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Odyssey Grants Announced

CONWAY, Ark. (April 3, 2014) – This summer, Hendrix students will explore their musical talents, serve others in distant lands, conduct innovative research, and work on archeological digs thanks to $153,898.87 in Odyssey grants.

The grants were awarded by the Committee on Engaged Learning (CEL) to 40 projects proposed in the February 2014 cycle. The grand total for funding since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005 is $2,638,930.90.

The grant recipients and their projects and project categories include:

Shannon Abbott – Service in Ghana: An Exploration of Culture, Connections and Vocation (Service to the World)

Noah Beggs, Keegan Fletcher and Krystal Kim – Hendrix iGEM Team (Undergraduate Research)

Reed Brewer, Sydnee Davis, Andrew LeMay and Hayley Hervey – A Spiritual Journey on the El Camino: A Visual Odyssey (Special Projects)

Samuel Burke – Reclamation of Aquatic Arkansas Species (Professional and Leadership Development)

Susie Burton – Organic Farming in Rural Costa Rica: A Linguistic and Cultural Immersion Experience (Global Awareness)

Peter Butler – The Year of the Democratic Comeback (Professional and Leadership Development)

Lila Coco – The Impact of Israeli Policy: How Policies affect Mental Trauma for Military Personnel (Undergraduate Research)

Jackson Cohen – An Economic Analysis of Team Play (Undergraduate Research)

Brian Commerford – Ultimate Training Camp (Special Projects)

Thomas Eddlemon – Building Bridges to the Future in Challenged Neighborhoods (Service to the World)

Katey Gillispie – The Effect of Modeled Sexual Communication on Protective Behavioral Intentions (Undergraduate Research)

Mallory Glick and Meaghan Epperson – Exploring Sustainability and Permaculture in Costa Rica to Make Positive Changes in our Environment (Professional and Leadership Development)

Anna Jolliff – Impact of Mother-Daughter Relationships, and Close Female Friendships, on Disordered Eating Behavior in Young Women (Undergraduate Research)

Emily Jones – Developing a General Synthesis of Indolizidine Alkaloids (Undergraduate Research)

Sophie Katz – Caherconnell Archaeological Field Experience (Undergraduate Research)

Taylor Keplin and Jonathan Bauer-Erickson – Volunteering with Sea Turtle Conservation at the Pacuare Nature Reserve (Service to the World)

Emily Kleinfelter – Internship with the Nashville Civic Design Center (Professional and Leadership Development)

Lora Adams – Nation-Building and Ethnic Conflict in the Balkans (Undergraduate Research)

Meghan McFadden and Elizabeth Kasper – Volunteering at the Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education in Costa Rica (Professional and Leadership Development)

Hope Montgomery – A Pilgrimage to India: Exploring my Spirituality through Service (Service to the World)

Samson Ndindiriyimana – Research on Special Education in East Africa (Undergraduate Research)

Patrick Niyongabo – Sports, Poverty and Hope (Service to the World)

Michael Occidental – Determination of the Metal Ion Cofactor Requirements of the PLA2 Enzyme in Snake Venom (Undergraduate Research)

Taylor Pate and Nini Hoang – Vietnamese Food Culture : Exploring the Linkage between Vietnamese Cuisine and Urban Agriculture (Global Awareness) 

Vinikarn Phahurat – A Journey in Thailand: Educational and Cultural Enrichment (Service to the World)

Ian Shrum – Wavelet Denoising and Analysis (Undergraduate Research)

Matthew Simmons – Summer Internship: DBU Athletic Department (Professional and Leadership Development)

Sowmya Sivakumar – Adsorption by Activated Charcoal of Snake Venom (Undergraduate Research)

Jordan Spennato – The Effect of Expressive Art on the Psychological Wellbeing of Injured Athletes (Undergraduate Research)

Ples Spradley – Variation of Protein Components in Successive Regenerations of an Individual Coral Snake's Venom (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Chris Campolo – Roman Archeology in Portugal (Special Projects)

Dr. Jennifer Dearolf – Morphology of neonatal guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) breathing muscles (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Peter Gess – The International Public Service Project: A Partnership Among Hendrix College, The Clinton School, and Community Service Organizations (Service to the World)

Dr. Tom Goodwin – Green Chemistry: Development of Potential Antibiotic Compounds and a New Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Liz Gron – Ridin' Dirty with Science 2014 (Service to the World/Special Projects)

Dr. Daniel Henderson – Feedforward regulation of the exercise ventilatory response under conditions of normocapnia and hypnocapnia (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Toni Jaudon – The Material Book in a Digital Age: A Study of Pop-Up and Movable Books (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Sarah Lee – A Narrative of Encountering: The Rwanda Student Experience (Special Projects)

Dr. Wayne Oudekerk – Germany Live 2014 (Global Awareness)

The following students received Miller Center Service Fellowships:

Mitchel Griffin – Miller Center Service Fellowship with International Volunteer HQ in Quito, Ecuador (Service to the World)

Hope Montgomery – Miller Center Service Fellowship with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Dharamsala, India (Service to the World)

Savannah Skaggs – Miller Center Service Fellowship with Bean’s Café in Anchorage, Alaska (Service to the World)

Michelle Stockwell – Miller Center Service Fellowship with GaDuGi SafeCenter, Inc. in Lawrence, Kan. (Service to the World)

Jasmine Welch-Beardsley – Miller Center Service Fellowship with the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Mass. (Service to the World)

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit