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April 15: Tischer Scholar presentations

FREDERICK, Md.—Twenty-two of Hood’s most accomplished students will present yearlong research findings Friday.

The 2016 Christine P. Tischer Scholars Departmental Honors presentations will take place April 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Rosenstock Hall. The presentations are open to the public.

Eligible Tischer Scholars are students who have earned an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a 3.5 in their major at the end of their junior year. They are usually 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.

These students have been designated Christine P. Tischer Scholars since the 2000-01 academic year in honor of the 1965 alumna of the College who has generously supported the program.

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.

A brief opening session in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at 3:30 p.m. will precede the presentations.

The following presentations will be held in Rosenstock Hall, Room 212: Kirsten Roy, “Get a Little, Give a Little: A Look at Philanthropy in Higher Education;” Noel Jones, “The Development and Validation of the Jones Work-Life Conflict Continuum—JWLCC;” Eric Stone, “When Worlds Collide: Combining Stigma Management Strategies and Intersectionality Theory Amongst Homeless and Lower-Income Adults;” Catherine Traini, “The Gendered Impact of Migration and Remittances on Educational Attainment: The Case of Nicaragua;” and Ingrid M. Gooch, “Do Fathers Know Best: Associations Between Paternal Parenting and Effective Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms.”

The following presentations will be held in Rosenstock Hall, Room 215: Lew Dean, “Optimal Digital Filters for the Analysis of Pore Water Pressure Department: Mathematics;” Ashlee Metzger, “Analyzing Egg Laying Behaviors in C. elegans Based on Bacterial Food Sources;” Ammarah Spall, “Cloning and Characterization of the Pectin Methylesterase Gene of Pectobacterium wasabiae;” and Jonathan Bullard-Sisken, “Characterization and Identification of a Novel Pectinolytic Bacteria.”

The following presentations will be held in Rosenstock Hall, Room 218: Alexandra Cook, “Frances Burney’s Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress and Eighteenth-Century Britain;” Taylor Murphy, “Queen Gertrude in Theory: The Construction of Hamlet’s Mother in Criticism and Film;” Sara Pietrzak, “‘The Reservation of My Mind’: Changes in Sherman Alexie’s Post 9/11 Literature;” and Carly Berkowitz, “The Women in Ink: A Study of Women in Modern-Day Comic Books.”

The following presentations will be held in Rosenstock Hall, Room 223: Daniel Cramer, “Interactive Dissent: The Politics of Video Games:” Lydia Emory, “Communication is Key: Analyzing the Lack of Foreign Language Education in the United States;” and Kyle Leif Oakes, “The Legality of Drones and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Is Skynet a Viable Possibility for the Future?”

The following presentations will be held in Rosenstock Hall, Room 306: Hannah M. Thompson, “The Function of Emesal as a Cultic Sociolect;” Mary E. A. Horabik, “Icons of War or Images of Shamans: A Study of Paracas Textiles;” Emily Warren, “What’s Rome Got to Do With It? Orientalism’s Effects on Western Perspectives of the Value of Middle Eastern Antiquities;” Kristen E. Squires, “Exploring Social Stratification Through Burials: A Study of the Cahokian Mounds;” and Victoria Wright, “Sarah Winnemucca and Zitkala Sa: Negotiating Physical and Cultural Survival in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.”

For more information, contact Mary Jean Hughes at