Sharing honors program research

Apr 25, 2014

honors presentationThe final step in Heidelberg’s honors program is the completion of a senior honors project. Over the last three days, twenty seniors have presented their research in front of the campus community, family members, and friends.

Honors students work with a faculty mentor who helps evaluate their progress and gives feedback through the writing and research process. Students have to complete a paper and give a presentation.

“It’s a good chance to have a professional experience,” said Jenny Simko. “You’re not just presenting to a class of people you know.”

The Life of Mind Honors Program is designed to support student growth across academic disciplines. Jenny exemplifies this idea being a chemistry major with aspirations to work as an analytical researcher. Her presentation, however, was not about chemistry, but about POW’s in World War II.

honors presentationIt started in her Artist Honors seminar, World War II: The Movie. She had recently learned that her uncle had been in the Bataan death march during World War II and used that as inspiration for her class project. When she was thinking about possible senior presentation topics, she knew she wanted to explore this topic more.

“Looking at this issue as a scientist, I’m able to have a difference perspective,” she said. “It was nice to be able to explore something outside of my major that I was interested in.”

Three days of honors presentations showcased the variety of interests Heidelberg students have.

  • Katelyn Hough - How to Create a Modern Adaptation of Shakespearean Drama: The M Word
  • Bethany Mattern - College Student Athletes' Perceptions of Sports Related Helping Professionals
  • Danielle Pike - Pyschology and the Military: Historical and Clinical Connections
  • Genna Fusco - Gender Differences in Phases of Cold Sensation during Cold Water Immersion
  • Lauren Ash - Accounting for Pensions and Postretirement Benefits: U.S. GAAP vs. IFRS
  • Elizabeth Rhode - Bereavement: Finding Healing through Loss
  • Felicia Konrad - The History of Women's Clothing in England
  • Victoria Miller - Sit, Stay, Comfort: Therapy Dogs in Today's Public Schools
  • Jenny Simko - Forgiveness is an Act of Will: Surviving Japanese Atrocities During World War II
  • Brandon Herrmann - Providing Access to the Johnson's Island Field Specimen Catalogue
  • honors presentationBrittany Labry - Genetic Identification and Comparison of different clam species within the Family Sphaeriidae
  • Allison Kennedy - The Use of Solid-Phase Extraction-Ultra-High Pressure Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry in Determining the Effectiveness of EmporeTM Disks in Recovering Pesticides from Water
  • Nicolette Horvat - "No Beans, No Meat, No Soul…No Way!" A Comparison of the Pythagorean and Raelian Cults
  • Leah Boileau - Global Brands and Local Adaptations: Incorporating Culture to Deliver Effective Brand Platforms
  • Kyle Sherepita - The Interconnectivity of String Quartet Writing
  • Kelly Cloninger - A Literary Analysis of Mass Effect
  • Zachary Alan Myers - Libertarian Government
  • Claire Meneer - Conveying the Glass Ceiling for Women: The Double-Standards that occur in today's workforce
  • Joseph Wisard - Zombie Politics
  • Deidre McVay - The Quest for World Order: How International Legal Rules Affect National Sovereignty and International Hegemony