Morris Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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About the Morris Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Established in 2017 thanks to a generous donation from Scott and Liz (Tomich, '80) Morris, the Morris Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded to student-faculty research teams in the arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines in the Gonzaga University College of Arts & Sciences. These fellowships are awarded to original, student-driven research projects that are carried out during the summer months under the mentorship of a faculty member in the College. Both the student and the faculty mentor receive a stipend for this work.

  • Reilly Bettis, Class of 2022, Sociology/Criminology Major (faculty mentor: Naghme Morlock): "The Intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and Catholic Identities in College Students"
  • Elena Chiappe, Class of 2021, Classical Civilizations & History Majors, Religious Studies & Catholic Studies minors (faculty mentor: Amy Pistone): "Ethically Preserving the Past: Cultural Identity, Globalization, and the Museum"
  • Garrett DiMarco, Class of 2020, English Major, Sociology Minor (faculty mentor: Naghme Morlock): "Forced Immigration Within Spokane and the School System"
  • Kevin Fagan, Class of 2021, Sociology Major, Economics, Spanish, & Sustainable Business Minors (faculty mentor: Naghme Morlock): "An Investigation into the Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke in the Spokane Area"
  • Grace Henry, Class of 2022, Biology Major, Sociology Minor (faculty mentor: Naghme Morlock): "Experiences of Modern Anti-Semitism in Spokane"
  • Fisher Ng, Class of 2022, Applied Mathematics Major (faculty mentor: Melody Alsaker):  "A Comparison Study of Reconstruction Methods for Electrical Impedance Tomography"
  • Erin Sellers, Class of 2021, Public Relations and Theatre Majors, Interdisciplinary Arts & Writing minors (faculty mentor: Timothy Westerhaus):  "Live Concert Signing and “A Silence Haunts Me:” Choral-Orchestral Application of Musical Signing for the Deaf"
  • Anthony Willins, Class of 2021, English & Sociology Majors (faculty mentor: Brian Cooney): "Why Here? A Digital Exhibit of Historical White Nationalism in the Spokane Region"

Past Morris Fellowship Recipients

Past recipients of the Morris Fellowship have been involved in a wide variety of projects, studying a diverse range of topics from Zambian choral music to the influence of Bing Crosby on post-World War II America’s views on Christmas, to an augmented reality walking history tour of the Gonzaga campus, and many more.

  • Tieryn Bills (faculty mentor: Mike DeLand, Sociology): “Exploring Multiple “Logans”: Whose Neighborhood Is It Anyway?”
  • Alyssa Cink (faculty mentor: Katey Roden, English and Digital Humanities): “Woldson in the Digital Sphere”
  • Kevin Fagan (faculty mentor: Joe Jozwiak, Environmental Studies): “Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke in Spokane”
  • Sophia Maggio (faculty mentor: Sarah Arpin, Psychology): “The Stories We Tell: Influences of Gender on Personal Narrative”
  • Erik Rinn (faculty mentor: Emily Clark and Matthew Wilson, Religious Studies): “How to Connect With Nature: An Ethnographic Study of Earth and Spirituality”
  • Georgia Veverka (faculty mentor: Ingrid Ranum, English): “Humanities and Medicine”
  • Luke Westermeyer (faculty mentor: Tyler Tritten, Philosophy): “The Transmission of Paul as Philosopher (and Anti-Philosopher) in Contemporary Philosophy”
  • Madison Hendricks (faculty mentor: Leslie Stamoolis, MFA, Theatre and Dance): “Foundations of Silhouette: A Study of 19th Century Undergarments”
  • Andrew Kelley (faculty mentor: Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Music): “In the Wake of Tragedy: Examining the Function of Music as a Response to Disaster”
  • Katherine Laco (faculty mentor: Dr. Anastasia Wendlinger, Religious Studies): “Teaching Participation: Vatican II’s Liturgical Reforms and Parish Catechesis in the Diocese of Spokane”
  • Audrey Parks (faculty mentor: Suzanne Ostersmith, MFA, Theatre and Dance): “Professional Dance Performance Preparation”
  • Nick Simmons (faculty mentor: Dr. Rebecca Marquis, Modern Languages): “Indigenous Resistance Case Studies”
  • Annie Stanger (faculty mentor: Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Music): “Introducing Contemporary Women Art Song Composers to Teachers and Performers”
  • Jessica Albinson (faculty mentor: Dr. Naghme Morlock, Sociology): “Navigating Gender and Sexual Identity in a ‘Straight’ World: A Study of How College Students Talk About Romantic Relationships”
  • Annica Balentine (faculty mentor: Dr. Andrea Bertotti-Metoyer, Sociology): “Sterilization Discourse in Medical Textbooks”
  • Mitch Davey (faculty mentor: Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Music): “Dancing in Harmony: A Documentation of the Traditions & Practices of Choral Music in Zambia”
  • Cole Fairbairn (faculty mentor: Dr. Ray Rast, History): “A Christmas Classic: Bing, Berlin, and the Story of ‘White Christmas’”
  • Danielle Forrest and Grace Muljadi (faculty mentors: Dr. Rob Bryant, Computer Science and Computational Thinking and Dr. Veta Schlimgen, History): “Walk Gonzaga: An Augmented Reality Walking Historical Tour of Gonzaga”
  • Analee Scott (faculty mentor: Dr. Mary Jeannot, TESL): “Investigating Multilingual Theory and Practice in Spokane Public Schools”

Direct participation in scholarly research not only helps you decide on a future career path, but also give you a competitive advantage with scholarships and acceptance into law school, graduate school, and professional performing companies.