Scholarship: It's Not What You Think

“Money and Life Satisfaction.”
“Safety of Generic Pharmaceuticals.”
“Wellness in the Workplace.”

Welcome to the rich and varied world of academic scholarship!

These are just some of the subjects that Mount Mercy students and faculty have delved into as they engage in research projects that cross multiple disciplines and academic majors.

Mount Mercy’s Pathways to Scholarship campaign showcases these projects, along with a variety of academic achievements, vibrant poster displays and interactive demonstrations, during the Scholarship Festival on April 30, 2014. 

Panel 1: Ways of Teaching and Learning

10:00 - 10:50 a.m., University Center, Room 110

Aaron Lacy (Biology): Water Purification: Lessons Learned from First-Year Chemistry Students
Kristy Lueken (Nursing): Artifacts of the Holocaust

Haley Sprague (Human Resource Management): Holocaust Museums


Panel 2: When Faculty and Students Collaborate

11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Nathan Stern & Dr. April Dirks-Bihun (Social Work): Courageous Conversations and Cross-Cultural Mentoring on a University Campus
Rebecca Louison & Dr. Dennis Dew (Psychology): Student Attributions of Causality in Academic Settings
Allison Roe & Dr. Joe Nguyen (Chemistry): Potential Sustainable Production of Biodiesel


Panel 3: Impacts from an Environment

12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Aaron Kriz Ackman (Political Science/Human Resource Management): Minimum Wage Effects on Employment Rates
Lauren Statenzi et al. (Psychology): Examining Associations Between Allergies, Neurodevelopment, and Autistic Symptoms in Children
James Estipona (Biology): Discovering Candidate Genes Causing Glaucoma by Identifying Proteins that Interact with SH3XD2B


Panel 4: Creative Writing

1:00 - 1:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Kristina Mione (English): "What's Important"
Jonathan Fields (English): "Life"
Alaina Kote (English and History): "Little Things: A Ghazal"

Abby Klaassen (English and Education): "Chasing the Night"

• Maddy Jones (Communication): "The Pond"

Winners of the Mount Mercy Creative Writing Contest for High School Juniors

1st - Sara Lyon (Mount Vernon): "A Wish Too Late"

• 2nd - Christine Stuppi (Springville): "Untitled"

3rd - Lauren Clapp (Iowa City Regina): "Seven"



11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., University Center Commons

Adam Coats & Virginia Brust (Biology): Home Range and Habitat Usage of Hatchling and Juvenile Ornate Box Turtles in Iowa
Katelyn Domeyer (Nursing): Rehabilitating Stroke Patients with Acupuncture
Zachary Fritz (Biology): Utilization of Electron Microscopy to Characterize Dual Infections in Host Cells
Tyler Hartley, Rebecca Louison, and Brooke Martin (Psychology): The Effect of Personality of a Potential Long-Term Romantic Partner on Women's Selection
Rebecca Louison (Psychology), Nikola Utinkova (English/Philosophy/Journalism), and McKenna Sexton (Biology): Criterion-related Validity of the Subscales of the Emotional Regulation During Test Taking Scale for Predicting Test Anxiety
Jennifer Noe (Nursing): Probiotic Treatment with Antibiotic Use
Paul Pfister and Samuel Renning (Computer Science): Encryption in a Parallel Programming Environment: pEncrypter
Mattew Purl (Biology) and Nicolas Wilson (Nursing): Far from Home: Using 87Sr/86Sr Isotope Ratios to Understand Mobility Patterns in Prehistoric Spain
Megan Schulte (Nursing): Midwifery
McKenna Sexton (Biology): Towards the Characterizations of Essential Herpesvirus Interactions
Lauren Statezni, Emilie Jacobson, Kara Oakley, Brooke Martin, Allison Varner, Anna Tatman, Brenna Carlyle (Psychology, Biology, Social Work, Nursing): Examining Associations Between Allergies and Physical and Psychological Development in Children
Tessa VanDeWalle (Nursing): Allowing Fevers in Burn Patients
Sadie Wasmund (Criminal Justice): Factors Influencing Students' Need for Cognition: A Longitudinal Investigation
Adam Wright (Political Science): Do Voters Remain Incumbents in Municipal Elections After a Natural Disaster?


Round Table: On Research Opportunities (Psychology)

12:00 - 12:50 p.m., University Center, Room 110

Kyla Lindley, Rebecca Louison, Allison Roe, McKenna Sexton, Megan Timm, Nikola Utinkova and moderator Dr. Ron Feldt


Panel 5: Surviving Violence

2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Veselin Karagyaurov (Political Science/International Studies) How the Process of Regime Change Affects the Level of Violence
Sadie Wasmund (Criminal Justice) Empowering Victims of Domestic Violence
Abby Klaassen (English/Education): Marriage as an Allegory of Destruction in Jane Eyre and The Wild Sargasso Sea


Panel 6: Through the Lens

3:00 - 3:50 p.m., University Center, Room 110

Jeremy Cline (Biology): Genetic Analysis of Putative Cell Division in Escherichia Coli
Valerie Loudenback (Criminal Justice): How to Be a Flapper Girl: A Story in Pictures

Kristi Bonert (Elementary Education): The Holocaust: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words