Student Honors, Aug. 21, 2011

Justin M. Ovenell of Manhattan made the academic Deans’ List at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif. Ovenell, an accounting major, is honored for his spring academic standing of 3.5 or better GPA.

Montana State University’s TRiO McNair Scholars attended a national Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Symposium, “Developing New Voices in the Academy,” Aug. 4-7 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scholars presenting from MSU’s McNair Program are listed, including the title to their oral research presentations and their faculty mentors:

Jennifer Thornburg, “The Dream of the Rood”; faculty mentor Dr. Jerome Coffey.

Kelsey Guffey, “Habitat Selectivity of Semi-free Ranging American Plains Bison at the National Bison Range in Northwest Montana”; faculty mentor Dr. Clayton Marlow.

Dewey Brooke, “Analysis of Phospholipase Activity in Adeno-Associated Virus Particles Using Liquid-Chromatography/Mass-Spectrometry”; faculty mentor Dr. Brian Bothner.

David Driscoll, “Synthesis, Processing, and Performance of Proton-Conducting Membranes for Regenerative Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems”; faculty mentor Dr. Stephen Sofie.

Rio Gonzalez, “ Pedagogical Technology: A Guide to the Modern Student’s Mind and Classroom”; faculty mentor Dr. Michael Sexson.

Shane Close, “Accuracy Goals Moderate the Manifestation of Placebo Effects”; faculty mentor Dr. Ian Handley.

Cameron Robison, “Spatial Recognition in the Ischemic Gerbil: The Effect of Object Exposure on Performance”; faculty mentor Dr. Michael Babcock.

Named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of seven crew members aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, the McNair Program identifies undergraduates who have the potential for success at the graduate level with the end goal of helping students prepare for doctoral work and to pursue careers in the professoriate. Scholars have had firsthand experience conducting research while working alongside their McNair faculty mentors.

from Montana State University. She is the daughter of Millicent Hampton of Livingston and Michael Shepherd of Bozeman.

Switzer graduated in 2007 from Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls, and received an associate degree in 2009 from Montana Technical College in Butte. He is the son of Kendall and Lisa Switzer of Bozeman.

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