John C. Young Scholars present research
RELEASED: April 26, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—Centre's 2006-07 John C. Young Scholars presented their research to the public at the College's annual John C. Young Scholars Symposium on Saturday, April 28.
"Selection as a John C. Young Scholar is one of the highest achievements a student can attain at Centre," says W. David Hall, assistant professor of religion and director of the program. "While the project is overseen by a faculty mentor, the proposed research is generally initiated by the student and the credit goes to the student. It's one of the many really special opportunities that Centre College offers to its student body."
Miles Barger of Brandenburg, Ky., will present his work, "The History and Mystery of Contemporary Electronic Music." He worked with Larry Bitensky, associate professor of music.
Ben Durham of Crestwood, Ky., will present "Choral Music in Kentucky's Public High Schools" with Barbara Hall, professor of music.
Mary C. Morgan of Douglass, Wyo., will present her research, "Bali: The Anthropology of the Exotic and the Exotification of Anthropology." Her faculty mentor was Gareth Barkin, assistant professor of anthropology.
Joseph C. Yeager of Louisville, will present his research, "A Spectroscopic Study of Carbon Monoxide on a Thin-film Salt Surface." His faculty mentor was Keith Dunn, associate professor of chemistry.
The John C. Young Scholars for 2007-08 are:
The John C. Young Scholars program was initiated through an Excellence-in-Undergraduate-Education grant from the Knight Foundation. Centre was one of eight leading liberal arts colleges (Carleton, Macalester, and Swarthmore, for example) to receive the first of these awards to encourage increased collaboration between faculty and students on extra-class intellectual activities.John C. Young took office as Centre's president in 1830 when the College was struggling to survive. In its 11-year existence, Centre had graduated only 25 students, and that year had an enrollment of 23. In addition, the school was also suffering financially, a constant problem for most colleges in that era. Under Young's administration, however, Centre grew in size, strength, wealth and prestige. He led the College until 1857 and is regarded as one of Centre's greatest presidents.
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