18th Student Conference showcases grad and undergrad research

26th April 2022

By Steven Krolak

(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The IU Southeast Student Conference staged a triumphant return to in-person form on Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, with outstanding undergraduate and graduate research across all academic disciplines.

This year’s conference featured posters and oral presentations by 132 undergraduate and 18 graduate students. In a sign of the times, there were 18 virtual presentations. There were 21 faculty mentors. Faculty and staff also served as judges, and student volunteers helped with registration.

Topics showcased the diversity of research interests:

  • A Guide to Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Social Media and Depression
  • Applications for Acupuncture in the Western World
  • Stress Levels and Obstetric Simulation

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.

Undergraduate Poster Awards

AwardWinnerTitle of PresentationFaculty Sponsor
Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementAaron Huff, Isaac Brimner, Justin KingDevelopers & DragonsChristopher Sexton
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary AchievementDominic Camarata,      Gene VowelsIs It You, or Your Job? Job Satisfaction, Leadership, and Employee MotivationAimee Adam
The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Excellence AwardKaidyn HallWhat are the Impacts of Clubfoot?Rebekah Dement
The Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity AwardAdrienne ElderIntersectionality in Autistic Camouflaging: A Literature ReviewBrittany Sizemore
The Outstanding Community Engagement Poster AwardJake AckleyEstablishing a Campus Garden at Indiana University SoutheastDavid Taylor
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in EducationAbby ColsonDevelopmentally Appropriate Math StandardsJames Hollenbeck
The Louise Suleiman Outstanding Nursing AwardRachel Cain, Hannah FeistSetting the Juniors Up for Success: A Supplemental Instruction Program for Indiana University Southeast’s BSN Graduating Class of 2023Jennifer Teater
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Public ServiceBrooklyn Niccum, Amanda Johnson, Olivia Meyer, Jessica Kay, Jennie MaloneAmish Community Health FairLinda Wells-Freiberger
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Natural SciencesJit MukerjiPeripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation and How It Compares To Bone Marrow TransplantationRebekah Dement
The Glenn Mason Outstanding Presentation in Natural ScienceSamantha ParkerSynthesis and Characterization of Gold and Silver NanoparticlesNidhi Jitendra Shah
The Bernardo Carducci Outstanding Presentation in PsychologyJennifer StrubeWhat’s the Dope? The Correlation between Childhood Trauma and Substance Use DisorderAimee Adam
The Outstanding Poster Presentation in Criminal JusticeJon LewisPolice Cynicism: Addressing the Gap between Officer Performance and Public ExpectationsAimee Adam

Undergraduate Oral Awards

Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementLori BurkeBilingual ScreenwritingSusan Popham
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary AchievementCole HendrixThe 3/11 Disaster and Nuclear Energy in JapanQuinn Dauer
The Outstanding Presentation related to Diversity AwardHannah FisherThe Effects of COVID-19 on International Business  Rebekah Dement
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in EducationAnna SloanStudent Growth Using Choice and Hands-On LearningSteffany Maher
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in Public ServiceAlex William JuddA Backpack-Mounted Object Detector for IUS Students with Visual ImpairmentSridhar Ramachandran
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in Natural SciencesRilie ConardComputational Studies of the Bindings and Interactions of Ligands to HMG-CoA EnzymeVictor Waingeh
The Outstanding Oral Presentation in PsychologyBrooklyn Thompson, Olivia GoffParental Relationships and Relationship AnxietyTodd Manson
The Outstanding Presentation in PhilosophyAustin KelmanThe Guide to Surviving the Zombie ApocalypseLeigh Viner
Outstanding Presentation AwardKeziah JonesMontezuma Red: A Brief History of Lipstick as a Symbol of PatriotismRebekah Dement
Outstanding Presentation AwardRebekah SmithMedia and The Israeli-Palestinian ConflictRebekah Dement, Ken Stammerman
Outstanding Presentation AwardDestiny OgdenSocial Media and Self-EsteemTodd Manson
Outstanding Presentation AwardAndrew RoyI Want My Musical/Societal Revolution (and I’ll Take my MTV While I’m at It)James Hollenbeck
Outstanding Presentation AwardBrook Elston, Miranda VeatchBody Image and Relationship SatisfactionTodd Manson
Outstanding Presentation AwardJimmy Vo, Jacob BifoneOur First Experience Finding and Characterizing a BacteriophageBeth Rueschhoff
Outstanding Presentation AwardMadison AlveyCreating Lifelong ReadersSteffany Maher
Outstanding Presentation AwardMichael SobieskiHow Planning Impacts Pockets: Correlations Between Conscientiousness and IncomeMeghan Kahn
Outstanding Presentation AwardSamuel MooreAn Eye for Storytelling: Film in the ClassroomSusan Popham

Graduate and Virtual Awards

AwardWinnerTitleFaculty Sponsor
Chancellor’s Award for Creative AchievementTodd SwartzTechnology Facilitated Media and Social Media Health Information and Behavior Influence: An Unsettling Relationship of Necessity and RiskJames Hollenbeck
Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary AchievementZoe JonesFan Fiction: A Queer Feminist StudySusan Popham
Outstanding Presentation Related to DiversityRebeccah NesbitHow the Lack of Updated Technology is Affecting Economically Disadvantaged Children Within the United StatesJames Hollenbeck
Outstanding Oral Presentation in EducationBrooklyn GonzalesThe Art of StorytellingRebekah Dement
Outstanding Oral Presentation in EducationIsabelle ZimmermannStudent Growth, A Focus on the The Art of RhetoricSteffany Maher
Outstanding Oral Presentation in BusinessJeffrey LantzLouisville Metro Government Employee Salary AnalysisRanida Harris
Outstanding Graduate Nursing PresentationJessica KonklerEnd of Life Care Knowledge & Beliefs of Undergraduate Nursing StudentsCarla Hermann
Outstanding Poster Presentation in Public ServiceHeather NaleThe Rise and Fall of Mayan AgricultureJames Hollenbeck
Outstanding Oral Presentation in Public ServiceAbigail FacklerDrilling Down into Skills in a Post-NTI EnvironmentSteffany Maher

As in years past, students in the Honors program contributed to the success of the event, stuffing conference bags and staffing the conference registration table.

In remarks delivered during the welcome on Friday morning, Acting IU Southeast Chancellor Dr. Kathy Girten acknowledged the contributions of faculty, staff and volunteers, as well as University Information Technology Services (UITS)..

Special thanks were accorded Dr. Lisa Hoffman, dean of research and graduate studies, and Ms. Teresa Andrews, administrative secretary to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, who organized what is the largest student research conference in the Indiana University system.

Addressing the student presenters, Dr. Girten recounted her own experience as an undergraduate researcher, noting the core benefits of the experience of venturing a thesis, gathering and critically analyzing source material, and of writing.

“These are the skills that will carry you forward, regardless of your topic, your major, or your career choice,” Dr. Girten said. “Doing this kind of work is one of the best things you can do for yourselves during your college career.”

Homepage thumbnail: Jessica Madison, a student of neuroscience in the School of Social Sciences, explains her research into variables relating to social anxiety in college students.

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