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Honors Program students recognized
5/7/2017

The following second-year Honors Program students were recognized at a banquet held on Friday, May 5:

Rachel Carlson

Course: General Microbiology; Instructor: Karla Giuffre. The project was an investigation of microbial life in one's home as well as in an elementary school. A comparison was also made to determine whether smooth or porous surfaces varied in the amount and diversity of microorganisms.

Staci Hammer

Course: Organic Chemistry II; Advisor: Dr. Brendan Dutmer. The project utilized computational chemistry methods to study a concerted, pericyclic reaction. In particular, evaluation of the reactivity between aminoboranes and alkenes in the presence of electron withdrawing groups was performed. The research completes a portion of a project occurring in collaboration with Thomas Gilbert of Northern Illinois University.

Tiffani Hoops

Course: General Microbiology; Instructor: Karla Giuffre. An investigation of microbial life in ten household items (ranging from toothbrush to hairbrush) was performed. Following swabbing, quantity and identification of each microorganism was determined, particularly to find the presence of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

Tiffani Hoops

Course: Principles of Biology; Instructor: Alan Nowicki. An analysis of personal DNA was performed using the National Geographic Genographic Project. After the testing of DNA, the individual was able to determine any relationship between Neanderthal ancestors and where mitochondrial DNA originated.

Jaquelin Jazo

Course: U.S. History II; Instructor: Dr. Andy Dvorak. A research essay on Jane Addams was completed. The goal was to investigate her contribution to the pragmatist movement and analyze her use of the term "civic housekeeping." Exploration of her work at Hull House and the settlement movement will also be conducted. (Note, Jaquelin's essay also won the inaugural Jane Addams Essay Contest in 2017)

John Werkheiser (shown presenting his fall 2016 Honors Project)

Course: Principles of Biology; Instructor: Alan Nowicki. An analysis of personal DNA was performed using the National Geographic Genographic Project. After the testing of DNA, the individual was able to determine any relationship between Neanderthal ancestors and where mitochondrial DNA originated.



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