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    Connections Newsletter
    Issue 2                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012


    Notes from the Collaborative

    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Collaborative Opportunities

    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

    Student Profiles

    United Nations New York Trip

    Sponsor: Dr. Gratzia Villarroel

    VanSchyndel & Hill-Soderlund


    Important Dates

    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 degree.

    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 International Development.

    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 States.

    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




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