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Christine P. Tischer Scholars

Students who at the end of their junior year have earned an overall grade-point average of 3.0 and a 3.5 in their major, are 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. Papers and projects are presented at a special forum in the spring.

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.

Students who complete departmental honors papers, which are included in the permanent collections of the Beneficial-Hodson Library, are designated Christine P. Tischer Scholars, in honor of the 1965 alumna of the College who has generously supported the program.

To learn more about the 2017 and previous Tischer Scholars, click here.

Samantha Baldwin Gemma Hunt Natalie Yeagley Anne Lessard
Jaclyn Bealer Katie Mann Kelly Brown Trevor Magnuski
Eleanor Blaser Molly Masterson Matthew Hassaine Rachel Mankowitz
Justine Del Nunzio Belina Onomake Phoebe Hassaine Jake Rogers
Timothy Diethrich John Pigott Lydia Jines Claire Scarborough
Samantha Frizzell Logan Samuels Jeffery Larson   Ian Sellers
Anđela Golemac Elizabeth Shearin Anne Lessard   Clark Spessard  

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


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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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