Notes from the Collaborative
A Note from the Collaborative Director
Research & Academic Travel Funding Opportunities
Collaborative Research Showcase
2011 Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants Awards
Snapshot of Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants
Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund Award Recipients
McNair Scholars Presentations
United Nations New York Trip
Sponsor: Dr. Gratzia Villarroel
VanSchyndel & Hill-Soderlund
Mar. 19, 2012 Collaborative Summer-Fall Grant applications due
Mar. 29-31, 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Apr. 20, 2012 Collaborative Continuation Grant applications due
May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due
McNair Scholars Presentations
On November 8, 2011, the St. Norbert McNair Scholars presented their research in each's respective area at the well attended McNair Scholars Presentations ceremony held in the Mulva Library. This program broadens the field of collaborative
student-faculty research as a special organization that gives students from disadvantaged
backgrounds, who have shown outstanding academic potential, the opportunity to
participate in research with a professor in preparation for graduate schooling.
In this program, students collaboratively embark on
research work with professors who share similar academic interests. The
students and professors then compose a project, and later present the findings
at the McNair Symposium and other conferences. Along with collaborative
research, the McNair Scholars receive guidance when looking into graduate
school, including preparatory classes and visits to schools in the student’s
realm of academic interest.
In order to be eligible for this program, the
student must be a full-time student of at least sophomore standing with a
minimum 3.0 GPA at Ripon College, Lawrence University, or St. Norbert College. The student must also be a legal U.S. resident
and meet certain federal income guidelines and have parents who have not
attained undergraduate degrees, or be of an underrepresented ethnicity, usually
African American, Hispanic, or Native American. Finally, the student must
intend to enter a graduate program to attain a Ph.D. after earning a bachelor’s
St. Norbert College currently enrolls seven
students in the McNair Scholars Program: Katy Coutley, Steven Garza, Devan Scherer, Kaela Gedda, Amanda Garcia, Ashley Erdman, and Lauren Senour.
Ms. Katy Coutley worked with Dr. Betsy Bauman on a project titled, “Exegesis of Sarah and Hagar stories of Genesis in Hebriw Tanakh and Greek Septuagint”. Ms. Coutley is a Religious Studies major and intendes to pursue a graduate degree in Biblical Studies.
Mr. Steven Garza conducted his research last summer
at American University with Dr. Christian Maich, the associate dean at the
American University Washington Semester Program. In his research, Mr. Garza
researched the politics of Latin American, primarily attempting to clarify the
foreign policy of Hugo Chavez. In the future, Mr. Garza wishes to attend an
east coast school to earn a Masters Ph.D. degree in International Relations and
Ms. Devan Scherer worked with Dr.
Stuart Korshavn examining the effects of social support on stresss and illness.
She will present her information during the second semester when she returns
from her semester abroad in Lancaster, England, and plans to attend graduate
school to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.
Ms. Kaela Gedda’s research report
is titled Paving the Way for a New
Masculinity: Redefining Gender Roles, a study examining the American view
of masculinity and gender roles in our society, and worked with Dr. Deirdre
Egan-Ryan. They worked collaboratively by pooling ideas, and meeting throughout
the summer to develop a research topic, thesis, and resources, along with
constantly editing rough drafts of the final product.
Ms. Amanda Garcia worked with Dr.
Gratzia Villarroel to explore the content and of the DREAM Act, along with
pinpointing why the act did not pass in 2010. Dr. Villarroel collaborated with
Ms. Garcia to help her identify an efficient research method and perfect her
variables and hypothesis to create her research paper. Ms. Garcia’s future
plans include obtaining a Masters and Doctoral degree in Political Science and
International Studies at an either Midwestern or Eastern Coast school, and then
working for the Federal Government researching immigration in the United
Ms. Ashley Erdman completed her
research with Dr. Anderson, examining fossilized rodent teeth, specifically
Sciuravus nitidus. Ms. Erdman is still undecided about her graduate plans.
Ms. Lauren Senour, Communication and Media major, worked with psychology professor Dr. Hobard Davies to complete the project "Attitudes Toward Obesity Treatment and Benefits of Exercise Training". Their project was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this past summer.
By: Paige Brown, '15 Chemistry & St. Norbert Collaborative Research Fellow