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Eight Longwood students complete Senior Honors Research projects

May 9, 2011

Longwood University

Eight Longwood University students have completed Senior Honors Research projects.

This is a rigorous year-long course in which independent research is conducted at a level well beyond the ordinary demands of a classroom course. The students essentially write a thesis, often close to master's degree level work, and defend it in front of a committee of experts. The students who completed Senior Honors Research projects this year are Meghan Banton, Benjamin Bilodeau, Robert Bressin, Jeffrey Everhart, Andrea Irby, Brian Pratt, Stephanie Roddenberry, and John-Harwood Scott.

Banton's project, in anthropology, was "Form and Function of the Colonial Plantation: Recreating the Cultural Landscape of Nomini Hall." Her faculty director was Dr. Jim Jordan, professor of anthropology. Banton, of Meherrin, is double-majoring in anthropology and history and minoring in biology.

Bilodeau's project, in chemistry, was "Retention of Science Majors Through Different Avenues of General Chemistry Education." His faculty director was Dr. Melissa Rhoten, associate professor of chemistry and area coordinator. Bilodeau, of Fredericksburg, is majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology.

Bressin's project, in chemistry, was "Increasing Binding Strength for Capsaicin Analogs through Alteration of Lanthanide Chelates." His faculty director was Dr. Christopher Gulgas, assistant professor of chemistry. Bressin, of Gloucester, is a chemistry major.

Everhart's project, in English, was "Romanticism, Language, and the Vox Populi: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Wordsworth and Whitman." His faculty director was Dr. John Miller, assistant professor of English. Everhart, of Spotsylvania, is majoring in English with a teacher licensure in secondary education.

Irby's project, in chemistry, was "Detecting Counterfeit Anti-malarials through Comparison between High Pressure Liquid Chromatography and other Methods of Analysis." Her faculty director was Dr. Sarah Porter, assistant professor of chemistry. Irby, of Yorktown, is majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology.

Pratt's project, in political science, was "The Perseverance of Neoliberalism: Why Barrack Obama Has Not Realigned the Economic Philosophy of the Democratic Party in Response to the Great Recession." His faculty director was Dr. Scott Cole, associate professor of political science. Pratt, of Sandy Hook, is majoring in political science and minoring in mathematics.

Roddenberry's project, in finance, was "Insider Trading: A Test of Market Efficiency." His faculty director was Dr. Frank Bacon, professor of finance. Roddenberry, of Carson, is majoring in business administration, with a concentration in finance, and minoring in economics.

Scott's project, in chemistry, was "Study of Heat Induced Cis/Trans Isomerization in Vegetable Oils and Oleic Acid." His faculty director was Dr. Sarah Porter. Scott, of Farmville, is majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology.

Seniors Honors Research, typically done during the student's senior year, is formally a two-semester, six-credit hour, student-initiated, non-classroom research project. Students who successfully complete the program are publicly recognized at graduation for their exceptional academic achievement. Longwood's Senior Honors Research program was established in 1930 and was the first such program in a Virginia college or university. Dr. Leigh Lunsford, associate professor of mathematics, chairs the Senior Honors Research Committee. For more information on the Senior Honors Research program, visit: http://www.longwood.edu/academicaffairs/21623.htm