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April 7: Tischer Scholars present research

FREDERICK, Maryland—Twenty-seven of Hood’s most accomplished students will present yearlong research findings April 7.

The 2017 Christine P. Tischer Scholars Departmental Honors presentations will take place 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 GPA 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 Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at 3:30 p.m. will precede the presentations. Specific presentation locations will be available then. A reception will take place after the presentations in the Beneficial-Hodson Library reading porch from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The following students will present their research:

Samantha Baldwin, “Glorification, Degradation, and Restoration: The Evolution of Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons”

Jaclyn Marie Bealer, “Working Hard for Pay that’s Hardly Working: Gender Differences in Time Use in the Care Economy and Their Effect on Wages”

Eleanor Blaser, “The Jane Austen Movie Club: An Analysis of Modern Jane Austen Film Adaptations”

Kelly Brown, “Crossing the Line between Political and Terrorist Groups”

Justine Del Nunzio, “Mental Illness in the Media: A Comprehensive Analysis”

Timothy Diethrich, “Investigation of the Structure and Function of P-RexZ: Implications for a Molecular Mechanism of PTEN Inhibition”

Samantha Frizzell, “Boundless: The Art of Takashi Murakami”

Anđela Golemac, “Gender Specific Patterns of Spending Remittances and their Implications for Development: Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Matthew Hassaine, “Christianity in the Middle East: An Ancient Past, an Uncertain Future”

Phoebe Hassaine, “Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the American Media: Sustaining a Culture of Fear”

Gemma Hunt, “The Effect of Offenders’ Educational Level on Sentencing Time”

Lydia Jines, “All in All, it was Just another Brick in the Wall: Determining the Efficacy and Legality of the Mexican Border Wall”

Jeffery Larson, “Lyrical Seduction: The Effect of Music Lyrics on Short-Term Sexual Attraction Patterns of Emerging Adults”

Anne Lessard, “Crossing Cultural Barriers: The impact of Studying Abroad on the Personalities of College Students”

Trevor Magnuski, “Criminology and NCAA Football: Does Criminal Activity by Student Athletes Impact Wins and Revenue in College Football?”

Rachel Mankowitz, “Directed Evolution of Pectin Methylesterases to Optimize Their use in a Biofuels Application”

Katie Mann, “(Re) Designing Women: A Content Analysis of Female Characters on American Sitcoms”

Molly Masterson, “The Cult of Redemption: Isiac Worship in the Graeco-Roman World and its Influence on Early Christianity”

Belina Onomake, “The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Quantitative Reasoning”

John Piggott, “Common Envelope Evolution of Toy Stars Using Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics”

Jake Rogers, “Be Compassionate: The Urgency of Empathy”

Logan Samuels, “The Brightest Fell: Renaissance Variations of the Fall of Lucifer in Marlovian and Shakespearean Drama”

Claire Scarborough, “The Kurdish Question: Assessing the Plausibility of Statehood”

Ian Sellers, “Analysis of the Stability of Microbial Consortia Grown on Pectin”

Elizabeth Shearin, “U.S.-Vichy Relations: Diplomacy, Democracy and Collaboration, 1940- 1942”

Clark Spessard, “Enumerative Combinations and Positional Games”

Natalie Yeagley. “Shifting Trade Routes and Influence in the Early Bronze Age Aegean: From the Perspective of the Cyclades and Crete”

For more information, contact Mary Jean Hughes at