Honors Capstone Presents FiveDays of Poster Sessions and Presentations Beginning December 2

The GH 401 Honors thesis experience:

  • Provides students with a significant research experience
  • Enable students to demonstrate their proficiency at research
  • Culminates the Honors College curriculum, linking elements of the Honors coursework with students’ larger degree program and/or interests.
  • Prepares students for professional writing, presentation and research activities and/or for graduate or professional school requirements.


  • MONDAY December 2,  WEDNESDAY, December 4  ~AND ~ FRIDAY December 6: Poster Sessions are located in the Library Events Area: :  
      • 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM 
      • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
      • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
      • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
      • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
      • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
  • Oral Presentations are located in Library, Room 028 {Lower Level} on  – please note timing on schedule below; there are 3 distinct presentation sequences:
    • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM 
    • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
  • MONDAY December 9
  • Oral Presentations will be located in Pickerl Residence Hall, Lower Level on  please note timing on schedule below:
    • 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM 
  • ***THURSDAY DECEMBER 4: No sessions are scheduled***
  • [Schedule is subject to changes; please contact Honors staff with questions]

~~~~~ Schedule ~~~~~

Monday, December 2 – Poster Presentations

Session 1: Monday, December 2 | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area

• Anna Behrens (Operations and Supply Chain Management): Process improvement: Integrating forecasting models into the automotive supply industry
• Adam Cass (Operations and Supply Chain Management): ABC-XYZ inventory management system
• Anthony Froehlich (Physics): A systematic review of Ab Initio molecular dynamics
• Carlos Garcia Jr. (Finance): America’s Hoosier heartbreak
• Mykenzie Kostka (Chemistry): Search for streptococcal genes linking c-di-AMP and SpeB expression through transposon mutagenesis
• Kristen Mauer (Exercise Science): The effects of resistance training for the elderly: Improving quality of life
• Jarett Posz (Chemistry): Accessible synthesis of organotetrafluorosilicates
• Jordyn Shaw (Accounting): Disney and social issues: An analysis of how Walt Disney Studios influences our social culture
• Linzi Woodard (Criminal Justice): Stalking a growing epidemic: Stalkers and their victims


Session 2: Monday, December 2 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area

• Katelyn Ertel (Insurance and Risk Management): The sport of hunting: Women’s increasing involvement and its importance
• Taylor Guevara (Elementary Education): Changing children’s minds: Childhood mental health
• Michaela Haase (Communication): Let’s talk about sex: The most effective sex education for students
• Christopher Halstead (Music Education): Making the grade: Resources for families in Title I schools
• Connor Lindsay (Safety Management): The price of nature: Funding the national parks
• Tyler Neuenschwander (Unmanned Systems): An analysis of unmanned vehicles in cargo transport
• Claire Sum (Biology): A search for streptococcal genes linking c-di-AMP and SpeB expression through transposon mutagenesis
• Hayley Tague (Mechanical Engineering Technology): Tall towers and tremendous impacts: The interrelationship of art and engineering
• Lauren Watson (Management Information Systems): Wearable technology in sports medicine: Its impact on injury prevention and detection
• Sabrina Weir (Nursing): Vaccinating silence: Inequity in gender-based HPV education and vaccination

Tuesday, December 3 – Oral Presentations

Session 1: Tuesday, December 3 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Cunningham Memorial Library 028

• (9:00) Introduction
• (9:10) Joshua Bruce  (Insurance and Risk Management): Cyber insurance and the true costs of cyber attacks
• (9:20) Hannah Bunch (Biology): An analysis of the ecological implications of the recent spreading of bobcats
• (9:30) Samuel Grant (English Education): The monomyth in the Modern Age: Tracing the hero’s journey in The Crying of Lot 49
• (9:40) Brooke Hendricks (Marketing): Marketing generational differences: Increasing message potency via generation-specific targeting
• (9:50) Kaitlyn Ooten (Elementary Education): Education systems: The United States and Scotland
• (10:00) Danielle Yagelski (Athletic Training): Long odds: The negative impact of stress on athletes’ mental health


  • Session 2: Tuesday, December 3 | 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Cunningham Memorial Library 028
    • (12:30) Introduction
    • (12:40) Jillian Boudreau (Recreation and Sports Management): The missing piece of the puzzle: How recreational therapy completes the treatment of cerebral palsy
    • (12:50) Kirsten Campbell (History & Political Science): Attitudes on Black Lives Matter and feminist identification
    • (1:00) Isabella Finch (Biology): The primary care crisis: Expanding care through physician assistants and nurse practitioners
    • (1:10) Alex Kuhns (Mathematics Teaching): Mathematics teaching: Implementing conceptual understanding in the classroom
    • (1:20) Trevor Revesz (Latin & Marketing): From Satanism to inclusion: The evolution of public opinion on Dungeons & Dragons
    • (1:30) Jordan Ripperdan (Professional Aviation and Flight Technology): Human factor in aviation accidents
    • (1:40) Sarah Wyrick (Accounting): The evolution of forensic accounting: What we can expect in the future
  • Session 3: Tuesday, December 3 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Cunningham Memorial Library 028
    • (2:30) Introduction
    • (2:40) Hanna Atwood (Criminology & Criminal Justice): Police community relations: The use of Twitter amongst law enforcement agencies
    • (2:50) Danielle Buechlein (Psychology): A changing state of mind: The effects of climate change on mental health and human behavior
    • (3:00) Abigail Fischer  (Recreation and Sport Management): Determining relevance and effective implementation of trauma-informed care in recreation therapy
    • (3:10) Julianna Gallion (Marketing): Green marketing: Growing eco-friendly consumer behavior
    • (3:20) Matayzia Hughes (Psychology): The psychological effects of prison on African American males
    • (3:30) Mara Johnson (Psychology): Youth in revolt: Developing transparent sex education for children
    • (3:40) Rylie Daisha Mayfield (Marketing): Corporate sponsorship: A new horizon for nonprofit fund development and marketing
    • (3:50) Jessika Meadows (Biology): Differences between osteopathic and allopathic physicians
    • (4:00) Kurrin Richmond (Business Management): The natural hair movement: Redefining beauty for Black women
    • (4:10) Alyssa Yocom (Health Sciences): Animal assisted therapy: The human-animal bond in mental rehabilitation
    Wednesday, December 4 – Poster Presentations
  • Session 3: Wednesday, December 4 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area
  • • Julie Chisham (Nursing): CAM therapies: Are they beneficial?
    • Lillian Harman (Communication): The effects and success of different non-profit marketing strategies
    • Ashley Heck (Nursing): The impact of bullying in the nursing profession
    • Sydney Jolliff (Nursing): Plant-based diets used for treatment and prevention of chronic conditions
    • Meghan Large (Psychology): Individual differences in spatial attention among deaf children and children with autism spectrum disorder
    • MacKenzie Latta (Communication Sciences and Disorders): The impact of socioeconomic status on language development
    • Madeline Richmond (Legal Studies): An investigation of Costa Rica’s Sala IV: Constitutional custodian of LGBTQ+ rights
    • Cassidy Roller (Speech-Language Pathology): How post-stroke speech and language rehabilitation differs between children and adults
    • April Vore (Art Education): Reaching for the stars: Improving independent thinking in education
    • Stefani Williams (Nursing): Diabetes: Incidence, complications, and management strategies
  • Session 4: Wednesday, December 4 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area
  • • Peyton Baker (Elementary Education): The sophomore slump: An analysis of collegiate sophomore experiences
    • Alexandra Burkley (Nursing): The effectiveness of service dog programs in populations of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder
    • Josette Dial (Psychology): Mental health services: Awareness and implementation in federal prisons
    • Dylan Gallup (Computer Science): Anime then and now: The rise of anime in American modern media and pop culture
    • Savannah Limcaco (Speech-Language Pathology): Autism spectrum disorder: A general overview and look at communication-related intervention
    • Matthew Pavelka (Chemistry Biochemistry): The 21st century opioid epidemic: A brief history and analysis of responses at the national, state, and local scales
    • Jeanna Russell (Speech-Language Pathology): Alternative and augmentative communication devices: Use, benefits, and deficiencies
    • Madison Ryan (Elementary Education): Ending the achievement gap: Linking nonprofit organizations to education
    • Corrin Slankard (Nursing): Factors contributing to the e-cigarette epidemic
    • Hannah Southwood(Marketing): Marketing strategies and consumer behavior: Creating a desire to purchase
    • Olivia Stone (English): A new form of misogyny: Women against women in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Alexandra Toombs (Athletic Training): Technological advancements in cccupational therapy: 3D printing
  • Friday, December 6 – Poster Presentations
  • Session 5: Friday, December 6 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area
  • • Molly Albrecht (Speech-Language Pathology): Sign language: An effective tool for encouraging development?
    • Sydney Gardner (Business Administration): Unseen impact: Maternal opioid use
    • Heather Heidbreder (Architectural Engineering Technology): Biophilic design: Design for the future
    • Ashlyn Hendrix (Communication): Laptop stickers as a means of nonverbal communication
    • Carlos Ocasio (Criminology and Criminal Justice): Effects of deinstitutionalization: An analysis of mentally ill offenders
    • Landon Pence (Athletic Training): Neuroscience in sports: How EEG and sensory motor assessments are changing the way we analyze and improve performance
    • Payton Prechtel (Communication Sciences and Disorders): Severity in smoking: The impact of smoked tobacco products on the human voice
    • Jocelyn Quiles (Communication): Athlete perceptions of coach power use
    • Lauren Ross (Nursing): Disease management vs. disease prevention: Changing today’s disease-care system
    • Zachary Wessel (Biology & Psychology): Social media influence on depression: A comparison between male and female college students
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    Session 6: Friday, December 6 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area
  • • Jessica Blackburn (Nursing): Hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal symptoms
    • April Burns (Social Work): Diving deeper into the stigma against cognitively disabled adults
    • Maggie Davenport (Human Resource Development): Effectively recruiting and retaining strong employees
    • Miranda Edwards (Economics): Liberal and lucrative: Progressive advertisements’ effect on profits
    • Emma Hiigel (Criminology & Psychology): How beneficial are mental health services in a prison setting?
    • Madison Hutchings (Chemistry): Diversity of emergency room physicians and its impact on patient care
    • Daniel Licari (Biology): How to catch a fish: Improving sampling effectiveness in aquatic systems
    • Joshua McCammon (Financial Planning): The ethics behind herd mentality in financial markets
    • Kailee Russell (Recreation and Sports Management -Recreation Therapy): Animal assisted therapy: Awareness and benefits

    Monday, December 9 – Oral Presentations
  • Session 4: Monday, December 9 | 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Pickerl Lower Level
  • • Introduction
    • (12:30) Allison Engstrom (Pre-Medicine Psychology): Sick of inequality: An evaluation of health care disparities and barriers to care in the U.S.
    • (12:40) Evan Bockover (Physical Education Exercise Science): Total knee arthroplasty: A systematic review
    • (12:50) Margo Bokhart (Physical Education Exercise Science): Catching up in the game: Opioid usage and prevention in college athletics
    • (1:10) Kansas Bottomly (Business Management): Global warming: How businesses can help
    • (1:20) Alyssa Bush (Nursing): Solo otra madre: Entrapped & pregnant in Peru’s maternal healthcare system
    • (1:30) Antonio Cornelius (Finance): The topic of taboo: Black masculinity in America
    • (1:40) Ashley Crites (Elementary Education): Art & mind: Improving academic performance and well-being
    • (1:50) Lauren James (History): Alternative perspectives on female literary culture in the early Middle Ages
    • (2:00) Carrie Lane (Biology): Fad to fate: The negative effects of e-cigarettes on your oral health
    • (2:10) Samantha Lewis (Accounting): The impact of sports teams re-locations or new creations
    • (2:20) Ashley Lynch (Exercise Science): Cardiac rehab: Increasing effectiveness
    • (2:30) Break—Participant dismissal and Introduction
    • (2:40) Katelyn Nuthak (Marketing): Target marketing: Where is the ethical line drawn?
    • (2:50) Allison Reckelhoff (Art): Web design and interface: An analysis of theories optimizing user experience
    • (3:00) Claire Seelen (Chemistry): Mitochondrial DNA: A review of current techniques and challenges
    • (3:10) Michaela Ward (Biology): Nutrition education in medical schools: A survey among primary care physicians in Vigo County, IN
    • (3:20) Kelsey Wermert (Interior Architecture Design): Benefits of mixed-use developments: The live-work-play model
    • (3:30) Caitlin Wilkins (Communication): Content analysis of sexual education programs across the United States of America
    • (3:40) Alli Workman (Health Sciences): Back home again in Indiana: Rural healthcare disparities in the Hoosier State
    • (3:50) Gabrielle Yowell (Psychology): Fact & fiction: The identification and portrayal of serial killers
    • (4:00) Close

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