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Past Recipients

Neal Coates – (Fall 2023) – “Enhancing the Recruitment and Preparation of Truman Scholars”

Tim Kennedy – (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) – “Developing Consulting Engineering Skills by Doing: The Design of a Water Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Plant”

Dan McGregor – (Fall 2023) – “Hidden Glory: Documenting the Flora and Fauna of the HEB Foundation’s Frio River Property”

John Boyles – (Spring 2024) – “The Functional and Practical Dimensions of Leadership in the Pastoral Epistles”

Amanda Pittman – (Fall 2023) – “Learning the Way: Luke-Acts and the Formation of Disciples”

Stephanie Hamm – (Fall 2023) – “Exploring a Pathway from Social Work to Professional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Work”

Brian Burton – (Spring 2024) – “Metaversity: The Future of Learning in the Metaverse”

Jerry Taylor — (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023) – “Spiritual Intimacy in Christian Community Reflected in Racial Unity”

Robert Green — (Spring 2023) – “Ecopsychology and Ecoaesthetics: Re-envisioning Practices in Landscape Painting”

Rebecca Hunter — (Fall 2022) – “Use of Mastery Learning and Competency-Based Grading to Enhance Understanding and Improve Grades in an Entry-level College Biology Course”

Kenny Jones — (Fall 2022) – “Intercultural Paintings on the Theme of the Deluge”

Richard Wright — (Fall 2022) – “Christians, Epicureans, and the Critique of Greco-Roman Religion”

Qiang Xu — (Spring 2022) – “Utilizing Antibody and Peptide Phage Display to Develop Reagents for Use in Understanding Mechanisms of Neuroinflammation (including Alzheimer’s Disease)”

Ronnie Rama — (Spring 2022) – “Khirbat Iskandar Dig-Archeological Project Area B Publication”

Joe Stephenson — (Fall 2021) – “A Scholarly Edition of a Formerly Lost Restoration Comedy: Edward Ravenscroft’s The Dutch Lady”

Mark Hamilton — (Fall 2021) – “Installation and Commissioning the STAR Forward Electromagnetic and Hadron Calorimeter at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider”

Ryan Jessup — (Fall 2021) – “A Game Theoretic Approach to Understanding Human Interactions”

Andrew Huddleston — (Fall 2021) – “Teacher Resistance to Curricular Control: A Literature Review Study”

Mike Wiggins — (Fall 2021) – “Group Think: Creativity as a Team Sport”

Kilnam Cha — (orig. Fall 2020; deferred to Spring 2021) – “A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament”

Kelly Elliot — (Spring 2021) – “Why Doest Thou Thus? Missionary Suffering, Failure and Providence”

Darby Hewitt — (Fall 2020) – “Developing Algorithms for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias through Data Collected from In-Home Sensor Networks”

Donald Isenhower — (Fall 2020/Spring 2021) – “Installation and Commissioning the STAR Forward Electromagnetic and Hadron Calorimeter at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider”

Alexander Karabegov — (Spring 2021) – “Deformation Quantization of Almost-Kähler Manifolds”

Tim Sensing — (Spring 2021) – “Qualitative Research: A Multi-Methods Approach to Projects for Doctor of Ministry Theses, 2nd ed”

Mindi Thompson — (Fall 2020) – “Reading the Bible With the Church”

Mike Wiggins — (orig. Fall 2020; deferred to Fall 2021) – “Group Think: Creativity as a Team Sport”

Al Haley — (Fall 2019) – “The Evangelicals: Revising a Story of Signs and Wonders in Suburbia”

Cliff Barabarick — (Fall 2019) – “A Performance-Criticism Commentary of Philemon”

Deb Williams — (Spring 2020) – “One for the Students and One for Me: Studies in Civility for the Classroom and the Public Square”

Kim Pamplin — (Fall 2019/Spring 2020) – “Investigation of Methods for the Chemical Analysis of Flowing Molten Salts”

Ron Morgan — (Spring 2020) – “Witnessing the Holy: Subaltern accounts of Sanctity in Colonial Spanish America”

Lynette Sharp Penya — (Spring 2020) – “Design and Integration of an e-Portfolio throughout the Communication Curriculum”


Dr. Lynette Austin — “The Clinical Roadmap: Selection and Sequencing of Treatment Objectives for Speech and Language Therapy”

Dr. Joshua Brokaw — “Genome Skimming to Study the Evolutionary Ecology of Mentzelia Section Trachyphytum”

Dr. Jeff Childers — “Divining Gospel: Embedded Oracles in the Gospel of John”

Dr. Curt Niccum — “The Ethiopic Version of Revelation and its Attestation of a Greek Text Circulating in the Horn of Africa in the Late Fourth Century”

Dr. Wayne Paris — “Xenotransplant Psychosocial Research”

Dr. Greg Powell — “X-ray Crystal Structures of New Metal-Organic Framework Solids Containing Osmium Atoms”

Dr. Steven Ward — “Cultivating Creative Vision for the Conductor/Teacher/Artist”


Dr. Dan Brannan — “The Evangelical Mind Encountering Evolution”

Dr. Mikee Delony — “Outlaws and Outlanders: Politics, Power and Place in Gabaldon’s Outlander Series”

Dr. Patricia Hernandez — “Controlling Diabetes Through Education and Mentoring that is Culturally Appropriate — A Partnership between ACU and Area Health Education Center in Taylor County”

Dr. Chris Hutson — “Studies in Paul”

Dr. David McAnulty — “Towards an Incarnational Ethic in the Practice of Psychology”

Dr. Vic McCracken — “For God and Liberty: Christian Faith, Social Justice, and the Siren Call of Libertarian Sentiment”

Dr. Cynthia Powell — “Integrating X-ray Crystallography into Undergraduate Curriculum”

Dr. Cheryl Bacon — “Light in Tears and Dust: Ministering to families through the season and ceremonies of death” Author: Dr. Eddie Sharp; Contributing Editor: Dr. Cheryl Bacon

Dr. Chris Flanders — “The first Church of Christ Missions Training Program: George A. Klingman and W.W. Freeman at Abilene Christian College 1918-1930”

Dr. Houston Heflin — “Spiritual Direction Within Academy and Church: Mentoring Students and Coaching Ministers.”

Dr. Robert McKelvain — “An Organizing Framework for Research on Sexual Minorities with Commentary and Readings”

Dr. Paul Morris — “In a College Classroom, Can Wisdom Be Engendered and Wonder Reawakened?”

Dr. Allen Teel — “The Current State of ‘German’ Timpani Technique: Bringing Pedagogy Up-To-Date with Practice”

Dr. Jeanine Varner — “Willa Cather and Henry James: American Realists”


Dr. Fred Aquino — “The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman”

Dr. Cole Bennett — “The Return of Sentiment to the Writing Classroom: Adam Smith, Markets, and Incentive”

Dr. Jonathan Camp — “But I Lay It Down of My Own Accord: Discovering Models of Mutual Submission in Multiracial Churches of Christ”

Dr. Michael Daugherity — “The World’s First Polarized Drell-Yan Measurement with COMPASS at CERN”

Dr. Monty Lynn — “Protestant Engagement in Global Poverty”

Dr. Jeanene Reese — “Know No Bounds: Exploring Gender Relations in Ministry”

Dr. Allan Yarema — “Globalization in Your Closet”


Dr. Bill Carroll — “’Charged with the Grandeur of God’ — Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Oxford”

Dr. Wendell Willis — “Peter and Paul and the Encounter in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-16)”

Dr. Mark Hamilton — “Divine Kingship and Human Flourishing: Reclaiming an ancient idea for contemporary political reflection”

Dr. Tim Head — “Advancing Solid State Photomultiplier Tube Technologies with Ludlum Measurements Inc.”

Dr. Ron Morgan

Dr. Jerry Taylor — “Seeking Racial Unity Among Church Leaders and Academic Institutions within Churches of Christ”

Dr. Rusty Towell — “Advanced nuclear reactor designs based on liquid-fluoride thorium technology”

Dr. Qiang Xu — “Mining the Genomes of Insects to Identify microRNA Genes”

Ms. Sandy Freeman — “Creative Process — Nurturing Artistic Vision for the Theatrical Designer”

Mr. Robert Green — “Evocations of Time, Space, and Environment”

Mr. Kenny Jones — “Art, Interpretation, and the Hybrid  – digital systems in the non-digital” (not included in previous list)

Mr. Gary Varner — “A History of the Pollard Theatre”

Dr. Joshua Willis — “Development of Offline Data-Analysis Software for Advanced Detector-Era Gravitational Wave Observatories”


Dr. Brenda Bender — “The Application of Cepstral Analysis to Dysphonic Voices Before and After Treatment”

Dr. Mel Hailey — “Legal Studies as a Minor at Abilene Christian University”

Dr. Alexander Karabegov — “An Explicit Formula for a Dual Star Product with Separation of Variables”

Dr. Paul Lakey — “Assessing Chinese Leadership — Development of a Global Leadership Scale” Dr. Tom Lee  – “The Mammals of Ecuador”

Dr. Susan Lewis — “Toward a New Pedagogical Model of Study Abroad — Using Mobile Media and Learning Communities to Engage Students Both Stateside and Abroad” (Deferred)

Mr. Dan McGregor — “Doodlebug — A Sequential Narrative for Interactive Formats”

Dr. Dana Pemberton — “Beyond Defensiveness, Resignation and Proof Texts — Developing a Theologically Informed Ethic for Christian Public School Teachers”

Dr. Glenn Pemberton — “Charting a Course Back from the Brink — The Psalms of New Orientation”

Dr. Kenneth Pybus — “Covering the Courts — How the Statewide Media has Covered the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals over the Past Decade”

Dr. Carisse Berryhill — “Transcription, with Introduction and Notes, of Alexander Campbell’s Manuscript L — Lectures on Logick Delivered by Professor Jardan in the University of Glasgow, 1808”

Dr. Brian Cavitt — “Current State of the Industry for the Use of UV Curable Materials in Photovoltaic Applications”

Dr. Malcolm Coco — “Managerial Opinions Toward Employee Monitoring and Privacy”

Dr. David Dillman — “Democracy and Social Justice — The Politics and Life of Central Dallas Ministries”

Dr. Ron Morgan — “Dictionary of Latin American Christian Biography — A Long-term Web-based Project”

Dr. Tracy Shilcutt — “Moguls, Pirates, and Rock & Roll — American Entrepreneurship, Radio London, and Breaking the BBC Monopoly, 1960-1971”


Dr. Daniel K. Brannan — “Darwin’s Creator — Adapting the Evangelical Mind to Evolution”

Dr. Vernon Williams — “Crucible of War — The Anglo/American Exchange in World War II England, 1942-1945”

Mr. Jack Maxwell — “Biblical/Life Themes in the Context of Public Sculpture”

Dr. Jeff Childers — “The Golden Mouth in Oriental Voice — Chrysostom’s Homilies on John in Syriac”

Mr. Adam Hester — “New York Theatre Studies Program”

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker — “The Effects of Sexualization of Females in the Media and the Impact on Girls”

Laura Carroll — “I Know Whom I Have Believed — Religious Language in British Political Discourse”

Doug Foster — “A Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement”

Paul Morris — “Albert Einstein’s Unified Picture of the World — How He Arrived at His Views on Nature and Morality”

Jim Nichols — “Enriching Biomedical Ethics Understanding though Clinical Pastoral Education”

Tim Sensing — “Applied Qualitative Research Methods for Doctor of Ministry Students”

Kitty Wasemiller — “Transforming Healthcare Through Interior Design Education”

Michael Sadler — “The structure of Necleon and its Excited States”

Jackie Halstead — “Sustenance for the Journey — A representation of Ministerial Support”

Connie Yarema — “Using Japanese Lesson to Inform Essential Practices for Professional Learning Communities Supported by Texas Teacher Quality Grants Program”

Allen Teel — “The Interaction of Music and Religion in Selected World Cultures — Course Revisions and Pilot Program”

Virginia Sadler — “New Approaches to Brooches and Other Adornments”

Fred Aquino — “Knowledge of God in the Fathers — Unearthings Epistemic Insights for Contemporary Theology”

Joseph Cardot — “Conflict in the Workplace — A Comparative Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems in U.S. Companies vs. British Companies”

Michael Frazier — “Web-Based Computer Model of Economics Development”

Mark Hamilton — “Justice as Practice — New Perspectives on Ancient Israel’s Pursuit of Equity Through Ritual”

Jeanene Reese — “Co-Workers in the Lord — Examining a Biblical Theology of Partnership Between Men and Women in Ministry and its Practical Application”

Rusty Towell — “Development of a Fast Muon Trigger Study the Quark-Gluon Structure of the Proton with the PHENIX Spectrometer at Brookhaven National Laboratory”

Wendell Willis — “The Understanding of Pagan Meals in Comparison with the Early Christians Understanding of the Eucharist”

Cheryl Bacon — “An Exploration and Application of Narrative Journalism Style and Process Leading to Revision of JMC 451 Feature Writing”

Fred Bailey — “A Heritage of Hate — White Thought and The Southern Racial Order, 1890-1920”

Tim Coburn — “Applications of Data Mining in the Analysis of Automotive Emissions”

Ken Cukrowski — “Greco-Roman Echoes in the Gospel of Luke”

Robert Green — “Painting a Symphony of Sounds”

Donald Isenhower — “Resistive Plate Detector Development for PHENIX Experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Brookhaven National Laboratory”

Foy Mills — “Review and Assessment of Experimental Economic Active Learning Modules in the ACU A&E Agribusiness Curriculum”

Jim Cooke — “Language, Culture, Missions and Evironmnetal Studies in Choluteca, Honduras”

Mel Hailey — “Church of Christ Ministers — From Isolation to Integration?”

Al Haley — “Words Unto Light — A Personal Spiritual Journey Expressed Through Creative Essays”

Dickie Hill — “Obesity Rates for Children in the AISD”

Waymon Hinson — “African American Farmers —  Stories of Discrimination”

Paul Lakey — “A Holistic Leadership Model”

Thomas Lee — “The Mammalian Biogeography of Ecuador”

Robert McKelvain — “Negotiating Process — Developing a Metaphor for Learning”

Paul Piersall — “Duet Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti — Modern Performing Editions and Performance”

Cynthia Roper — “Research Studies on Intercultural Communication and Study Abroad, and on Equation Theory and Televised Political Communication”

Deb Williams — “The Rhetoric of Pedagogy — Making Effective Choices in Teaching”

Jeff Childers — “Translation Edition of the Life of Porphyry of Gaza”

Mel Hailey — “Church of Christ Ministers — From Isolation to Integration?”

Eric Hardegree — “Research Opportunities in Green Chemistry”

Patricia Hernandez — “Integrating Math and Science at the Elementary Levels”

Monty Lynn — “The Thought and Practice of Christian Commerce”

David Wallace — “A Course Portfolio — Christianity and Culture”

Vernon Williams — “A Time for War, A time for Community — Anglo/American Relations in East Anglia, 1942-1945”

Jack Maxwell — “The Shepherd’s Staff” (The Woodward Sculpture)  – 17′ bronze/stone site-specific sculpture and exterior space

Greg Powell — “Integration of Molecular Modeling into the Chemistry Curriculum”

James Thompson — “Paul and the Theological Foundations for Pastoral Care”

Bill Walton — “Kenosis and the Downward Way in John Milton’s Paradise Lost”

Dr. Tony Ash — 1) complete book on prayer, 2) rework, revise adult study book on discipleship in Luke, 3) write brief devotional treatments of Psalms for Westover Hills Church of Christ (Austin) website

Dr. David Dillman — “Administrative Responsibility and the Problem of Discretion — The Case of Elian Gonzalez and the INS”

Dr. Paul Morris — “The Historical Impact of Mathematics on Philosophical Thought in the West”

Dr. Allen Teel — “Drum Ensemble Music of Ghana” (article & course development)

Dr. Larry Bradshaw — “Inside CNN — Broadcast Journalism in the Digital Age”

Dr. Daniel Brannan —  “Development of an Ethologist”

Dr. Carroll Osburn — “The Text of the New Testament in Methodius of Olympus”

Dr. Sally Reid — “Fanfare and Festive Overture — An Original Composition for Wind Ensemble”

Brenda Van Dunk — “Spirituality and Social Work Practice”

Dr. Wendell Willis — 1) Adult study book on worship; 2) Cultural objection to Christian evangelism

Dr. Doug Foster — 1) Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement; 2) Cooperative Congregational Studies Project

Dr. Paul Schulze — “Complementing Classroom Learning through Interactive Use of the Internet — Interactve Data Base Delivery System Development”

Dr. Lorraine Wilson — “Building a Global Model of Exercise Science”

Dr. Ed Brokaw — “Enhancing the International Dimension in Animal Science Curricula”

Dr. Ed George — “Writing a Musical Comedy”

Dr. Preston Harper — “Sin, Alienation, and Community in Hawthorne’s Puritan World”

Dr. Jim Nichols — “Blood Flow Changes in the Lung During Lack of Oxygen”

Dr. Mike Sadler — “Hadron Spectroscopy with the Crystal Ball Detector”

Virginia Sadler — “The Landscape Anew in Diverse Media”

Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen — “Mission Choices for Local Congregations”


Dr. Arlie Hoover — “Sermons from the home front — Preaching in the middle of a war.”

Dr. Donald Isenhower — “Spectroscopy with the Crystal Ball Detector at the BNL AGS”

Dr. Merlin Mann — “Authoring a Scholarly Book about Journalistic Interviewing”

Dr. Ronald Rathbun — “Developing a New Understanding of Piano Perofrmance Technique”

Dr. John Robinson — “The Leyenda Negra in American Culture”