Fifteen students each awarded $3,700 VP for Academic Affairs Summer Research Grants

By: Buff Lindau

Studies range from history of smuggling on Lake Champlain to ant biodiversity in Vermont's Sandplain Forest.

Pursuing studies across the sciences, humanities and social sciences, Saint Michael's College students will be digging deeper in the lab, the library and out in the field. Sixteen students have been awarded Saint Michael's College Vice President for Academic Affairs Research Fellowships to support research during summer 2013. Research grants are also awarded to Saint Michael's students from other funding sources, including several funded by VtEPSCoR, Vermont Genetics Network and the National Science Foundation.

Each student researcher with a VPAA grant receives $3,700 and reduced cost room and board on campus. This extra investment of more than $60,000 in summer research indicates the college's belief in the extraordinary value of individual student-faculty research.

The studies range from lab work on treatment of prostate cancer to history-based exploration of smuggling on Lake Champlain in the early 1800s; from examination of world music in the digital age to a study of Pentecostal and Protestant congregations in New England; from an in-depth look at ant biodiversity in Vermont’s Sandplain Forest to an examination of masculinity and random violence.

Dana Bourne '14, "Developing a Protein-Based Therapeutic for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer," adviser, Professor Christina Chant

Liam Connors '14, "The Relationship of World Music and Cultural Traditions in the Digital Age: A Case Study Analysis of the Cumbancha Record Label," adviser, Professor Jon Hyde

Christopher DeMairo '14, "Embargo in the Valley: Smuggling, Treason and Patriotism on Lake Champlain, 1800-1815," adviser, Professor Susan Ouellette

Thomas DeNuccio '15, "The effects of fertilizers on grasses in grazed and un-grazed fields on Maple Wind Farm in Huntington, Vermont," adviser, Professor Mark Lubkowitz

Edmilse Diaz '15, "Attachment: A Cross Cultural Examination," adviser, Professor Susan Kuntz

Jonathan Gately '14, "A Social History of American Veterans Returning from 20th Century Combat," adviser, Professor Douglas Slaybaugh

Kathleen McNally '14, "The Situation of the Society of St. Edmund in Occupied France," adviser, Professor Jennifer Purcell

Brian McQueen '14, "The Relationship of World Music and Cultural Traditions in the Digital Age: A Case Study Analysis of the Cumbancha Record Label," adviser, Professor Jon Hyde

Hillary Miller '15, "A Study of Tool Use by the ant Species Aphaenogaster rudis in the Sandplain Forest of Vermont," adviser, Professor Valerie Banschbach

Timothy Nagy '15, "Underlying Theological Philosophies and Social Interaction Dynamics: A Study of Pentecostal and Protestant Congregations in New England," adviser, Professor Brosh Teucher

Maura O'Riordan '14, "Project CREATE: ELL Reform in a Teacher Education Program," adviser, Professor James Nagle

Jacob Pelletier '14, "The Influence of Climate Change Policy: How Developed Nations Affect the Decisions of Industrializing Nations," adviser, Professor William Grover

Adam Perea-Kane '14, "The Question of Augustine's Reification of Being: A Philological Inquiry," adviser, Professor John Kenney

Matthew Rogers '14, "Masculinity and Random Violence: A Modified Replication of Michael Kimmel and Matthew Mahler's 2003 Study," adviser, Professor Robert Brenneman

Megan Roush '15, "A Study of Ants as Biodiversity Indicators in Sandplain Forest in Vermont," adviser, Professor Valerie Banschbach

"I enthusiastically agree with the committee in its judgment of the quality of these proposals," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Talentino in congratulating these students on receiving fellowships.

All Saint Michael's College undergraduate and graduate students participating in paid research or receiving academic credit for research must participate in training in the responsible conduct of research.

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