Hastings College students earn grants for undergraduate research, travel

To help current students cultivate their dreams and ideas, Hastings College alumni and friends support various competitive grants for student to travel and/or conduct undergraduate research.

To receive funding, students must submit detailed proposals in which they explain the research they plan to conduct or the experience they seek to gain and how the project relates to their long-term academic and career goals.

The following students have earned grants for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Excelsior Scholars Program

Sarah Wolf, a senior from Hastings, Neb., will conduct research with assistance from Dr. Constance Malloy, Professor of English, and Deborah Johnson, Assistant Professor of Music. Wolf’s research topic is “Analyzing the Secret Life of Agatha Christie”. She is a pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and in Music Education (K-12 Field Endorsement) and a  Bachelor of Arts in English Education (7-12 Subject Endorsement with an additional ESL endorsement) and in English Literature.

The Herbert and JoAnn Klemmer Horizons Fund for Student Travel and Enhanced Learning

Blake Bowland, a senior from Tekamah, Neb., will use his grant to participate in an outward bound leadership experience. Bowland is a marketing major.

Morgan Killefer, a senior physics major from Corvallis, Ore., will participate in an undergraduate research program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

The Knappenberger Fund for Student Travel and Experiential Learning

Molly Hoff, a sophomore from Broomfield, Colo., will travel to Cambodia. She is majoring in Religion and Peace, Justice, and Social Change.

Dakota Ghegan, a music education major from Omaha, Neb., will travel to participate in the 2014 National Flute Convention. She is a sophomore.

Jordan Colony, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., will study at Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University in Pyatigorsk, Russia. Colony, an English, history and sociology major, has also received Rafferty-Rownd Funds for Travel to facilitate this experience.

Brandon Baxter, a junior music education major from North Platte, Neb., will attend the Jamey Abersold Summer Jazz Workshop.

Carolina Hall, a junior from Brighton,Colo.,  will attend Pilchuck Glass School. She is a studio art major.

Nick Masada, a senior elementary education and political science major, will intern at the Food and Research Center. Masada is from Lincoln, Neb.

Michael Hull, a senior music and music education major from Hastings, Neb., will pursue private study at Oklahoma City Univeristy, Louisana State University and University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Rafferty-Rownd Funds for Travel

Hayley Buckman, a senior communication studies and English major, has received a grant to participate in the Irish Fellows Program and conduct a qualitative study that explores the relationship between social media use and self-esteem in children. She is from Strasburg, Colo.

Margaret Johnson, a sophomore studio art major from Loveland, Colo., will participate in the Irish Fellows Program and investigate the question of the role of the harp in Irish life.

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