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  • Home / News / Annual Student Research Symposium extends learning beyond the classroom | Ursuline College - Liberal Arts Education in Ohio

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    Annual Student Research Symposium extends learning beyond the classroom

    May 7, 2019

    Ursuline College honored student accomplishment with its seventh annual Student Research Symposium on April 25, 2019. Research topics ranging from Paul's sexual ethics in 1 Corinthians to the effects of acupuncture on dysphagia showcased a tremendous diversity of academic exploration.

    "The goal of the Student Research Symposium is to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of Ursuline students," said Elizabeth Kavran, DDS, dean of Ursuline's School of Arts and Sciences. "The presentations reflect the dedication to teaching excellence of our faculty as well as the curiosity and problem-solving skills of our students."

    This year's award winners are:

    Achieving with Technology Award:

    • Ashley Serraglio: Examining Ursuline’s Campus History with Public-Facing Digital Humanities

    Core Connection Award:

    • Logan Feldkamp: Paul’s Sexual Ethics: A Study of I Corinthians 6:12-20

    Library Research Award:

    • Gail Peabody: 19th-Century Windows of the Western Reserve: A Guide to Their History, Construction, Conservation and Restoration
    • Logan Feldkamp: Paul’s Sexual Ethics: A Study of I Corinthians 6:12-20

    Leadership and Innovation Award:

    • Nadia Grabowski, McKenna Lemaster: Does Assertiveness Indicate Career Level?

    This year's research topics were:

    • "Effects of Feeding and Environmental Enrichment on Activity Levels and Enclosure Use of Prionailurus Viverrinus," by Carlie Marie Beal
    • "Tongue Acupuncture in Treatment of Post-Stroke Dysphagia," by Cyli Bishop
    • "Measles Outbreak and Vaccination," by Julia Cardwell and Alex Juda
    • "In the Name of: An Investigation Into Name Bias in Hiring Decisions and Salary Assignment," by Emily Daniels, Shannyn Franko and Melissa Kalinowski
    • "Paul’s Sexual Ethics: A Study of I Corinthians 6:12-20," by Logan Feldkamp
    • "Does Assertiveness Indicate Career Level," by Nadia Grabowski and McKenna Lemaster
    • "The Milk That is Right For You," by Danielle Griesmer
    • "Compassion Fatigue: Identifying Risks to Improve Patient Care," by Valerie M. Koch
    • "The Human Papillomavirus and Its Vaccine: Clinical Manifestations, Treatments, and Beyond," by Paris Lee and Ashley Jones
    • "What Is The Craze For Coconut," by Kamiyah N. Reyes
    • "Using Florescent Properties of Necrostatin-1 to Investigate Its Role in Blocking Beta-sheet Formation," by Francesca Patricia Russo
    • "The Never-Ending Prion Protein and Its Associated Diseases," by Francesca Patricia Russo
    • "Robotic-Assisted Surgery vs. Open Surgery," by Paige Salisbury
    • "Examining Ursuline’s Campus History with Public-Facing Digital Humanities," by Ashley Serraglio
    • "19th-Century Windows of the Western Reserve: A Guide to their History, Construction, Conservation and Restoration," by Gail Peabody
    • "Structural Characteristics of Necrostatins Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance," by Andrea Widmer

    Nineteen students in the first-year seminar, “Teamwork and Leadership,” also presented their research findings. Associate Professor Mary Frances Pipino, PhD, director of Ursuline's core curriculum, said participating helped students develop important skills such as effective communication, creativity, analysis, and information literacy.

    "The opportunity to present their projects in a public setting was genuinely thrilling for the students; they are accustomed to creating work for an audience of one—the instructor—and they don’t realize that good research matters in the world beyond the classroom. They were so excited to learn that people were genuinely interested in the work they had done, and were amazed at the conversations and exchanges of knowledge with their audience."

    Participating first-year students were:

    • “Tarana Burke: #ME TOO,” by Destiny Addie, Kiara Anderson, Armani Jefferson, Corey Rogers
    • “Sea Shepherd: Ending Illegal Fishing with Violence,” by Autumn Arrighi, TywanJae’ Hudson, Kristen Patrick, Ti’Naja Peters
    • “Impact of Play 60 on American’s Obesity Issue,” by Odessa Strizzi, Emily Poling, Katherine Ferretti, Rebekah Green
    • “Mercifully Moving Towards the End of Human Trafficking,” by Kenzie Pitts, Chriselee Hendricks, Ashely Wieclaw, Ari Grayes
    • “Temple Grandin an Advocate for Autism,” by Adriana Nicpon, Aubrey Zalar, Sierra Phillips, Jennah Taylor
    • “Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement,” by Malia Ali, Jacqueline Lemus
    • “Research on the Black Panthers,” by Loran Benn
    • “Harriett Tubman’s Leadership During the Civil War,” by Elizabeth Chaves, Victoria Gavel, Cassey Place, Nicole Schmeiser, Davia Smith, Cassidy Way
    • “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Her Inspirations,” by Paige Fellows, Dymphna Ueda
    • “Children Who Play Sports Learn Teamwork Skills,” by Jillian Guiles, Ciani Kensey, Marina Marusic, Madeline Mindzora, Caitlin Minor
    • “Rosa Parks: Defining Morality Since 1955” by Gabrielle Trunzo, Fallon Joyce, Lyric Thomas
    • “Art Therapy and Its Impact on American Poverty,” by Kaylin Burdick, Jamison Turay, Chantaisa White
    • “Why Do Female Athletes Get Paid Less Than Male Athletes?,” by Matyson Michalski, Shelby Burrows, Jycole Pugh
    • “Relief Therapy for Sexually Abused Women,” by Ashley Buttolph, Mahaley Heavilin
    • “The Value of Music,” by Nora Clink, Brook Misch, Kristiana Mauceri
    • “The National Alliance of Mental Illness,” by Taylor Mountcastle, Christina Coreno, Allison Marks
    • “Women’s Rights and Empowerment,” by Maya Ducksworth, Nicole Rawlings, Kayla Huffman
    • “Aretha Franklin,” by Sarah Hess, Samantha Utterback, Annamarie Trantham
    • “Malala Yousafzai: Age is Just a Number,” by Hannah Johnson, Leah LaPinta, Ti’Naja Peters, Yvette Zuniga
    • “The Future of Female Leadership,” by Anna McIntosh, Sarah Pflaum, Bobbi Reagins

    To view pictures from the event, click here.