Seven students selected for competitive summer programs

Seven Northwestern College students have been chosen from applicants across the country to participate in summer research or internship projects. Each program provides students with a stipend, and many offer travel allowances and free housing.

Daniel Berntson, a senior philosophy and English major from Paullina, Iowa, has been selected to participate in a summer internship with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, D.C. From May 31 through Aug. 5, he will assist the NEH department that works closely with state humanities boards.

Jill Bowman, a sophomore biology-health professions major from Britt, Iowa, has been selected to work as a summer fellow in the hematology and oncology department of Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. For about 12 weeks beginning May 23, Bowman will review data from cases in which protocols for cancer trials were tested.

Emily Fischer, a sophomore Christian education major from Arlington, S.D., has been chosen as an undergraduate fellow by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE). As part of an effort to provide support and guidance to college students who are considering a career in ministry and who possess the intellectual and spiritual qualities essential for Christian leadership, Fischer will attend the FTE’s Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry. The event, held June 15–20 in St. Louis, features renowned ministers and educators exploring various theological issues.

Amanda Gordon, a senior from Jenison, Mich., who is majoring in psychology and Spanish, has been accepted into the Research Experience for Undergraduates program in psychology at Oklahoma State University. With funding by the National Science Foundation, she will assist Dr. Melanie Page in researching depression and anxiety in elementary-aged children from May 21 through July 17.

Michael Holm, a senior mathematics major from Orange City, will participate in his second Research Experience for Undergraduates program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He will be at the University of Akron, working with Dr. Michael Levin in a real-world cryptography problem involving a collection of correspondence, written in code, between 16th century Spanish kings and their ambassadors in Italy. Last year, Holm pursued research in numerical analysis and differential equations at the University of Tennessee.

Melinda Jansen, a sophomore biology major and chemistry minor from Newton, Iowa, will be conducting research in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Memphis. From May 23 to July 29, she will be part of a team that will be exploring such areas of research as organometallic photochemistry, mass spectrometry, colloid chemistry and polymer modeling.

Alex Kolb, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., who is majoring in biology-health professions and chemistry, has been chosen to receive a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn. Kolb will work with Dr. Daniel Billadeau in the immunology lab from May 31 through Aug. 5.