April 11, 2016
A Mt. San Jacinto College student earned top honors at the 16th Annual Honors Research Conference held at UC Irvine on March 26, 2016.
Terri Tomlinson was awarded the Director’s Scholarship for her abstract titled “Diatribe with Despair: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Proto-Modernist Conflict with God Expressed Through His Mastery of Language.” This is the first time in the history of the conference that an MSJC student has received this award worth $1000.
Tomlinson was one of ten Mt. San Jacinto College honors students who presented their research at the conference.
Rumby Mushonga was awarded a $100 third-place prize among science posters for her research titled “Testing the Effectiveness of Co1 Gene Universal Primers for Species Identification in DNA Barcoding Studies.”
Mushonga and Tammy Russell were among 21 students from community colleges throughout Southern California who received Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Exceptional Achievement Scholarships for $250. Applicants submitted essays that described the impact that belonging to an honors program has had on their lives. Scholarship winners were selected by the HTCC Scholarship Committee.
Other student presenters from MSJC were Casey De La Cruz, Carli Palmerin, To-Neja Williams, Jacob Palmer, Andrew Perkins, Jordan Browning and Stephanie Nunez. All presenters were aided in their research by faculty mentors including Ted Blake, Tamara Smith, Christina Yamanaka, Nick Reeves, and Michael Plotkin. All of the faculty mentors attended the conference as well as Dr. Rudolph Besikof, Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Jeremy Brown, Interim Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Science at Menifee Valley Campus, and Dr. Carlos Tovares, Dean of Academic Programs at San Jacinto Campus.
Additionally, seven MSJC Honors students, Vanesse Hiten, Alyssa Duro, Syed Ahmed, Alexis Zarate, Hope Graham, Katelyn Eller, and Michelle Krehbiel, participated in the conference as volunteers.
Terri Tomlinson, Rumby Mushonga, and Tammy Russell