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Students awarded Intrepid Grants from Saint Francis University

March 22, 2012

Phuong Minh Do, Shannon Beish, and Kevin Klessak were recently awarded grants through the University’s Intrepid Program. The Intrepid Program is a grant program for undergraduate students in the University’s School of Arts & Letters. The grant is designed to help finance a student’s research, service, or academic project.

Do, a junior Chemistry/Pre-Medicine major and a native of Cao Lanh, Vietnam, will use her grant to expand her knowledge of her native culture, especially the religious practices of her grandfather. She will travel to various places in Vietnam and explore the connection between the religious folk traditions of her people and Buddhism. The project will benefit those who want to know more about Vietnamese ethnomusicology.

Beish, a junior psychology major and a native of Clearfield, will use her grant to investigate the development and implementation of a dog training program on campus. She will visit other schools to learn about their programs. Her final goal is to create a program at Saint Francis that will provide students with the opportunity to work with operant conditioning and psychological learning theories, as well as to provide a service to the community.

Klessak, a senior history major and a Johnstown, native, will use his grant to travel to Boston, MA, where he will study the archival materials relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis that are available in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. He will examine the materials to gain a broader understanding of the history surrounding the event.

To be eligible to receive an Intrepid grant, a student must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25. The student is also required to write a proposal that outlines the purpose, goals, and costs of the project. The University awarded three Intrepid grants during the Spring 2012 semester.