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Students and faculty members collaborate on research for 2007 Summer Fellows program

Several Muskingum College students and their faculty members spent their summer broadening their horizons and conducting research as a part the college’s 2007 Summer Fellows program.

The program allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the pursuit of highly specific and challenging areas that the students study during the regular school year.

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.

The following students and faculty are working together this summer:

Matthew Hott '08, studied new technology applications in radio programming production with Professor of Speech Communication Dr. Jeffrey Harman. Also working with Dr. Harman was Spenser D. Miller '09, who is producing a series of television programs dealing with the history and resources of the Village of New Concord.

Rebecca Schroeder '08, conducted biomedical research in cell physiology and histology with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas. Also working with Dr. Santas was Anna Belyaevskaya '08, who did research on the dystroglycan complex in skin.

Janel Caudill, an interdisciplinary major, studied student pregnancy policies of colleges in the North Central region with Professor of Sociology Dr. Steve McGuire. Caudill also assisted Dr. McGuire in the production of a film project.

J ason Tarbert, a senior geology major from Pataskala, conducted marine paleoclimate research with Instructor of Geology Shelly Judge.

Cassie Gaffney'08, did research on the student exchange program between Muskingum College and Lanzhou University in China with Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Walter Huber.

Kaitlin Oress '10, studied the prevalence of West Nile disease among kestrels at The Wilds (a 10,000-acre wildlife refuge in southeastern Ohio) with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jim Dooley.

Jessica Dumas '08, interviewed the family members and care givers of children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Instructor of Speech Communication Rachel Pollock.