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Students Participate in College’s Research and Experiential Support Program


Two students received 2011 Research and Experiential Support grants from the St. John Fisher College School of Arts and Sciences, earning either tuition waivers for their project or internship experience.

The program allows students majoring or minoring in undergraduate Arts and Sciences programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematical and Computing Sciences, or Interdisciplinary Programs to engage in an intensive summer research or experiential opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member from one of those programs. Full-time sophomore, juniors, and seniors were eligible to apply for this support.

The objective of the program was to provide students with an opportunity to participate in an experiential activity that is typically not available during the academic year because of factors including the seasonal nature of the activity, the geographical location, and the time commitment. The research program provides an opportunity for students to explore and better understand the role of research at the College.

An Arts and Sciences Summer Experiential Award Committee, made up of faculty, reviewed applications, and determined the award recipients.

Under the supervision of Dr. James Bowman, Assistant Professor of English, Lauren Post’s project represented a preliminary investigation into the revolution that took place this past spring in Egypt. Her research compared and contrasted the incident to earlier revolutions, in particular the Velvet Revolutions that occurred in Central Europe in 1989. She also looked into the factors in determining whether a revolution is violent or peaceful, and analyzed the situation in Egypt in order to speculate about how things might evolve there in the coming years.

Gina DiPonzio participated in an internship at Grants Office, a successful grant writing organization in Rochester. Grants Office provides innovative grants development services to nonprofit organizations, corporations, and municipalities who are seeking external funding. She worked closely with colleagues in the office, who all provided her with a deeper understanding of the organization and the grant application process. In addition, she was responsible for maintaining the organization’s online service which provides comprehensive information on federal, state, and foundation funding. She also edited content for their monthly newsletter, Funded. When she started her internship, the organization was in the middle of a website redesign, and she had the opportunity to edit web content and develop content for social media. Dr. Deborah Uman, Associate Professor of English, supervised DiPonzio through the internship.

“My internship was an exceptional learning experience which served as a bridge between my academic work at Fisher and my imminent entry into the professional world,” she said.

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