MMU's annual Scholarship Festival features student research presentations and creative works during poster sessions, interdisciplinary panels, and performances.

 

2018 Schedule—Wednesday, May 2

Panels

Posters

Panel 1
8:30–9:50 AM
UC 110
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Panel 2: Education, Assessment, and Disability
10–11:10 AM
UC 110
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Poster Sessions
11 AM–1 PM
Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons
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Nursing Program, Senior Posters
11 AM–1 PM
Donnelly Hall, 2nd floor
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Closing Reception

Janalyn Hanson White Gallery
Wine and snacks provided
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Panel 3: Poems and Stories
11:30 AM–12:45 PM
UC 110
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Panel 4: Defining Spaces and Chemical Transformations
1–1:50 PM
UC 110
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Panel 5: Identity and Politics
2–2:50 PM
UC 110
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Panel 6: Personal Histories and Literary Analysis
3–3:50 PM
UC 110
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Panel 1

8:30–9:50 AM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Bryan Cross

Are Miracles Real?
Kasey Kaimann (Marketing and Religious Studies)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross

Satan and the Existence of Pure Evil 
Kaytlyn Rumelhart (International Studies and Philosophy)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross 

Disability is Not a Defect 
Joseph Kehinde (Mathematics)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross 

The Ethics of Sympathy Porn 
Alex Smith (Political Science/Philosophy)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross 

Neoliberalism and the Reduced Value of Disabled Persons
Jessica Hiney (Biology and Outdoor Conservation)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross 


Panel 2: Education, Assessment, and Disability

10–11:10 AM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: LIsa Smith

Using Assessment to Inform Instruction (Part 1) 
Annie Feltes and Brea Griffith (Elementary Education)
Project adviser: Lisa Smith 

Using Assessment to Inform Instruction (Part 2) 
Annie Feltes and Brea Griffith (Elementary Education)
Project adviser: Paula Ganzeveld 

The Future is Accessible
Jessica Hiney, Lainey Manninen, Marisa Moon, and Monica Steffen (Biology and Outdoor Conservation)
Project adviser: Neil Bernstein 


Poster Sessions

11 AM1 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons

The Effects of Grit on College Students’ Mood, Academics, and Life Satisfaction
Andrea Angerer, Kaitlin Gregerson, Jacob Haley (Nursing; Psychology/Sociology) 
Project adviser: Jen Lee 

Non-Linear Growth Models of Ornate Box Turtles: An Update 
Meleah Baloch (Biology and Chemistry)
Project adviser: Neil Bernstein and Rob Todd 

The State of Support: Locating Human Trafficking Victim Services and Identifying Best Practices and Barriers within the State of Iowa 
Kaitlin Gregerson (Psychology)
Project adviser: Taylor Houston 

Understanding the Function of SH3PXD2b by Identifying Interacting Proteins Using DEEPN: Dynamic Enrichment for Evaluation of Protein Networks 
Zachariah Steffen and Whitney Christiansen (Biology and Chemistry)
Project adviser: Alesia Hruska 

Sand Dune Succession Following Removal of Planted Conifers
Jennifer Hill and Alexandria (Rene) Young (Biology and Outdoor Conservation)
Project adviser: Neil Bernstein 

Identifying Faunal Remains from the Bruggeman Cave Site in Jones County, Iowa: An Analysis of Diet in the Middle to Late Woodland 
Gabriela Kreinz (Biology)
Project adviser: Anna Waterman 

A Simple Intervention to Improve Grit
Jacob Haley (Nursing)
Project adviser: Jen Lee, Sharon Guthrie 

Computer Science Website 
Holly Phelps and Wendell Gan (Computer Science)
Project adviser: Elizabeth Kleiman 

Featured Artwork
Mount Mercy Students

Nursing Program, Senior Posters

11 AM–1 PM, Donnelly Hall, 2nd Floor
Project advisers: Anne Hartman and Audrey Sheller

Mandatory Postpartum in Home Visits 
Stephanie Ascher

Multi-Sensory Stimulation in Older Adults with Dementia 
Laura Peck

Preventing Nurses from Devouring their Young 
Allison Schmitt

Mindfulness Based Childbirth 
Nicole Newgaard

Essential Oils to Reduce Poly-Pharmacy 
Stephanie Lane

Proning Vented Patients to Reduce ARDS 
Abby Steffensmeier

Combating Compassion Fatigue in Nurses
Deanne Gibbs

Multiple Home Visits for continuation of Breastfeeding 
Natalie Luse

An Esophageal Cooling Device in Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest 
Stephanie Horton

Bedside Report for Improved Patient Care 
Jacey Mohs

Honey for Wound Healing
Laura Mohs

Music Therapy in the Care of Dementia Patients to Decrease Severity of Agitation and Anxiety 
Bailey Zaruba

Music Therapy with Premature Infants 
Shelby Johnson 

Integrating Yoga in the Care of Patients with Cancer 
Bailey Nelson

Disinfectant Caps to Reduce Blood Stream Infections
Breanna Worrall

Reducing Morbidity and Complications in Post-operative Heart Patients with CALS-S
Madeline Lyons

Hypnobirthing as a Labor and Delivery Option 
Victoria Leyh

Self-Administered Sedation in Mechanically-Ventilated Patients
Bailey Moss

Pet Therapy to Manage Anxiety in School-Aged Children
Lindsay Ireland

Aromatherapy to Reduce Stress in Nurses
Marcy Koenigsfeld

Distraction to Reduce Pain and Anxiety in Pediatric Oncology Patients 
Mercedes McLain 

Enhancing Mental Health Care in Returning Combat Veterans 
Sarah Jirik 

Fast Track in the ED to Increase Patient Satisfaction
Lori Oellrich

Triage Protocols to Reduce Overcrowded Emergency Departments 
Theresa Michels

Abdominal Massage
Rebecca McConnell


Panel 3: Poems and Stories, Paha and Perceptions Release Party

11:30 AM–12:45 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110 (refreshments served)
Moderator: Mary Vermillion, Joseph Hendryx

Tanner Childs (Business)
Jessica Hiney (Biology and Outdoor Conservation)
Joshua Jurgensmeier (Computer Science and Math)
Joseph Kehinde (Math)
Savannah Oler (English)
Madelyn Orton (English)
Jessica Purgett (English and Marketing)
Bailey Rickels (Criminal Justice)
Cally Salter (History and Political Science)
Logan Schroeder (Journalism)
Jenna Schutte (Nursing)
Rachel Shoop (Graphic Design) 
Laura Slovakova (Graphic Design)
Tyus Thompson (English)
Charles Uthe (English)
Haley Weideman (English)
Logan Wilkes (Criminal Justice) 
Alexa Zamora (English)


Panel 4: Defining Spaces and Chemical Transformations

1–1:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Neil Bernstein

Humanoid Robot Room Mapping 
Joshua Jurgensmeier (Computer Science)
Project adviser: Elizabeth Kleiman 

To Wine or Not to Wine 
Jordyn Lehman (Chemistry, Biology, and Outdoor Conservation)
Project adviser: Joseph Nguyen 

Computer Science Website
Jon Marshall, Brett Blomberg, Colby Gibson, Melvin Scoville (Computer Science)
Project adviser: Elizabeth Kleiman 


Panel 5: Identity and Politics

2–2:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Richard Barrett

Public Identity and Media Influence in Brexit Discourse 
Cally Salter (Political Science)
Project adviser: Richard Barrett 

The Jurisprudence of Disability
Sam Gray (Political Science)
Project adviser: Richard Barrett 

The Future of U.S. Political Parties: Changes, Fissures, and Potential Rupture
Mauricio Diaz (Political Science)
Project adviser: Richard Barrett 

Cally Salter, Sam Gray, Mauricio Diaz
Panel discussion to follow presentations


Panel 6: Personal Histories and Literary Analysis

3–3:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Norma Linda Mattingly

Discovering Our German Roots & Family Connections 
Jaci Garien & Katie Fliehler (Nursing)
Project Adviser: Norma Linda Mattingly 

My Family’s Ancestral Heritage 
Brooke Tauber (Education)
Project Adviser: Norma Linda Mattingly 

Embracing My Family Roots
Betsy Till (Nursing)
Project Adviser: Norma Linda Mattingly 


Closing Reception

4–6 PM, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery (wine and snacks provided)

Gallery Exhibit: Senior Thesis Show II
Works by Julie Wise, Jacob Herndon, Kayla Ridgeway, and Derick Harman