Undergraduate Research

Minds@work Conference

On the 21st of April 2015, the Modern Languages Department was well represented at the Minds@work Conference which celebrates student research, scholarship and creativity.

For German, Matthew Hoffman (sponsored by Dr. David Wildermuth) gave the paper titled Presenting the Fates of 'Ordinary Men.' The Wehrmacht's 35th Infantry Division as a Case Study of the German Army and Soviet Justice, 1945-1956.

In French, Andrew Hutchinson (sponsored by Dr. Blandine Mitaut), presented the poster titled La Culpabilité et la Honte dans la littéïrature de la diaspora haïtienne au XXe siècle.

Also for French, a panel with Cody Connelly, Jessica Strickland and Fallon Finnegan (sponsored by Dr. Agnès Ragone) held A Conversation on Haiti and debated issues of environment, education and the role of NGOs in the island.

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Conference for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Several of our students presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research. Emily Howell presented her research entitled "The Benefits of Teaching Languages in Elementary School" at the Celebration of Student Research on April 22. Her work debunks myths and makes a convincing case for making second language learning a priority starting in the early grades. Emily did a great job summarizing her most salient points for the many interested visitors she had at her station.

Those who are interested in learning more are encouraged to attend Emily's presentation, in Spanish, of this same research at the Modern Languages Conference on May 3.

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Here is the list of Dr. Mitaut's students who also presented at CUR:

  • Anthony Bucher, « Du cirque et des jeux pour contrer la révolte: les dessous du divertissement parisien depuis le XIXe siècle » (Keeping the People Content since the Nineteenth Century: What Lies Behind Parisian Entertainment)
  • Houda Bouhmam, « Enfances Juives dans le Paris de Vichy : tentatives de reconstruction de l’expérience et de témoignage à travers la littérature » (Jewish Childhoods in Paris under the French Vichy Regime : Attempting to Reconstruct Experience and Bear Witness through Literature)
  • Reggie Hefner, « Exploration littéraire du traitement des immigrés en France depuis la Seconde Guerre Mondiale : La Seine était rouge de Leïla Sebbar, La Goutte d’Or de Michel Tournier et Entre les murs de François Bégaudeau » (Literary Exploration of the Treatment of Immigrants in France since WWII)

Students published

With endorsement from Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy, David Craig, a sophomore with a major in International Management in Chinese 102, has his Chinese essay titled "我的中国心“ won the writing competition of Write the Ship. The essay has been selected for publishing in this on-campus undergraduate journal at Shippensburg that recognizes excellent undergraduate writing.

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Dr. Pomeroy also has another student, Ashley Moriarty, who was in her Geography class and wrote an essay on China's "One Child Policy" selected for publication in Write the Ship.