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.

2019 Christine P. Tischer Scholars

Project: Is Laughter the Best Democratic Medicine? Political Comedy and its Effect on Trust and Tolerance>Department: Political Science

Adviser: Professor Carin Robinson

Committee: Professor Paige Eager, Professor Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

Project: Evaluation of Biological and cDNA Clone-Derived Stocks of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus, TC-83 Vaccine Strain

Department: Biology

Advisers: Professor Ann Boyd; Pamela J. Glass, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Department, Virology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Committee: Professor Oney Smith, Professor Allen Flora

Project: Rebellion, Republic and Resistance: Exploring the Politics of Disney’s Star Wars Films

Department: Political Science

Adviser: Professor Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

Committee: Professor Carin Robinson, Professor Aaron Angello

Project:Intimate Cartographies: A Journey with Tomás Eloy Martinez (translation) Department: Global Languages and Cultures (Spanish)

Adviser: Professor Griselda Zuffi

Committee: Professor Marisel Torres-Crespo, Professor Robert Casas Roigé

Project: What’s Partisanship Got to do With It? Racial Disparities of Maternal and Infant Mortality in North Carolina

Department: Political Science

Adviser: Professor Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs Committee: Professor Jill Tysse, Professor Ann Boyd

Project: Lowering Melting Temperatures of Carbohydrate Binding Modules through Site Directed Mutagenesis

Department: Chemistry and Physics

Adviser: Professor Craig Laufer

Committee: Professor Kevin Bennett, Professor Dana Lawrence

Project: The History of Algerian Immigrants’ Search for Identity in France: An Analysis through French Film, Historical and Political Context between France and Algeria

Departments: Global Languages and Cultures (French); Political Science (Global Studies)

Advisers: Professor Didier Course, Professor Paige Eager

Committee: Professor Donald Wright, Professor Corey Campion, Professor Lisa Marcus

Project: Development of an Assay for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Coxiella burnetii

Department: Chemistry and Physics

Adviser: Martha Hale, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Committee: Professor Dana Lawrence, Professor Craig Laufer

Project: Political Expenditure and Congressional Election Success

Department: The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business (Economics)

Adviser: Professor Erin George

Committee: Professor Ryan Safner, Professor Carin Robinson

Project: Social Media Usage and its Relationship to Personality

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Adviser: Professor Ingrid Farreras

Committee: Professor Andrew Campbell, Professor Laura Moore

Project: Mental Health Stigma in a Politically Polarized United States

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Adviser: Professor Megan Shaine

Committee: Professor Shannon Kundey, Professor Malikah Marrus

Project: Free Markets and Carceral States: The Sixth Party System of America

Department: History

Adviser: Professor Terry Scott

Committee: Professor Jay Harrison, Professor Robert Casas Roigé

Project: Constructing and Deconstructing the Austen Female Identity

Department: English and Communication Arts

Adviser: Professor Trevor Dodman

Committee: Professor Elizabeth Knapp, Professor Corey Campion

Project: Regulation and Discrimination: Race and Interest Rate Mark-ups in the Auto Loan Industry

Department: The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business (Economics)

Adviser: Professor Ryan Safner

Committee: Professor Hoda Zaki, Professor Erin George

Project: Un Rêve Français à la Lumière de l’Art Japonais de la n du 19ème Siècle au début du 20ème Siècle

Department: Global Languages and Cultures (French)

Adviser: Professor Didier Course

Committee: Professor Donald Wright, Professor Noel Verzosa

Project: Dramatic Aspirations at Villa Borghese: The Theatrics of Bernini’s Sculptural Group

Department: Art and Archaeology

Adviser: Professor Frederick Bohrer

Committee: Professor April Morris, Professor Jay Harrison

Project: Targeted Mutagenesis of Human BRCA2 via Recombineering for Functional Evaluation of Unclassi ed Variants

Department: Chemistry and Physics

Adviser: Shyam Sharan, Deputy Program Director, Mouse Cancer Genetics Program, Center for Cancer Research

Committee: Professor Dana Lawrence, Professor Georgette Jones

Project: Investigating the Effects of Flynap (Triethylamine) on Behavior and Related Gene Expression in Wildtype and White Mutants of Drosophila melanogaster

Department: Biology

Adviser: Professor Sue Carney

Committee: Professor Georgette Jones, Professor Oney Smith, Professor Shannon Kundey

Project: Exploring Community and Mortuary Rituals through the Use of Plastered Crania in the Levantine Pre-Pottery Neolithic B

Department: Art and Archaeology

Adviser: Professor Jennifer Ross

Committee: Professor David Hixson, Professor Jay Harrison

Project: Examining the Impact of Social Support Accessibility on Frederick County K-12 Students

Department: Education

Adviser: Professor Kristine Calo

Committee: Professor Molly Carlson, Professor Christy Graybeal

Project: Un Vrai Cinéma Politique: Une Analyse des Opinions Politiques de Jean-Luc Godard et leur Évolution dans ses Films

Department: Global Languages and Cultures (French)

Adviser: Professor Didier Course

Committee: Professor Donald Wright, Professor Corey Campion

Project: Libertad de Expresión con Mordaza: Limitaciones y Consecuencia de la Transición en la Presente Democracia Española

Department: Global Languages and Cultures (Spanish)

Adviser: Professor Robert Casas Roigé

Committee: Professor Griselda Zuf , Professor Marisel Torres-Crespo

Project: And? How American Popular Culture Embraced Cynicism in the Digital Media Age

Department: English and Communication Arts

Adviser: Professor Alan Goldenbach

Committee: Professor Trevor Dodman, Professor Katherine Orloff

Project: The Relationship Between Abortion Attitudes and Ratings of Responsibility for Unintended Pregnancies

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Adviser: Professor Ingrid Farreras

Committee: Professor Katrina Jongman-Sereno, Professor Laura Moore

Project: Reel or Real: Female Heroism in Hollywood

Department: English and Communication Arts

Adviser: Professor Katherine Orloff

Committee: Professor Elizabeth Atwood, Professor Aaron Angello

Project: The Impact of Arts Education on Student Success

Department: Education

Adviser: Professor Paulette Shockey

Committee: Professor Kristine Calo, Professor RoseAnn Lester

Project: Predicting Mortality of Diabetic Patients in an ICU Setting

Department: Computer Science

Adviser: Professor Aijuan Dong

Committee: Professor Xinlian Liu, Professor Miranda Darby