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Student Academic Symposium 2021

3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Virtual
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12th Annual Student Academic Symposium

April 22, 2021

As students and faculty alike wrap up the academic year, graduating seniors rally every lesson and experience from their academic career in preparation of a final culminating presentation. Each department showcases the talents and knowledge these students have amassed over the years before sending them off on their professional journey.

It's important to note that the 2021 Student Academic Symposium (SAS) will be significantly different in both scope and format than in years past due continued safety protocols around COVID-19. Classes will not be cancelled for SAS this year; however, the Live Research Slam event will be held on Thursday, April 22 starting at 3 p.m., as part of the celebration of Undergraduate Research Week. The remainder of the conference will be held virtually, and largely asynchronously.

Live Research Slam Schedule

3 PM: Welcome from President Cottrell

3:10 PM: Mary Eby, Math: Improving a Mathematical Model for Global Mean Sea Level Rise

3:30 PM: Kelsey Gillman, Dramatic Media: Jack of All Trades: Myth, Magic, and Found Family in Screenplay Writing

3:50 PM: Elise Gray, Lance Radtke, Faith O’Bannon, and Elissa Taylor, Psychology: Monolingual and Bilingual College Students’ Performance on English and Artificial Stroop Tests

4:10 PM: Audrey West, Kinesiology: Benefits of Translating Material in Spanish for Promoting Selected Wellness Habits

Additional Research Presentations

In addition to the Live Research Slam, many seniors have created recordings of their capstone projects for others to view. (Some presentations have yet to be linked, so check back for updates).

Shianne Bean, Communication, Cultures, English and World Languages

Learning the Importance of Paddock Paradise

Kody Clements, Psychology

Mind Games: Player's Mindset and Academic Success

Matthew DeLeon, Communication, Cultures, English and World Languages

Connie's Cafe: A Documentary

Victor Dominguez Jr., Dramatic Media


Mary Eby, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

Building A Web Application Using The Spotify Web Application Programming Interface

Nathan Elkins, Dramatic Media

Branching Paths

Riley Friedle, History

A Sketch of Justice: Robert Jackson Prepares for the Nuremberg Trial

Kelsey Gillman, Dramatic Media

Jack of All Trades: Myth, Magic, and Found Family in Screenplay Writing

Kelly Jurden, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

Utilizing Quadrature Methods for Deriving Newton-Like Methods for Solving Nonlinear Equations

Brandon May, Dramatic Media

The Making of Branching Paths, A Live-Play Pathfinder Podcast

Tessa McGahan, Dramatic Media

In Process, an Original Song and Music Video

Aubrey Muegge, Communication, Cultures, English and World Languages

Grain-Free Equine Diet

Teresa Quiroz, Communication, Cultures, English and World Languages

Positive Reinforcement: An Equine Training PSA

    Nick Sanders, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

    2-D Shooter Game In Unity

    Rachel Shelton, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

    Dramatic Media Seat Reservation System

    David Wells, Dramatic Media

    An Audio-Based Production of Entry SCP-5877 from the SCP Wiki

    Ariana R. Deleon Shroyer, Kristen M. Cox, Hailey Hatley, & Addison Samuelson-Hesterman, Nursing

    Examining the Relationship Between Selected Demographic Variables and Health Literacy in College Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study

    Katelynn Coffey, Taylor Sands, John Nathan Gonzalez, & Caitlyn Krueger, Nursing

    Nursing Students’ Attitude Toward Speaking Up About Patient

    Dillon Samuelson-Hesterman, Laurie Thwing, Keahla Garrett, Kailani Kekuewa, & Jacob Archibeque, Nursing

    Health Literacy and Self-Care Behaviors in Community-Dwelling Older Adult Individuals

    Ariel Corripio, Bethany Halteman, Caitlyn Mendoza, Abbi Schuette, & Galina Wheelock, Nursing

    Early Mobility and Ambulation

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    More About Student Academic Symposium

    • Provides a venue for presentation of the best research and performance skills of our upper division students
    • Celebrates excellent student research
    • Features role models for lower division students