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Muskingum College students broaden their horizons as part of 2004 Summer Fellows Program

SEPTEMBER 3, 2004 - After a long school year of classes, studying, tests and more classes, most college students look forward to a summer break. For one group of Muskingum College students, though, the 2004 Summer Fellows Program took them a long way from flipping burgers or sunning on the beach.

The Summer Fellows program at Muskingum, now in its fifth year, allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the pursuit of highly specific and challenging areas that they are studying as students. To be considered for a fellowship, students must write a detailed proposal of what they intend to study and what they hope that study will achieve. This is done in tandem with the faculty members with whom they intend to work, and who must provide the formal nomination for the fellowship. Proposals are then considered by the office of the vice president of academic affairs for approval.

Brieanne Sheehan '07and Michelle Dempsey '06, worked together on the creation of a geographical interactive system database of downtown Cambridge to be used for a wide range of urban planning and economic development issues. They worked with Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Walter Huber and Assistant Professor of Geology Stephen Van Horn.

Allison Avolio '06 researched displaced persons in postwar Europe and developed a bibliography of displaced persons on the website of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. She worked with Assistant Professor of History Dr. Laura Hilton.

Deirdre Cummings '05 worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Brian Bergstrom to research the acute effects of aspartame on extracellular dopamine dynamics and assessing the role of altered dopamine synthesis in rats.

Also working with Dr. Bergstrom was Tricia Skaggs '05 who researched the dependence of extracellular dopamine levels on increased synthesis rates in the 6-OHDA lesioned striatum.

Phil Denen '05 collaborated with Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ray Rataiczak to determine the stoichimetry of ten charge-transfer complexes.

Melaine Hilton '07 worked with Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Joe Nowakowski to prepare a paper for the upcoming Poverty in the Heartland conference that Muskingum is co-hosting later this month.

Also working with Dr. Nowakowski was Lewis Maraire '07 who examined performance statistics of football teams in the Big Ten Conference during a ten-year period.

Dan Hollenbaugh '06 continued the study of nest site fidelity in grasslands birds at The Wilds, in Cumberland, Ohio. He studied with Professor of Biology Dr. Danny Ingold.

Kara Pickens '05 worked with Associate Professor of Education Dr. Linda Morrow to prepare research and evaluation reports on the five-year long Addressing Behavioral Challenges (ABC) project that the college conducted for the Ohio Department of Education.

Bryan Voelker '05 collaborated with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. James Dooley, Jr., on research about the environmental impacts of beaver on recovering woodland ecosystems.

Betsy Zunk '06 worked in an internship with the City of Cambridge on the Cambridge/Guernsey County Maptitude Project. As part of the project, she verified data on the OhioMaps CD, added appropriate base maps and modified local housing and community development databases.