Students of merit will be honored at Student Scholars’ Day April 26

April 22, 2005

Lacey, Wash. – The outstanding academic endeavors of several Saint Martin’s College students will be honored April 26 at the annual Saint Martin's College Student Scholars’ Day.

The celebration of significant scholarly or artistic accomplishments was founded by former Saint Martin's College faculty member Doug Ford in memory of his mother, Grace Riddell Ford, a research metallurgist, chemist and teacher who died in 2000.

Student Scholars’ Day begins with a luncheon for student presenters and their faculty sponsors. Their presentations, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be in the college’s Old Main building, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.

Participants are selected on the basis of the overall quality of their work as communicated through an abstract that summarizes their goals and accomplishments. Students are required to have sponsorship from a faculty member who was involved in the work or whose class the work was completed for.

The event is part of a year-end day of tributes, beginning with Saint Martin’s annual Honors Convocation, which starts at 10:45 a.m. in the college’s Worthington Conference Center.

Student Scholars' Day Presentation Schedule

Session A Old Main 351; hosted by Prof. Mary Lou Peltier, biology faculty

2 - 2:30 p.m. “Advanced Anatomy: Figuring Causation of Death from Examination of a Cadaver”
Students: Nathan Carlson, Alicia Eaton-Davis, Breanna Farka, Vanessa Johnson, Mallory McNicholas and Tyler Tebay; sponsored by Associate Prof. Steve Fulton, biology. Using their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, students have created a medical history and attempted to determine the cause of death for a cadaver. From Biology: Special Topics/Advanced Anatomy

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. “Phytoplankton at Nisqually Reach – Seasonal Variability”
Student: Gordon Bellevue; sponsored by Prof. Mary Lou Peltier, biology. As part of an effort to transition to a science center, as well as to better understand the base of the food chain/web, the Nisqually Reach Nature Center (NRNC) requested an assessment of the phytoplankton composition, abundance and seasonal variability at the Nisqually River Delta. This ongoing study provides initial data. From Biology: Senior Seminar

3:20 – 3:50 p.m. “Bonds of Colonization: The Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Struggle”
Student: Kenyon Smith; sponsored by Associate Prof. Roger Snider, political science Smith explores possible explanations for the difficulty of native Hawaiians in adapting to American society and offers recommendations for improving living conditions, preserving traditional lifestyles and providing restitution for historical injustices. From Political Science: Senior Seminar

4 - 4:30 p.m. “Mathematics of Quantum Mechanics”
Student: Anne Shartel; sponsored by Associate Prof. Joseph Mailhot, mathematics The derivation of Schrodinger’s Wave Equation and a review of Hiesenberg’s Matrix Mechanics will be used to demonstrate some of the ways in which mathematics has been used by scientists to explain quantum phenomena. From Mathematics: Directed Study

Session B Old Main 314; hosted by Assistant Prof. Paul Patterson, business and economics

2 - 2:30 p.m. “How Do Holocaust Survivors’ Views of Their Experiences Shift Over Time?”
Students: Alexandra Arasim and Heather Skillingstead; sponsored by Assistant Prof. Brian Schiff, psychology Narrative psychology was used as a means of finding patterns and exploring the possible meanings of the Holocaust “selection” narratives of eight survivors. From Psychology: Directed Study

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. “Estimating Purchasing Prices for Automotive Sedans”
Student: Andrew Albertson; sponsored by Assistant Prof. Riley Moore, business and economics When it comes to cars, many people don’t know how to shop for them or how to determine what the value of a vehicle truly is. An econometric regression model was created to evaluate market prices of automotive sedans and for vehicle shoppers to use to estimate purchasing prices. From Intermediate Economics

3:20 - 3:50 p.m. “Organization of functional areas of the Vaughn Company Inc.”
Students: Jasmine DeVinney, Breanna Farka, Betty Ingram and Stacie Vaughan; sponsored by Assistant Prof. Don Stout, M.E.M./business administration Operations are the foundation for every business. By coordinating all aspects of a business, a firm can reach its goals. This report explains how Vaughan Co., Inc., a manufacturing company, organizes its functional areas. From Business Administration: Operations Management

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. “Estimating Female CEO Salaries for Fortune 500 Firms”
Student: Martina Kartikova; sponsored by Assistant Prof. Riley Moore Many studies have been conducted to estimate the salaries of male CEOs. In contrast, Kartikova’s study focused on estimating salaries for female executives of publicly traded companies. From Economics 371: Intermediate Economics

Session C Old Main 349; hosted by Associate Prof. Linda Miller, education

2 - 2:30 p.m. “Holy Desire: Unifying Love and Divisive Appetites in ‘The Faerie Queene’ ”
 Student: Rebecca Ray; sponsored by Prof. Stephen X. Mead, English Written from a Formalist perspective (with a nod toward the school of Structuralism), Ray examines Spenser’s thematic threads of doubling and paralysis to discuss the effects of idolatrous love on the spiritual seeker. From English 499: Senior Thesis

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. “Ambition”
Student: Marie Gibson-Barnes; sponsored by Prof. Stephen X. Mead, English When pursued in an individualistic and self-centered manner, ambition leads to the destruction of the community. Gibson-Barnes explores how directors Tony Richardson and Laurence Olivier portray this concept of ambition in their movies based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” From English 101: College Writing

3:20 - 3:50 p.m. “Hell on Earth”
 Student Kate Marie Dory; sponsored by Prof. Stephen X. Mead, English A non-fiction story, written in alphabetic form, will be read by Ms. Dory. The story focuses on the working conditions at fast food restaurants. From English 292: Creative Writing

Session D Old Main 354; hosted by Prof. Father John Scott, O.S.B., history; religious studies

2 - 2:30 p.m. “Feasibility and Design of a South Puget Sound Wind Turbine Farm”
Students: Christopher Adolphsen, Joseph Andrade, Seth Bird, Narinder Gautam, Trestin Lauricella, Danny Myers, John Sabolchy and Joshua Timmer; sponsored by Prof. Amanie Abdelmessih, mechanical engineering The Saint Martin’s School of Engineering was contacted by an outside investor to research the feasibility of and design for a wind energy system in the South Puget Sound area. Following a visit to the potential location to gather experimental data, literature and market research was conducted to determine the type, size, environmental impact and cost of the potential wind farm. From Mechanical Engineering 435: Energy Systems

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. “Exclusive Feminists: a Cause for Divide”
Student: Tracie O’Neill; sponsored by Associate Prof. Olivia Archibald Using an investigation of personal narrative and an analysis of historical texts and literary critique as the basis for her research, O’Neill explores questions surrounding third-wave feminism and the oppression of women of color. From Women's Studies: Seminar in Women’s Studies

3:20 - 3:50 p.m. “The ExperiCycle: An Experimental Biomechanics Research Platform”
Students: Narinder Gautam, Trestin Lauricella and John Sabolchy; sponsored by Associate Prof. Edward Stevens, mechanical engineering An experimental system has been designed that is capable of testing various bicycle configurations to help determine the ‘ideal’ biomechanical setup for a range of the population with regard to comfort, performance and safety. From Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Biomechanical Engineering

4 - 4:30 p.m. “Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Hovercraft 2005”
Students: Ronald Haberkorn, Mary Rose Hein, Abdulla Khoori, Mohamed Khouri, Trestin Lauricella, Danny Myers and John Sabolchy; sponsored by Prof. Anthony de Sam Lazaro, mechanical engineering. The senior design project, to design and build a one-person recreation vehicle, is taken from conceptualization through final design, construction and testing. A functioning hovercraft was produced by this team of students. From Mechanical Engineering: Senior Design

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