Senior honors research projects

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Senior honors students present their research.Geneva College senior honors students prepared poster presentations of their honors research projects and displayed them in the lobby of Old Main during the last week of the spring semester. On the final day of classes, these students were available to discuss their research with the campus community during an open reception.

Students in Geneva′s honors program are required to develop research projects during their senior year in order to graduate as an honors scholar. They choose a topic of personal interest in their field and faculty advisors provide guidance throughout the process. As in previous years, students present their full research projects to a few members of the faculty and campus community upon completion at the end of the semester.

Poster presentations were added to the project this year for the purposes of highlighting student excellence and sharing a condensed form of the projects with a greater audience. "We had the idea this year to honor the students′ work," said graduate assistant Kara Lee Mantinaos. "In addition, the poster presentation also provided the students an opportunity for professional development."

"The project was fun because I was able to pick anything that interested me in my field," said Laura Troup, a senior history and English major. Troup wrote a biography of her great aunt Dr. Jeanette Troup, a medical missionary who discovered the viral hemorrhagic fever known as Lassa Fever when working in Nigeria.

While Troup enjoyed many aspects of the honors program throughout her college career, including the honors humanities sequence and cultural events, she said, "The research project was my favorite part. It′s the climax of the honors program."

2011 Senior Honors Research Projects

  • A Review of Cochlear Implantation; Kathryn Bedillion and Jennifer Carey, communication disorders
  • The Effects of Prototype and Exemplar Processing on Change Blindness; Karen Costello, psychology
  • Solar Boat, Drive Train and Propeller Selection; Rebekah Drehman, mechanical engineering
  • Theater of the Absurd: The Chairs; Brenna Garda, English literature
  • Wheels: Forgetting to Remember Our Past as Time Rolls On; Sarah M. Henderson, history
  • Xenon Intermittent Absorption: Activated Carbon Bed Design; David Lates, chemical engineering
  • Biography of David Metheny: The Final Chapter (1890-1897); Kathryn Medill, biblical languages and linguistics
  • A History of the Bloomington, IN Reformed Presbyterian Congregation, 1821-1860; Ruth Roberts, history
  • Barnes Maze Recording and Analyzing System; Kristen Shaw, biomedical engineering
  • ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition; Leyenda Sleight, civil engineering
  • Foundationalism and Christianity: How Christians Approach Knowledge; Mary Speckhard, philosophy
  • Dr. Jeanette Troup: Modern Medical Missionary; Laura Troup, history and English
  • Mormonism: A Historical and Cultural Analysis; Cecilia Weissert, student ministry culture studies
  • Gender Norms and Community in Traditional Residence Halls; Gregory Williams, history
  • Strategic Marketing Analysis: Starbucks Corporation; Abbie Whalin, business administration
  • "What Hath God Wrought?" Literature and Literacy in the Digital Age; Jessica Zamboky, English literature

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).