Kapp Prize Awarded to Top Student Presentations
Oral presentations on the literary treatment of women, economic development in Africa, the effects of barefoot training and the impact of losing a mother were student research projects selected for recognition at Alma College’s annual Honors Day.
Rachel Giza, Grant Isley, Emily Martin and Rachel Shane are the 2013 recipients of the Ronald O. Kapp Honors Day Prize for their outstanding Honors Day presentations in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
From left: Emily Martin, Rachel Giza, Rachel Shane, Grant Isley.
The prize is named for the late Ronald O. Kapp, who was an Alma College biology professor for 32 years and vice president of academic affairs for 20 years.
A panel of judges from each division selected the prizewinners after assessing the presentations for quality of scholarship as well as how well the materials was presented. The prize is open to all students and groups.
Giza, a senior from Goodrich, presented “The Unspoken: The Necessity of Language in Sister Carrie, The House of Mirth and The Awakening.” In her study, Giza explored the tragic and unsatisfactory fates of the heroines of three novels, offering insight into challenges faced by many women in the late 19th century. Giza is pursuing a double major in English and history. Her faculty sponsor was Laura von Wallmenich, assistant professor of English.
Isley, a senior from Midland, presented “Economic and Agriculture Development of African Countries Involved in the Late Decolonization Movement.” In his study, Isley examined development from 1970-2009 in African countries that gained independence during John F. Kennedy’s presidency and the following two years. Isley is pursuing a major in economics. His faculty sponsor was Feler Bose, assistant professor of economics.
Martin, a senior from Midland, presented “Vertical Ground Reaction Force Production and Joint Angle Compensation after Barefoot Running Training Program.” In her study, Martin tested the vertical force produced by runners who are in a barefoot training program. Martin is pursing a major in integrative physiology and health science. Her faculty sponsor was John Davis, professor of integrative physiology and health science.
Shane, a senior from Stevensville, presented “The Impact of Motherloss on Motherless Daughters.” In her study, Shane conducted interviews with motherless daughters in mid-Michigan to better understand how the experience of losing a mother during adolescence shapes women throughout their lives. Shane is pursuing a major in sociology. Her faculty sponsor was Catherine Fobes, professor of sociology.
Posted: Mon, April 8th, 2013 at 8:28AM