In the philosophy program, students and faculty work closely in both independent studies, in which a student conducts a self-directed study with a professor as a reference, and in research assistantships, in which a student helps a faculty member pursue a research subject. Below are examples of some recent research assistantships.
Blake Kyler '12
Blake Kyler is the undergraduate research assistant to Prof. Steven Fesmire. Blake is assisting Steve with electronic research for a book on John Dewey, to be published by Routledge Press.
Pragatee Dhakal '11
Pragatee Dhakal (psychology major and philosophy minor) serves as an undergraduate research assistant to Prof. Heather Keith for the fall of 2010. Heather and Pragatee are conducting interdisciplinary research in psychology and philosophy, exploring the role of historic and contemporary moral theory as it relates to people with developmental disabilities.
Tala Wunderler-Selby '08
Tala Wunderler-Selby '08 worked with Prof. Heather Keith in the fall of 2006 on an article on applying Chinese ethics, such as classical Confucianism, to contemporary environmental problems.
Millard Dekalb '06
From the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2006, Millard Dekalb assisted Prof. Heather Keith, Joan Mulligan, and Bill Kelley in gathering and working with data concerning issues of GMC student quality of life (such as satisfaction, happiness, and perceived well-being), reasons for attending GMC, interest in the college's mission, and engagement with campus activities.
Alex Hunley '06
Alex Hunley assisted Prof. Steven Fesmire with a fall 2004 social and political philosophy course that focused intensely on the Presidential race. Among other themes, the course explored the cognitive scientist George Lakoff's hypothesis that Americans would not primarily be voting their self-interest; they would vote their identity and values. Alex gathered and critically assessed a vast amount of interview and media material generated by students in the course as they probed the contemporary political landscape to test Lakoff's hypothesis. Alex's own weblogs--he's a self-confessed information junkie--reveal the rich influence of this research assistantship, and he helped to provide students with a steady stream of up-to-the-minute reflections from this new dimension of the U.S. media.