Academic Partners Program

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Creative students explore meaningful topics. The Academic Partners Program supports academic faithfulness through one-on-one mentoring, development of an academic or fine arts project, and a capstone presentation opportunity celebrated during "Works of Our Hands Week."

Past projects have included the design of a propeller drive train for Geneva′s Solar Splash competition boat, a presentation of The Theater of the Absurd: The Chairs, a biography of David Metheny, a history of the Bloomington, IN Reformed Presbyterian congregation, and Foundationalism and Christianity: How Christians Approach Knowledge. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view projects from the spring 2012 semester.

  • Enrolls eight students each semester through a competitive application process.
  • Fall semester students must have senior status, spring semester students may be either juniors or seniors.
  • Each student will receive a $300 stipend and each faculty mentor will receive $200.
  • The project must be an original academic or fine arts project. Students may receive independent study credit.
  • Students will present the completed project on campus at the end of the semester.
  • Tuition benefit allows enrolled students to take up to 20 credits with no additional charge.

Program Expectations

  • Meet regularly and often with your partnering faculty member throughout the duration of your project.
  • Respect the insights, suggestions and schedule of your partnering faculty member.
  • Participate in a post-project discussion dinner with other students and faculty members.

Requirements for Consideration

  • You must have a minimum GPA OF 3.60 at the time of application.
  • You must be classified as a junior or senior upon commencement of your project.
  • Your partnering faculty member must agree to work with you on the project.
  • The project may be done as an independent study course for credit.
  • You should be an exemplary representative of Geneva College as a comprehensive Christian college.

Application Procedure
Complete an Academic Partners Program Application, available from the Honors Programs office on the third floor of Old Main.

For more information, contact Kara Lee Mantinaos, Director of Honors Programs, on the second floor of the Student Center or at 724-847-5565.

Works of Our Hands, Spring 2012

Leah Achor, Political Science: American Exceptionalism

Joshua Andre, Biochemistry: Composting at Geneva Arms

Abigail Bomgardner, History/Sociology: A History of Beaver Falls

Nathan Dinsmore, Accounting: Auditing as an Ethical Force in Business

Danial Favand, Sociology: College Major Choices of Homeschooled Students

Kylie Gardner, Political Science: Mandatory Sentencing: Justice or Manipulation?

Melissa Hershey, Accounting: The Audit Process and Ethics in Action

Hannah Keeler, Biblical Languages: Improving Intercultural Competencies in Geneva Students

Maura McLaughlin, Medical Technology: Geneva's "Adopted" Bacteria: pedobacter heparinus

Jill Miser, Mechanical Engineering: Smokestack Particle Pollution

Martha Adams, Business, and Caitlyn Mitchell, Political Science: The Shaping of Millenials' Work Ethic

Janell Owens, Elementary Education: Arts & Expression in Humanities 103

Molly Polka, Elementary Education: Teaching to Meet the Needs of the Digital Age

Allie Reefer, Writing: Women in the Criminal Justice System-Locally and Beyond

Kristen Rendulic, Psychology: Being Jesus' Hands and Feet: Community Need and the Church

Lydia Reyle, Writing: Examining Fairy Tale Discourse

Katie Roberts, Cell & Molecular Biology: Detection of Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus Using PCR

Rebecca Shaw, Elementary Education: Equine Therapy: Networking Resources

Sarah Wilson, Writing: A Framework of Principles for Writing with Integrity