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Selected Undergraduate Research Outcomes in the Department of Classics, 2007-2012  

Classics majors have the opportunity to work closely with members of the faculty on self-directed research projects. The department has an excellent record of producing outcomes and earning recognition for these efforts.
 
High quality work of this sort enables students to stand out and to demonstrate success in seeking employment and post-graduate study. GVSU Classics graduates go on to pursue a strikingly wide range of opportunities.
 
 
2012
 

Andrew Lund

  • Honors Senior Project: "Prometheus Stories: Promethean Myth and Mythopoeia for Adjudicated Students."

  • Refereed conference paper: “Power, Présages, and Portrayal: Suetonius’ Representation of Livia,” delivered at the 92nd anniversary meeting of the Southern Section of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS-SS) at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

  • 2013 Outstanding Senior Honors Project Award recipient.

  • 2010 Manson A. Stewart Scholarship, Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

Matriculated to the Ph.D. program in Greek and Latin Philology at the University of Cincinnati.

 
 
2011
 

Nick Maki

  • Refereed conference paper: “Beyond Pleasure: Plato and the Good,” delivered at the Western Canadian Undergraduate Conference of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

  • 2012 GVSU Niemeyer Student Award recipient.

Matriculated to the M.A. program in Classics at the University of Washington.

 

2010 

Mark Beckwith

  • Honors Senior Project: “Focus on Forms in the Latin Classroom.”
  • Peer-reviewed publication, with Prof. Peter Anderson: “Forms-Focused Teaching for the Intermediate Latin Student,” in Teaching Classical Languages 2.1 (2010) 31-52.
  • 2010 Honors Senior Project Award for Excellence in Collaborative Research.
  • 2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Secondary Education Department, GVSU College of Education.

Accepted position as Latin instructor at Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, New Hampshire.

 

Melanie Coughlin

  • Classical Tradition project: “Ovidian Views on Gender During the Early Roman Empire.”

Matriculated to the M.A. program in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida.

 

Jonathan Hatter

  • Honors Senior Project: “Every-man’s Orthodoxy: An Exploration of the Poemata Arcana of Gregory of Nazianzus.”

Matriculated to the M.A. program in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

 

2009 

Donna St. Louis

  • Honors Senior Project: “Martial and Piron: A Study in Epigram.”
  • 2009 Manson A. Stewart Scholarship, Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).
  • 2010 GVSU Niemeyer Student Award recipient.

Matriculated to the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Timothy Flanders

  • Honors Senior Project, with Jonathan Hatter, “Doctrina Iacobi Nuper Baptizati: A Translation.”

Accepted an AmeriCorps position with CampFire USA mentoring and tutoring at-risk youth in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

 

Jennifer Folkerth

  • Refereed conference paper: “Memory’s Catalyst: Nature in Sappho’s Poetry,” delivered at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

Matriculated to postgraduate study in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. 

 

Kate Allen

  • Honors Senior Project: “Form and Function: A Study of Renaissance Commentaries and the Seidman Library’s Calderinus Incunabulum.”
  • Refereed conference paper: “What's that smell?': Odor in Martial's Epigrammata" delivered at the 88th anniversary meeting of the Southern Section of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS-SS) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
  • 2009 Outstanding Honors Senior Thesis Award.

Matriculated to the Ph.D. program in Classics at the University of Michigan.

 

Michelle LeMieux

  • Honors Senior Project: “Is Aeneas truly pius?”

Matriculated to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.

 

2008

Devin White

  • Honors Senior Project: “A Grammatical Commentary on St. John Chrysostom’s Discourse on the Blessed Babylas Against the Gentiles.”
  • 2008 Outstanding Honors Senior Thesis Award. 
  • 2007 Student Summer Scholar (S3).

Matriculated to the M.T.S. program in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University; admitted to the Ph.D. program in Religion at Emory University.

 

Jacqueline Binder

  • Honors Senior Project (jointly supervised with the Department of History): The influence of the classical tradition on American architecture in the upper Mid-west.

Matriculated to the M.A. program in Architecture and Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

2007 

Brittany Hunter

  • Honors Senior Project: “Civis Romanus Sum: The Scope and Significance of Citizenship in the Roman Empire. A three-unit study designed for use in upper level high-school Latin classes.”

Presently a software designer at Atomic Object, Grand Rapids.

 

Aaron Rozeboom

  • Honors Senior Project: “The Rhetorical Implications of Clementia in Cicero’s Caesarian Speeches.” 
  • 2005 McNair Scholar

Presently a wine specialist at Brown Derby International Wine Center, Springfield, Missouri.

 

Renee Mayes

  • Honors Senior Project: Curriculum resources on Roman cuisine for teaching classical civilization.

Accepted a position as a Latin instructor at Millbrook High School in Frederick County, Virginia; subsequently returned to Michigan in order to take up a job teaching Latin in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

 

 

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