Tischer Scholars Archived

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

Timothy Diethrich ’17

Major: Chemistry

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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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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Belina Onomake ’17

Major: Psychology

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

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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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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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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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

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

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

Gemma Hunt ’17

Major: Psychology

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

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

Molly Masterson

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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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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Elizabeth Shearin ’17

Major: History

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

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

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

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., 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

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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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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

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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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Allen Paxton ’16

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

Mentor: Janis Judson, Ph.D., 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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Sara Pietrzak ’16

Project: "The Reservation of My Mind”: Changes in Sherman Alexie’s Post 9/11 Literature

Mentor: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Committee Members: Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political 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

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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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

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., professor of political science

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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 ’17

Major: Political Science

Project: Interactive 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 of psychology and counseling

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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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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.

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

Caitlin Battey
Department: Foreign Literatures and Languages
Program: Middle Eastern Studies
Adviser: Professor Donald Wright
Committee Members: Professor Roger Reitman, Alexandra Gastelum
Project: East Meets West: The Battle of Modernity and Jihad

Caitlin Bean
Department: English and Communication Arts
Adviser: Professor Amy Gottfried
Committee Members: Professor Mark Sandona, Professor Barbara Powell
Project: Challenging Racial Boundaries: The Effects of Racism in Flannery O'Connor's Literature

Erin Botker
Department: History
Adviser: Professor Len Latkovski
Committee Members: Professor Maryanne Farrell, Professor Barbara Powell
Project: Estonian Refugees in Maryland after World War II

Patrick Cairo
Department: Economics and Business Administration
Program: Integrated Marketing Communications
Adviser: Professor Donna Bertazzoni
Committee Members: Professor Vivian Laxton, Professor Jerrold Van Winter
Project: The Media's Effect on Fantasy Sports and American Sports Culture

Grace Cassutto
Department: English and Communication Arts
Adviser: Professor Donna Bertazzoni
Committee Members: Professor Katherine Orloff, Professor Katy Fulfer
Project: In Defense of "Fake News": How Subjectivity in Comedic News Programs is Valuable

Emily Eckard
Department: Sociology
Adviser: Professor Laura Moore 
Committee Members: Professor Diane Oliver, Professor Linda Sowbel, Professor Kerry Strand
Project: Shifting Stigma: Positive Outcomes of Labeling for Those with Disabilities 

Laura Hanna
Department: English and Communication Arts
Adviser: Professor Amy Gottfried
Committee Members: Professor Heather Mitchell-Buck, Professor Katy Fulfer
Project: Are We There Yet? : The Evolution of LGBT Characters in Young Adult Fiction

Mary Hickman
Department: Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall
Committee Members: Professor Ingrid Farreras, Professor Georgette Jones
Project: Gender Role Conflict in College-Aged and Older Adult Men

Kelsey Koerner
Department: Psychology
Adviser: Professor Jason Trent
Committee Members: Professor Robert Boyle, Professor Laura Moore
Project: The Relationship Between State Optimism and Frustration

Brianna Livesay
Department: Sociology
Adviser: Professor Kerry Strand
Committee Members: Professor Laura Moore, Professor Carol Snapp
Project: Pseudoscience and Integrative Medicine: An Exploratory Study

William Marshall
Department: History
Adviser: Professor Len Latkovski
Committee Members: Professor Corey Campion; Professor Kamilya Sidorova, Russian Department, Frederick Community College
Project: Georgi Vins and Baptist Dissidence in the Soviet Union

Annie Mercer
Department: Psychology
Adviser: Professor Diane Oliver
Committee Members: Professor Robert Boyle, Professor Allen Flora
Project: Exploring Multidimensional School Shooters: Removing Risk Factors From Their Categorical Box

Rachel Linette Meyer
Department:Chemistry and Physics
Adviser: Professor Christopher Stromberg
Committee Members: Professor Kevin Bennett, Edwin Heilweil
Project:The Structural and Photochemical Dynamics of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Model Compounds

Kara O'Leary
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Program: Middle Eastern Studies
Adviser: Professor Donald Wright
Committee Members: Professor Hoda Zaki, Professor Karen Hoffman
Project: Views and Challenges of Feminism in the Post-Colonial Maghreb

Megan Rodriguez
Department: Mathematics
Adviser: Professor James Parson
Committee Members: Professor Gwyneth Whieldon, Professor Elizabeth Chang
Project: Graph Theory Representations and Computational Complexity of Sliding Block Ice Puzzles Inspired by Legend of Zelda

Alison Schuetz 
Department: Mathematics
Adviser: Professor Gwyneth Whieldon
Committee Members: Professor James Parson, Professor Michael Coon
Project: Combinatorial Game Theory: The Search for Winning Strategies in Games of No Chance

Amanda Shaffery
Department: Art and Archaeology
Adviser: Professor Tammy Krygier
Committee Members: Professor Jenni Ross, Professor Purnima Bhatt
Project: Nefertiti Regnant

Kerri Sheehan
Department: English and Communication Arts
Adviser: Professor Elizabeth Knapp
Committee Members: Professor Amy Gottfried, Professor Trevor Dodman, Professor Maryanne Farrell
Project: The Velocity of Mind and the Tenacity of Spirit: Exploring Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

Rowela Silvestre
Department: Economics and Business Administration
Adviser: Professor Glen Weaver
Committee Members: Professor Erin Hinchey
Project: Career Expectations of Undergraduate Millennials: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Matter?

Jasmine Smith
Department: History
Adviser: Professor Jay Driskell
Committee Members: Professor Katy Fulfer, Professor Barbara Powell
Project: Mothers and Sisters: The Language of American Women's Anti-Vietnam War Protest

Kristen Squires
Department: Philosophy and Religion
Adviser: Professor Stephen Wilson
Committee: Professor David Hein
Project: The Christian Conversion of Viking Settlers in Britain c.800-1100 CE Through the Lens of a Cultural Theory of Religion

Nicole Wilson
Department: Psychology
Adviser: Ingrid Farreras
Committee Members: Professor Wanda Ruffin, Professor Jason Trent, Professor Lynda Sowbel
Project: The Effect of Sexualized Male and Female Video Game Characters on Self-Esteem

Samuel Jacob Wynn
Major: English and Communications Arts
Adviser: Professor Donna Bertazzoni
Committee Members: Professor Len Latkovski, Professor Trevor Dodman  
Project: Covering Hitler's 'Little War': American Correspondents in Europe, 1939 – 1940

Anela Alić ’14
Project: American Newspaper Perception of Al Jazeera, 2001-2003
Mentor: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism
Committee Members: Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism; Leonard Latkovski, professor of history

Stacey M. Axler ’14
Project: Love Letter to Stanley, Analyzing Five Films of Stanley Kubrick
Mentor: Katherine Orloff, assistant professor of journalism
Committee Members: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism; David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

Catherine Anne Dennen ’14
Project: Piagetian Object Permanence in Sciurus carolinensis
Mentor:  Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Committee Members: Diane Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; James Cherry, Ph.D., adjunct instructor

Catherine Anne Dennen ’14
Project: Directed Evolution of a Thermostabilized Pectin Methylesterase by Error-Prone PCR to Develop a More Active Enzyme
Mentor: Craig Laufer, PhD., professor of biology
Committee Members: Ricky Hirschhorn, Phd., professor of biology; Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Nicholas Duafala ’14
Project: The Impact of Quantitative Easing on the Capital Markets: GARCH Analysis of the Exchange Traded Funds Market
Mentor: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management
Committee Members: Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance; Michael Coon, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; Steven L. Skancke, Ph.D., chief investment officer at Keel Point Advisors, LLC; Bill Scoggins, wealth advisor at Keel Point Advisors, LLC

Mitchell Ellison ’14
Project: Differential hsp70 Expression in the Symbiotic Sea Anemone Aiptasia pallida and its Intracellular Symbiont Symbiodinium sp. In Response to Salinity Stress
Mentor: Susan Carney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Committee Members: Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology; Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Lauren Engel ’14
Project: Behavioral Modification of Frustration Behavior in Response to Yes/No Questions in a Child with Autism
Mentor: Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Committee Members: Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Tricia Strickland, Ph.D., assistant professor of education

Miriam Fitzelle-Jones ’14
Project: The Application of International Law to Environmental Migrants
Mentor: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; April Boulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Maria Gaetskaya ’14
Project: Responsibility to Protect Doctrine: Syria (R2P)
Mentor: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Len Latkovski Jr., professor of history; Guy Djoken, chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Center and Associations

Vy Y Ho ’14
Project: Do the FORTUNE’s 100 Best Outperform? An Investigation of the Links Between Employee Satisfaction, Firm Value, and Firm Performance
Mentor: Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance
Committee Members: Anita Jose, Ph.D., professor of management; Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management

Josh Johnson ’14
Project: Intolerance Amongst the Discriminated: Gauging Discrimination Amongst Homosexual Subculture Towards Transgender and Transsexual Individuals
Mentor: Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science
Committee Members: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; David Gilmore

Amelia H. Lovelace ’14
Project: Identification and Cloning of Secreted Proteins in Germinating Uromyces transversalis Urediniospores Infecting Gladiolus Species
Mentor: Oney Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee Members: Doug Luster, Ph.D., research leader at the USDA-ARS at Fort Detrick; Ann Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics

Emily D. Lovelace ’14
Project: Exploring Induced Byssus Thread Production of Mussels in the Presence of Native and Invasive Predators: Determining the Influence of Geographical Contact History of the Atlantic Ribbed Mussel Geukensia demissa, and the Physical Characteristics of Water-borne Cues Detected by the Hooked Mussel Ischadium recurvum
Mentor: Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee Members: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; James Devilbiss, adjunct instructor in mathematics

Ian McDonald ’14
Project: Phenotype Analysis of Environmental Isolates of Pectinolytic Bacteria
Mentor: Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee Members: Sue Carney, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry

Stephen McNamara ’14
Project: Variances in Eurosceptic Public Opinion: An Analysis of Economic and Cultural Factors
Mentor: Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D., professor of political science
Committee Members: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French; Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science

Anna Nikolenko ’14
Project: La Belle Époque de la Russie en France 1850-1930
Mentor: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French
Committee Members: Lisa Algazi Marcus, Ph.D., professor of French; Noel O. Verzosa Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor of music

Alfreda Nwosu ’14
Project: The Product of a Failed State: Boko Haram, On the Verge of Transnationalization?
Mentor: Page Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science; Sang Kim, Ph.D., professor of economics and management

Gaelyn Reid ’14
Project: Conflict and Collaboration: Native Americans and the Practice of Archaeology
Mentor: Jenni Ross, Ph.D., professor of art
Committee Members:  Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor of history, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies; John Bedell, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of history

Samantha Tate ’14
Project: Valproate Extends Viability in PC-12 Cells Expressing Full-length Mutant Huntingtin
Mentor: Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology
Committee Members: Susan Ensel, Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; Tiziana Cavinato, assistant professor of biology

Andrew S. Thomas ’14
Project: Luftwaffe over Camelot: Christian British Identity and the Siege in C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength
Mentor: Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
Committee Members: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Jay Driskell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history

Amanda R. Wobbleton ’14
Project: Nitrogen Uptake Rate in Iris versicolor Amended with Mycorrhizal Fungi for Use in Floating Treatment Wetlands
Mentor: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Committee Members: Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology; Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Gina Bonomo
Project: De la théologie à la postmodernatié: Marie-Madeleine en France
Mentors: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French
Committee Members: Professor Lisa Marcus, Professor Corey Campion

Steven Davis ’13
Project: La Table et le Sacré: Nourrir une Morale au XVII siècle
Mentors: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French
Committee Members: Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., NEH Libman professor; Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

Bethany Johnson ’14
Project: A Girl, a Book and a Prophet: Child Brides and Marriage Legislation in Modern Yemen
Mentors:  Professor Donald Wright Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic
Committee Members: Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, history, interdisciplinary studies; Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Kasey Johnson 13
Project: Shipwrecks and Ancient Texts: Mapping Exchange in the Late Bronze Age
Mentors: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of Art
Committee Members: Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegarde Pilgram professor of history; Tammy Krygier, instructor in history

Justin C. King 13
Project: Police and the Public Eye: Job Satisfaction and law Enforcement Perceptions of Public Opinion
Mentors: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology; Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science


Dorothy Kirlew '13
Project: Using a Genetic Algorithm to Optimize the Shortest Path for Double Degree Students in Four-Year College
Mentors: Ahmed Salem, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science; Jill Dunham, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics
Committee Members: Gwyneth Whieldon, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics

Spencer C. Knoll 13
Project: The Life, Legacy and Leaving Behind of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Mentors: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science; Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy

Jessica Lambert
Project: The Influence of Variation in the Bovine Growth Hormone and Prolactin Genes on Milk Production in Holstein Cattle
Mentors: Sue Carney, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
Committee Members: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry; Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

William Lane ’13
Project: Characterization of Bipolaris sp. From Microstegium vimineum in Frederick, Maryland
Mentors: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Committee Members: Eric Annis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; William Bruckart and Farivar Eskandari, USDA-ARS Ft. Detrick, Frederick  

Brittany Lethbridge ’13
Project: First Generation College Students: Challenges and Solutions
Mentors:  Jerrold Van Winter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management
Committee Members: Kathleen Bands, Ph.D., professor of education; David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management; Lawrence Devan, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of management

Jessica Manuel 13
Project: Hollywood Wants You: The Evolution and Psychology Behind Advertising for Movies
Mentors: Katherine Orloff, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication arts
Committee Members: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism; Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology; Joann Lee, art director, marketing and communications

Marilyn Meadows ’13
Project: “What we may be”: Portrayals of Madness in Shakespearean tragedy
Mentors: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
Committee Members: Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art and archaeology

Jeanette Moss ’13
Project: Population genetics of the Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico
Mentors: Sue Carney, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
Committee Members: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology

Lucas Netter ’13
Project: Can the Spread of Credit Default Swaps Explain at What Point a Sovereign Will Default on its Debt
Mentor: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management
Committee Members: Michael Coon, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics Tianning Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance
Clifford Quinn 13
Project: A Looming Threat from the East? An Empirical Perspective on American Economics Fears of China
Mentors: Michael Coon, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics
Committee Members: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management; Jerrold Van Winter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

Francesca Roth ’13
Project: Corps mutilés, Récits fragmentés: l’ombre de la guillotine dans la littérature fantastique en france au XIXème siècle
Mentors: Lisa Algazi Marcus, professor of French
Committee Members: Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., NEH Libman professor; Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

Blair E. Starnes ’13
Project: Personality Differences of High-Risk Athletes: An Emphasis on SCUBA Divers
Mentors:  Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Committee Members:  Sue Carney, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Christina Startt ’13
Project: When Married to a God: The ‘God’s Wife of Amun’ in Ancient Egypt
Mentors:Tammy Krygier, instructor in history
Committee Members: Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art; Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia Lewis Professor of Political Science

Nicholas Temple
Project: In Contempt: Hate Crimes and the First Amendment
Mentor: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Committee Members: Teresa Bean, lecturer in law and society; Elliott Fullmer, lecturer in political science

Sarah Rachael Van Horn
Project: The Pardoned Deceiver: Conjurers and Magic in Western Society
Mentor:  Professor Heather Mitchell-Buck,
Committee Members: Mark Sandona, professor of English; David Hein, professor of religion

Krysta Wagner 13
Project: “It is required you do awake your faith”: The Divine Plan in The Winter’s Tale
Mentors: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English
Committee Members: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D., professor of Spanish

Alex Winter
Project: Effects of Stream Nutrients on Salamander Species Diversity and Abundance
Mentor: Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Committee Members: Eric Annis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Jamie Bingaman ’12

Project: Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Model Compounds

Adviser: Chris Stromberg, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Committee Members: Ted Heilweil, Ph.D., senior scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Debjani Roy, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of chemistry

Ashley Birdsell ’13

Project: Monumental: Marketing Community Engagement Through Reification of Physical Artifacts in a Social Media Environment

Adviser: David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

Committee Members: John George, Ph.D., associate professor of education; Jerrold Van Winter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

Dubravka Bodiroga ’12

Project: Computational methods of solving equations over fields of zero and non-zero characteristic

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

Committee Members: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; Gwyneth Whieldon, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics

Katrina Castner ’12

Project: From Candid Camera to Jersey Shore: An Examination of Stereotypes on Reality Television

Adviser: Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism

Committee Members: Katherine Orloff, assistant professor of communication arts; Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology

Lindsay Cogdill ’12

Project: Choice Versus Contract: Sexual Autonomy of Female Indentured Servants in Pre-Revolutionary America, 1642-1775

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

Committee Members: Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegarde Pilgrim Professor of History; Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Meghan Coulbourne ’12

Project: Habitat Selection and Saturation in Newly Settled Lobsters (Homarus Americanus)

Adviser: Eric Annis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Committee Members: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; Alison Roark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Nabela Enam ’12

Project: Development of a Quantitative PCR Assay to Measure HTLV-1 to Study Infection Kinetics in Vitro

Adviser: Rachel Bagni, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Committee Members: Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry; Oney Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

Kristopher Fair ’13

Project: “We Thousands Do Not Trust You”: The Kengir Gulag Revolt

Adviser: Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history and international studies

Committee Members: Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Michael Powell, Ph.D., instructor in history

Kathleen Ford ’12

Project: The Cognitive Ability of Ants to Use Sequential Patterns While Foraging

Adviser: Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Michael Powell, Ph.D., instructor in history; Wanda Ruffin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Charity Smith ’10, M.A. ’12

Julia Friedrich ’12

Project: The Body Triptych: Poems

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

Committee Members: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy

Claire Gogan ’12

Project: Message Music and the African-American Prophetic Tradition: Nina Simone, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Black Theology

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

Committee Members: Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Wayne L. Wold, D.M.E., associate professor of music

William Gregory ’12

Project: Under New Management: Part of the African Development Story

Adviser: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management

Committee Members: Joe Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial Associate Professor of Economics; Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history and international studies

Joshua Haines ’12

Project: Analysis of Production Conditions of Mithraycin Using Streptomyces Plicatus

Adviser: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry

Committee Members: Suzanne Shipley, National Cancer Institute; Karina Zuck, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute

Jennifer Rose Hill ’12

Project: A Linguistic Comparison Between Human-to-Human Online Communication and Human-to-Chatterbot Conversation

Adviser: Randy Ford, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science

Committee Members: Aijuan Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science; Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Troy Hubbard ’12

Project: Purification of Myxoma Virus Leukemia-Associated Protein (MV-LAP) via Immobilized Metal Ion Affinity Chromatography

Adviser: Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Committee Members: Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor of Chemistry; Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology

Makeda Jones ’12

Project: A Revolution in the Making: Syria From Past to Future

Adviser: Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

Committee Members: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history

Jamie Zeppa Kreager ’12

Project: The Responsibility to Protect: The Missed Opportunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Adviser: Page Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Committee Members: Donna Bertozzoni, professor of journalism; Carin Robison, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science

Bern G. Lee ’12

Project: Language Learning and Retention: A Comparative Assessment of the Effects of Cognitive Effort and Context Learning Theories

Adviser: Shannon M.A. Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology

Committee Members: Robert Boyle, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English.

Jennifer Marlatt ’12

Project: Television Food Advertising to Children: An Assessment of Food Industry Self Regulation in the United States

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

Committee Members: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism; Roger Reitman, Ph.D., professor of sociology

Scott Mauer ’12

Project: The Order of Preachers and the Electoral Process in the High Middle Ages

Adviser: Emilie Amt, Ph.D., Hildegarde Pilgrim Professor of History

Committee Members: Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history and international studies; Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English

Sarah E. Morris ’12

Project: Shining Light on the Invisible Phenomenon of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST): The Importance and Role of Local Organizations in Maryland

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

Committee Members: Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology

Kizza M. Nandyose ’12

Project: Lyapunov Exponents and Entropies: Quantifying Chaotic Behavior in Addictive Cellular Automata

Adviser: Jill Dunham, assistant professor of mathematics

Committee Members: Allen Flora, Ph.D., professor of physics; Ann Stewart, assistant professor of mathematics

Aida Odobasic ’12

Project: How Do Individual and National Economic Characteristics Impact Happiness? The Case of the European Union

Adviser: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management

Committee Members: Joe Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial Associate Professor of Economics; Jelena Kecmanovic, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

Victoria Peterson ’12

Project: “You Know What I Am”: Male Roles and Conduct in Austen’s Emma and Mansfield Park

Adviser: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English

Committee Members: Martha Bari, Ph.D., assistant professor of art; Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English

Corinne Ransom ’12

Project: Development of Total Phosphatase Activity Assay Protocol for Use in Aquatic Environments

Adviser: Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology

Committee Members: Eric Annis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Carter Reitman ’12

Project: Stranger of Here and Everywhere: Literary and Cultural Conflict in Season of Migration to the North

Adviser: Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English

Committee Members: Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of French and Arabic

Bridgette Ringley ’12

Project: Using Both Size Exclusion and Anion Exchange Chromatography to Isolate Vitellogenin From Female Orconectes obscurus, Coupled to Tandem Mass Spectroscopy for Partial Sequence Determination

Adviser: Alison Roark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Committee Members: Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry; Christopher Stromberg, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Krystal Rowley ’12

Project: DeploymentStressors and Supporting Military Resourses and Programs: Focus on Military Spouses and Significant Others

Adviser: Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., associate professor of social work

Committee Members: Joy Ernst, Ph.D., associate professor of social work; Mary Malanado, instructor in social work

Shannon, Aubrey ’12

Project: Portraits Fragmentés: Étude sur l’état feminin dans la Nouvelle Vague

Adviser: Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French

Committee Members: Lisa Marcus, Ph.D., professor of French; Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., NEH Libman Professor

Senad Sinanovich ’12

Project: How Much Did the Central and Eastern European Countries Benefit from Accession to the EU? An Imperical Investigation

Adviser: Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management

Committee Members: Joe Dahms, Ph.D., Beneficial Associate Professor of Economics; Paige Eager, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Chris Shaver ’12

Project: Capitalism, Slavery and the Whale in Moby Dick

Adviser: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Committee Members: Jay Driscell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Carol Kolmerten, Ph.D., Professor of English

Sara R. Winand ’12

Project: Rebels from the Waist Downward: Sexuality in 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale

Adviser: Amy Gottfried, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Committee Members: Carol Kolmerten, Ph.D., professor of English; Laura Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology

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

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

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