By Amy Woodbury Tease, Associate Professor of English

July 5, 2017

CoLA undergraduates were recognized for their achievements in research and creative inquiry at the 2017 Student Scholarship Celebration, which took place during the first week of May. Over 60 undergraduates across disciplines presented posters discussing the results of their research projects at the 15th Annual Poster Session held in Plumley Armory. Among the selected participants were twenty CoLA students with majors in Criminal Justice, English, Psychology, History, and Political Science. Faculty and students from the university community turned out to support their exceptional work and engage in conversation inspired by their projects. This event culminated in an awards ceremony where Undergraduate Research Program Director Amy Woodbury Tease recognized the incoming cohort of Summer Research Fellows, including the following CoLA students and mentors: Fareed Ahmadi ’19 (Dr. Rowland Brucken), Morgan Chapman ’18 (Dr. Kyle Pivetti), Spencer Duhamel ’18 (Dr. Dalyn Luedtke), Sean Michael McCrystal ’18 (Dr. Mi Ri Kim), Ian Stephens ’18 (Dr. Yangmo Ku), Jonathan Wriston ’18 (John Hart). Undergraduate Research Fellows will be working on their projects throughout the summer, with topics ranging from nation-building to the US “pivot to Asia” to language and rhetoric to Japanese military history.

The Student Scholarship Celebration also included oral presentations by CoLA students, including: Andrea Pennock ’17 (A Millennial’s Assessment of Underage Drinking), Cody Isaiah Hubbard ’18 (The Demographic Statistics of Prison Suicide), Bradley Raabe (Prisoner Transferal: A Symptom of Correctional Malpractice), Nicole Goudreault ’18 (Criminalization of Mental Illness: The Effects on the Criminal Justice System), Shawn Robert A. Houle ’19 (Support for Intergovernmental Organizations: How Ideology and Policy Preference Affect Support for IGOs), Daniel Valdes ’17 (Public Opinion on Immigration and the 2016 Presidential Election), Nate Leach ’19 (The Honduran Effort: US Policy and Responsibility towards Latin America), and Jacob M. Markwood ’21 (The Inner Darkness: PTSD Displayed in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now).

The Undergraduate Research Program will host Brown Bag Discussions featuring the work of our summer fellows, as well as other undergraduate researchers across disciplines, throughout the summer. A schedule of events will be posted on We hope to see continued participation in these events by CoLA faculty and students!

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