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April 13: Departmental Honors Presentations

FREDERICK, Maryland—Fifteen Hood College students will present their yearlong research projects on April 13 on campus in Rosenstock Hall.

The 2017 Christine P. Tischer Scholars Departmental Honors presentations will take place from 3:30 to 5 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 Hood alumna who has generously supported the program.

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.

The following students will present their research:

Miranda Barrientos, “Love Thy Ideal Neighbor: Permitted and Forbidden Relationships in Utopian Fiction”

R. Kyle Bulgarelli, “Using Angler Surveys to Record Recreational Fishing Interactions with Turtles in the Chesapeake Bay”

Kelsey Decker, “Directed Evolution of Pectin Methylesterase to Higher Activity”

Marissa E. Gouker, “The Suggestive Power of the Roman Ideal: A Comparison of Roman Imperial and Provincial Domestic Space”

Joseph Hutchins, “Pivot: Learning Entrepreneurship from Inside a Tech Startup”

Emily Kefauver, “The Effects of Cultural Competence and Studying Abroad on Future Career Opportunities”

Stephanie Kesner, “The Effect of Suspect Race and Degree of Suspect Resistance in Mock Police Officer Choice of Force”

Bethany Montague, “What it Takes to be a Goddess: Examining the Relationship between Queens and Divinity in Ancient Egypt”

John Montez, “When Art Goes Viral: Exploring the Political Circumstances of the New Artistic Connection”

Taylor Ann Polito, “Some Voices We Remember: A Collection of Poems”

Ben Reese, “Acquisition or Theft? Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pennsylvania”

Peter Routson, “A Bittersweet Alliance”

Alex J. Sexton, “A Comparison of Stress Levels Between Student-Athletes and Non-Athletes at a Division III Institution”

Sophie Smith, “Investigating Perceptions of Poverty”

Natalie Yeagley, “Frederick II and Medieval Muslims: Rulership, Expulsion, and Crusade”

For more information, contact Mary Jean Hughes at