Library features student thesis research projects

Student thesis research projects are on display in the Nicholson Library through May 16. They will be judged May 13 at 3 p.m.

A broad collection of student research projects for the Linfield College Science and Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposia will be featured at 3 p.m. on May 13 in the Nicholson Library. There are 47 submissions.

The categories of submission for the Science Symposium are sociology and anthropology, psychology, political science, physics, mathematics, economics, chemistry and biology.

Junior Andrew Carpenter did his research in the chemistry field. The title of his presentation is ”Electrochemical Characterization of Novel Alkyl Substituted Polyoxotungstates.”

“I decided to talk to the professors after I took a Jan[uary] Term chemistry class my sophomore year,” Carpenter said. “I started talking to them about different research projects they were working on, but no one needed any help. The professor I worked with for this project, Elizabeth Atkinson, had no students working with her so I shadowed her research and decided to work with her over the summer.”

The categories of submission for the Creative Projects Symposium are theater and communication arts, sociology and anthropology and environmental studies.

Junior Grace Beckett submitted a presentation for theater. The title of her poster is “Medea and Lady Macbeth; Control in Madness and Strengths.”

“My thesis is that it is detrimental for people to define themselves through relationships with others,” she said.

Beckett’s presentation illustrates two strong female leads in literature that go mad or seem insane as a result of the influences of their husbands.

“Medea is insane and defines herself purely through her relationship with her husband. She harnesses the insanity and commits terrible acts of violence,” Beckett said. “Lady Macbeth also defines herself through her relationship with her husband. She tries to control him and therefore feels guilty for the horrible acts that he commits.”

Beckett said she initially wrote the paper for her theatre history class.

“I started the term out researching just Medea, and then I started building on it,” she said. “I wanted to take a feminist perspective to it. The female leads are so strong that they are portrayed as completely mad. I thought that was a good commentary on feminist power.”

Sophomore Zachary Davis presented a mathematical approach to snowboarding which reinvents the design on the half pipe. Senior Craig Geffre presented a discussion on gluten intolerant communities which presents multiple diagnosis narratives.

A prediction of box office revenues for comedy and science fiction movies affected by certain factors like sequels or media attention is also on display, presented by senior Hung Vu.

Submissions will be judged from 3-4:30 p.m.  on May 13. The presentations will remain on display through May 16.

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