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Student Scholarship

Selected academic work created by students at Grinnell College, including research papers, research posters, creative work, and related materials. Mentored Advanced Projects provide students opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on scholarly research or the creation of a work of art. The Frederick Baumann Prize was established in 1993 and funded by David '51 and Audrey Lowe '52 Hammer. It honors Frederick Baumann, professor of history at Grinnell from 1927 to 1954, and is awarded each spring to the student who writes the best interdisciplinary and historical essay on the general topic of "Ideas and Society."

Garcia, Javon.
Short film created of Adrian Khactu's film studies class in Spring 2013 about bodies and how they perform in the world using images and quotations.

Goldfien, Michael; Seltzer-Schultz, Erica
American Jews as a group have been defined, politically and historically, by both their commitment to American liberal values and their affinity for the State of Israel. However, recent studies suggest that younger American Jews are becoming increasingly alienated from the Jewish state. This paper seeks to explain this trend in the context of the historical and political experience of the American Jewish community.

Grabinski, Thomas Dale
Film made for Queer Cinema class in Spring 2013 about love, coffee, and sadness

Griffith, Claire
Claire Griffith's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Grout, Tasman; Semlow, Andrea; Neems, Sophie
This goal of this project was to explore the potential barriers experienced by Grinnell residents when accessing food assistance resources. This project was completed by a student research group on behalf of Mid-Iowa Community Action Inc. (MICA) in Grinnell Iowa due to MICA’s concern that Grinnell residents are not utilizing the food assistance resources in Grinnell to their fullest potential. Although Grinnell families may utilize resources beyond the city of Grinnell, due to time constraints, the researchers limited the scope of the project to just those to questioning that lie within Grinnell’s city limits. Researchers identified the following as the primary food assistance resources for Grinnell residents: MICA, Food Recovery Network (FRN), Giving Gardens (Gardens), Community Meal, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (federal food stamps, or SNAP), Bountiful Baskets, Grinnell FoodShare, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). They then examined the following questions regarding these resources: (1) which food assistance resources in Grinnell are food insecure families utilizing, and which are they not utilizing? And, (2) why are food insecure individuals choosing to utilize certain resources and not others?

Hamamoto, Sydney.
During the Second World War, over 110,000 people of Japanese descent living on the Pacific Coast were removed from their homes and relocated into internment camps. Within the camps, the Nikkei (Japanese people) worked to establish any semblance of normalcy in their lives. This research paper is a study of how Japanese Americans sought to build a sense of community within the bounds of the camps. Some did turn to faith, but many simply participated in religious activity to retain a sense of community. This is complicated by the fact that within Japanese American culture, religion is embedded within culture. No matter their religious beliefs, by participating in cultural events, Japanese Americans are taking part in a faith-based activity. While religion was an important aspect of the internment experience, sports and other social activities were as equally important. In this time of extreme stress, Japanese Americans wholeheartedly embraced sports, clubs, and groups. On Sunday mornings, some preferred to be at the baseball diamond rather than at church. No matter what they turned to for comfort, the Japanese Americans needed a strong community to withstand the psychological stress that incarceration caused.

Hechler, Charlotte; Fenster, Kathryn
Anthropology field study of a local non-profit, Galaxy, Inc., a youth center, and its fundraising strategies.

Henderson, Sarah; Nelson, Elizabeth.
The Grinnell Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Grinnell community history, gather objects of historic value, and to preserve them for cultural and educational purposes for present and future generations. In recent years, the museum has faced a declining numbers of visitors. The purpose of this research was to determine how to increase attendance at the museum. We composed a list of recommendations that we feel can increase attendance while still being affordable and feasible for the museum.

Hiller, Joseph
Joe Hiller's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Isa Adaniya, Angelica B.
Using Gambia as the location, the author explores the question of whether it is possible for Human rights organizations to work with/alongside authoritarian regimes to benefit the people in the country.

Januska, Megan
Megan Januska's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Jones, Summer.
An exploration of two all-income sharing communes in Rural Virgina. Twin Oaks, founded in 1967 and Acorn, founded in 1993. Members of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC) focused on commitment to "the common struggle of creating a lifestyle based on Equality"( In person visits and interviews along with archival research form the research data for this paper.

Jones, Summer.; Naborn, Lars.
This report represents the methods, findings and recommendations resulting from a program evaluation conducted at Grinnell High School this semester about the effectiveness of the tools used by the school’s counseling department to determine students’ postsecondary plans. This research was conducted by two students in Monty Roper’s Practicing Anthropology course (ANT293) at Grinnell College, wherein students theorized, researched, interviewed and analyzed their data with the intention of benefitting the greater Grinnell community with their findings.

Katayama, Sen, 1859-1933
Sen Katayama's handwritten senior thesis, written in 1895, and a transcript of the paper created in 2012 by students enrolled in the Japanese 195 course.

Kenvarg, Ethan
Ethan Kenvarg's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Conference

Kieffer, Alexandra L.
Historically, the gulf between Beethoven and Schoenberg was Romanticism: its birth heralded by Beethoven’s Eroica symphony in 1804 and its demise crystallized by Schoenberg’s revolutionary atonality, Romanticism in music used the deconstruction of Classical form as a means of communicating emotion in abstract instrumental works. However, the key to understanding why critics’ responses to Beethoven and to Schoenberg were so different lies in recognizing, first, the commonality of the critics’ approaches in both instances.

Kim, Jinna J. E.
According to a recent Pew study, Korean Americans are most likely to have a majority, if not all of their friends from the same ethnic heritage, when compared to other U.S. Asian groups. What explains their preference for ethnically homogenous social networks? The existing studies on Korean American acculturation focus on the first generation immigrants and the role of religion and churches in these communities, but research on other aspects of the Korean community in the United States has been neglected. This project shifts the focus away from traditional research on first-generation Koreans’ affinity with the church and instead highlights the implications of their homogenous social relationships on our understanding of race and ethnicity in the U.S, with a particular focus on young Korean-Americans. Through in-depth interviews with six second-generation Korean Americans in the Seattle area, this research offers a deeper understanding of the decisions that these children of immigrants make to gain membership in either Korean or American communities. More specifically, the interviews reveal the work involved with and reward received through selective ethnic relationships, and the limited but strategic “option” of adopting or accentuating one’s Koreanness. My findings suggest that second-generation Korean Americans’ ethnic identity management entails both burdensome labor and calls for a redefinition of Americanness.

Korn, Max Aaron, 1985-; Li, Song, 1985-; McFall, Christina Julia, 1986-; Nothwehr, Erin Joanna, 1985-; Nye, Melissa, 1985-; Prescott, Anna Tekla, 1984-; Shannon, Laura Mary, 1985-; Sullivan, Janaki Ann, 1984-; Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949-; Allison, Rachel C.; Chu, Emmon Zun-Xun, 1985-; King, Benjamin Francis, 1984-
Student papers for Fall 2003 tutorial, Decline and Renewal in the Heartland, taught by Jonahthan G. Andelson.

Koychev, David; Pham, Hanh; Zhang, Kaiqian
The LU decomposition is a standard matrix factorization, which expresses a matrix as the product of a lower triangular matrix and an upper triangular matrix. This is typically used in numerical linear algebra. We use this technique to find new formulas in pure mathematics. We will demonstrate new identities related to three-term recurrence relations, especially orthogonal polynomials, and Euler and Bernoulli numbers. We will also discuss the LU decomposition in Vandermonde matrices. The use of Maple, a powerful computer algebra system, was an essential tool used in this research.

Kramer, Heather Anu.
While the depth of a room in a building has often been found to lead to reduced interaction, this was not the case in Noyce Science Center in May, 2009. Facilities available to students were important to room use, and corresponded, in part, to student opinion on study preferences. While study areas separated the science majors, they did not exclude non-majors and underclassmen. In fact, more non-science-majors use study areas in Noyce than do science majors, though science majors spend more time in these.


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