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At least two semesters of planning and research culminate this week for 14 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Honors College students as they present their findings at the Fall 2018 Honors Thesis Symposia at Reeve Memorial Union.

Their work covers a range of topics from synthesizing a non-natural amino acid to Tchaikovsky and the art of storytelling.

The Honors students, who are required to complete a thesis project or a senior seminar for their senior capstone, are sharing their findings and answering questions about their projects at evening sessions throughout the week.

Hannah Thorn, a public relations major from West Salem, worked with faculty adviser Kristine Nicolini on her research “Framing the NFL Players’ National Anthem Protests: Alignment and/or opposition to Organizational Messaging.”

Thorn’s work has been selected for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She was awarded a full travel grant from the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity to fund her trip.

In addition to Thorn, the following Honors seniors are presenting their work:

  • Hannah DCamp, of Oshkosh, music major, worked with faculty adviser Julia Chybowski, on “Tchaikovsky and the Art of Storytelling: An Analysis of the Music of The Nutcracker.”
  • Jennifer Depew, of Appleton, history and political science major, with faculty adviser Gabe Loiacono, “Witches, Courtesans and Female Politicians: Rhetorical Strategies Used to Discourage Female Political Participation in the Early Republic, 1776-1915.”
  • Anna Duening, of West Bend, biology major, with faculty adviser Shelly Michalski, “Infectivity of Brugia pahangi in Aedes aegypti.
  • Margot Elliott, of DePere, biology major, with faculty adviser Courtney Kurtz, “Vitamin A Deficiency Does Not Affect Lymphocyte Recruitment of Cytokine Production in the Hibernator’s Intestine.”
  • Shawn Erickson, of Marinette, finance major, with faculty adviser Scott Beyer, “Cyber-Threats and Corporate Governance.”
  • Phillip Gruber, of Oshkosh, biology major, with faculty adviser Elsbeth McPhee, “The Effects of Anthropological Noise on Bird Feeder Ecosystems.
  • Aaron Harvey, of Menasha, chemistry major, with faculty adviser Brant Kedrowski, “Synthesis of a Non-Natural Amino Acid.”
  • Alesia Hastings, of Henderson, Minnesota, marketing major, with faculty adviser Melissa Bublitz, “Frictionless Payments: The Psychological Cost of Mobile Payment Convenience.”
  • Zabet Kempfert, of Nennah, biology major, with faculty adviser Shelly Michalski, “A Financial Analysis of Breeding Mongolian Gerbils In-Home.”
  • Benjamin Kleist, of Eagle Lake, Minnesota, accounting major, with faculty adviser Steve Makar, “Big Impact on Small Business: Mitigating Resource Poverty with Effective Cost Management.”
  • Shay Mains, of Oshkosh, management major, with faculty adviser Dale Feinauer, “The Social and Economic Evolution of Knitting.”
  • Carolyn Schweda, of Oshkosh, psychology, with faculty adviser David Lishner, “An Examination of Researcher Effects Across a Series of Three Experiments.”
  • Kurtis Veith, of Waterloo, biology major, with Kurtz, “Assessing the Inflammatory State of the White Adipose Tissue of 13-Lined Ground Squirrels Throughout Their Annual Cycle.”

All of the symposia presenters are planning to take part in the Midyear Commencement Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Kolf Sports Center, except for Duening who plans to graduate in spring 2019.

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