Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Centenary College Announces
of 11th Annual Student
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Jennifer Gipson,
a French major from New Iberia, La., is the overall winner in the 11th
annual Student Research Forum at Centenary College of Louisiana. Ms. Gipson's
presentation, "The Stories that History Tells Us: Louisiana 19th-Century
Afro-Creole Literature," focused on locating, transcribing and translating
selected Afro-Creole literary works from antebellum New Orleans, especially
writing that addressed racial and political issues.
Eight other students received first-
or second-place awards in four categories during the forum held at the
end of the spring semester. All nine students received certificates
and cash awards. Divisional winners are:
First place -- G. B. Cazes,
a finance major from Birmingham, Ala., for his research paper, "Determinants
of Firm Performance in the Casino Gaming Industry.
Second place -- Rebekah Snider,
sociology major from Baton Rouge, La., for "The Dave Matthews Band Fan
Club: Empathic Solidarity or Just Plain Crazy?"
First place -- Stacy Shelton,
museum management major from Longview, Texas, for "Mona Hatoum: Breaking
Stereotypes or Good Colonial"
Second place -- Cassandria
Snipe of Bossier City for her English project "Afrofuturism: A Look at
Race and Cyberspace."
First place -- Leif Sherry,
chemistry major from Mansfield, La. for the project "Laser Assisted Methods
of Metal Catalyst Production for Carbon Nanostructure Synthesis," based
on research done at the NASA-Glenn Research Center's Mincrgravity Combustion
Branch in Cleveland, Ohio, along with Dr. Randy Vander Wal, Dr. Tom Ticich
and Lee Hall.
Second place -- Thomas H.
Lewis, chemistry major from Arlington, Texas, for "Phosphine-Phosphite
Ligands and Hydroformylation," research done with Dr. Tom Cundari and Dr.
Greg Peters at the University of Memphis Department of Chemistry.
First place -- Elizabeth
Quillin, biology major from Alexandria, La., for "Mutations in the 3' End
of the Firefly Luciferase Coding Region Result in Decreased Activity,"
based on research done at the LSU Health Science Center, Department of
Cellular and Molecular Physiology, with Svitalana Malyarchuk, Jeffrey Houghton
and Lynn Harrison
Second place -- Kathryn L.
Furr, biology major from Shreveport, La., for "The Effect of Heartworm
Pills on the Metabolism of the American Cockroach."
The annual event allows students
to present the results of their independent research before an audience
of faculty and peers. Faculty judges evaluate presentations based
on style, performance, communication/organization; content, objectives,
difficulty/effort, originality/creativity, results and significance.
Dr. Alfred McKinney, director of
the Student Research Forum, said that student research and the presentation
of results are beneficial to students in their academic careers and in
their graduation studies or professional work. "They get a capstone
experience in actually doing research, analyzing and evaluating their results,
plus the experience of reporting their efforts and conclusions," he said.
A total of 32 research papers and
posters were presented during this year's forum, the largest number in
the forum's history. For further information, contact Dr. McKinney at 318-869-5194
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