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2017-2018 Marlin Scholar Spotlights

Nicholas Hipple

Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia

Major/s: Business and Theatre, with a concentration in Accounting

A quote/statement about what the Honors & Scholars Program has meant to you:

"The Honors and Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to engage with faculty on a deeper level and to challenge myself through more rigorous and advanced coursework."

A list of any fellowships, internships, etc. that you have received:

A summer internship in Marketing and Supply Chain Management with Revel Nail, LLC
A week-long shadow in Marketing at American Eagle Outfitters
A summer internship in Taxation, Assurance, and Compensation and Benefits at BDO, USA

Undergraduate Research Project titles and short descriptions, including any presentations of those projects at professional conferences:

"Saving China's Cultural Heritage: Balancing Preservation and Restoration at China's Wutaishan and Yungang Grottoes" - presented at the 2017 Spring Academic Fair and the 2017 ASIANetwork National Conference in Chicago

A list of the student organizations that you are involved in on campus.

President, Virginia Wesleyan Honors and Scholars Association
President, Virginia Wesleyan University Student Government Association
Business Manager, Alpha Psi Omega International Theatre Honor Society
Member, Omicron Delta Kappa Circle
Member, Sigma Beta Delta Business Administration Honor Society
Member, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society

Alana Peters

Hometown: Oakton, Virginia

Major: Communications

A quote/statement about what the Honors & Scholars Program has meant to you.

The Honors and Scholars program has been the edge that I have needed to reach opportunities that I would not otherwise have had, including unique events and activities, and study/research opportunities. Being a part of the program has brought me closer to my ambitions and goals beyond graduation by offering chances for students to participate in selective events, and placed me apart from competition in terms of hiring and applications.

A list of any fellowships, internships, etc. that you have received.

Advertising intern for Davis Advertising in Virginia Beach Fall 2017

Undergraduate Research Project titles and short descriptions, including any presentations of those projects at professional conferences

A small group of students and I traveled to China for three weeks in the summer of 2016 to research the effect of tourism and corresponding pollution/foot traffic on several religious and world heritage sites, and the balance between worship and revenue from tourism. We additionally looked into related findings as we traveled. Members from our group have presented this research at the AsiaNetwork conference in Chicago during the Spring 2017 semester as well as the college's academic fair during the same semester.

A list of the student organizations that you are involved in on campus.

I am a part of the VWU Softball program which is currently the number 1 team in the nation for Division III.

R. Kellen Phillips

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

Quote: The Honors & Scholars Program “sealed the deal” for me after applying to Virginia Wesleyan. Without it, I would not have been able to continue my basketball career while pursuing my academic and professional goals.


Summer 2016 at Harrisonburg Animal Hospital (Harrisonburg, VA)
Summer 2017 at Randwick Equine Centre (Sydney, Australia)

Academic Fair Projects: 

Underappreciated & Unrecognized: The Little Known Contributions of Women to Science & Technology
“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy” (Ignotofsky 29). The words of Marie Curie ring true for female scientists from the beginning of history, as they were deemed physically and mentally unequal when compared with their male counterparts. Although culturally, socially, and often religiously set up for failure, a few managed to overcome the slew of obstacles placed before them in their pursuit of scientific and technological knowledge. Perhaps the greatest obstacle was the denial of education and enrollment at higher learning institutions resulting from the male fear of educated women. The progress made in terms of gender equality has been great; however, a large gap remains today, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Despite the numerous educational and social barriers placed before them, women managed to make significant contributions to and have advanced science and technology throughout history in many, if not all, of the prominent civilizations across the globe.

Interactions observed within a herd of domestic horses (Equus caballus) when a newcomer is introduced
Equus caballus was domesticated around 3500 BCE, and have since been kept as free-ranging animals, often in herds with strict hierarchical relationships. The purpose of this research project was to study the behaviors within a herd with pre-existing relationships; to determine whether there might be an increase in the number of aggressive behaviors if a new gelding were to be introduced to the herd until a new hierarchy could be established.

Student organizations:
Honors and Scholars Program, Batten Scholar; Phi Eta Sigma; Beta Beta Beta; Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Chi Alpha Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Tennis, Residence Life, Learning Center Tutor (Biology & Chemistry), Batten Student Center Fitness Staff

Zoe Traficante

Hometown: Chalfont, Pennsylvania

Major: Mathematics
Minor: Business

What the honors and scholars program has meant to me:
The honors and scholars program has meant many things to me. Its meant exciting experiences, deeper insights, and wonderful opportunities. But most importantly, it’s given me my best friends. It put me in a suite my freshman year with girls I had never met before and now four years later they are my home away from home.

Undergraduate Research:
“Charmer, Keeper, Manager, Partner: Personality Traits of Successful Managers and Desired Romantic Partners”
-Analyzed the similarities in personality traits that are deemed successful in managers and partners in romantic relationships
Presented the research at the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) Conference 2017

Campus Involvement:
Served as the President of Honors and Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year, Co- Captain of the Virginia Wesleyan University Women’s Soccer Team, Secretary of Math Club, Residence Life (Resident Assistant, Head Resident Assistant, Community Manager), FYE Peer Advisor, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Member, Sigma Zeta National Honor Society Member, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society Member