Posted on June 1, 2015 by Christopher Thrall

This summer, Augustana is welcoming a record number of summer research students to work on a range of projects. We’ll meet a few of them every week over the summer!

This summer, Augustana is welcoming a record number of summer research students to work on a range of projects. We’ll meet a few of them every week over the summer!

 

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James Hudec

James Hudec, 3rd year BA History from Camrose

James is working with another research student from South Korea to transcribe an unedited devotional text written in 1541 for English instructor Dr. Brandon Alakas. Dyuerse and Holy Instrucyons was written by the monk Richard Whitford after the institution of monasticism had been suppressed: this text adapts monastic spirituality to new contexts in post-Reformation England.

 

Carly Heck

Carly Heck

Carly Heck, 4th year BSc Biology from Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Tom Terzin supervises Carly Heck’s project, examining how an individual’s demographics influence their perception of beauty in nature. “We are showing participants pictures of moths and butterflies from Dr. Terzin’s extensive collection here at Augustana,” Carly explains. “They are asked to evaluate the insects’ beauty and then tell us their reasoning. We hope that the information we find could be applied to industries such as textile design, advertising, and even architecture.”

“I volunteered for a year for Dr. Tom Terzin working on his study of aesthetic judgments,” she continues. “I decided that I needed more time with the data we collected in order to fully understand what was found, so I applied for funding for the summer.”

 

Sara Dyck

Sara Dyck

Sara Dyck, 5th year BSc Biology Salmon Arm, BC

“Dr. Haave asked if I would be interested in helping him this summer,” Sara says, “and I accepted the amazing opportunity to work with him!”

Dr. Neil Haave leads the national editorial team for an internationally renown publication. Sara is helping nail down the fine details of the upcoming issue of Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, as well as organizing materials and assignments for the revamped AUBIO 111 lecture (previously AUBIO 130). Part of this involves designing a learning philosophy assignment for students as part of Neil’s McCalla Professorship.


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