Scholarship Festival 2015

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. 

Click here for a detailed description of the presentations.

Panel 1: Inquiries in Behavior

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
UC 110
Moderator: Dr. 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.
UC 110
Moderator: Carol Cross, M.S.

David Stanek (Biology): A genetic analysis of the role of yedR in Escherichia coli cell division
Luke Rathke, Myles Tesdahl, Molly Pruett , Rhett Thys, Marisa Moon and Elizabeth Gonner (Chemistry): Developing New Strategies to Purify Water in Developing Countries


Posters Session

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons
Moderator: Dr. Jen Lee

• Katrina Ashbacher (Business and Psychology): The impact faculty engagement has on student perception of faculty effectiveness in the classroom
• Claudia Bedell (Nursing): Pacifier use in SIDS prevention
• Sophie Blake (Nursing): Teaching sign language to stroke patients with aphasia

• Virginia Brust, Nicholas Wilson, Colton Bulicek, Miles Meyers (Biology): A preliminary analysis of faunal remains recovered from the Middle East to Late Woodland Bruggeman Cave site in Jones County, Iowa

 Kennedi Buser (Biology): Effectiveness of different antibacterial wipes on Escherichia coli

• Adam Coats and Zach Zimmerman (Biology): The Human Impact of Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

• Amanda Dolley (Biology & Chemistry): Optimizing Preparation Conditions of Live Samples for Transmission Electron Microscopy

 Elizabeth Gonner (Biology): Effect of alcohol concentrations in mouthwashes on the growth of Streptococcus mutans

• Madison Goodfellow, Patricia Henderson, Ian Martins Assis de Matos and Rachel Surbeck (Biology): Don’t Throw it Out!
• Dumayi Gutierrez (Marriage and Family Therapy): Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Parent-Child Attachment
• Audrey Hayes, Andrea Weldon, Raelene Swore (Biology): The human impact and conservation of Danaus plesippus, the Monarch Butterfly
• Olivia Hemmer (Nursing): Animal Assisted Therapy
• Jacob Marzen (Computer Science): MMU Android Sports Application, v. 2
• Elizabeth Merrifield (Nursing): Bedside Reporting
• Bailey Rickels (Criminal Justice):  Factors Influencing Mount Mercy Students’ Socially Responsible Leadership Skills

• Lauren Statezni, Tera Harvey, Emilie Jacobon, Kara Oakley, Brooke Martin, Victoria Roe, Allison Varner (Psychology): Allergies are Related to Physical and Psychological Development in Children

• Monica Steffen (Biology): The performance of generic hand sanitizer and soap versus name brand hand sanitizer and soap in killing Staphylococcus aureus

• Leslie Worsfold, Jake Marzen, Jacob Capo, Ryan Brown (Biology): Cyberbullying: an electronic epidemic


Panel 3: A Way With Words

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

• Katerina Althoff (English): The Rich Life
• Billie Barker (English): The Color
Cassie Green (English): Love in the Shadow of the Crematory

• Carmen Harrington (English): Pigments. Latina’s Cry, and Lo Que es Ser Madre

• Zachary Hooper (English): The Music Box

• Hilary Nekvinda (English & Education): The Things I’ve Broken; Mirror, Mirror to My Soul, I Will Never Write a Poem

• Courtney Snodgras(English): Homecoming


Panel 4: Decline and Decay

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
UC 110
Moderator: Brendan Murphy, M.B.A

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 5: Research in Teaching and Learning

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
UC 110
Moderator: Dr. Adam Ebert

Hilary Nevkinda (Education and English): From Professional Learning Communities to the Classroom: Teaching The Scarlet Lettere

• Rebecca Louison and Angel Vicente (Psychology): Faculty and Student Use and Perception of Grade Distributions

• Lindsey Ellickson (Political Science): Natural Disasters and Electoral Politics in the UK