2002 McNair Scholars Program Research
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
ABSTACT: We will give some estimates for the number of lattice points in a convex polytope, which is described by a system of linear inequalities. We also find volumes of certain symmetric polytopes.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. George Wright, Human Behavior, Justice, and Diversity Department
ABSTRACT: This study of the lack of African-American political participation is based on several decades of research. Its main point is to recall political participation of African-Americans in the 60's and 70's and compares its parallelism to contemporary political participatory behavior.
This research focuses on the politically implemented systematic obstacles to participation, the family's role in political socialization, the environment's role in political socialization and how these three entities nurture the current participatory enigma. The results of this study show that without a high level of education, blacks cannot obtain high socioeconomic status, which is needed in order to enhance and sustain their political participation.
Mary L. Mattson, (McNair Scholar at College of St. Scholastica)
Faculty Mentor, Elizabeth T. Blue, M.S.W., Department of Social Work
ABSTRACT: Through the Aging Resource Center for Douglas County (ARCDC), seventy-seven senior citizens participated in research to determine how Douglas County, Wisconsin seniors deal with high drug costs. The study finds one-third of the participants have gone without prescriptions due to high costs, and many alter their lives and budgets to afford prescriptions. Senior Care Wisconsin, a prescription drug assistance program, promises to aid low-income seniors who struggle with affording their prescription drugs on a monthly basis.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gary Keveles, Human Behavior, Justice, and Diversity Department
ABSTRACT: The influence of two-year and four-year criminal justice programs on students' attitudes toward female police officers was investigated. Forty-nine male and female undergraduate criminal justice majors attending a small, midwestern liberal arts university were compared to a sample of sixty-eight male and female undergraduate law enforcement students attending two small, midwestern community colleges. The data shows slight, consistent differences in the attitudes of community college and university students toward female police officers. Nevertheless, the small sample sizes limits the validity of these conclusions.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randy Gabrys~Alexson, Natural Sciences Department
ABSTRACT: Technology has become a tool not only for the teacher, but also for the student. Numerous courses are offered over the Internet both to undergraduate and graduate students. Many students enroll in these courses to take advantage of the flexible schedules and convenience (Dipman, 2000).
Some experience with online courses has been found to be negative, rather than positive (Mayes, 1995), and was the impetus for further study into online learning and its efficacy. The purpose of this study was to examine and ascertain the effectiveness of on-line, general education courses to support the theory that students taking general education courses in a traditional classroom setting would have higher success rates with traditional in-classroom pedagogy than those who took the same course content using online (e-learning) pedagogy.
The success rate in this study was determined by level of satisfaction with the course and its delivery methods. For the purpose of this paper, the terms teaching and on-line learning will refer to electronic means of distributing and engaging learning by use of the Internet and related electronic media services and will not focus on other methods of teaching that utilize distance learning concepts.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maureen Salzer, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department
ABSTRACT: James Joyce's Ulysses is one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, due largely to the innovations of the literary technique known as stream-of-consciousness. Joyce did not invent the stream-of-consciousness technique, which relays the pre-organized thoughts of the character as they are conceived, without comment from the narrator. Within Ulysses, however, Joyce took the technique to its pinnacle of development.
Much of the impact of Joyce's stream-of-consciousness can be seen in the context of an accumulation of trends that had been building throughout the Romantic and Victorian literary periods. By taking the narrative to the extreme, Joyce pushed the stream-of-consciousness technique into the mainstream and made it one of the most commonly used techniques in twentieth century literature.
Faculty Mentor: Charles Reichert, Business and Economics Department
ABSTRACT: This study has found that the application of the proposed changes related to convertible bonds outlined in the Financial Accounting Standard Board's Exposure Draft Accounting for Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Liabilities, Equity or Both will allow for faithful representation of the nature of the compound financial instrument in the financial statements.
Additionally, the synopsis provides a general outline of the potential earnings and balance sheet effects of equity classification of convertible bonds while further clarifying the pros, cons, and feasibility of pricing the components of the convertible debt.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Pulford, Human Behavior, Justice, and Diversity Department
ABSTRACT: What makes pottery a woman's art? What sets a woman crafter apart from the men who practice the same or similar art forms? Spirituality, sexuality, social custom, and oral tradition all play a part in defining women's art. But the traditions that accompany these art forms go much deeper than the definitions surrounding 'traditionally defined women's roles'.
Women potters in tribal cultures have developed specialized traditions that have enabled them to step above known cultural standards of inheritance, status, and gendered roles. This research examines two diverse cultures for similar aspects of pottery traditions and development with regard to the specifically delineated role of pottery as women's work.