Participant Spotlights & Bios

Participants Spotlights and Biographies

2015 SHCURS

Sawyer House

I am a Secondary Education Major with a focus on Social Sciences and History from Niceville, FL.  Before you ask, yes, it's nice there.  I have recently accepted a teaching position at St. Paul's Episcopal School, next door to Spring Hill College, as the Latin teacher. I enjoy playing jazz on the bass guitar, hunting, fishing, and reading authors such as David Mitchell and Chuck Palahniuk in my free time.  

Fun Fact:  I've hung over the edge of the fourth tallest building in the world, the CN Tower, in Toronto, Canada.

Since high school, I have had a fascination with 20th century American History and Classical History (the Roman and Greek Civilizations).  Last year, I was given the opportunity to write a research paper on African American History after taking a course on the subject.  The Civil Rights Movement captured my attention and made me question how active the movement was on a local scale.  This led me to begin researching the history of Spring Hill College in the Civil Rights Movement.  What I found was astonishing and engaging.  In my research paper "The Spring Hill Effect," I detail how involved and active the students and faculty of Spring Hill College were in advancing the rights of African Americans during a time of unjust social norms.

Meg Welsh 

Hi! I'm an Elementary Education major from a little bit of everywhere--most recently Philadelphia! I'm incredibly excited to enter into junior block next year and cannot wait to get more time in the classroom. 
 
When I'm not in class, I love to read, write, and Pinterest. I'll read just about anything, but my favorite books (for right now) include Ender's Game, Jane Eyre, and the Harry Potter series. I'm also a big fan of the Marvel movies, Remember the Titans, and Legally Blonde. 
 
I cycled through a couple of different career options through middle school and high school, but always ended up coming back to teaching:  I love being in the classroom and working with students. One of my favorite things to do is play around with different ideas, lesson plans, and methods of teaching, diversifying my methods to match the diversity of the students I'll come across as a professional. This research project, which stemmed from a class project in one of my education classes, is the result of trying new methods to teach children growing up in a digital age.  

2014 SHCURS

James Kizziah

I am a biochemistry major and philosophy minor from Brookwood, AL.  In the summer of 2013, I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). At UNL, I was a member of the Mark Wilson lab, where I researched a new method for studying the pathogenic M26I mutation of the protein DJ-1. This mutation interrupts the cytoprotective function of DJ-1 for unknown reasons, and causes the heritable form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for a fairly small minority of Parkinson’s cases.  However, by studying this disease mechanism, the Wilson lab hopes to gain a better understanding of the more common sporadic form of the disease as well. I presented my results from this study at a poster symposium at UNL, the National ACS Meeting in Dallas, TX, and the annual Research Symposium at SHC.

During the summer of 2014, I worked in the Raquel Lieberman lab in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My role there was to work towards the structural characterization of an inhibitor-bound protein that contributes to the most common form of glaucoma. By understanding the interaction between the protein and its inhibitors, the Lieberman lab and their collaborators hope to develop more efficient therapies for glaucoma. I have presented this research at a poster symposium at Georgia Tech, and I will be presenting again at the poster symposium of the 2014 Regional ACS Meeting in Nashville, TN.

After completing my undergraduate education, I will enter graduate school to earn a PhD in biochemistry. It is my ultimate goal to become a university professor and researcher. As such, I can continue conducting scientific investigations of my own while giving future students all of the opportunities to learn and grow that have been afforded to me.

 2013 SHCURS

My name is Gabrielle Edgerson and I am senior, majoring in Integrated Communication (PR/Advertising) at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. I've had event planning and promotions experience with the Essence Music Festival, NBA’s New Orleans Hornets Historic Mobile Preservation Society and three internships. I have also been studying the art of dance since the age of two. I performed with the Spring Hill Dance Team as a team member for 4 years and captain for 3.As a New Orleans native and graduate from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts my entire being has been immersed with diversity. Having a father who is a member of one of New Orleans' oldest and most traditional Social Aid & Pleasure clubs and a mother who beaded traditional Indian costumes, I’m very aware of the importance of passion, creativity and patience in the planning of events, promotions and marketing endeavors.

 

 

Kathryn Jakuback

 I'm a junior psychology major, sociology minor from Baton Rouge, LA. My paper examines the effect that alcohol has on people with depression and investigates the possibility that alcohol can be used to mediate the symptoms of depression. My interest in this project stemmed from my psychopharmacology class with Professor Estevan Ruiz-Limón, and what began as a final paper turned into something that I've been researching long past the date it was due--many thanks for his help with revisions and research!

Carolina Dominguez

Carolina Dominguez is a senior Psychology student at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.  She was born in Miami, FL but often times says she from Cuba.  She is passionate about psychology and service.  On her free time, Carolina likes to deep sea fish, kayak and train for half marathons.

Edwin Burgess

“I’m a senior at Spring Hill College, majoring in Psychology and accidentally minoring in writing.  I’m hoping to go to a grad school relatively close to home and get a Masters (probably in developmental psychology).  I love reading, though I never feel like I spend enough time with my book collection.  There are some novels that have been sitting on my bookshelf for years, waiting for me to pick them up for a short but mutually beneficial relationship (I enjoy reading them and they enjoying me stretching their spine out a bit).  I like to take walks, listen to good music, and play racquetball.  I prefer to be around people though I hate large crowds.  I often search for company when I study but find that the noise distracts me.  So I search for a quiet place.  But then I get lonely and go looking for more people.  And that’s how homework days go.”

Tiffany Thomas

 I am a sophomore Psychology/Writing major from Kodiak, Alaska. After graduating from Spring Hill, I intend pursue a Masters and a career in child/adolescent counseling with (hopefully) enough free time to also work on writing professionally.

The inspiration behind “ANONYMOUS”:

I spend far too much time on the internet, some of it productive (e.g. furthering my scant knowledge of physics through Khan Academy), but most of it devoid of any intellectual merit (e.g. compilations of greatest goats on Youtube). And as anyone whom ventures into the comments or forum sections of the web has no doubt seen, things can get ugly. My question is why? What underlying principles of psychology alter the norms of person to person communication once we are on a computer? Through my research into cyberpsychology I have compiled some of the answers in ANONYMOUS.

The inspiration behind “HalHarraway@live.com”:

In Dr. Piafsky’s Very Strange Things course this semester, my classmates and I were challenged to write a story that is conceptually different than the standard ink-and-paper, either through form or media. I endeavored to create a new relationship between character and reader; one not based on mutual consent, but instead on immediate infringement. “HalHarraway@live.com” makes intruders out of all of us, privy to details we haven’t been offered and secrets never meant to be shared. But it is also just an e-mail account; a day’s worth of correspondence between an uncle and his niece.  Deletable, erasable, intangible.

Daniel Jesus Iglesias

“I am a Spring Hill College senior class student with a Psychology and Hispanic Studies double major.  I work at the Student Center as a supervisor.  In the future, I plan on creating a leadership training program for middle-school and/or high-school students as well as their parents.  I would also like to host a leadership conference, write a screen play, and work in school administration.”

 

Julia Lloyd

I am a Senior Studio Art Major from Lansing, MI. The Deep Water Horizon spill occurred early on in my collegiate career and as a northerner who rarely deals with oil spills it served as a major eye-opener. When it came time to decide what I wanted to tell people through my art, I knew I had to do something related this disaster. I combined my knowledge from an interdisciplinary course on the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, my knowledge from an Environmental Ethics class, and my love of animals to create my current body of work.

I’m very excited because I just found out that after I graduate in May I will be heading back up to my home state to work as a Program Assistant for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. I love not only being an artist, but being able to help artists.

 Work by Julia Lloyd

 

 

Patience Wright

My name is Patience Wright, and I am a senior chemistry major at Spring Hill. I gained interest in this project because of previous research. In the summer of 2011, I completed research at the University of Arkansas using mass spectrometry. Because I enjoyed working with this instrument, I decided to continue in the field of mass spectrometry at the University of Alabama. Thus, my project was focused on investigating negative ion mode in-source decay mass spectrometry under the direction of Dr. Carolyn J. Cassady. Recently, I have accepted a graduate school position at the University of Georgia for a PhD in Chemistry. While obtaining my doctoral degree, I plan on continuing my studies concerning mass spectrometry.

2012 SHCURS

Sally Reese

I am a senior Psychology major, Studio Art minor from Murfreesboro, TN.  I became interested in the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology side of the new peer support program (i.e., Peer One Project, POP) after two fellow research classmates and myself discussed the actual creation of it for the benefit of Spring Hill College.  I am incredibly organized and "in-charge" by nature and after a slight shove from my research advisor, Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, and after doing some investigative work about I/O psychology in general, I realized that this was the PERFECT field of study for me!  My research has a focus on various aspects of teaching, training, and application which are all important for my newly found interest, I/O psychology.

I look forward to my future in I/O psychology which will hopefully involve the elements from my research project.  I plan on taking a year off from school to save money and gain work experience, and then attending graduate school in the Fall of 2013 to get my Masters degree in I/O psychology. I have a couple of schools that I am interested in that I am very excited about visiting and applying to! After graduate school WHO KNOWS!  I am going to stay positive and organized - which I believe will take me to a place where I will be happy and successful!

Whitney Webre

I am a junior Bio-Chemistry major from Luling, LA. I have always been interested in science and a bio-chemistry degree gives me the best of both worlds so I had to chose that as my major.

In order to graduate, chemistry/bio-chemistry majors must do an internship. I did mine this past summer at Tulane University in the Environmental Engineering Department. I have always been passionate about the environment, which is why I chose this project to work on. The grad student I was under along with other students from the department were working on organic contaminants and how to remediate them from the environment. My poster is specifically about the remediation of dichloroethylenes (DCE), but our goal is to also be able to remediate tetrachloroethylenes (PCE), trichlorothethylene (TCE), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) with their innovative technology.

In the future, I plan on going to grad school to get my Ph.D in organic or bio-chemistry in hopes of pursuing a career in environmental chemistry work.

I am a junior Psychology major from Miami, Florida. I started my project as a class research assignment with my Research Methods team but we weren't sure what we wanted to study. We decided that it would be interesting to study if the living conditions of dorm life had an impact on students' academic life as well as personal growth since it is mandatory to live on campus at Spring Hill College. We found that students who are content with their living conditions feel they perform better academically and that they are experiencing more personal growth.

Conducting this research was a great learning experience because I not only learned how Spring Hill students are affected by the living conditions but also practiced my psychology research skills. I am looking forward to expanding my research experience next year as I work on my senior seminar project.

Belen Gomez

I am a junior Psychology major from Miami, Florida. I started my project as a class research assignment with my Research Methods team but we weren't sure what we wanted to study. We decided that it would be interesting to study if the living conditions of dorm life had an impact on students' academic life as well as personal growth since it is mandatory to live on campus at Spring Hill College. We found that students who are content with their living conditions feel they perform better academically and that they are experiencing more personal growth.

Conducting this research was a great learning experience because I not only learned how Spring Hill students are affected by the living conditions but also practiced my psychology research skills. I am looking forward to expanding my research experience next year as I work on my senior seminar project.

Jacqueline Dunsworth

Studio Art Major 2012, is finishing the interview process for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she will be serving domestically for one year.

Grant Benoit

Grant Benoit will be attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale pursuing an MFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking with an emphasis in Printmaking. He received a full funding with a teaching assistantship. Grant will be teaching Foundations and Printmaking classes in the fall