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Pforzheimer Honors College

2011 Honors Grant Recipients

Olivia Drabczyk

Mentor: Dr. Marie Werner
Title: The Effect of Cultural Distinction on Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment: Nepal
Abstract: In an effort to develop a more globally conscious understanding of the field of mental health, research was undertaken at an orphanage in Pokhara, Nepal. The thesis of this study is that specific core cultural traditions make it virtually impossible for mental health care to adopt a global standard, while simultaneously seeking to offer a globalized perspective of what is often considered solely a national issue of mental and psychological disorders. The almost complete absence of a standardized system of mental health classification in Nepal, as well as the lack of formal mental health institutions and/or treatment centers, are evaluated. Further study will be carried out in Nepal next year under the supervision of the Fulbright commission.

Patrick Finnegan

Mentor: Dr. Carl Malinowski
Title: Marketable Differences: Analysis of Disparity between the United States and Barbados in the Marketing of Rum
Abstract: This study analyzes and assesses the disparities in the marketing of rum by companies in both Barbados and the United States. Rum is a popular alcoholic beverage in both countries. However, examination of the differences in cultures, economies, demographics, and target audience elicits some interesting results. Primary research included distributing surveys in Barbados and the United States, as well as conducting in-person and e-mail interviews with directors of rum marketing in both countries.

Erik Nykwest

Mentor: Dr. Mohsen Shiri-Garakani
Title:Physics in Action: A Visual Approach
Abstract: An introductory-level, algebra-based course (lecture + lab) in general physics was created that is intended to be accessible to a wide range of students including non-science majors, exploring, or any student with an interest in basic physics. The lectures, which include topics such as "Newton's Laws of Motion" and "Energy and Momentum" are accompanied with a series of hands-on and laboratory-based experiments, including several exciting new experiments designed using a high speed camera. Emphasis is on real life phenomena that capture and demonstrate fundamental principles of physics.

Christopher Uhlick

Mentor: Dr. Ross Robak and Prof. Christopher Walther
Title: Cultural Differences in Compassionate Love
Abstract: This research project studies compassionate love and other psychological motives. Compassionate love is characterized by mutual respect, attachment, affection, and trust. Research has shown several elements to be present in compassionate love: cognitive understanding of the situation, understanding of the self, openness and receptivity, and an emotional response. Many studies have examined the differences in cultures, especially in regard to such psychological motives as autonomy and relatedness. Results have shown that, based on the culture of the country, and whether it is collective or individualistic, certain values rank higher than others.The importance of compassionate love among people in the United States and in Barbados is analyzed. The Bajan culture is quite relaxed, unlike the fast-paced lifestyle in the U.S. By conducting surveys of college students in the United States and the Caribbean, insight into the significance of, and differences in, compassionate love across cultures may be evaluated.

Jessica Wade

Mentor: Prof. Robert Klaeger
Title:Film Editing: An Invisible Art
Abstract: A critical step in the production of a film, television show, or commercial is editing, as it is the process that brings together different shots to create a story. This project focuses on film editing and its effect on the viewer. Editing is an invisible art to the untrained eye; the purpose of this presentation is to teach viewers how to see the magic that takes place in the cutting room. Through the analysis of basic cuts in editing that are essential to evoking emotion, compressing time, or advancing a story, viewers will gain the ability to understand the motive behind each shot on the screen. Attendance at Maine Media’s weeklong workshop on editing with Final Cut Pro furthered my understanding of an editor’s job of combining shots, words, and music into a cohesive and engaging piece.