The conference included public and private colleges and universities from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Office of the Provost, seven Wittenberg students were accompanied by Olga Medvedkov, professor of geography and chair of the department, and Artimus Keiffer, assistant professor of geography. Of the three student papers entered by Wittenberg students into a competition with 13 other papers, Rachel Allan, class of 2006, took second place.
“All of the students did well, and we were proud of all of them,” Keiffer said. “Rachel really enjoyed doing the research on her paper, and it showed.”
Allan of Toledo, Ohio, said she was surprised by her finish.
“ I presented this research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research last spring, and I think it went a lot smoother,” she said. “Someone must have liked what I had to say at this conference.”
Allan’s paper, “The Scottish/Welsh Connection: The Influence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh on Frank Lloyd Wright,” examines the architects’ lives with a focus on their environment, religion and education. She studied Mackintosh and Wright to find connections in how those factors influenced their approach to designing.
“I have always been interested in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, but it was Dr. Keiffer who suggested researching Mackintosh and Wright together to try to find evidence of influence on Wright from Mackintosh,” Allan said.
Keiffer said the conference was good practice for the national conference, which is scheduled for March 7-11 in Chicago. Among other things, the conferences provide graduate school and career networking opportunities for students.
- Sarah Gearhart '06
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