|The Role of Social Class in the College Classroom Experience
Majors: Environmental Studies and Anthropology and Sociology
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
As a McNair scholar, Huong worked under the mentorship of Professor Gabrielle Raley to explore how the role of social class influences students' college classroom experiences, primarily in terms of participation. Her research reveals perceptions of their own and other students' abilities. Huong is exploring internships in environmental studies and, ultimately, intends to pursue a Ph.D. and a career as a college-level educator.
|The Female Hero in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet: Rethinking Young Adult Fiction in the United States
Major: Creative Writing
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
As a McNair Scholar, Ajoura examined how the Song of the Lioness novels by Tamora Pierce use the character Alana as a female hero to create new paradigms and narratives of selfhood that challenged the limitations of established gender roles for adolescent girls growing up in the 1980s and beyond. Ajoura's project introduced her to the larger discussion of the young adult literary genre and its ability to influence the intellectual growth of children. She plans to pursue graduate school immediately after Knox and hopes to become an author of children's and young adult fiction novels.
|The Image of Shelter in Hojoki
Majors: Asian Studies and Creative Writing
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Jade explored the idea of shelter in the essay An Account of My Ten Foot Hut by Kamo no Chomel, which depicts his journey into living the life of the hermit. Her analysis of the literary construction of the essay argues that the idea of shelter serves as the foundation and primary image of the essay as opposed to the use of nature and nature symbolism. Jade hopes someday to work in the translation of Japanese literature and will participate in a study abroad program in Japan, as well as take advantage of the many Japanese literature and language courses offered at Knox.
|Lincoln-Douglas Debates into Classroom Materials
Minor: Educational Studies
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Under the mentorship of Professor Steven Schroth, Jamal has been working on the development of curricular materials that could be used by 6th-12th grade teachers to teach students about the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, which are currently not incorporated into the school curriculum. The materials produced include a study guide, sample lesson plans, vocabulary guide, and guides for specific books and resources available in the Knox archives. Jamal hopes to secure an internship to test his interests before heading to graduate school.
|Concert Production for Back & to the Left Productions
Major: Dance/Movement Therapy (Self-Designed)
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Through an independent study under Professor Jennifer Smith, Kelsey served as production manager for Back & to the Left Productions during the company's fall season and featured a production at the New Orleans Fringe Festival this past November. Kelsey created the rehearsal schedule, maintained and coordinated travel plans, handled all advertising in New Orleans, created a Kickstarter account and promotional video for fundraising, among many other duties. Her liberal arts education has come full circle, as a paper written for a philosophy course motivated the choreography of a piece by Professor Jennifer Smith that became a part of the company's production. Kelsey will be performing her solo piece again at the Body-Mind Centering® Association conference in Boulder, Colorado, this summer.