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Academic Excellence Celebration 2020

Welcome to our virtual/electronic 2020 Academic Excellence Celebration. Below you will find the names of our outstanding students and the titles of their submissions. To find specific titles or names, you can search by pressing "Control (or Command on Macs)+F." 

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Honors Presentations

Presentations

Posters

Art Exhibits

Honor Societies

 

 

Students in McKendree’s Honors Program work closely with faculty mentors to complete original research in their fields of study. These presentations represent the culmination of honors students’ projects and allow them to share their knowledge in a public forum.

 

 

Title: Optimizing Student-Athlete Engagement Beyond the Field of Play

Name: Shayli Florine

Mentor: Dr. Elisabeth Erickson

In this presentation, I will discuss research findings of current practices in various NCAA Division I student-athlete support services programs. Also, I will discuss how similar practices are important and could be implemented at the NCAA Division II level.

 

 

 

Title: Community Engagement in the WNBA

Name: Megan Jensen

Mentor: Dr. Elisabeth Erickson

In this session, I will discuss research that investigates the relationship between community engagement of Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) teams and the league’s success. Interviews with WNBA community relations professionals as well as WNBA fans were used to complete this research. 

 

 

 

Title: Impact of Angling Depth and Species on Barotrauma Severity and Reflex Impairment

Name: Andrew Althoff

Mentor: Dr. Michael Louison

This presentation will cover the results of research I conducted with Dr. Michael Louison in Winter 2020. The research focused on the effects of fish capture depth on barotrauma, a condition that arises from overexpansion of a fish’s swim bladder.

 

 

 

Title: Biotic Integrity of Shoal Creek and Silver Creek

Name: Wyatt Dimke

Mentor: Dr. Michael Louison

This session will summarize the historical biotic integrity of local streams. 

 

 

 

Title: Addiction and Stigma: Differences in Attitudes Towards Self-Medicating Behaviors

Name: Rebecca Chicosky

Mentor: Dr. Guy Boysen

The stigma associated with drug addiction creates a cycle of discouragement from seeking treatment and a negative environment for addicts. The current research examines opioid drug addiction stigmatization and attitudes towards physiological and psychological self-medicating behaviors.

 

 

 

Title: The Relationship Between Social Media, Depressive Symptoms, and Personality

Name: Kathryn Krouse

Mentor: Dr. Guy Boysen

This session will exhibit the presenter’s research study observing social media usage, depressive symptoms, and personality. The findings and potential implications of the study will be discussed.

 

 

 

Title: Behold the Man: An Analysis of the Indeterminate Ecce Homo and Its Roots

Name: Zachary Breeding

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Zanelotti

Much of the interpretive work surrounding Friedrich Nietzsche’s final work Ecce Homo has been that of ridicule and dismissal. This presentation will seek to re-open the book in an analysis of its satiric roots, its place as an ending, so to speak, to Nietzsche’s work, and as a revaluation of that which has been dismissed.    

 

  

 

Title: Landfill Gas Energy Technology 

Name: Matthew Meals

Mentor: Dr. Adam Tournier

This session will explore a possible source of alternative energy that is stinking up cities across the nation: landfill methane. Using food waste from Ames dining hall, the presenter quantifies methane production off organic waste and applies the data to established costs in the industry. Through this application, the presentation will highlight the cost efficiency of landfill methane.

 

 

 

Title: The Relationship Between Learning Ability and Aggression in Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Part I

Name: Madeline Shea

Mentor: Dr. Michael Louison

This session will discuss the relationship between learning ability and aggression in bluegill. The presenter will showcase the background, methods, analysis, and impact of the research.

 

 

 

Title: The Relationship Between Learning Ability and Aggression in Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Part II

Name: Madeline Shea

Mentor: Dr. Michael Louison

This session will discuss the relationship between learning ability and aggression in bluegill. The presenter will showcase the background, methods, analysis, and impact of the research.

 

 

 

Title: The Effect of Alcohol Exposure on Zebrafish Neuroanatomical Pathways

Name: Cody Masching

Mentor: Dr. Angela LaMora

This presentation will showcase the effects of alcohol on the neuroanatomical development of zebrafish.

 

 

These presenters aim to share their scholarly and creative work with the campus community and beyond. Students work individually or collaboratively to demonstrate their learning in these engaging presentations.

 

 

Title: What’s Trending in Health and Wellness: 2020 and Beyond (Circadian Health) – Part I 

Name: Scott Lyman

Sponsor: Dr. Karan Onstott

This session will address three key trending areas of health and wellness for 2020 and beyond. How can technology support mental health? What are some innovative ways to reap the benefits of mindfulness? What is circadian health, timeshifting, thermal wellness, circadian lighting, and circadian dieting?  

 

 

 

Title: What’s Trending in Health and Wellness: 2020 and Beyond – Part II

Name: Taylor Bailey, Samantha Medeiros

Sponsor: Dr. Karan Onstott

This session will focus on both integrative health and wellness strategies and wellness vacation destinations. Both are booming and becoming mainstream and well understood, finding ways to combine body, mind, and spirit activities to generate overall well-being. Wellness destinations allow people to experience a vacation that does not have them returning home thinking they need a vacation. Examples of integrative strategies and wellness destinations will be presented to help attendees learn how and where such vacations can be taken.

 

 

 

Title: Market Capitalism Microcosms and The Maltese Falcon

Name: Zachary Breeding

Sponsor: Dr. Martha Patterson

This presentation will analyze the concept of market capitalism microcosms and the way they are created, particularly within Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. In this presentation, not only will the microcosm within The Maltese Falcon be made clear but also its effects on the characters within the novel, with special attention to how these attributes and effects relate to Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto.

 

  

 

Title: Political Correctness as It Was Intended

Name: Jazmine Patton

Sponsor: Dr. Richard Murphy

This presentation only scratches the surface of the topic that is political correctness. It will focus on the aspects of political correctness that the presenter encounters daily. 

 

 

 

Title: Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light, Go: Testing Reaction Time with Five Interventions

Name: Bryce Bambic, Elia Burbidge, Kavari Cunningham, Matthew Detore, James Ding, Magdalena Knapp, Madeline Kuper, Tyler Love, Caitlyn Lowry, Dylan Powell, Garrett Rappolee, Shaun Reid, Abigail Schacht, Jonathan Turner, Qian’te Wagner

Sponsor: Dr. Tami Eggleston

Reaction times are essential for athletic success. In this experimental study, five interventions were tested to measure improvements in hand-eye reaction times. Demographic variables such as gender, age, and sport participation were also collected and correlated with reaction-time speed. Strategies to improve reaction times will be discussed. 

 

 

 

Title: Transgender Athletes in Sports

Name: Ashley Reynolds, Emily Westlove

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

The world is changing. Society and social norms have changed the way people are perceived. Some people are more accepting of these changes than others. The presenters will share the effect of transgender athletes in sports and their acceptance by society in their respective sports. 

 

 

 

Title: Incarceration in Children's Lives

Name: Ryan Reader and Trevor Rieck

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller

This session will provide information about student success from the perspective of multiple academic lenses. Presenters will describe specific scenarios/challenges facing students in higher education from their major-specific point of view. This session will be conducted in a “TED Talk” format. 

 

 

 

Title: Beyond the Classroom: My Journey to Washington, D.C.

Name: Wes Werner

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller

My presentation will highlight my experience as president of the Tau Sigma honor society, highlight my trip to the national convention in Washington, D.C., and discuss the importance of experiences outside of the classroom to promote personal growth during college. 

 

 

 

Title: Research in Accounting Theory Capstone Projects - Qualified Income Deduction

Name: Kailey Anderson

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

This session will provide information about the accounting research projects conducted by students in their capstone accounting course, ACC 431–Research in Accounting Theory. 

 

 

 

Title: Research in Accounting Theory Capstone Projects - The Cash Flow Statement

Name: Tyler Goebel

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

This session will provide information about the accounting research projects conducted by students in their capstone accounting course, ACC 431–Research in Accounting Theory. 

 

 

 

Title: Research in Accounting Theory Capstone Projects - The History of Deferred Taxes

Name: Rebecca Linck

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

This session will provide information about the accounting research projects conducted by students in their capstone accounting course, ACC 431–Research in Accounting Theory.

 

 

 

Title: Research in Accounting Theory Capstone Projects - The New Lease Standards

Name: Griffin Menkhaus

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

This session will provide information about the accounting research projects conducted by students in their capstone accounting course, ACC 431–Research in Accounting Theory. 

 

 

 

Title: Research in Accounting Theory Capstone Projects - Changes to Revenue Recognition

Name: Hannah Rigdon

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

This session will provide information about the accounting research projects conducted by students in their capstone accounting course, ACC 431–Research in Accounting Theory. 

 

  

 

Title: Montage Announcement

Name: Summer Brooks

Sponsor: Dr. Jenny Mueller  

 

  

 

Title: National Debate Champions and the Work of Frank Wilderson

Name: Mitch Deleel and Adeja Powell

Sponsor: Joseph Blasdel  

 

 

Academic posters use visual language to communicate scholarly research; poster presenters also practice articulating their findings succinctly and clearly. Many instructors promote their students’ engagement with the academic community by incorporating poster presentations into their courses.

  

 

Title: Social Media and Self-perception: An Investigation into Instagram and Mental Skills Performance

Name: Elia Burbidge

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

 

 

 

Title: Why Your Professor Hates You: An Analysis of Professors’ Views on Dislikable Students

Name: Rebecca Chicosky, Erin Delmore

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

 

 

 

Title: Emotional Response and Behavior Towards Stigmatized Disabilities

Name: Kaitlyn Grubbs

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

 

  

 

Title: The Relationship Between Happiness and Humor

Name: Kathryn Krouse

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

  

 

 

Title: Students’ Typical Study Habits and GPA

Name: Alynnah O'Leary

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

  

   

 

Title: Violence in Hockey

Name: Jarad Wahl and Trevor Rieck

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

  

  

 

Title: The Effects of Track and Field Supplementing the Four Major Sports

Name: Katelyn Conner

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

 

 

 

Title: The Commodification of Black Bodies

Name: Alexandria Glaudé

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

 

 

 

Title: I used to Love My Sport

Name: Mya Watson-Blake

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

 

 

 

Title: Caffeine Dependency Among College Athletes

Name: Connor McCormick, Jacok Reinkemeyer, Hayden Schaefer

Sponsor: Dr. Mark DiDonato

 

 

 

Title: Random Dungeons

Name: Michael Barker

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

  

 

 

Title: TJW Exotics

Name: Daniel Filipek

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

  

 

 

Title: SRS Web Application

Name: Adam Jolly

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: Unity Horror Game Project

Name: Erynne Moore

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: McKendree Events App

Name: Anthony Murat

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: The Wizard’s Tower

Name: Cole Nordmann

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: Dungeon Viewer

Name: Kyle Nordmann

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: The Ghost Server

Name: Travon Prude

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: McKendree ChatBot

Name: Matija Pucarevic

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: Facial Recognition System Research Paper

Name: Charlie Reid

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: Kent Ratings

Name: Kyle Shahenian

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

 

 

 

Title: Hello Worlds

Name: Jacob Vielweber

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

     

 

 

Title: Mouscada Microbrew

Name: Mark Hatcher

Sponsor: Dr. Mostafa Mostafa

 

  

 

Title: A Study of Tumor Repopulating Cell Growth and Associated Biosignatures in Pancreatic Cancer to Understand In Vivo Disease Progression

Name: Payton Price

Sponsor: Dr. Michele Schutzenhofer

 

 


Title: Transgender Nursing Considerations: Does A Targeted Intervention Change Self Efficacy in Nurses?

Name: Julie Crawford

Sponsor: Dr. Helene Seibert

 

 

McKendree University promotes a vibrant community of artistic expression. These exhibits reveal their creators’ intellectual and aesthetic engagement with a wide range of human experiences.

   

 

Title: Hidden in Art

Name: Toinette Jones 

Sponsors: Kevin Kao, Amy MacLennan

An online exhibition of paintings and digital images by graduating art major, Toinette Jones. Drawing inspiration from family and community, the exhibition examines the power of hidden images through abstraction, color, and line.

 

 

 

Title: Life Behind the Lens

Name:  Allison Woodhouse 

Sponsors: Kevin Kao, Amy MacLennan

An online exhibition of digital photographs by graduating art major, Allison Woodhouse. The exhibition seeks to find beauty within the natural and man-made world through the unique perspective of the camera's lens.