SF honors program students present research at conference

University of Saint Francis honors program students, from left, Kayla Reed, Emma Richey, Madeleine Richey, Ayrianne Crawford, Carolina Flores and Alexandra Meyer joined their professor, Dr. Lance Richey, at the 2014 Mid-East Honors Association annual conference April 4-6.

April 7, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Five members of the John Duns Scotus Honors Program at the University of Saint Francis presented their research at the 2014 Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) annual conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. April 4-6.

Junior biology/pre-med major Ayrianne Crawford won second prize in the poster session and was also elected student representative on the Executive Board of the Mid-East Honors Association. She presented a paper on the intersection of medical ethics and biological research, entitled "Discrimination in Medicine: 'Life' Science's Critical Misnomer," and a poster session, "Utilization of Sodium Bicarbonate in Cardiac Arrest - Justified or Not?," exploring treatment of heart attack patients.

Sophomore English major Emma Richey presented a paper on comparative literature and religion, "Finding Truth in Myth: An Analysis of Four Creation Accounts." Junior political science/legal studies major Carolina Flores presented her research on nineteenth-century American debates over slavery, "Labor ≠ Capital: Lincoln's Critique of the Mudsill Theory," while her fellow junior political science major, Kayla Reed, shared her study, "Justice Stephen Breyer and Constitutional Jurisprudence: A Study in Legal Personality."

Junior chemistry major Alexandra Meyer presented a poster session on her research into the local mussel population, "Resuming the Puzzle: Developing a Technique to Estimate the Energy Available to Lampsilissiliquoidea at Crooked Lake, Whitley County, IN." Finally, freshman history major Madeleine Richey presented a paper on modern archaeological research, entitled "Rediscovering Troy: Reevaluating Homer's Iliad in Light of Modern Archaeology."

A Regional Division of the National Collegiate Honors Council, MEHA represents the honors programs at over two dozen colleges and universities in the six-state Mid-East Region.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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