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Christine P. Tischer Scholars

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 2015 and previous Tischer Scholars, click here.

Carly Berkowitz Mary Horabik Eric Stone
Jonathan Bullard-Sisken Noel Jones Hannah Thompson
Alexandra Cook Taylor Murphy Catherine Traini
Lew Dean Kirsten Roy
Lydia Emory Ammarah Spall

Carly Berkowitz ’17

Major: Communication Arts

Project: The Women in Ink: A Study of Women in Modern Mainstream Comics

Mentor: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism

Committee Members: Katherine Orloff, assistant professor of journalism; and Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
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Alexandra Cook ’16

Major: History and English

Project: Frances Burney’s “Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress” and Eighteenth-Century Britain

Mentors: Emilie Amt, D.Phil., professor of history and chair of the department; and Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Committee Members: Katy Fulfer, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities
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Lew Dean ’16

Major: Mathematics and Studio Art

Project: Optimal Digital Filtering Techniques for the Analysis of Pore Water Pressure

Mentor: Gwyneth Whieldon, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics

Committee Members: John Boon, associate professor of computer science and information technology; April Boulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and director of the master’s program in environmental science
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Kirsten Roy ’16

Major: Accounting

Project: Get a Little, Give a Little: A Look at Philanthropy in Higher Education

Mentor: Glen Weaver, D.M., assistant professor of accounting and management

Committee Members: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Michael Coon, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics
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Ammarah Spall ’16

Major: Biology

Project: Cloning and Characterization of the Pectin Methylesterase Gene in Pectobacterium wasabiae

Mentor: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology

Committee Members: Susan Carney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; and Susan Ensel, Ph.D., professor of chemistry

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Eric Stone ’16

Major: Sociology

Project: When Worlds Collide: Combining Stigma Management Strategies and Intersectionality Theory Amongst Homeless and Lower-Income Adults

Mentor: Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and chair of the department

Committee Members: Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology; and Katy Fulfer, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities
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Hannah Thompson ’16

Major: Art and Archaeology and English

Project: The Function of Emesal as a Cultic Sociolect

Mentor: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

Committee Members: Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., visiting professor of archaeology and art history; and Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
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Jonathan Bullard-Sisken ’16

Major: Biology

Project: Characterization and Identification of a Novel Pectinolytic Bacteria Mentor: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology

Committee Members: Oney Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology; and Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and chair of the department of chemistry and physics; Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science

Daniel Cramer ’16

Project: Dissent: The Politics of Video Games

Mentor: Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science

Committee Members: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science; and Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the department

Lydia Emory’16

Major: Global Studies

Project: Communication is Key: Analyzing Foreign Language Education in the United States

Mentor: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, chair of the department

 Committee Members: Roger Stenersen, visiting instructor in education and director of the educational leadership program; Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

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Ingrid Gooch ’16

Project: Do Fathers Know Best: Associations Between Paternal Parenting and Effective Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms

Mentor: Diane Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the department; and Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French

Mary Horabik ’16

Major: Art and Archaeology

Project: Icons of War or Images of Shaman: A Study of Paracas Textiles

Mentor: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

Committee Members: Jay Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; and Martha Bari, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history

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Noel Jones ’16

Major: Psychology

Project: The Development and Validation of the Jones Work-Life Conflict Continuum (JWLCC)

Mentor: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the department of psychology and counseling; and David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

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Allen Paxton ’16

Project: Uncensored - A Defense of Free Speech at Institutions of Higher Education

Mentor: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Committee Members: Caroline Reichard, senior lecturer in philosophy and religious studies; and Teresa Bean, J.D., assistant professor of law and criminal justice

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Ashlee Metzger ’16

Project: Analyzing Egg Laying Behaviors in “C. elegans” Based on Bacterial Food Sources

Mentor: Georgette Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Committee Members: Oney Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology; and James Devilbiss

Taylor Murphy ’16

Major: English

Project: Queen Gertrude in Theory: The Construction of Hamlet's Mother in Criticism and Film

Mentor: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English and chair of the department

Committee Members: Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Katy Fulfer, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities
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Kyle Oakes ’16

Project: The Legality of Drones and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Is Skynet a viable possibility for the future?

Mentor: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and chair of the department

Committee Members: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

Kristen Squires ’16

Major: Art and Archaeology and Religion

Project: Exploring Social Stratification through Burials: A Study of Cahokian Mounds

Mentor: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

Committee Members: Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., visiting professor of archaeology and art history; and Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

As a double major, Kristen was invited to write a paper by both the department of art and archaeology and the department of religion. Her paper this year was for the department of art and archaeology. Last year, she wrote a paper for the department of philosophy and religious studies. It was called The Christian Conversion of Viking Settlers in Britain c. 800-1100 CE Through the Lens of a Cultural Theory of Religion.

Catherine Traini ’16

Major: Mathematics

Project: The Gendered Effect of Migration and Remittances on Educational Attainment: The Case of Nicaragua

Mentor: Michael Coon, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics

Committee Members: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Katy Fulfer, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities

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Emily Warren ’16

Project: What’s Rome Got to Do With It? Orientalism’s Effects on Western Perspectives of the Value of Middle Eastern Antiquities

Mentor: Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic

Committee Members: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology; and Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
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Victoria Wright ’16

Project: Sarah Winnemucca and Zitkala Sa: Negotiating Physical and Cultural Survival in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Mentor: Jay Driskell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history

Committee Members: Katy Fulfer, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities; and Jay Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of history