilie Amt, D. Phil., professor of history; and Paige Eager, Ph.D., professor of political science
Abstract: This paper examines how and why the United States, during World War II, diplomatically recognized the collaborationist Vichy regime in France. The findings indicate that, although the administration of Franklin Roosevelt argued throughout the course of the Second World War, the United States remained committed to the causes of democracy, liberty, and the defeat of fascism; ultimately the issue of fascism overtaking France did not factor considerably into the administration’s decision to carry out diplomatic decisions with the Vichy regime. Even when it was clear that the American public did not approve of the policy, the Roosevelt administration continued the diplomatic relationship not on the basis of morals such as democracy and liberty, but instead on the basis of realpolitik, policy based on practical notions rather than idealistic morals or ethics.
Quote: “This project was an incredible opportunity for me to really delve into an era and topic of history that I am interested in, and with my adviser’s guidance, it definitely improved my research and writing skills. Beyond narrowing in on a topic with enough available primary sources in English, the toughest challenge I had to overcome during this project was choosing which aspects of the topic to focus on, and to then really narrow in on what argument I wanted to make. This was especially tough given just how much information and how many sources I had at my disposal.”
Kelly Brown ’17
Project: Crossing the Line between Political and Terrorist Groups
Mentor: Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic
Committee Members: Paige Eager, Ph.D., professor of political science; and Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology
Matthew Hassaine ’17
Project: Christianity in the Middle East: An Ancient Past, an Uncertain Future
Mentor: Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic
Committee Members: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French; David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion and philosophy
Phoebe Hassaine ’17
Project: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the American Media: Sustaining a Culture of Fear
Mentor: Carin Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic, and Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science
Lydia Jines ’17
Project: All in All, it was Just another Brick in the Wall: Determining the Efficacy and Legality of the Mexican Border Wall
Mentor: Janis Judson, Ph.D., professor of political science
Committee: Teresa Bean, J.D., assistant professor of law and criminal justice; and Paige Eager, Ph.D., professor of political science
Jeffery Larson ’17
Project: Lyrical Seduction: The Effect of Music Lyrics on Short-Term Sexual Attraction Patterns of Emerging Adults
Mentor: Diane Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Committee: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology; Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology; and Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology
Anne Lessard ’17
Project: Crossing Cultural Barriers: The Impact of Studying Abroad on the Personalities of College Students
Mentor: Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Committee: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology; and Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
Trevor Magnuski ’17
Project: Criminology and NCAA Football: Does Criminal Activity by Student-Athletes Impact Wins and Revenue in College Football?
Mentor: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management
Committee: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance
Rachel Mankowitz ’17
Project: Directed Evolution of Pectin Methylesterases to Optimize their use in a Biofuels Application
Mentor: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee: Sue Carney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; and Allen Flora, Ph.D., professor of physics
Jake Rogers ’17
Project: Be Compassionate: The Urgency of Empathy
Mentor: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English
Committee: Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., associate professor of English; and Corey Campion, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and global studies
Claire Scarborough ’17
Project: The Kurdish Question: Assessing the Plausibility of Statehood
Mentor: Paige Eager, Ph.D., professor of political science
Committee: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science; and Ann Boyd, Ph.D., professor of biology
Ian Sellers ’17
Project: Analysis of the Stability of Microbial Consortia Grown on Pectin
Mentor: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee: Sue Carney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; and Jerrold van Winter, Ph.D., associate professor of management
Clark Spessard ’17
Project: Enumerative Combinations and Positional Games
Mentor: Gwyneth Whieldon, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics
Committee: John Boon, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science; and James Parson, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics