Welcome to the rich and varied world of academic scholarship!
Mount Mercy’s Pathways to Scholarship campaign showcased these projects, along with a variety of academic achievements, vibrant poster displays and interactive demonstrations, during the Scholarship Festival on May 1. Learn more about the presentations by clicking the link for each panel.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
|• Joe Arnold (English): "Core Values in an Unlikely Place: The Godfather Part 1"|
|• Casey Birkicht (English): "Unraveling Gender Stereotypes in Bram Stoker's Dracula"|
• Stephanie Russell (English): "The Help: Exposing Racial and Social Injustice Through Film"
• Robb Tigan (English): "Beneath This Mask there is an Idea: V for Vendetta and the Mercy Concerns
11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
|• Hanna Stenzel (Biology): "Characterization dual infection and superinfection inhibition in a natural host with scanning confocal microscopy and transmission electron microscopy"|
|• Meghan Nelson (Biology): "Discovering candidate genes causing glaucoma through protein-protein interation studies between Lyst and Casein Kinase II using the yeast two-hybrid assay"|
|• James Estipona and Alesia Hruska-Hageman (Biology): "Discovery of candidates genes causing glaucoma through the identification of proteins that interact with the protein SH3PXD2B using a yeast two-hybrid screen"|
12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
|• Hillary Kaefring (Music): Defining German Lieder and French Art Song: A Pianistic Investigation|
|• Aunna Escobedo (Fine Art): Wandering Reflections|
|• Lauren Hoth (Mathematics): Markov Chains|
1:00 - 1:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
|• Troy Hess (English/Education): "A Glove"|
|• Cory Nye (English): "Ready, Set, Write"|
|• Nikol Sustrova (English): "White," "Dandelion," and "der Wecker"|
• Robb Tigan (English): "Red, Black, Green, Yellow"
Winners of the Mount Mercy Creative Writing Contest for High School Juniors
• Anna Wolle (Cedar Rapids Washington): "The Sound of Horror"
• Grace Larew (Iowa City Regina): "One Instead of Two"
• Courtney Griggs (Pella Christian): "Whiteout"
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., University Center Commons
|• A.J. Jiru, Joe Zach, Hanna Stenzel, Molly First, Samantha Frost (Biology): The war behind your cell phone: A review of rare earth metals in electronics|
|• James Estipona, Jaime Civate, Taylor Helms, Brooklyn Schrader (Biology), Cara Camarillo (Computer Science): Freshwater depletion due to agricultural demands|
|• Tasia Flaucher (Biology), Reed Katzman, Ryne Brimayer, Bryce Altoff (Outdoor Conservation), Alex Karr (Biology/Outdoor Conservation): The facts about fracking|
|• Kodey Salow, Taylor Helms, and Samantha Frost (Biology): Home Range Tracking of Hatchling Terrapene ornata ornate|
|• Lauren Statezni (Biology), Ashley Hoffman (Psychology), Jeremy Glunt (Nursing): The Structure of Pain-Related Psychological Factors|
|• Bethany Cowell (Human Resources): Total Workplace Wellness Poster|
|• Melisa Prier (Nursing): Yoga treatment with acute anxiety patients|
|• Kyla Lindley, Megan Vogel, Allison Roe, and Stephanie Muehlemann (Biology and Psychology): Incremental Validity of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Regulation in Relation to Testing for Prediction of Test Anxiety|
|• Jessica Glasgow, Kyla Lindley, and Rebecca Schultz (Psychology): The Effect of Positively-versus Negatively-Worded Items on Measurement of Well-Being|
|• Brady Gerber and Blaine Stott (Chemistry): A more sustainable approach to making biodiesel|
|• Mikayla Calloway (Biology): Effects of supplemental salt on water consumption in horses|
|• Aaron Lacy (Biology) and Breanna Fecht (Medical Lab Sciences): Insertional mutagenesis of a hepatotoxin sythase gene in Microcytis aeruginosa|
|• Carrie Kuehn (Outdoor Conservation/English): Microclimatic changes to sand prairies after introduction of conifers|
|• Chris Reed (History) and Bailey Zegers (Nursing): Genetic Engineering of Humans: Pro vs. Con|
|• Thomas Kremer (Journalism/Philosophy) and Kristina Mione (English): Should We Allow Human Cloning?|
|• Brady Gerber, Tasia Flaucher (Biology): The Biology and Ethics of Stem Cell Research|
|• Chelsi Stanford (International Studies) and Tonya Harman (Nursing): Should We Select the Sex of Our Children?|
12:00 - 12:50 p.m., University Center, Room 110
2:00 - 2:50 p.m., University Center, Room 110
|• Amy Burmeister (Nursing) and Nathan Stern (Social Work): Barriers and effects on children of single parent families|
|• Jennifer Erger (Sociology) and Ashley Fisher (Social Work): Money and Life Satisfaction|
|• Nick Crosby (Criminal Justice/Political Science): Gun Control: Effectiveness Depends on Enforcement and Limitations|
2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Betty Cherry Heritage Hall
|• James Estipona and Zachary Fritz (Biology): Are generic pharmaceuticals from across the border safe?|
|• Molly First (Biology): Towards the Characterization of Essential Herpesvirus Interactions|
• Nicole Morrow (Biology): Synthesis of Palladium-NACNAC Complexes for Use in Heterogeneous catalysis
• Samuel Renning (Computer Science): Encryption in a Parallel Programming Environment
3:00 - 3:50 p.m., University Center, Room 110
|• Trent Ryan (English): The Structure of the British Raj and the Shaping of Masculinity in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India|
• Jeffery Meyers (Criminal Justice/Political Science): Gun Control: Ineffective, Counter-Productive, and Unconstitutional
• Jessica Moser (History): Iowa's Got Talent: The Cherry Sisters