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Hendrix Odyssey Program Announces Funding for 22 Projects

CONWAY, Ark. (November 17, 2017) – The Hendrix College Odyssey Program Committee on Engaged Learning has awarded grants totaling $45,246.11 to 22 different projects requesting funding through the Hendrix Odyssey Program. 

As of October 2017, the Committee has awarded $3,784,594.88 in Odyssey grants to Hendrix students and faculty since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005. Grants cover travel, lodging and more as Hendrix students, faculty, and staff conduct and present research, learn new skills, and explore the world. Odyssey projects must relate to at least one of six categories: Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional and Leadership Development, Service to the World, Undergraduate Research, and Special Projects.

October 2017 Odyssey grant recipients and their projects include:

Iad Ahallak – Arabic Language and Culture Classes (Special Projects)

Rachel Allmon and Hannah Christeson – Student Attendance and Participation at United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo (Special Projects)

Ben Benton – Plastination of Fungi for Hendrix College Botany Teaching Collection (Special Projects)

Breann Forbes, Kelsi Stimack and Sarah Walker – The Convergence of Service and Culture: Non-Profit Accreditation (Global Awareness/Service to the World/Special Projects)

Megan Hunter – Healthcare Beyond the U.S. (Global Awareness)

Ebony Ivory – A Pretty Big BeaYOUtiful Movement (Special Projects)

Alexis Krone – A Presentation of Research Findings and Student Mentorship at the American Chemical Society Conference in New Orleans (Special Projects)

Matthew Lillard and Josh Walker – Immersion in the Art and Mechanics of Coaching Baseball (Special Projects)

Charles McCracken – Building a Disc Golf Course: Green Space Construction Across Socioeconomic Boundaries, Community Engagement and Environmental Aesthetics (Special Projects)

Rachel Partridge and Sydnee Curry – Volunteering in Ecuador: Conservation, Community and Collaboration (Service to the World)

Anna Reckling, Ben Curry, Cora McCain, Meraj Sayyed, Jun Shin, and Meredith Warren – Barcelona: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Cityscape and Sustainability (Special Projects)

Ella Thomas – The Devil Wears Prada: Pursuing a Fashion Career in New York (Special Projects)

Ryan Tumminello – American Chemical Society Conference 2018 (Special Projects) 

Emily Waller – Presenting Research on Cardiac Output in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease (Special Projects)

Kathleen Wendover – Presenting Undergraduate Research at ACS Spring Meeting (Special Projects)

Hueseng Xiong, Victoria Tang, and Alice Fan – Journey to the East: Following Local Customs (Global Awareness)

Margaret Young and Krishna Patel – How Have Small Dams Altered Headwater Stream Structure and Function in North Central Arkansas? (Undergraduate Research)

Dr. Mark Goadrich – Solving Real-World Problems with Tools from Mathematics and Computer Science: The COMAP International Contest in Modeling (Special Projects)

Dr. Julie Gunderson – 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) (Special Projects)

Tonya Hale – Creating Change at Hendrix College & Beyond: Learning & Creating Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students (Special Projects)

Dr. David Higgins – Flora of Arkansas in the Hendrix College Herbarium (Special Projects)

Dr. Jose Vilahomat and Prof. Irmina Fabricio – Exploring Aspects of Nicaraguan Healthcare System: Kidney Transplantation, Past and Present (Special Projects)

About Hendrix College

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