The Beloit Undergraduate Research Journal (BURJ) is an annual peer-reviewed publication of scholarly research completed by Beloit students. BURJ was founded on the principle that knowledge has no purpose unless disseminated to a wider audience.
With this, the mission of BURJ is three fold-to showcase exemplary academic work done by Beloit College students, to stimulate student interest in research, and to build a community of undergraduate researchers. Through BURJ we aim to provide a forum for the exchange of research and ideas that will act as a lasting record of scholarship at Beloit College.
BURJ is published electronically, with limited print issues released annually.
Andrew Rabe is a senior political science major. He has provided research and editorial assistance to legal scholars and political scientists in association with various publications; Andrew has also worked researching and editing for practicing attorneys. Junior year he served as president of the Beloit Legal Society and as a social sciences editor for BURJ-having tutored writing throughout his sophomore year. This year he's completing his second teaching assistantship for Beloit's U.S. Constitutional Law course and interning at the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Assistant to the Chief Justice. Andrew is also a vegan marathoner with a fondness for artwork and hip-hop music. Upon graduation, he plans to prepare for beginning law school and explore completing a joint JD/PhD or JD/MBA.
Carolyn Kramer is a sophomore biochemistry major from Burlington, WI, just about an hour away from Beloit. When she isn't tucked away somewhere in the Science Center, she spends her time riding her horse, playing tennis, riding her bike, and most any other sport imaginable. She wants to take her biochemistry degree and enter the field of forensic sciences when she graduates.
Brian is a freshman at Beloit with intentions to major in Cognitive Science and Biochemistry. He is most interested in artificial neural networks, and when he eventually must leave Beloit Brian hopes to pursue graduate school in that field. When not in the classroom, Brian enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and playing hockey with the Inline Hockey Club. Additionally, since arriving at Beloit he has picked up interests in foosball and the HackIllinois Hackathon; neither of which have very much to do with the other. If you see Brian around the campus, be sure to say hello!
Linden Holt considers himself much more a musician than a computer scientist. He performs in two campus bands, playing bass for folk quartet Opus Dog and leading synth-punk gang Lasercock with guitar and vocals. When not playing music or coding, he often finds himself brewing beer in the kitchen of his fraternity, TKE, or playing Dungeons and Dragons in the basement.
Major: Political Science and International Relations
David Lauer - When not attending class and performing his editorial duties, David enjoys participating in in Academic Team and Amnesty International. You can usually find him slinging golf discs around campus, crafting delictable homeberewed beer, or fencing epee in the sports center. He is currently studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium.
Tamanisha John is a senior at Beloit College majoring in International Relations with a minor in Latin America and Caribbean Studies. The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, she has studied Caribbean topics in her classes, research, and internships throughout her undergraduate career. Her previous editing title was a Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) in Washington, D.C. where she wrote pieces for and edited pieces for the magazine-The Washington Report on the Hemisphere (WRH). In her free time, she is usually in her room watching action, apocalyptic, or horror movies and television shows; or she's working out and doing IM sports in the Sports Center. When she graduates in May 2015, she hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in international, public, or foreign policy to study island economies and migration in the Caribbean and Pacific. Tamanisha is a New York City native and lives there with her family.
Faris Winchester is a second-year psychology major. She is planning to double minor in philosophy and anthropology. She enjoys reading, camping with her family and biking. After graduating from Beloit, she hopes to move on to graduate school and attain a master' s degree in psychology. From there, she is considering attaining her doctorate in psychology. Faris hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist
Steph Morgan is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology. She is currently working on an Honors Term project involving her past summer research on red-winged blackbird behavioral ecology. During her time at Beloit she has enjoyed working on natural history museum collections management projects at The Field Museum and The Burpee Museum of Natural history. When she is not in class, Steph enjoys biking, Alpine skiing, and training her puppy.
Lincoln Kravinsky is a biochemistry major in the class of 2016. Over the past two summers, he has worked as a research assistant in a genetics laboratory at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. On campus, Lincoln is also Beloit Student Congress Funding Board Director and plays intermural basketball. He has also volunteered at many of the Campus and Community Outreach Center's blood drives. When he graduates, he hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Vivien Enriquez is an Anthropology student in her fourth year at Beloit College. With a focus on Biological Anthropology, she has participated in various research experiences outside of Beloit which have placed an emphasis on animal behavior and environmental change. Her primary interests concern the intersection between human and non-human primate interactions and wildlife conservation. Her interests have lead her to study abroad in Kenya and Tanzania in order to assist in wildlife conservation efforts and sustainable coexistence between wildlife and local human populations. After graduating in May 2015, she plans to continue her education and research through a Master's program in Anthropology and conservation.
Mary Fair Briggs is a junior anthropology and religious studies double major with a minor in French. She currently calls Moretown, Vermont home even though she lived near Savannah, Georgia for the majority of her life. She is the secretary for Anthropology Club and an active member of yoga club. Mary Fair’s areas of academic interest within her majors are Buddhism, Hinduism, South Asian studies, and the intersection of religion and culture. When not enjoying her academic pursuits she can be found working out the weight room, watching Bollywood movies, or enjoying cult classic tv shows like Twin Peaks.
Glenne Tietzer is a junior anthropology major and museum studies minor. She has worked at the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville, volunteers at the Beloit Historical Society, and currently works in the Logan Museum of Anthropology on campus. She is co-president of Anthropology Club and lives in Anthropology House. Glenne hopes to be a collections manager one day, though her exact trajectory in the museum world is still unclear. She has gone through a series of museum "crushes" (short-term obsessions with particular museums) that could lead her in a variety of directions. In her fantasy world, she would have spent her time at Beloit majoring in history, art history, philosophy, and anthropology while minoring in chemistry, biology, English, and museum studies. In her spare time, Glenne likes to watch old movies, ballroom dance, do yoga, and unwind with friends in the Anthro House living room.
Kavya is a fourth year literary studies major planning to become an animal rights lawyer. She has conducted research in India and New Zealand on classism in title law and enforcement of animal welfare law respectively. Prior to working for the Beloit Undergraduate Research Journal, Kavya was the News Editor for the Beloit College Round Table. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, writing fables, watching football (soccer), and ballroom dancing. She believes strongly in the importance of the Oxford comma.