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Honors College Chronicles

Summer Happenings Here and There

They may not have been attending classes, but students in the Robert E. Cook Honors College were plenty busy in the heat of the summer, pursuing intellectual enrichment and practical experience.  The following is a sampling.

Writing for Wildlife, Shakespeare Approves

William Harder and the panda

William Harder and the panda that represents World Wildlife Fund across the globe

During his internship at Georgetown University’s American Studies Institute on Political Journalism, William Harder researched and wrote articles about the Congo Basin, the eastern Himalayas, and the Sulu-Sulawesi Seas in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines on behalf of World Wildlife Fund. His work led to receiving the Frank Shakespeare Award for Political Writing and a subsequent job with World Wildlife Fund, which hired him to continue working on its Congo Basin Project.

“World Wildlife Fund allowed me to do real work at my internship,” said the Political Science and Journalism major from Coopersburg, Pa. “They did not just have me getting coffee or copying. They put me on real projects and assignments with real publications that I have to show for my work. I came away from this summer with a huge knowledge of foreign places and a great confidence in my skills and abilities.”

The Civil War Historian

Whitney Hampson, a History major from Colorado Springs, spent the summer months in New York at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She was one of fifteen history scholars chosen from more than three hundred candidates nationwide. She received a stipend to research and prepare an inventory of Minnesota Civil War soldier Edwin Jackson’s correspondence for use by future scholars. Her responsibilities included creating a pamphlet for high school students.

Economists Present Papers

Students from James Jozefowicz’s Introduction to Econometrics course presented their research at the Pennsylvania Economics Association Conference.  Christopher Krahe presented “Young Adult Decision Making:  Male Relative Cohort Size and Fertility Theory, 1959-2001.” Neil Meredith presented “Okun's Law: What is the Story Now?” Rebecca Uecker presented “Where Should the Money Be Spent?  The Impact of Programs and Policies within an Educational Production Function.” Zoe Thorkildsen presented “Higher Test Scores or Heading to College:  A Comparison of Educational Production Functions with Differing Dependent Variables.”

Labor, Politics, and Journalism

Political Science and Journalism major Shelley Cook of Oxford, Pa., served as an intern with the U.S. Department of Labor through the Washington Center, one of fifty interns chosen from several hundred applicants. She previously completed internships in the U.S. Army’s public affairs office at Fort Knox, Ky. This fall she is serving an internship with the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Cambridge—England, not Massachusetts

Honors College students have participated in the summer program at one of England’s oldest and largest universities, Cambridge, for the last ten years.  This year, the Honors College was represented by Amber DeBardelaben of Sligo, Pa.; Rose Huber of South Fork, Pa.; and Mara Iverson of Vandergrift, Pa.