DANVILLE, KY—From crayfish to orange peels in the snow, nuclear fusion to consumerism and the Soviet Union, neurotransmitter selection to Al-Qaeda's Jihad—the breadth of Centre College student learning was on display April 29, as the six J.C. Young Scholars for 2005-06 delivered the results of their research projects at a symposium in Crounse Hall.
For the students, all seniors selected in a competitive process, the symposium is the culmination of a full school year of intensive research on a project of their own choosing, conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The students receive a budget to help with expenses with their research.
At the symposium, the 2006-07 Young Scholars were also announced.
"Being chosen as a John C. Young scholar is one of the highest honors a Centre student can attain," says David Hall, assistant professor of religion and philosophy. "The John C. Young program is open to all rising seniors and offers bright and motivated students the opportunity to propose independent projects that they pursue under the guidance of a faculty mentor during their senior year. The one-on-one student-faculty collaboration in pursuit of independent research is one of the truly special opportunities that Centre offers its students. Most scholars pursue their projects beyond their career at Centre either professionally or in graduate school."
The 2005-06 Young Scholars and their projects:
* Mark Ball, Harlan, Ky., biochemistry and molecular biology, "Investigation into the Mechanism of Neurotransmitter Selection in the Developing Rat Cerebral Cortex," (faculty mentor: Professor Steve Asmus).
* Jeff Briggs, Strongsville, Ohio, double major in mathematics and physics, "The Science and Economics of Nuclear Fusion," (faculty mentors: Professors David Anderson, Andre Wehner).
* Nathan French, Louisville, religion, "A Look into Terror: The Evolution and Application of Al-Qaeda's Jihad," (faculty mentor: Professor David Hall).
* Kristie Kachler, Maysville, Ky., anthropology/sociology, "Orange Peel in Snow," (faculty mentor: Professor Lisa Williams).
* Matt Steinfeld, Hopkinsville, Ky., government, "Cologne, Stockings, and Ice Cream: Consumerism and the Soviet Union," (faculty mentor: Professor Mike Hamm).
* Ellen Wisner, Huntsville, Ala., biology, "An Examination of the Hybrid Zone Between the Crayfish Species Oronectes juvenilis and Oronectes cristavarius," (faculty mentor: Professor Rob Ziemba).
The 2006-07 Young Scholars:
* Miles Barger, Brandenburg, Ky., double major in English and music, "The History and Mystery of Contemporary Electronic Music," (faculty mentor: Professor Larry Bitensky).
* Ben Durham, Crestwood, Ky., double major in music and religion, "Choral Music in Kentucky's Public Schools," (faculty mentors: Professor Barbara Hall).
* Mary Morgan, Douglas, Wyo., anthropology/sociology, "Bali: The Anthropology of the Exotic and the Exotification of Anthropology," (faculty mentor: Professor Gareth Barkin).
* Brandon Stephenson, Falmouth, Ky., double major in English and history, "Finding the Knight: The Christian Warrior," (faculty mentors: Professors Mark Rasmussen, Amos Tubb).
* Joseph Yeager, Louisville, double major in chemistry and mathematics, "A Spectroscopic Study of Carbon Monoxide and Other Atmospheric Gasses on a Thin-film Salt Surface," (faculty mentor: Professor Keith Dunn).
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