Student Research & Scholarly Activities

Students who enroll at Centre often reach a point where they are ready for challenges beyond traditional classroom discussion and testing. As they become ready for a new level of discovery, the College provides students the chance to become partners in learning with the Centre faculty.

The nature of the partnership may vary according to the student's field. A drama student might ask his professor to guide him in writing and producing a play, while a chemistry major might want to join her professor for a summer of intense laboratory research. Whatever the field, this collaborative work becomes an important bridge to significant work or graduate study beyond the Centre years.


     In 2013, Centre College received a four-year grant from the Mellon Foundation to broaden      undergraduate research opportunities. Detailed information about this grant is available here.



• Student Research Flyer (PDF)

• Science Research Opportunities for Minorities Flyer (PDF)

• Student Research Archive


Student Research 2012-13


John C. Young Scholars

The following students were honored as John C. Young scholars. Their majors are listed in parentheses. To learn more about the program, click here.

Tony Huffman '14 (government), with Professors Sarah Murray and J.H. Atkins, A Comparative Analysis of the Top and Bottom Performing Public School Districts in Eastern Kentucky: Closing the Achievement Gap

Danika Isdahl '14 (English), with Professor Christian Moody, The Gothic Tales of Louisville: Writing the Stories of Louisville in the Gothic Genre

Warren McKnight '14 (philosophy), with Dr. Eva Cadavid, Phenomenology and the Self-Attribution of Gender

Stephen Metcalf '14 (mathematics), with Dr. Lee Jefferson, On the Search for Meaning: An Analysis of Major Themes in Spiritual Memoirs and Autobiographies

Bailey Nelson '14 (biology), with Dr. Matthew Klooster, Conservation Genetics of Eastern Pterospera

Olivia Palmer '14 (history, dramatics arts), with Dr. Patrick Kagan-Moore, Presentation of the Person and the Persona: Theatrical Analysis of Identity Performance in an Online World

Sarah Welch '14 (dramatic arts, history), with Dr. Sara Egge, An Era of Distrust: Public Reactions to the Pre-Stonewall Gay Rights Movement

Collaborative Research
The following students collaborated with Centre professors on research projects according to the student's area of interest. Their majors are listed in parentheses.

Anthropology

Camille Baylis '15 (anthropology/sociology, international studies), with Dr. Phyllis Passariello


Behavioral Neuroscience

Paige Baechle '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato

Ashley Boerrigter '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato

Nathan Horrell '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato

Tayllor Vetter '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato

Chelsea Benham '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Colin Ciochetty '15 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Jenny Connor '14 (psychology), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Gordon Duren '14 (psychology), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Julia Fleming '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Nick Forte '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Lizy LeBlond '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Blaine Lewis '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Bryce McCoy '15 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Gwynne Rose '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg

Katherine Stevenson '15 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg


Biology

Eric Beyerle '15 (biochemistry and molecular biology, chemical physics), with Dr. Steve Asmus

Ginny Bickner '14 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. Steve Asmus

Courtney McKernan '15 (biochemistry and molecular biology, math), with Dr. Steve Asmus

Emily Madden '15 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. Mike Barton

Emily Badgley '15 (biology), with Dr. Matt Klooster

Katie Roland '15 (biology), with Dr. Matt Klooster

Emily Stephenson '15 (French, biology), with Dr. Marie Nydam

Emily Dennis '15 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. Peggy Richey

Megan Phelps '13 (biology), with Dr. Peggy Richey

Sara Beth Freytag '14 (biology), with Dr. Brian Storz

Camille Gordon '13 (biology), with Dr. Brian Storz

Kristen Guevara '13 (biology), with Dr. Brian Storz

Nicole Webb '13 (biology), with Dr. Brian Storz


Chemical Physics

Benjamin Slone '13 (chemical physics), with Dr. Jeff Fieberg


Chemistry

Daniel Wicker '11 (chemistry), with Dr. Lenny Demoranville

Benjamin C. Boone '13 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. January Haile

Andrea Frost '15 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. January Haile

Calvin Cahall '13 (chemistry, chemical physics), with Dr. Jennifer Muzyka

Travis Carroll '14 (chemistry, government), with Dr. Jennifer Muzyka

Natalie Orms '13 (chemistry), with Dr. Jennifer Muzyka

Vanessa Song '14 (chemistry, math), with Dr. Jennifer Muzyka

Joshua Winner '14 (chemistry, math), with Dr. Jennifer Muzyka

Diane Begemann '14 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. Kerry Paumi

Stuart Cowley '13 (biochemistry and molecular biology), with Dr. Kerry Paumi


Chinese

Sandy Zhang '14 (studio art, art history), with Dr. Kyle Anderson


Computer Science

Everett Boyer '13 (computer science, physics), with Dr. Joseph Oldham

Brooks Johnson '14 (computer science, anthropology/sociology), with Dr. Christine Shannon

Woody Rini '15 (computer science), with Dr. Christine Shannon

Matthew Gidcomb '13 (computer science, government), with Dr. Forrest Stonedahl

Cara Monical '13 (computer science, math), with Dr. Forrest Stonedahl


Economics

Khaki Lacy '13 (financial economics), with Dr. Bruce Johnson

Barbara Parks '13 (financial economics, French), with Dr. Bruce Johnson

Sydney White '13 (financial economics), with Dr. Bruce Johnson

Mitchell Woody '13 (financial economics), with Dr. Bruce Johnson


Environmental Studies

Lauren Mashburn '13 (philosophy), with Dr. Cindy Isenhour

Greg Nicaise '14 (self-designed major), with Dr. Cindy Isenhour

Garrett Powers '13 (English), with Dr. Cindy Isenhour

Alex Seither '15 (financial economics), with Dr. Cindy Isenhour

Ella Williams '15 (economics), with Dr. Cindy Isenhour


Government

Matthew Gidcomb '13 (government, computer science), with Dr. Ben Knoll

Abby Patterson '13 (government), with Dr. Ben Knoll

Natalie Pope '13 (Middle Eastern studies, religion), with Dr. Ben Knoll

Jordan Shewmaker '14 (government), with Dr. Ben Knoll


International Studies

Brittany Tucker '13 (international studies, French), with Dr. Robert Bosco


Mathematics

Sophie Han '13 (financial economics, math), with Dr. Jeff Heath

Ian Powell '13 (math, computer science), with Dr. Jeff Heath

Molly Howell '13 (math), with Dr. Joel Kilty


Music

Ty Carter '13 (computer science), with Dr. Nathan Link


Philosophy

Annie Corbitt '14 (philosophy), with Dr. Eva Cadavid

Warren McKnight '14 (philosophy), with Dr. Eva Cadavid


Physics

Evan Shirley '13 (physics, chemistry), with Dr. Bill Crummett

Vanessa Song '14 (chemistry, math), with Dr. Bill Crummett

Everett Boyer '13 (physics, computer science), with Dr. Jim Kelly

John Kieffer '14 (physics, math), with Dr. Jim Kelly

Sam Lane '15 (physics), with Dr. Jason Neiser


Psychology

Ellie Bailey '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Hillary Botts '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Carolynn Hallquist '13 (psychology), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Ethan Midkiff '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Kristina Murphy '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Josh Rieskamp '15 (behavioral neuroscience, biology), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Katie Strey '14 (psychology), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Sparsha Thout '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Tayllor Vetter '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Brian Cusato

Courtney Kuiper '14 (psychology), with Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Stephen Metcalf '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Katie Stevenson '15 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Kelsey A. Nelson '14 (psychology), with Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Sloane Weed '14 (psychology), with Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Megan Radenhausen '14 (psychology, anthropology/sociology), with Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Sangyi Hu '16 (undecided), with Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Qinpu He '16 (undecided), with Dr. Jennifer Goetz

Natalie Burke '14 (psychology, French), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Hillary Henize '13 (psychology), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Cadey Phipps '13 (psychology), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Emily Robbins '14 (psychology), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Kary Stivers '14 (psychology), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Leah Storch '14 (psychology), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Bill Williamson '14 (psychology, religion), with Dr. Mykol Hamilton

Rachel Brannen '13 (psychology), with Dr. Jan Wertz

Julie Fleming '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Jan Wertz

Lillian Semedo '13 (psychology), with Dr. Jan Wertz

Annie Wigginton '13 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Jan Wertz


Sociology

Ashley Boerrigter '14 (behavioral neuroscience), with Dr. Beau Weston

Jennifer Hormell '14 (government), with Dr. Beau Weston

Nathaniel P. Likert '13 (English), with Dr. Beau Weston

Danielle Ryan '13 (history, anthropology/sociology), with Dr. Beau Weston


Spanish

Emily Lindon '14 (psychology, Spanish), with Dr. Genny Ballard

Kendra Montejos '14 (anthropology/sociology), with Dr. Genny Ballard

Emmy Robichaud '13 (government), with Dr. Genny Ballard


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