2012 - 2013

April 18, 2013
Cameron Receives Goldwater Honorable Mention

Cameron,%20Karleigh%20--%20Goldwater%20Honorable%20MentionKarleigh Cameron has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cameron is a junior Honors student from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in environmental studies.

About 150 Honorable Mentions are given to exceptional students each year who are not selected as Goldwater Scholars. According to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program’s website, 271 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors from institutions across the United States. Scholars and Honorable Mentions were chosen from a field of 1,107 applicants. 

“I feel lucky to have gotten it,” Cameron said. “It’s really nice to know all my hard work has paid off, and it’s nice to be recognized outside of my university.” 

“Karleigh is very deserving of this recognition of an Honorable Mention from the Goldwater program,” Dr. Lisa DeMeyer, one of Cameron’s former professors, wrote in an email. “Karleigh enjoys a challenge and is doing everything she can to make the most of the opportunities she has at CMU. I have known Karleigh since her first semester at CMU and I am so happy that she is receiving this recognition for her outstanding academic work in mathematics.”

After returning from Singapore, where she is spending the semester studying at Nanyang Technological University, Cameron will do research for her senior Honors research project: modeling growth using dynamical models. She will be working with Dr. Leela Rakesh in the Mathematics Department. 

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been nominated in the first place, and to actually have gotten an Honorable Mention is great,” Cameron said, “and I’m thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way.”

April 15, 2013
Hall Receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant

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The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. government and strives to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and people of other countries. Recipients are expected to represent the U.S. as cultural ambassadors. The Fulbright, according to the U.S. Department of State’s website, is “the most widely recognized and prestigious international program in the world.” It has been active for more than fifty years. 

Fulbright recipients are selected on the strength of their personal and professional achievements. Scholars must demonstrate a potential for leadership in their respective fields. 

After completing his Fulbright, Hall plans to finish a Masters in History at CMU. He eventually plans to earn his doctorate. As a career, Hall is considering becoming a professor of modern German history, an archivist or working in international relations between Germany and the U.S. 

Hall has also completed several research projects about German history. Following his internship at Volkswagen, he wrote a paper about the forced labor used by the company during the Second World War. He has compared and contrasted the secret police forces of the German state during the WWII and of the East German state following the war, and has researched and written about the pacifism of Hugo Junkers, an airplane designer and manufacturer in the early 20th century. His current project, which he plans to use for his Master’s thesis, involves former German Prisoners of War and the internment of enemy aliens in the U.S. during WWII. 

Hall’s rich family heritage is what drew him to the country. “My grandmother’s family came from Germany in the early 1900s,” Hall wrote in an email. “Additionally, my Grandfather was involved with the Berlin Airlift and was stationed in Germany.” Hall took German classes in high school and traveled there for two weeklong trips. Those trips, along with the influence of his high school teacher Mr. Omstead, Hall wrote, are what sparked his passion for the country. 

One of Hall’s professors and mentors, Dr. Eric Johnson, in the History Department, said that Hall is one of the most talented students he has seen in 30 years of teaching. “He has integrity, backbone, curiosity, true interest, modesty and an ability to finish the work he wants to do. Some guys go off and start things and they don’t finish them. Kevin finishes,” Johnson said. In a seminar class that included doctoral students as well as undergraduates, Johnson said Hall still produced a distinguished paper that included original research and interviews. 

To be accepted for a German Fulbright ETA, the applicant must be proficient in German. Hall wrote that between his internships, study abroad experiences and classroom experiences, he has become a confident and experienced speaker. However, he wrote that “there is always more to learn.” 

March 2013
Coon Named CMU Udall Scholarship Nominee

CoonJaime Coon, a Centralis Scholar, Honors student and junior from Hamilton majoring in pre-graduate biology and minoring in global justice, is CMU’s 2013 Udall Scholarship nominee. ​

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris Udall’s 30 years of service in Congress. The name was amended in 2009 to include his older brother, Stewart L. Udall, also a career civil servant.

The foundation will award approximately 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior college students committed to careers in environmental or Native American policy. Additionally, scholars gain access to a vast network of like-minded individuals at seminars offered in Tucson, Arizona.

After volunteering with the Wildlife Recovery Association, a nonprofit birds of prey rehabilitation organization, for 200 hours, she became an intern there and lived on-site during the summer. 

Coon has worked in associate professor Kirsten Nicholson’s phylogenetics lab for over two years studying a tropical lizard species complex. Discovering the cause of the species’ divergence and confirming potential new species is vital: “If a species doesn’t have a name, you can’t write a law protecting it,” she says. 

Growing up on a farm instilled in Coon a deep love and appreciation for the natural world. But she says she did not make the connection between biology and environmentalism until she was in college. “Now I have this major in biology, and I’m going to be a biologist with an environmental value behind every question I ask, and I think that’s really important,” she says.

Coon emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking: as a global justice minor, she has taken courses in sociology and political science, and her capstone project focused on advocating replacing the magnolia trees that once grew in front of Anspach Hall. “We’re just trying to understand how we can help the world be more sustainable – and issues of poverty and environmental issues are so interrelated sometimes you can’t even separate them,” she says. 

Additionally, Coon has been involved in CMU’s New Venture competition with a nonprofit project called “Energize Education,” which focuses on better energy efficiency in public schools. 

Coon plans to pursue a PhD in conservation biology. 

Feburary 2013
CMU nominates four students to compete for Goldwater Scholarship

Karleigh Cameron, Amanda Clark, David Hicks and Randall Hoyle are CMU’s 2013 Goldwater nominees. Each is one of the nearly 1,100 college and university students across the nation to be nominated.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986, and is the namesake of Barry M. Goldwater, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The award is given annually to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate excellence in their fields and are committed to pursuing a career in mathematics, engineering, or natural sciences. Each institution is permitted to nominate up to four candidates each year.

Cameron2Karleigh Cameron, nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship, is a junior Honors student and Centralis Scholar from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in environmental studies. She is spending the spring 2013 semester studying at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

Cameron joined CMU’s Long-term Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) program after the spring 2011 semester. She spent the summer of 2011 conducting research on second generation wavelets with three other students and a faculty adviser. 

She presented her work with LURE at a national and an international conference: MathFest in Lexington, KY; and Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA. The work was later published in the International Journal of Applied Mathematics. 

Cameron entered the Summer Undergraduate Research in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM) at Michigan State University in May 2012. She worked with one other student, and used bifurcation analyses to develop a more effective estimation technique for dynamical systems. Her work with SURIEM was presented at MathFest 2012 in Madison, WI. 

She said one of her professors, Dr. Lisa Demeyer, Mathematics faculty, having had Cameron in class and seen some of her work, first encouraged her to apply. “I’m so thankful to central for all the support they’ve given me,” Cameron said. “I know that if I hadn’t gone to Central, I wouldn’t have had the same opportunities. All of my advisers have been a huge help in getting me where I am today.”

Cameron plans to go to graduate school for engineering or applied mathematics and work for the government or in industry. 

Image result for Amanda Clark McNair ScholarAmanda Clark, nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship, is a sophomore from Three Oaks majoring in biochemistry. She is Vice President of the CMU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society and a CMU McNair Scholar. 

Clark has been working under Dr. Choon Lee for about a year. Dr. Lee’s lab is working on the organic synthesis of antioxidant dendrimers. The goal is to create a new antioxidant dendrimer which will be more effective against free radicals than those naturally occurring, helping prevent cancer and other diseases. 

Clark contacted Dr. Lee on the suggestion of another professor after Clark expressed interest in being involved in research on the synthesis of new medicines. She started off cleaning beakers and shadowing graduate students, and, after time, was assigned more responsibility in the lab, such as learning how to run column chromatography to purify the antioxidant dendrimers being made in the lab. 

Clark said the money from the scholarship would help ease some of the financial burdens of school. With both of her parents deceased, she bears the full responsibility of financing her education. She would be able to go without having a part-time job, giving her more time to spend on her research and studies. 

Clark plans to earn a PhD in medicinal chemistry or pharmacology and pursue a career as a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or another cancer institute and work to develop better treatments for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

David Hicks, nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship, is a junior Honors student from Farmington Hills majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. He is a member of the Central Michigan University Honors Program, the Society of Physics Students, and the American Physics Society. 

Hicks is currently doing physics research under two professors. 

Since January 2012, Hicks has been working under Dr. Veronica Barone doing computational and experimental battery research. Hicks applied for a summer research grant to continue his work under Dr. Barone over the summer of 2012. He presented this work at an undergraduate poster session during the July 2012 American Chemical Society Conference in Dearborn, MI. The research results are expected to be published sometime this year. 

In January 2013, Hicks began working with Dr. Matthew Redshaw, a nuclear physicist at CMU. Their work will involve a collaborative effort with Michigan State University to build a Penning trap for atomic nuclei, which will allow physicists to gather more accurate data on the masses of fast-decaying radioactive isotopes. 

Outside of his major, Hicks is involved in music. He is a vocalist for CMU’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Central Harmony, an a cappella group. 
Hicks plans to earn a PhD in physics and pursue a career at NASA. 

Hoyle2Randall Hoyle, nominated to compete for the Goldwater Scholarship, is a junior Honors student from Midland majoring in biochemistry. Hoyle is a member of the CMU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. 

Hoyle has been working under Dr. Minghui Chai since the end of his freshman year, in the summer of 2011. His research focuses on using dendrimers – commercially available hyper-branched polymers – with commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to improve their efficiency and reduce side effects. 

It was Dr. Chai that encouraged Hoyle to apply for the scholarship. Chai’s colleague at another university recently had two students win the award. During her time at CMU, she has searched for a student qualified enough to compete. She found one in Hoyle. 

Winning the scholarship would enable Hoyle to live in Mt. Pleasant over the summer and focus exclusively on his research. “It’s expensive living here in the summer,” Hoyle said. “I tried working as a painter last summer and spent all my time and energy on my job and not on my research.”

Outside of his research, Hoyle is an active musician. He has played trumpet in the CMU Marching Band for 3 years, and is currently a rank captain. He is also a member of the CMU basketball band. For approximately 5 years, he has been in the rock band Archana with his sister, brother, and two other close friends. 

Despite the long application process, Hoyle said he is optimistic and thankful for the opportunity to be the first CMU student to earn the scholarship. “I’ve had a lot of support from my family and friends, from Dr. Chai, and from the university, and I appreciate all of that. Fingers crossed,” he said, and knocked on the table. “I think this is going to be our year.”

Hoyle plans to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry and work in the private sector to develop new medicines. 

Feburary 2013
Woodke Nominated to Compete for Truman Scholarship

Woodke2Rebeccah Woodke, a junior Honors student and Centralis Scholar from Flushing with a major in biomedical science, has been named the 2013 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee. 

Created by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation’s purpose is to recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service and provide them with financial support, leadership training and a network of like-minded individuals committed to the greater good. 

Each applicant must be nominated by his or her university.   In their applications, candidates completed a series of essays, including a proposed solution to a major public policy issue.  The foundation reviews over 600 applicants each year and awards between 60 and 65 scholarships. 

Woodke plans to pursue a career in public health, specifically in the areas of health behavior and health education.  She plans to earn her Masters of Public Health and then her PhD, with the hopes of attaining a university faculty position where she will be able to prepare future public health workers, conduct research, and advocate for policies that will help erase current racial and ethnic health disparities. 

Woodke is a student leader for the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.  She has spent time abroad doing service work, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in Belize which she says helped to “reaffirmed how much I want to be involved in public health and in improving the health of communities.”  This passion for health equity led to volunteer service at the McLaren Free Health Clinic in Mt. Pleasant.  Additionally, she has been a participant and site leader for the Alternative Breaks program. 

Woodke is currently working in Dr. Elizabeth Alm’s laboratory on an EPA funded study evaluating the effectiveness of a public health intervention which used border collies on beaches to deter gulls, which may carry pathogens potentially harmful to humans. 

Although Woodke acknowledges that it might be a while until she makes “significant contributions to public health,” she confidently reports that, “all my service and background education is preparing me to make the change I hope for the world:  to ultimately improve the health of communities and realize health equity for all.”

October 2012
CMU Nominates Four Students to Compete for Fulbright Grants

Megan Bauerle, Darnell Gardner Jr., Kevin Hall, and Eric Thornton are CMU’s 2013 Fulbright nominees. Each will compete for funding from the Fulbright Program to travel abroad for in-depth study in their areas of interest.

Megan%20Bauerle2Megan Bauerle, a Mount Pleasant senior, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study changes in dental health with the introduction of agriculture in Great Britain at the University College of London in the U.K.  She is a Centralis Honors Program Scholar majoring in Anthropology and Psychology and minoring in English.  

Bauerle studied in the U.K. in 2009 and later spent a semester at Edge Hill University in England.   She studied bioarchaeology and human osteology at the Arizona State University Archaeological Field School and participated as a volunteer in excavation projects at CMU’s Field School in Archaeology and the McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.  Additionally, she has extensively studied and researched animal remains found within a typical 19th century diet and presented her work at the Midwest Archaeological Conference.  Bauerle also served as an anthropology laboratory assistant and clinical psychology research assistant at CMU.  

Bauerle plans to pursue a PhD in bioarchaeology.

Darnell Gardner Jr., a senior from Detroit majoring in Journalism and Political Science, is CMU’s nominee for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan.  If awarded, Gardner will be a full-time teaching assistant in an elementary or junior high school.  He will also consult with teachers on cultural issues regarding the U.S. and assist in writing and editing educational materials.

Gardner studied in Shanghai in 2010 and later completed an internship with the China Daily in Beijing.  He’s interned at WDET-FM and was an apprentice at the Detroit Free Press in 2009.  He has served as a staff reporter and columnist for Central Michigan Life since his freshman year and worked with CMU’s WMHW-FM.  He is the recipient of the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship as well as the Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction.  Gardner also participated in American Model United Nations and CMU English Language Institute’s Conversation Partners Program.  

Gardner’s future plans include pursuing a Masters or PhD in international relations and becoming proficient in Mandarin.  

Kevin%20Hall2Kevin Hall, a recent CMU graduate from Caro, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.  If awarded, Hall will teach and serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, reading, and writing courses, as well as for educational advising and outreach.  When he is not in the classroom, Hall, who majored in History and German, plans to continue studying German history and to satisfy further his curiosity about his German heritage.  

Hall studied in Bielefeld, Germany in 2011 and later returned to complete an internship as a corporate historian at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and BASF in Ludwigshafen. In 2013 he will intern with Meyer Werft in Papenburg.  Hall has broadly studied and researched German prisoners of war in Michigan during World War II and presented his work at conferences, including the Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference in 2012.

Hall earned his Bachelor’s degree from CMU in 2012 and is currently working toward a Masters in History.  He hopes eventually to earn a PhD in History and Masters in German and become a college professor of German History.

Eric%20T2Eric Thornton, a Tawas senior, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study ceramics in an industrial context and learn commercial fabrication techniques and methodology at the Helsinki School of Design at Aalto University in Finland.  If awarded, Thornton hopes to inspire a change in the direction of ceramics from an artistic medium to that of an industrial design by understanding the historical relationship between Aalto University and the Arabia Factory (a porcelain production factory in Finland).

Thornton is majoring in Fine Arts with a 3D Ceramics concentration and minoring in Art History and Apparel Design and Construction.  He studied ceramics and fine arts at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute in Italy and attended workshops at La Merdiana (a well-known international ceramics learning center).  Thornton is a ceramics tutor and a studio technician/assistant at CMU, president of the CMU Ceramics Society, and teaches numerous pottery classes to children and adults.  

Thornton plans to attend graduate school and artist residency programs to further develop his ceramics skills and work.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.   

This year’s nominees applied for the Fulbright Awards through the CMU National Scholarship Program, which assists the best and brightest students and alumni to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships. 

The national Fulbright selection committee will review all applications and announce the recipients in April.