North Central College - Naperville, IL

Recent Projects


Each year several of our students are awarded grants to pursue individual or group research projects of extraordinary quality. Grants for up to $5,000 have allowed students to, in some cases, travel the world, while others have done their work in the Chicago-land area. Regardless of destination, this research opportunity has dramatically enriched their academic experience at North Central.

Students recently awarded independent or group research grants include:

2015 - 2016 Individual and Group Research Projects

Rachel Maher
Design Persuasion: How Design and Print Materials can be used to Inspire Social Change

Taylor Mithelman
Ewe Style Kente Weaving: Ethnic Identity in the Face of Changing Cultural Tradition

Hannah Bevis
Social Media on Ice: A study of digital and social media techniques and strategies for professional women’s ice hockey teams

Amanda Cortese, Alexandra Loverher, Yesentia Nunez, and Luis Tello
Feasibility of Biosand Water Filters and Improve Wood Stoves in Selected Sections of San Miguel Totonicapan, Guatemala

2014 - 2015 Individual and Group Research Projects

AnnMarie Bachmann
Alexander the Great in Mosaic of Roman Culture

Katherine Dickson
Hail the Victorious Dead: History and Collective Memory of the Great War in London

Lisa Dieckman
Expressions of Faith: An Ethnographic Study of Faith and Organizational Culture

Thomas Halverson
Characterization of Collectin Liver 1 (CL-L1) by its Glycan and Glycoprotein Specificity

Jessica Krempp
Tasmanian Devil Relocation Evaluation: Scat Analysis of Devil Diet

Adam Lundquist
The Role of Glutamate in Cocaine Reinstatement of Differentially Reared Rats

Jacob Prosek
German Harmonica Curriculum: An Analysis

2013 - 2014 Individual and Group Research Projects

Alyssa Allgood
Who am I?: An Exploration of Jazz Vocalists' Identity Communicated through Performance

Emily Bishop
Miyazaki's Films and the Utopia Within

Robert Castillo, Sergio Vargas, Audrey Weaver, Melissa Zambrano
Ethnographic Film Project: Production and Post Production

Nathaniel Gingrich
Pillars of Fear: Gothic Literature's Influence on the Modern Horror Film

Kelleigh Kuehl
Connecting Art and Mathematics: A Look at Symmetry in Italian Cathedrals

Katherine Madel
Shaping the Future by Shaping the Past: A Look at the Use of Language in Holocaust Museums

Alexis Marsh
Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Adolescent Self-Esteem in Northern Ireland

Miguel Purgimon
The Perception and Social Impact of the World Cup: An Analysis of Rio de Janeiro Based on Income Level

Jack Ryan
Broadway or Bust: Conventional Differences between Musical Theatre Styles of New York and London

Madeline Wierzal
The Immortality of King Arthur's Legend

Project prior to the 2013-2014 academic year are available here.