Cerro Coso Community College

PTK Students Make Honors Presentation

Chance Salmon and Armando Contreras

Two Cerro Coso Community College Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Program students presented their research at the annual Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Irvine on Saturday, April 5.

Armando Contreras’s presentation entitled "Uniqueness of Man: How Symbolic Cognition and Religion Have Come to Define Us" examines how humans alone possess symbolic cognition, advancing numerous traits in early Homo sapiens, and furthermore created favorable conditions for the origins of primitive religion. To complete this project, Armando was mentored by Cerro Coso Anthropology Professor Dr. Sarah King.

Chance Salmon’s presentation, "Asserting Eternal Providence: Milton’s Theology in Paradise Lost," argues that in Paradise Lost, John Milton develops a unique theology as a means to examine the conditions of good and evil. Chance's mentor for the project was English Professor Cliff Davis.

The HTCC annual student research conference gives students in community college honors programs the opportunity to present the results of their work. They invite research-based presentations and creative performances reflecting inquiry into the humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences, and pre-professional programs; they also welcome results of research into the honors experience.

Presenting their work at the HTCC Student Research Conference makes these Cerro Coso students eligible not only for monetary awards but also to submit their work for publication in the HTCC anthology Building Bridges, published through the University of California, Irvine.

For further information, please contact Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260
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