Junior Mariana Thomas with faculty mentor Patrice Rankine, Dean of Arts and Humanities

A group of 43 Hope College students will present 36 research projects at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 16–18, 2015, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.

The annual conference is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.

Projects from Hope students represent departments across the campus and explore topics as diverse as the use of the word triflin‘ to explore aspects of African American figurative language (juniors Sarah Harvin and Mariana Thomas) and the interpretation of Bacchic imagery on Roman sarcophagi (senior Claire Trivax).

Senior Amanda Littleton, for example, conducted research on how the romantic relationships portrayed in television sitcoms impact the romantic beliefs, satisfaction and practices of viewers. And senior Katelyn Dickerson explored the role missionary nurses played in the lives of their Chinese students in Xiamen, China, during the early 20th century.

These wide-ranging research projects, and others, were selected for making an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline.

The Hope participants were selected by NCUR on the merits of their projects. Each year, NCUR hosts some 3,000 students and their faculty mentors from around the country to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances.