2020 Student Conference goes virtual

7th May 2020

By Steven Krolak

(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The 2020 IU Southeast Student Conference–the first to take place in the virtual space–awarded honors for outstanding poster and paper presentations across all academic disciplines.

This year’s conference boasted 225 students presenting more than 140 posters, papers and performances. There were 45 faculty advisors and 64 faculty, retired faculty, staff, and community volunteer judges who went out of their way to assess the research.

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 AchievementBillie Broughton-Vissing, Donna Kastelhun, Amanda Neff, Jamie Redden and Whitney SantosKentuckian School of Nursing Carla Hermann
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary AchievementCraig GreenChinese Narratives and the Power of PropagandaQuinn Dauer
Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity AwardErin DavenportAll American Analysis: Examining the Real-World Impact of Young Adult LiteatureSteffany Maher
The Outstanding Poster Presentation AwardMadison CombsDigitization and Curation of Mussel Species: Fauna of IndianaSuparna Mukhopadhyay

Undergraduate Awards

AwardWinnerTitle of PresentationFaculty Sponsor
Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementDavid NevilleRemember the DeadeyeErich Stem
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement     William Ntumbe, Scott Shrout, Anthony FrietasCareer TrackerRonald Finkbine
The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Excellence AwardMerlin LeeThe MascjacketTiffany Carbonneau
The Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity Award     David ConradRaspberry Pi 4 Navigation System for the Visually ImpairedSridhar Ramachandran
The Outstanding Fine Arts Studio or Art History AwardBradlee HertrickBoth/And: An Exploration of Personal DualitiesTiffany Carbonneau
The Glenn Mason Outstanding Presentation in Natural Science AwardKaycee RanneyIdentification of Hair Sample of an Unknown Mammal Species Using Electron Microscopy and DNA SequencingSuparna Mukhopadhyay
The Social Sciences Award for Community or Civic EngagementAndrew Burns, Rebecca Hellinger, Leah Renfro, Lydia VillegerWashington County Amish Health FairsLinda Wells-Freiberger
The Bernardo Carducci Outstanding Presentation in PsychologyLorna-Mae Ward, Holly GavinWho’s Mind Is It Anyway? The Relationship Between Internalized Implicit Gender Bias, Implicit Self-Esteem, And Mental Health of WomenMeghan Kahn
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in Natural SciencesEric ColwellPredicting Outcomes of Horse Races Using Neural Networks (Deep Learning)Christopher Kimmer
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in PsychologyHannah ShafferThe Relativity of Work/Life Balance: Do We All Need it?Kenneth Harris
Outstanding Oral PresentationCassidy Waters and Steven RuarkStress Effects on Time PerceptionMeghan Kahn
Outstanding Oral PresentationAmberly Endris-BurnsThe Relationship Between Shift Work and Anxiety and DepressionTodd Manson
The Lillian Yaeger Outstanding Presentation in NursingMikayla Koch, Rachel Libbert, Melanie TitzerPine Ridge OrientationJulia Mattingly
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Natural SciencesSavonna Carrie and Landon PatelPlasmid Capture in an Urban StreamDavid Treves
Outstanding Poster PresentationJessica JamesWhy Are Eye Exams So Important?Rebekah Dement
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in PsychologyHaylie Holly and Katarina SizemoreJob Dissatisfaction, Workplace Deviance and Interpersonal AttitudesValerie Scott
Outstanding Poster PresentationSydney MeunierCarnivorous SeaweedDouglas Darnowski

The 2020 Student Conference will always be remembered for the unusual circumstances in which it took place. With the campus closed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, students uploaded their presentations to a folder on Box. Oral presenters were given instructions on how to make a video of their presentations using Kaltura, Zoom and their iPhone; those without video capability could upload a PowerPoint.

With students, advisors and judges learning new formats on the fly, there were many challenges, according to Diane Wille, Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

“I think we learned that all challenges can be overcome, with enough time, patience and stubbornness,” Wille said.

For Wille, the 2020 Student Conference will be memorable for the ability of students to persevere during a difficult time, and for the dedication of faculty members.

“Our students and their faculty mentors are doing excellent research and creative work that deserved to be showcased and celebrated,” Wille said. “Just because we are in the middle of a pandemic didn’t stop this excellence.”

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