2015 Chlapaty Fellows Selected
Jul 9, 2015 | Kristi Lynch
Seventeen University of Dubuque students have been designated as Joseph and Linda Chlapaty Fellows for 2015. Selected by a faculty committee, the students are carrying out their Fellowship projects over the summer of 2015.
“This marks the fourth summer that students have been selected for, and participated in the Chlapaty Research Fellows Program,: commented University President Jeffrey F. Bullock. “The Chlapaty Research Fellows Programs creates a significant opportunity for talented undergraduate students from across the disciplines to do scholarly research with a senior faculty scholar-mentor, to do preparation for graduate entrance examinations, and to build a network of professional contacts. Topics this year range from Analyzing African Financial Markets and Their Impact on Their Economic Growth to Probing Nutrient Pollution and Emerging Contaminants in Mississippi River Tributaries. We are grateful to Joe and Linda Chlapaty for their investment in the scholarly work of these undergraduate and graduate students."
The Chlapaty Fellowship Program is a competitive program designed to aid in the preparation of talented undergraduate students for graduate or professional school study. Fellows’ projects are to be completed during the summer following the students’ sophomore or junior years. Awardees commit to 40 hours each week for 10 weeks to the Fellowship. Each Chlapaty Fellow will receive a stipend of $4,500, and an additional $500 for supplies or travel costs associated with their scholarship project.
These seventeen students and their advisors will focus on the following projects during the fourth summer for the Chlapaty Fellowship program:
Kiersten Wenthold (sophomore, psychology, Fort Atkinson, IA) and Dr. Henry Grubb, professor of psychology; Meditation and Relocation As a Method to Increase Children's Academic Success and Well Being.
Fabiola Ortiz (sophomore, psychology, Elgin, IL) and Dr. Henry Grubb, professor of psychology; Meditation and Relocation As a Method to Increase Children's Academic Success and Well Being.
Christian Marty (junior, marketing, Dubuque, IA) and Dr. Lawrence Muzinga, associate professor of business; Analyzing the African Financial Markets and Their Impact on Economic Growth.
Gordon Musel (junior, criminal justice, Tama, IA) and Dr. Brian Hallstoos, assistant professor of history, and Jonathan Helmke, assistant director for library systems and technical services and university archivist; African American Experience at UD 1965 to Present Day.
Anthony Vorwald (junior, environmental science, Bernard, IA) and Dr. David Koch, associate professor of environmental science; Species Dynamics Comparison of Sympatric Turtle Species in the Mississippi River and Lytle's Creek.
Aaron Hubbard (junior, human resource management, Montgomery, IL) and Dr. Lawrence Muzinga, associate professor of business; Investigating the Differences and Similiarities in Accounting Standards, Recordings, and Reporting: The Congolese General Chart of Accounts and the International Financial Reporting Standards.
Kimberly Smith (junior, English in secondary education, Dubuque, IA) and Dr. Jon Barz, professor of English, and Professor Angie Brandel, associate professor of education; Building a Foundation for Writing.
Jacob Hesselman (junior, chemistry and chemistry in secondary education, Dubuque IA) and Dr. Dale Easley, professor of geology; Development of an Advanced Placement Environmental Science Curriculum.
Wade Gibson, (junior, environmental science, Dubuque, IA) and Dr. Adam Hoffman, associate professor of environmental chemistry; Probing Nutrient Pollution and Emerging Contaminants in Mississippi River Tributaries.
Jake Theis (junior, environmental science, Holy Cross, IA) and Dr. David Koch, associate professor of environmental science; An Insect Diversity Inventory for Use in Species Assemblages and Conservation Efforts.
Kayla Neff (junior, biology, Kaukauna, WI) and Dr. Mark Sinton, assistant professor of chemistry; A Survey of Local Soils for the Presence of Antibiotics.
Kayla McLaughlin (junior, biology, Dubuque, IA) and Dr. Gerry Zeurcher, professor of vertebrate biology; Roost Site Selection by Female Northern Long-Eared Bats in Northeastern Iowa.
Matthew Zittritsch (junior, physical education teaching K-12, health K-12, Humboldt, IA) and Angela Brandel, associate professor of education; Language Preservation and Revitalization: A Critical Need for Tribal Schools and Community Education.
Sara Sutter (master of divinity, Cherokee, IA) and Dr. Matthew Schlimm, associate professor of Old Testament; Hebrew Devotional for Teenagers.
Brandon Beau Dansizen, (master of divinity, Avon Lake, OH) and Dr. Beth McCaw, assistant professor of ministry; Analysis of Short Term Youth Missions on Faith/Spiritual Formation of Youth Missioners in the Reformed Tradition.
Sean Walker (master of divinity, Lake Geneva, WI) and Dr. Gary Hansen, associate professor of church history; Deaf Ministry: Christian Deaf Community.
Michael Kennedy (junior, human health science, Dubuque, IA) and Dr. Mark Sinton, assistant professor of chemistry, Antibiotic Presence in Local Water Sources.
“This program has been transformational in raising the level of student scholarship on campus, as for the fourth consecutive year we have the largest and most diverse group of students and faculty advisors,” commented Dr. Adam Hoffman, associate professor of environmental chemistry and director of the Chlapaty Fellowship Program. “Again, Joseph and Linda Chlapaty have graciously given and have reaffirmed their commitment to the students of the University of Dubuque.”
The goal of the Chlapaty Summer Fellowship Program positions University of Dubuque students for success in graduate or professional studies. Through the program students will:
1. Demonstrate strength in independent scholarship.
- Complete a scholarship project, under the supervision of a UD faculty member
- Disseminate scholarship project in appropriate manner
2. Prepare for graduate/professional school examinations (such as MCAT, GRE, DAT,
- Participate in a test review activities
- Complete practice tests
3. Develop a network of professional relationships beyond the University of Dubuque.
- Visit graduate schools and professionals in the region
- Participate in regional academic conferences