Jewell students awarded Hall Family Foundation summer grants

Six William Jewell College students will be sent on academic enrichment experiences around the world after they received summer grants from the Hall Family Foundation.

The Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Program honored six students with awards of up to $5,000 to seize academic opportunities and prepare for post-graduate experiences. The program is unique to William Jewell, providing financial support for study abroad programs, workshops, intensive summer courses, conferences, programs and research opportunities at other institutions.

Those receiving the 2016 Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants include:

  • Sam Buhlig, junior English and philosophy major, Liberty

Buhlig will participate in the Society, Culture and Gender program in Amsterdam through the International Institute for the Education of Students (IES Abroad), where he will study art history, literature and sociology. His coursework will include organized field trips to Dutch museums. He will also continue researching global feminist theory from a literary and cultural perspective in preparation of a paper on gender and sexuality in Dutch literature and culture as they intersect with issues of race, ethnicity and immigration in class and colonial systems.

  • Drew Novak, sophomore political science major, Shawnee, Kan.

Novak will attend the TFAS Engalitcheff Summer Institute in Washington, D.C., where he will have an internship in either U.S. foreign policy or national security fields and take classes on economic and foreign policies. He will also pursue a research project on whether former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara mislead President Lyndon Johnson about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and considering the implications of such a decision on American policy in Vietnam.

  • Drew Pfeiffer, junior bology major, Grain Valley

Pfeiffer will work at the Jama Coaque Reserve in Ecuador, a 1,300-acre nature preserve as a part of an Academic Internship Program researching permaculture fields. Permaculture is the study and utilization of sustainable agricultural practices.

  • Carter Quirk, junior business administration and history major, Mansfield

Quirk will pursue an original research question on the origins, events and repercussions of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift. He will conduct research at the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and at the U.K. National Archives outside London. He will continue his project in the fall semester with research at the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C.

  • Ben Shinogle, junior political science and English major, Weatherby Lake

Shinogle will complete a case study on the effects of democracy on conflict resolution, cultural change and economic development based on his interviews and study of Myanmar. He will study the country’s past through a technology-based internship while attempting to find solutions to help plug the resource gap facing the country’s working poor.

  • Yuchen Peng, junior international relations and engineering major, Excelsior Springs

Peng will study in Waseda University in Japan, taking three courses on Asian studies. While taking courses, she will volunteer in Kobokan Community Center in Tokyo so she can become involved in a foreign community and learn about welfare issues in modern Japanese society.

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