West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program will host a student research colloquium on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in 118 Oglebay Hall. The event will begin with a reception in honor of the student scholars and their instructors. Presentations will follow the reception. Both the reception and colloquium are free and open to the public.
Five student researchers will present their work, pertaining to issues ranging from tribal sovereignty and environmentally sound energy production to Lord Dunmore’s War, the 1779 Sullivan Campaign and community-based participatory research focused on health and wellness, including suicide prevention among native youth.
The colloquium participants are:
Bambi Bevill from Wheeling, W.Va., will receive her master’s degree from WVU in May. She is a student in public health with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences/wellness. The title of her presentation is, ”’Mitakuye Oyasin’Linking Up Through Community-Based Participatory Research.” She will also give a presentation at the 2012 National Wellness Institute Conference.
Abigail Cioffi, a graduate candidate in public history from Charleston, W.Va., will present “The Ohio Indians of Dunmore’s War.” Cioffi earned a bachelor’s degree from WVU in history with a minor in art history.
Melanie Hockenberry is from Morgantown, W.Va. She earned a master’s degree in educational psychology with an emphasis in child development and family studies in December 2011. Her topic is “Validation of the Resilience Competencies Scale for Applications among American Indian Youth.”
Jason Kikel is a geography major minoring in Native American Studies from Gibsonia, Pa. His topic, “Self-Government and Self-Determination: Energy Development in Indian Country,” was researched as part of his work in a Sovereign Tribal Nations class.
Leslee Tyler, a history major with minors in philosophy and sociology, is from South Charleston, W.Va. The title of her presentation is, “The 1779 Sullivan Campaign and a Broken Iroquois Confederacy.”
The students completed their research while enrolled in courses taught by members of the Native American Studies committee: Carol Markstrom, Ph.D., child development and family studies; Bonnie M. Brown; Tyler Boulware, Ph.D., in the Department of History; and other WVU faculty: Bill Reger-Nash, Ph.D., in public health; and Carletta Bush, Ph.D., in the Department of History.
For more information, contact Bonnie M. Brown, coordinator of the Native American Studies Program, at 304-293-4626 or BonnieM.Brown@mail.wvu.edu
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