Past Proposals

  1. A $1,600 award enabled a Biology major to travel to Guam to study the Brown Tree Snake’s responses to visual and pheromonal stimulation as a first step in constructing a lure to control the population of this devastating predator.
  2. A $760 award enabled a Music History major to travel to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to examine facsimiles of Hector Berlioz’s original work in his study of the composer’s treatise Orchestration and Instrumentation.
  3. A $1,272 award enabled an Anthropology major to examine 442 rib cages from the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Skeletal Collection at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. to determine whether or not there is a relationship between autopsy death records and tuberculosis skeletal indicators in a study of the possible relationship between rib lesions and pulmonary tuberculosis.
  4. An $806 award enabled an English major to travel to New York City, Indianapolis, and Traverse City to interview three of today’s most significant poets: William Pitt Root, Karen Kovacik, and Michael Delp.
  5. History major Charles Laube was awarded $1,150 to spend a week in England gathering research on the development of canal transportation, especially the Grand Union Canal linking Birmingham and London, during and after the Industrial Revolution.
  6. French and English double major Liz Farina was awarded $1,560 to travel to France to interview fashion and advertising photographers in Western Europe in her cross-cultural study of images of women in advertising in women’s magazines.
  7. Political Science major Kurt Gottfried was awarded $1,175 to travel to Scotland to interview members of parliament in his study of whether devolution of power within a state pre-empts or fuels independence movements.
  8. Cultural Area Studies major Molly Keefe was awarded $1,500 to travel to Nicaragua to take photographs and conduct interviews in her study of the use of political graffiti in that country.
  9. Communication Studies major Estella Anku was awarded $2,000 to travel to South Africa in her attempt to create a successful AIDS awareness campaign based on traditional African storytelling.
  10. English major Claire Frese was awarded $2,000 to travel to South Africa to attend National Youth Day, commemorating those children who died in the Soweto riots, as research for her novella aimed at junior high school students.
  11. An Archeology major was awarded $1049 to purchase an ultrasonic bath to clean stone tools excavated in Wooster and to travel repeatedly to the Ohio State University to microscopically analyze those tools to determine how they were used and on what materials.
  12.  A History major was awarded $547 to travel to and examine the New York Public Library's Dorot Jewish Division's newspaper holdings, among other archival sites, to study how Jewish gangsters were portrayed in the media and how they were viewed by the Jewish community.
  13. A Biology major was awarded $999 to purchase equipment and conduct measurements of how amphibian populations are being impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer in the cavities left by dead, uprooted ash trees in Ohio.
  14. A Philosophy major was awarded $1,163 to travel to the Universite Nancy in France to attend the "Epistemology, Context, and Formalism" conference with leading epistemologists and discuss her thesis with these researchers.
  15. A Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major was awarded $643 to purchase commercially prepared cells infected with Histoplasma capsulatum in order to better understand its pathway of pathogenesis.
  16. A Russian Studies and International Relations double major was awarded $973 to attend the Fifth Russian Congress on Political Science in Moscow to analyze the current discourse concerning the evolution of the Russian Federation identity to inform predictions of Russia's future actions and decisions.
  17. A Studio Art major was awarded $551 to complete large-scale printmaking and paper cutting in order to create a surrounding environment of panels, scrolls, mobiles and curtains.