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    • Capital University's Summer Scholars Class of 2018

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      This year's class of Summer Scholars will be covering a broad timeline as they research a wide field of compelling topics. From the beginnings of uncharted cultural history to explorations into artificial intelligence for game programming, the tradition of undergraduate scholarship continues to be showcased this summer at Capital University.

      Ten students were selected this year for the 10-week, high-impact research experience and three others were selected by their departments to work on their research as well. Eligible students interested in the Summer Scholar Program must submit a detailed description of their proposed project and be selected by the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee.

      Faculty mentors assist the working students by meeting with them regularly to supervise project development and ensure progress and objectives are being met. Regularly scheduled recreational activities, such as Columbus Crew games and movies, are also part of the summer experience.

      The class for Summer 2018 includes the following students, their project, and mentors:

      Orion Brock, Biology (Pre-Med)
      Title: Identifying the Role of Cdc7 in DNA Damage Response Pathways
      Mentor: Jennifer Larson

      Erin Brown, Political Science/Economics
      Title: The Philosophical Implications of Free Speech and the Reasonability of Politically Correct University Policy
      Mentor: Suzanne Marilley

      Andrew Decker, Mathematics
      Title: Explorations of Artificial Intelligence for Game Programming
      Mentor: Li Feng

      Roara Draminski, Creative Writing
      Title: Must the Lesbians Always Die at the End?: Tropes in Lesbian Fiction
      Mentor: Bryan Hurt

      Eric Kanable, Philosophy and Political Science
      Title: A Critical Look at Free Speech on College and University Campuses: Does Liberty Have to Equate to Harm?
      Mentor: Nate Jackson

      Allison Kerman, Political Science, International Studies, Spanish
      Title: Uncharted Cultural History: The Beginnings
      Mentor: Craig Burgdoff

      Alex Matthews, Economics, History & Political Science
      Title: Purple Power: Preserving the Oral History of Capital University in the 1960’s
      Mentor: Andy Carlson  

      Milica Mijatovic, Creative Writing and English Literature
      Title: Merging Languages: A Collection of Translated Poetry Inspired by Twentieth Century Serbian Writers
      Mentor: Kevin Griffith

      Chelsea Swigert-Lenarz, Electronic Media and Film
      Title: Walking with CapFam: An Audio Walking Tour of Capital University in the Sixties
      Mentor: Betsy Pike  

      Chloe Young, Creative Writing
      Title: Politics, Poetry, Painting: Ekphrastic Responses to Political Art
      Mentor: Kevin Griffith

      Also conducting research on campus this summer and funded through their departments are:

      • Ariana Shannon and Michael Bibyk, Chemistry Fellows for the summer, working with Tracey Murray, and;
      • Luchauna Smith, who is a Religion Fellow working with Sally Stamper.

      Full details on the Summer Scholars Program are available here.