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Capital University's Summer Scholars Class of 2018
This year's class of Summer Scholars will be covering a broad timeline as they research a wide field of compelling topics. From the beginnings of uncharted cultural history to explorations into artificial intelligence for game programming, the tradition of undergraduate scholarship continues to be showcased this summer at Capital University.
Ten students were selected this year for the 10-week, high-impact research experience and three others were selected by their departments to work on their research as well. Eligible students interested in the Summer Scholar Program must submit a detailed description of their proposed project and be selected by the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee.
Faculty mentors assist the working students by meeting with them regularly to supervise project development and ensure progress and objectives are being met. Regularly scheduled recreational activities, such as Columbus Crew games and movies, are also part of the summer experience.
The class for Summer 2018 includes the following students, their project, and mentors:
Orion Brock, Biology (Pre-Med)
Title: Identifying the Role of Cdc7 in DNA Damage Response Pathways
Mentor: Jennifer Larson
Erin Brown, Political Science/Economics
Title: The Philosophical Implications of Free Speech and the Reasonability of Politically Correct University Policy
Mentor: Suzanne Marilley
Andrew Decker, Mathematics
Title: Explorations of Artificial Intelligence for Game Programming
Mentor: Li Feng
Roara Draminski, Creative Writing
Title: Must the Lesbians Always Die at the End?: Tropes in Lesbian Fiction
Mentor: Bryan Hurt
Eric Kanable, Philosophy and Political Science
Title: A Critical Look at Free Speech on College and University Campuses: Does Liberty Have to Equate to Harm?
Mentor: Nate Jackson
Allison Kerman, Political Science, International Studies, Spanish
Title: Uncharted Cultural History: The Beginnings
Mentor: Craig Burgdoff
Alex Matthews, Economics, History & Political Science
Title: Purple Power: Preserving the Oral History of Capital University in the 1960’s
Mentor: Andy Carlson
Milica Mijatovic, Creative Writing and English Literature
Title: Merging Languages: A Collection of Translated Poetry Inspired by Twentieth Century Serbian Writers
Mentor: Kevin Griffith
Chelsea Swigert-Lenarz, Electronic Media and Film
Title: Walking with CapFam: An Audio Walking Tour of Capital University in the Sixties
Mentor: Betsy Pike
Chloe Young, Creative Writing
Title: Politics, Poetry, Painting: Ekphrastic Responses to Political Art
Mentor: Kevin Griffith
Also conducting research on campus this summer and funded through their departments are:
Full details on the Summer Scholars Program are available here.