Student Conference celebrates endless curiosity and passion for discovery

29th April 2019

The 2019 IU Southeast Student Conference concluded on Friday, April 19 with a luncheon and awards ceremony to recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate research across all academic disciplines.

This year’s conference boasted 300 students presenting 208 posters, papers and performances. There were 54 faculty mentors and 58 faculty and staff judges, along with 22 student volunteers.

The winners of awards are listed below, though it is important to note that everyone involved in or touched by this event—including students, their families, faculty sponsors, volunteers and the campus itself—has made a significant contribution to scholarship at IU Southeast.

Graduate Awards

AwardWinnerTitle of PresentationFaculty Sponsor
Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementChristie ClarePalliative and End-of-Life Educational Improvement Project: Using Standardized Patients in an Observational Simulation for Pre-Licensure Nursing StudentsLaura McIlvoy
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary AchievementMikaela ClickThe Effects of Bonuses on Employee Performance and Satisfaction and Alternative Forms of Incentives.Jared Law-Penrose
Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity AwardCasey GinnCollaborative Learning GroupsSau Hou Chang
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in EducationKallie KrammesThe Impact of Student CollaborationSau Hou Chang

Undergraduate Awards

AwardWinnerTitle of PresentationFaculty Sponsor
Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementAllison CloudTwee Economics: The Economics of Fascism in Wes Anderson FilmsAlan Abbot
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement     Sarah Cheatham and Vanessa MillsAdressing Stereothypes, Stigma and Bullying in Scott County SchoolsLinda Wells-Freiberger
The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Excellence AwardBrandon VisetchaisriAn Exploration of Seventeenth Century Composer Barbara StrozziJeramy Nichols
The Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity Award     Merlin LeeThe Intersection Between Cultural Survivability and Architecture in Taos PuebloAnne Allen
The Outstanding Fine Arts Studio or Art History AwardBrianna DixonEveryday Living RedesignKok Cheow Yeoh
The Glann mason Outstanding Presentation in Natural Science AwardMadison ReffArtificial Waterholes and Chukar Predation in JordanOmar Attum
The Social Sciences Award for Community or Civic EngagementKayla Robnett and Kentrell Applegate“Where’s My Equipment?”: Developing Equipment Efficiency at Clark Memorial HospitalJanice McMahan
The Bernardo Carducci Outstanding Presentation in PsychologyJacob CarterCommitment Issues: Examining the Relationship between Organizational Commitment and Workplace DevianceTodd manson
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in Natural SciencesJillian Recchio and Mariah TyreeChronic Intermittent Ethanol Exposure and its Withdrawal’s Effects on Impulsivity in RatsMeghan Kahn
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in BusinessEric FinnyLeaders Who Satisfy: Examining Positive Leadership Styles and their Effect on Job SatisfactionTodd Manson
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in PsychologyKristyn JonesOh Baby: Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms Following Childbirth and the Quality of the Parent-baby BondAimee Adam
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in Public ServiceAllison CloudExpanding the Writing Center: The Success of Writing Fellows in the ClassroomLeigh Ann Meyer
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in HistoryKrystin RobertsonShattered Humanity: The Brutality of the Lynch Mob FormationElizabeth Gritter
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in SociologyMary AmesSocietal Shifts and Fashion Fads: American Women’s Fashion, 1918-1980Elizabeth Gritter
The Outstanding Community Engagement Poster AwardAndrew Meiners and Damir BeganovicComfort House of CorydonRon Finkbine
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Natural SciencesStephen KirtleyCloning the SOS4 GeneElizabeth Rueschhoff
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in BusinessSydney SturgillPersonality Characteristics and Work MotivationDiane Wille
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in PsychologyKelsey LavensonArt and the Effects of Lowering AnxietyMeghan Kahn
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Public ServiceLisa LewisA Communities Fight Against Opioid AddictionJanice McMahan
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Computer ScienceDavid Devore, Ben Heil and Nathan SmithSiskin Steel ProjectRonald Finkbine
Outstanding Poster PresentationChris Kenney and Chris BristerProtecting Our Veterans from MRSAJanice McMahan
Outstanding Poster PresentationMacy PlaissDental Health and Pregnancy OutcomesJodi Henderson
Outstanding Poster Presentation     Olivia RossKetones and Cancer Cells: Starving Cancer NaturallyRebekah Dement Farmer

As in years past, students in the Honors Freshman Seminar, psychology and natural sciences also contributed to the success of the event. They stuffed conference bags, staffed the conference registration table, moderated the poster and oral presentation sessions and helped to set up the awards ceremony.

The conference was also enlivened by 30 students from New Albany High School’s Junior Achievement Program.

At the luncheon and awards gathering, two outstanding IU Southeast faculty members shared their personal stories to lend perspective to their research.

Doug Barney, professor of accounting, spoke on the topic, “Unspoken Values.”

Barney recounted an academic and life path strewn with failures that turned out to be learning moments, from which he emerged the wiser.

Tiffany Carbonneau, assistant professor of art, digital art and interactive media , spoke on the topic, “Over Continents and Oceans.”

Carbonneau displayed examples of her multimedia projections in public spaces and their connection to her family story.

In his remarks to the gathering, IU Southeast Chancellor Dr. Ray Wallace emphasized the value that students may derive from participating in the conference.

Wallace reinforced the point that the skills developed in preparing conference presentations travel well: employers and other professionals take note that students with research backgrounds can already perform these tasks at a high level, and can also successfully work as part of a team.

For Wallace, the conference incarnates the responsibility of the campus to enhance the intellectual, societal and economic development of the region by giving students the tools to understand and shape the world around them.

“Because we live in an increasingly complex and diverse society, we strive to provide our students with learning experiences that will prepare them for the many challenges they will face in their careers and also their lives,” Wallace said. “We encourage an environment of endless curiosity and a passion for discovery.”

Homepage photo: Sociology student Elizabeth Gillenwater discusses her research on gender inequality in film with judges Kok Cheow Yeoh and James Hollenbeck.

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