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Student/Faculty Teams Conducting Summer Research Projects 

Published Tue, June 30, 2020

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Fifteen Meredith College students are working with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects this summer, supported by the Undergraduate Research Program.  

The following students were selected to participate in undergraduate research this summer:

  • Bailey Birtchet, ’21, “America's Problem of Authenticity: A Material Culture Approach to Ethical Design and Consumption,” with Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko.
  • Paola Cira, ’21, and Olivia Slack, ’22, “How do political attitudes vary between generations and between genders within generations?,” with Associate Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo and Professor of Political Science David McLennan.
  • Elena Blackwelder, ’23, “We Don’t Need Know Education: Character Education as Political Education,” with Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko.
  • Safa Ahmed, '23, “Not your typical neuroatypical experience: Changing portrayals of neuroatypical individuals in popular media,”  with Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko.
  • Scout Burch, ’23, “She blinded me with science: Making sense of the biological, cultural, and ethical elements of romantic love,” with Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko.
  • Raynor Dail, ’22, “Who Do You Love?: “Love” and Other Terms in Abortion Rhetoric,” with Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko.
  • Jenna Curia, ’22, “Attachment and Resilience among the Young Adult Children of Opioid-Dependent Mothers,” with Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards.
  • Amyia Gorham, ’22,  and Hannah Porter, ’22, “Research on dress code policies,” with Assistant Professor of Child Development Pamela Norcross.
  • Jessica Jacks, ’21, “How did Mainhood contextualize Christianity for the Thai people?,” with Assistant Professor of History Amy O’Keefe.
  • Inaya Rivera, ’22, “Beverly Perdue Collection & Exhibit Initiative,” with Professor of History Dan Fountain.
  • Shefali Srivastava, ’21, “Synthesizing oxymatrine derivatives as potential HIV protease inhibitors,” with Professor of Chemistry Walda Powell
  • Devon Totherow, ’22, and Katherine Polaski, ’23,  “Reacting To The Past Camp ,” with Assistant Professor of History Amy O’Keefe.

Summer research projects are being conducted remotely this year. Monetary stipends for summer research projects are funded by the Shepard K. Halsch Endowment for undergraduate research.

Undergraduate research is an important part of the academic experience at Meredith College. Fifty-one percent of students participate in undergraduate research. For more examples of recent research, visit Meredith’s Virtual Celebrating Student Achievement Day YouTube channel.

Learn more about Undergraduate Research at Meredith


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