Thanks to the generosity of Professor Joe Trimmer and his wife, Carol, a maximum of two cash awards of $1,000 each have been provided for the most outstanding Honors College senior capstone project. One award is given for a research or analytical thesis, and one is for a creative project.
Joe Trimmer is a long-standing Honors College faculty member and the director of Ball State’s Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Carol Trimmer is outreach coordinator for Indiana Public Radio WBST 92.1 at Ball State.
In addition to the cash prize, the winners of these awards are recognized at a reception in the Ball Honors House on the day of university commencement, are named during the Honors College freshman fall convocation, and receive a certificate commemorating the award.
To be considered for the award, a thesis or project must be close enough to completion that its quality can be evaluated. The deadline for submitting a thesis for the next awards is March 24, 2017. Creative projects must be submitted to the Honors College (Ball Honors House) no later than March 31, 2017.
Please review the frequently asked questions about the Trimmer Awards, and be sure to contact the Honors College if you need more information.
2016 Gabrielle C. Boyd, "Nobody Panic (But the Emergency Exit is Locked): A Sketch Show"
Mentor: Jennifer Blackmer
Allyson Garrett, "Breathing in Harmony": An Assessment of Unique Inspiratory Muscle Traning Techniques
Utilized by Patients with COPD in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Mentor: Nicole Koontz
2015 Stephanie Ann Sink, "Walt Disney, the 1964-65 World's Fair, and the Emergence of Audio-
Mentor: Bruce Geelhoed
Connor William Fak, "A Sentimental Journey: Rejuvenating Great American Soundscapes
in a New Film Musical."
Mentor: Vanessa Ament
2014 Kelly McMasters, Streets of Buenos Aires
Mentor: Mark Sawrie
Brittany Russell, Spanish Heritage Language Learners in East Central Indiana: Teacher's
Attitudes and Beliefs
Mentor: Lisa Kuriscak
2013 Megan Harris, Indiana's Miscegenation Laws: An Ineffective Racist Agenda.
Mentor: John Scott Parkinson
Audrey Van Acker and Alaina Hartman, Literacy in Delaware County: Mentor: Karen Thatcher
2012 Elise Rorick, Opening the Box: Exploring the Myth of Pandora. Mentor: Jacinda Russell
2012 Tyler Wolford, Hospital. Mentor: Christine Shea
2011 Whittley Lewis, Why No Thesis?: A Rhetorical Analysis of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Mentor: Paul Ranieri (English)
Abigail Hines, Between Beats. Mentor: Andrew Hosey (Digital Corps)
2010 Pedro Bassoe, Japanese Unfiltered: Conversational and Practical Language through Manga.
Mentor: Guohe Zheng.
Eric Spall, Three Camps: Drumming and Drummers in the American Civil War. Mentor: Nicole
2009 Richard (Shane) Kelly, Creating a New World: Explorations of the SciFi Fantasy Genre.
Mentor: Mark Neely (English)
Lydia Spotts, The Csángó in Ghimeș-Faget: Boundary and Ethnic Definition in Transylvania.
Mentor: James Nyce (Anthropology)
2008 Claire Buffie, create.capture.captivate (Mentor: Mark Sawrie)
Ashley Spencer, Constructing the Fabric of Jane Austen’s Work Today (Mentor: Joanne Edmonds)
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