Close
Please Wait. Loading Menu...

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.

Caitlin Battey Kelsey Koerner Amanda Shaffery
Caitlin Bean Kara O’Leary Kerri Sheehan
Erin Botker William Marshall Rowela Silvestre
Emily Eckard Annie Mercer Kristen Squires
Mary Hickman Megan Rodriguez Nicole Wilson

Caitlin Battey ’15

Major: Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology

Project: East Meets West: The Battle of Modernity and Jihad

Mentors: Donald Wright, Ph.D., director of the Middle Eastern studies department

 Committee Members: Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology; Paige W. Eager, Ph.D., chair of the political science department, associate professor of political science, director of the global studies program; Alexandra Gastelum, humanitarian action fellow at The McCain Institute of International Leadership; Lindsay Scornavacco, senior human trafficking coordinator at The McCain Institute of International Leadership

Read more 

Caitlin Bean ’15

Major: English

Project: The Challenge of Racial Boundaries: The Effects of Racism in Flannery O’Connor’s Literature

Mentors: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., professor of English

Committee Members: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English; Barbara Powell

Read more 

Erin Botker ’15

Major: History

Project: Estonian Refugees in Maryland after World War II

Mentors: Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history

Committee Members: Barbara Powell, Maryanne Farrell, Ph.D., instructor of history; Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics



Read more 

Emily Eckard ’15

Major: Sociology

Project: Shifting Stigma: Positive Outcomes of Labeling for Those with Disabilities

Mentors: Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

Committee Members: Diane Graves Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work; Kerry Strand, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

Read more 

Mary Hickman ’15

Major: Psychology

Project: Gender Role Conflict in College-Aged and Older Adult Men

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

Committee Members: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Georgette Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology



Read more

Kelsey Koerner ’15

Major: Psychology and Spanish

Project: The Relationship Between State Optimism and Frustration

Mentors:Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Robert W. Boyle Jr., Ph.D., professor of psychology, program director of the human sciences Graduate program; Laura M. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

Read more 

William Marshall ’15

Major: History

Project: Georgi Vins and the History of Baptist Dissidence in Soviet Russia

Mentors: Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history; Corey Campion, Ph.D., adjunct professor of history, director of the master of arts humanities program; Kamilya Sidorova, Ph.D., professor of Russian at Frederick Community College

Read more 

Annie Mercer ’15

Major: Psychology

Project: Exploring Multidimensional School Shooters: Removing Risk Factors from Their Categorical Box

Mentors: Diane Graves Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Robert W. Boyle, Jr., Ph.D, associate professor of psychology; Allen P. Flora, Ph.D., professor of physics

Read more 

Kara O’Leary ’15

Major: French and Middle Eastern studies

Project: Challenges in Feminism in the Post-Colonial Maghreb

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

Committee Members: Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy; Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science



Read more 

Megan Rodriguez ’15

Major: Mathematics

Project: Graph Theory Representations and Computational Complexity of Sliding Block Ice Puzzles Inspired By Legend Of Zelda

Mentors: James Parson, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics

Committee Members: Gwyneth Whieldon, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics; Elizabeth Chang, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science

Read more 

Amanda Shaffery ’15

Major: Archaeology

Project: Nefertiti Regnant

Mentors: Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of art

Committee Members: Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor of history, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies; and Jenni Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology

Read more 

Kerri Sheehan ’15

Major: English and Communication Arts

Project: The Velocity of Mind and the Tenacity of Spirit: Form Taking on Meaning in Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

Mentors: Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English

Committee Members: Maryanne Farrell, Ph.D., instructor of history; Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., professor of English

Read more 

Rowela Silvestre ’15

Major: Business Administration

Project: Career Expectations of Undergraduate Millennials: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Matter?

Mentors: Glen Weaver, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting and management

Committee Members: Erin George, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; Anita Jose, Ph.D., professor of management

Read more 

Kristen Squires ’16

Major: Archaeology and Religion

Project: The Christian Conversion of Viking Settlers in Britain c. 800-1100 CE Through the Lens of a Cultural Theory of Religion

Mentors: Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of religion and philosophy

Committee Members: David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion and philosophy; Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English

Read more 

Nicole Wilson ’15

Major: Psychology

Project: The Effect of Sexualized Male and Female Video Game Characters on Self Esteem

Mentors: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Committee Members: Jason Trent, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; Wanda Ruffin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work

Read more