Undergraduate research

The German section has a strong record of undergraduate research, and both Dr. Condray and Dr. Hoyer have years of experience in mentoring students in conducting research and applying for awards.  Here is a sample of recent student achievement.

Recent Research awards

Brian Kelley (Senior, German and Mathematics) and Maria Marley (Senior, German and French) were both selected for the Holocaust Seminar at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.  This prestigious and nationally-competitive program accepts only 15 students selected nation-wide.  2010.  Mentor: Dr. Hoyer.

Maria Marley (Senior, German and French) had a paper accepted for the symposium on “Judaism and the South” sponsored by the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture and held in February at Hendrix College; she was also awarded a travel grant of $400.  The title of Ms. Marley’s paper was: “South of the Border:  Jewishness in the Strasbourg of Barbara Honigmann.”  Ms. Marley also presented her findings in May as part of the Dine/Discovery series of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a division of the Global Campus unit at the University of Arkansas.  2010.  Mentor: Dr. Hoyer.

Matthew McCall received a SILO undergraduate research award to investigate his honors thesis: “Native Son? An Exploration of Immigration and National Identity in the Cinematic Works of German-Turkish Director Fatih Akin.”  2009.  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

Lauren Kuenzel (Mechanical Engineering) was selected for the DAAD Renewable Energy Program, Solar Institute at Jülich. 2008.

James Covington (German and Classical Studies) received a SILO undergraduate research awad to investigate his honors thesis: “A Translation from the Oeuvre of Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, German Classicist and Philologist.” 2007. Mentor: Dr. Condray.

Research in Science and Engineering

A number of University of Arkansas students have received fellowships in the DAAD RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) program to conduct paid research at German doctoral laboratories.  Brady Hurlburt spent the summer researching at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 2009.  Andrew Kincannon and Jeffrey Rieske received RISE fellowships for the summer of 2006.  Tyler House, Meredith Griffin, and Eric Johnson were selected for this program in 2005, and Drew Cogbill conducted research in Regensburg during the pilot year of this program in 2004 and published an article in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (News from Chemistry) about his experiences.

Fulbright Awards

Students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been enormously successful in applying for Fulbright awards, both in the fields of research and teaching, in Germany and in the Austrian equivalent award in teaching.  Nineteen students have received these awards over the past few years including:

Jacque Bensing (Germany, Teaching Fulbright, 2010)

Jerod Bradshaw (Austria, Teaching Award, 2007)

Ryan Branaman (Austria, Teaching Award, 2007)

Kevin Byram (Austria, Teaching Award, 2008)

Robert Cheek (Germany, Teaching Fulbright, 2007)

James Patrick Hoffman (Austria, Teaching Award, 2008)

Brian Lee (Germany, Research Fulbright to enroll in the Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.) at the Vienna School of Diplomacy, 2008)

Lori Neumeier (Germany, Teaching Fulbright, 2010)

L;indsay Rodgers (German, Teaching Fulbright, 2006, declined)

Caleb Stein (Germany, Teaching Fulbright, 2008)

Creed Weiler (Germany, Teaching Fulbright, 2006)

Honors Thesis Research

The following is a sampling of recent undergraduate research topics:

John Jacob Barkman.  “The White Rose: A Student Resistance Movement to the Nazi Regime.”  (Projected defense fall 2010).  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

James Covington. “A Translation from the Oeuvre of Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, German Classicist and Philologist.” Summa cum laude.  2008.  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

Diana Dunn.  “The Theological Development of Pacifism and Active Resistance in the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Summa cum laude.  2004.  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

John Jolly. “Semiotics and the Modern Crisis of Language.” (Projected defense 2011.)  Mentor: Dr. Hoyer.

Maria Marley. “Jewishness in the works of Barbara Honigmann and Gila Lustiger.” (Projected defense 2011.)  Mentor: Dr. Hoyer.

Matthew McCall, “Native Son? An Exploration of Immigration and National Identity in the Cinematic Works of German-Turkish Director Fatih Akin.”  Summa cum laude. 2009.  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

Brett Sterling, “Zwischen zwei Mauern, Between two walls: Turkish Life in Kreuzberg.” Summa cum laude. 2005.  Mentor: Dr. Condray.

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