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 29, 2015. 

Panel 1: Inquiries in Behavior

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
UC 110
Moderator: D. Ellen Warrington

Kristi Bonert (Education): A Journey in Special Education
Katie Hoffert (Biology): Training Micky Mouse Platys (Xiphophorus maculatus) using operant
conditioning to respond to feeding with a turkey baster

Sarah Andrews (Criminal Justice): Investigation of Law Enforcement as a Career Choice among
Undergraduate Senior Criminal Justice Majors


Panel 2: Germs, Germs, Germs

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

David Stanek (Biology): A genetic analysis of the role of yedR in Escherichia coli cell division
TBD (Chemistry):  Developing New Strategies to Purify Water in Developing Countries


Panel 4: Decline and Decay

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
UC 110
Moderator: TBD

Hannah Haycraft and Nicole Lutz (Biology): The problem with palm oil, deforestation and the threat to
Duane Matthess (Education and Economics): Inequality, Wage Policy and the Decline of Unions

Patricia Henderson (Biology and Chemistry): Biting Your Way Into Diseases: Current Trends in Dental


Panel 3: A Way With Words

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
UC 110
Moderator: Dr. Mary Vermillion

• Billie Barker
• Hilary Nevkinda
• Zachary Hooper

• Cassie Green

• Courtney Snodgrass

• More TBD



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