• Honors Student Projects 2017-2018

    SenateLSenaté Letsie - Scholar

    USA & RSA Apartheid and Civil Rights Movement


    This is a project done by Senaté Letsie done in Non-Western Music instructed by Pro. Peter Hussey. This project will be comparing and contrasting the Apartheid and Civil Rights Movement in The Republic of South Africa and The United States of America. Equally important, it acknowledges the people that fought for freedom and peace in the world. This research is presented as a documentary and with a companion website. This is to provide people with the opportunity to look at the findings of the project in full/deeper details at any time after the presentation.


    Challenges to the Model of Grief in Psychology


    This is a project by Senaté Letsie done in General Psychology instructed by Pro. Sarah Rankin. This project will be looking into the model of The Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross a Swizz American Psychiatrist. This research is looking at how cross-cultural psychology challenges Senaté’s worldly used models. The main challenges for this model are culture, religion and age. There is a website created for this research to provide everyone and anyone access to the findings of the research in full details.


    VanessaPVanessa Perkinson - Fellow

    Colors of Culture: A Study in Sociology, An Exhibition of Art


    Color is all around us and is a powerful social construct. Every culture has given its own meaning to different colors which influences the way they operate and interact with each other. Vanessa researched colors in various cultures, which unveiled the many different ways colors are interpreted, and then designed ten collages that express those interpretations. Each collage presents a color in various forms. Every way the colors are shown symbolizes a different culture and how that culture perceives and uses the color. In her research and execution of this project, Vanessa was able to combine the sociology of color with the artistic expression of collage to communicate the true significance of color in society.


    GraceZGrace Zachary - Scholar

    Plants in Mythology


    Grace’s project is from two semesters of work – the first semester was research and the second was compiling all the information into book. The first semester she teamed up with English teacher Francis Corby and researched six plants in mythology. She wrote about the plants particular meanings and their significance in the story. The second semester she teamed up with Jen Cline, her Career Development teacher, and decided to work with faculty member and artist, Joe McFarlane, to see what it was like to be in the art profession. Joe also helped Grace create the basis of her book including all the materials needed to make it. The book has flower prints that she created along with her research.


    LibertyHLiberty Hartley - Scholar

    Serving the Spectrum


    The purpose of this service-learning project was to learn about autism through interactions with the staff and students at the Illinois Center for Autism in Belleville. This location of the non-profit organization serves children on the autism spectrum who are under the age of 13. Liberty has always had an interest in autism, and this project gave her a chance to experience working in a facility that assists families and children with this disorder. The project involves the reflection of experiences and knowledge through service-learning. The project was completed through 19 hours of volunteer work and directed reflective writings. Volunteer activities involved being of service emotionally, physically and academically. A substantial amount of experience and information was gained during the course of this project. After completion of her associates in Nursing at Lewis and Clark, Liberty would like to work with children who have special needs.


    JustinWJustin Walker - Scholar

    The Art of The Blue Lotus


    Justin’s project in Non-Western music will be focused on the Zen Buddhist sect of Komuso monks and will examine their art of blowing Zen via their flute, called the shakuhachi. This project will feature a poster board explaining what Buddhism is, how the Komuso tie in with Zen Buddhism, and how their style of meditation relates to music. Justin will be displaying singing bowls as well as explaining their role in Buddhism. There will also be a meditation room complete with specific music from shakuhachi pieces that people will be able to enter and experience.


    Alienation: The Disconnect between Community Members


    Justin’s project in Sociology will be looking at alienation, what that means, and its varying forms. He will be presenting this through a research paper and a reflection on how the Policing and Freedom Colloquium that he attended at Lindenwood University relates to the idea of alienation. Building upon this, Justin will also have a poster where he will be featuring original research. This research will examine prominent views of communities of color toward police officers, the relation to civil rights, and a follow up about what was learned from the research, and how it relates to our criminal justice system.


    StephenKStephen Klamert - Fellow

    The Automotive Service Technician:An Exploratory Occupational Perspective


    Stephen’s presentation will be about the automotive industry. He will display how technicians (or even hobbyists can) misdiagnose vehicles, the basic and more advanced technology in the automotive industry used by technicians to diagnose a vehicle. He will present the significant amount of patience and skill required of a service technician, and how important it is for the world to have competent technicians. Stephen will also display a poster board with pictures and captions explaining the tools, knowledge and practical intelligence required to succeed in the service industry.


    MaddyMMaddy McKenzie - Fellow

    Addiction Affects Everyone: A Bingo Night Fundraiser


    The purpose of Maddy’s project is to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and to show the community that addiction doesn’t just affect the addict, but the whole family dynamic. Her project included both a personal involvement with Nar-Anon and a fundraiser. Raising awareness was a key element of her project, so she hosted a Family Fun Bingo night fundraiser open to the public to raise money for Nar-Anon. Maddy raised $2,230 for the organization. Overall, takeaways included an awareness of why individuals typically turn to drugs. Usually, people with addiction have co-occurring mental illnesses, and the different treatment options for those who want to receive help and become free of their addiction.


    AlexandriaSAlexandria Smith - Scholar

    Genetic Variation of Garlic Mustard


    Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive species within the United States. Previous studies at Lewis and Clark Community College have shown garlic mustard to contain antimicrobial properties with a high variation among populations. Intra-population genetic variation was measured using the identifiable polymorphic genetic markers of seed storage globulin proteins. The individual seeds were crushed and defatted in hexane, which was followed by the extraction of globulin proteins using a high salt media. The extracts were desalted and concentrated through filtration and were run on an SDS-PAGE gel, where bands were counted and measured through a UVP Doc-IT system using SAS for cluster analysis of the data. Preliminary data in Alliaria, and other closely related Brassica species, show similar band patterns of two pairs of doublet bands.


    AbbyKAbby Krieb - Scholar

    My Shadowing Experience


    Cancer is a very serious disease affecting more than 12 million people each year. Recently, Abby had the unique opportunity to shadow a cancer research laboratory. Washington University Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy (CMMN) is a federally funded program. The CMMN specializes in studying the treatment procedures for myeloma patients. Therefore, she will discuss her experience on what it was like to observe cancer research at Washington University Medical School.


    TristenNTristen Nichols - Scholar

    Misrepresentations of Cultures in Disney Movies


    Tristen has done two honors projects in classes she has designated as honors classes this year. She did her first project in her Non-Western Music class. She decided to do her project on how Disney has misrepresented and stereotyped different races and cultures because she enjoys watching movies and looking deeper into them. Also, being a business major, Tristen investigated the lawsuits that were filed from those misrepresentations. Aladdin, Lion King and Moana were the three movies she chose to research. She watched the movies again to see where in the movies it occurred and researched articles about complaints of the misrepresentations and stereotyping that lead to lawsuits. She learned from researching those movies that there was more within them than the child version of herself realized. There were stereotypes, whitewashing, and false representations.


    Managerial Accounting as a Career Field


    Her second project is in her Managerial Accounting class. She decided to do her honors project on managerial accounting as a career because she is majoring in accounting and was not aware there were two types of accounting career fields. She has researched the requirements to become a managerial accountant and the tasks they would do. Also, she has done some extended problems in her class. She has learned how to become a managerial accountant and what they do by researching for and doing this project.


    AdrianSAdrian Savic - Fellow

    Solar Energy: The U.S. vs. The World


    Adrian’s poster project looks at solar energy, how it is beneficial for the environment, and its role in a green future as a whole in the U.S. This project has explored what solar panels are, how they are made and how they work in order to show their usefulness in the realm of green energy. Fossil fuels will also be discussed, including how they damage the environment as opposed to solar energy. Ideas for government backing and support, local level involvement and how small but smart steps can help people solve this issue in the U.S. is will be presented. Illinois’ efforts as a community to provide a better and greener future will be highlighted.


    CourtneyHCourtney Holland - Fellow

    Exploring the Native American Dugout Canoe


    A canoe is defined as a narrow, keelless boat with pointed ends, but to the Native Americans it was so much more than that. The canoe was a vital type of transportation, one that would continue to be a part of their everyday lives. Courtney challenged herself to build a dugout canoe, using only the methods and tools available to early Native Americans. This construction process presented numerous obstacles and gave her the opportunity to problem solve and reconsider her original design. Courtney’s hope is that this project while allow others to better understand aspects of Native American culture and gain an understanding, as she has, of the difficulties they faced every day.


    MorapeliLMorapeli Lesoetsa - Scholar

    Dual Rivers: A Traveling Suitcase from Lesotho


    The purpose of this research is to examine and discuss the similarities of cultures between Basotho culture and Indian American culture. A sample of suitcase will be observed, filled with Basotho national flag of Lesotho, as well as a Basotho traditional blanket and hat, music, pictures of the culture, cookbook and portfolio. The resulting data from this research provides full information about the resources found along the main rivers in Lesotho and United States of America, which helped both countries to shape their cultures. The presentation will be a meditation on the similarities of these countries.


    AlexysWAlexys Williams, Tristen Nichols & Morapeli Lesoetsa

    Music on the Mississippi 


    Alexys, Tristen and Morapeli’s group project is: Music on the Mississippi. Music transcends time and place, so it’s a perfect way to connect everyone to the Ole Miss. They researched and highlighted the three important musical hot spots along the river: St. Louis - jazz, Memphis - rock-and-roll, and New Orleans - blues. Alexys compiled the information for the poster and playlist for New Orleans. Tristen constructed the poster and playlist for Memphis, and Morapeli made the poster and playlist for St. Louis. Go to their table to get a taste of Music on the Mississippi.


    KatherineSKatherine Schoeberle - Fellow

    Lottery of Birthplace


    What is a Human? What is a Human Right? Every minute, 20 people are forcibly displaced due to conflict or persecution. There are 22.5 million refugees with half of those under the age of 18. The International Bill of Rights entitles 40 universal, inherent, unalienable rights. These rights are granted to every Human regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, age or religion. This exhibition is to illuminate the millions of people who have lost their basic human rights due to conflict or persecution. Statistics are from the UNHCR.


    Liberty Hartley, Abby Krieb & Senaté Letsie

    Reveling in the Riverscape


    This project involves the description of individual and collective growth that occurred throughout the experience of taking the “History of Riverscapes” course. The goal is to convey to others a Mississippi River story involving the impact of the course on group members. This has been done by examining the visited locations and discussed history, concepts and opinions. Upon examination, the impact became clear: the addition of a second community, the new knowledge, and a greater appreciation. Overall, the students were amazed by the outcome.


    Maddie Clevenger, Alexandria Smith & Justin Walker 

    The Evolution of the River and Its Correlation with the Honors College


    The Mississippi’s influence on landscape, culture and history of the United States is strikingly comparable to the cultural changes the Honors College has made at Lewis and Clark. The Evolution of the River and Its Correlation with the Honors College is centered around the changes the team, as students, perceives concerning the Mississippi River and the Honors College. The documentary and poster board explain their views of both entities and the river story each of them has weaved throughout their time in the Riverscapes course. Each member brings a new perspective on the river and the program, and how each relates to their own life.