Independent study highlighted at annual John C. Young Scholars Symposium

Crounse HallThe annual John C. Young Scholars Symposium at Centre College will be held Saturday, April 16 in Vahlkamp Theater of Crounse Hall, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Seven seniors will present the results of their yearlong projects, each providing a 20-minute presentation with an opportunity for concluding questions and discussion. Four presentations will take place during the morning session and the remaining four presentations will be given following a lunch break from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Now in its 26th year, the John C. Young Scholars Program encourages independent study and research by a select group of outstanding students. It honors Centre’s fourth president, who served 1830-1957 and helped establish the College as a leading institution of higher education.
The 2015 scholars and their paper titles are:
(Faculty mentors are listed in parentheses.)
Jeanie Corbitt — “Reinterpretations of the Sacred: Analyzing the Role of Religious Texts in a Muslim Community’s Radical Stance on Gender and Sexuality” (Matthew Pierce, Assistant Professor of Religion)
J.P. Deering — “Cormac McCarthy’s Southern Blood: Analyzing McCarthy’s Work in the Context of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor” (Stacey Peebles, Assistant Professor of English)
Jillian Frost — “How Do Per-Pupil Expenditures Affect Student Achievement Outcomes?: A Policy Impact Analysis” (Brett Werner, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies)
Chang He — “The Special Economic Zones and Convergence in the People’s Republic of China” (Ravi Radhakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Economics)
Qinpu He — “Brain Computer Interface: Controlling Machines Using Minds” (Christine Shannon, Margaret V. Haggin Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science)
Matthew Hughes — “The History and Evolution of the Material Culture of Holy Land Pilgrims” (Phyllis Passariello, W. George Matton Professor of Anthropology)
Mikayla Paolini — “Justice for Single Mothers: Applying an Interdisciplinary Framework to Cases of Child Maltreatment” (Stephen Dove,
Assistant Professor of History; Eva Cadavid, Associate Professor of Philosophy)
Olivia B. Weber — “Quilting a Story: An Exploration of the Combined History of Traditional Quilt Making and the Methodist Faith in Appalachia” (Jay Bloom, Assistant Professor of Art History)
by Mary Trollinger
April 14, 2016