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

Photos from Spring 2019


GH 401 Research Presentations will be held in the Library Events Area. Come in and view the research. Talk with the student researchers! Enjoy oral presentations as well as poster sessions.

 ~~~~~ Schedule ~~~~~

 Oral Presentations 

(Time) is when the students will present

Session 1, Tuesday April 30, 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
  • (9:00 AM) Lindsey Cowan, Exercise Science: The Efficacy of Homeopathic Medicine in Adolescents
  • (9:10 AM) David Drummond, Economics: Software Update Available: Using Nonmonetary Incentives to Increase Productivity
  • (9:20 AM) Juan Nysschen, Chemistry: Stereo Electronic Effects in Mechanistic Pathways
  • (9:30 AM) Adam Palmer, Political Science & Legal Studies: Does Crime Rate Have an Impact on Police Force Funding?
  • (9:40 AM) Cecilia Soto, English Teaching: Integrating Young Adult Literature into the Secondary Classroom​

Session 2, Tuesday April 30, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM
  • (2:00 PM) Allison Crick, Accounting & Marketing: Investigation of Employee Preference Based Typology for Adaptive Leadership
  • (2:10 PM) Olamiposi Famuditimi, Economics: The World’s Superpower: Will the United States continue to lead or will the mantel be passed to China
  • (2:20 PM) Ope Famuditimi, Communication: Female Vampires and Werewolves in Cinema
  • (2:30 PM) John Myles Hesse, English & Theater: Queer Eye for the Playwright: The Otherness of Queer Playwrights
  • (2:40 PM) Kush Patel, Anthropology: Processed Foods and the Obesity Epidemic
  • (2:50 PM) Shantel Rodgers, Recreation and Sports Management: Sex, Gender, and Sport: Fighting Back Against Inequality
  • (3:00 PM) Garrett Short, Communication: Pressure on the Press: An Analysis of the Adversity Modern Media Faces
  • (3:10 PM) Takoda Sons, Biology: Personalized Medicine: A Review of Current Literature

Poster Presentations

Session 1, Wednesday May 1, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Cassie Bice-Dunmoyer, Social Work: The United States Criminal Justice System: Punishment or Rehabilitation?
  • Helena Bierly, Earth and Environmental Science: A Catalyst for a New Climate Conversation: Analyzing Climate Variability and Agricultural Yield in the Midwest
  • Sarah Ewigleben, Criminology: Dancing To Be Thin: Study of Eating Disorders in the Dance World
  • Julia Linton, Accounting: Eliminating Single Use Plastic Packaging in America: Operational and Environmental Impacts
  • Taylor Mann, Baccalaureate Nursing: Common Concerns With Vaccinations: Why We Need Them
  • Aaron Meyer, Aviation Management: Rules Written in Blood
  • Kylee Moody, Biology: The Many Faces of Abortion: Protecting Women and Future Generations
  • Sarah Parker, Health Sciences: The Keto Diet: Is it Healthy and Safe for the Human Body?
  • Julie Schubert, English Teaching: The Effects of Varied Censorship Forms in Educational Settings
  • Shelby Small, Elementary Education: Why Public Schools are Switching to Uniforms

Session 2, Wednesday May 1, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Rebecca Bettridge, Art—Graphic Design: Individualism in Art: Exploring the Influence of Art History on Current Visual Creations
  • Kade Carter, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing
  • Chandler Hoskins, Chemistry: Irreversible Enzyme Inhibitor: Penicillin Blocks the Bacterial Cell Wall
  • Arika Kemp, Chemistry: The Chemical Aspect of Vaccination
  • Bansari Modhera, Biology: Benzodiazepines: Abuse, Addiction & Gender Differences
  • Cierra Natt, Biology: A Survey of the Implications of Leadership Methods
  • Samantha Paloma, Baccalaureate Nursing: Violence in the Workplace: A Nurse’s View
  • Emily Rogers, Recreation and Sport Management: Putting the Brakes on Sex Trafficking in the United States
  • Evan Rogers, Insurance and Risk Management: Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Our Everyday Lives
  • Brooke Schafer, Elementary Education: School Safety: How a Safe School Affects a Child’s Education
  • Braelyn Wence, Speech-Language Pathology: The Effects of Dance on the Human Body and Mind
Session 3, Wednesday May 1, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Laura Cochran, Biology: Gene Regulation in Heart Development in Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Sierra Gale, Science Education: The Benefits that the Arts Bring to the Science Classroom
  • Tyler King, English & Psychology: The Impact of Cognition on Linguistic Development and Rehabilitation
  • Nathaniel Koehler, Marketing: Marketing Data: Whose Information is it?
  • Robert Pawlak, Athletic Training: Worth of Athletic Training Services Provided by a Division 1 Collegiate Basketball Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Student
  • Briana Sheehy, Baccalaureate Nursing & Language Studies: The Undeniable Truth: Substance Abuse within the Nursing Profession
  • Claire Silcox, Communication: The Correlation Between Changes in Women’s Fashion Trends and Women’s Societal Roles
  • Ryan Stenger, Marketing: Major League Marketing: An Analysis of an MLB Franchise’s Potential in Indianapolis
  • Joseph Twitdy, Psychology: The Foundation of Empathy: Mirror Neurons and Their Implications
  • Phillip Williams, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Alternative Fuel Solutions for Transportation

Session 4, Thursday May 2, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Ashley Angulo, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Women in STEM: The Journey of Intellectual Women, Rate of Women in the Workforce, and Upping the Numbers
  • Liam Brown, Chemistry: Animations of Electron Rearrangement in Pericyclic Reactions
  • Courtney Ferguson, Insurance & Risk Management—Finance: How Natural Catastrophes Impact the Insurance Industry
  • Kristal Garcia, Civil Engineering: OSHA Regulations and the Safety of Construction Workers on Jobsites
  • Karli Hall, General Studies: Understanding the Complexities of Food Allergies
  • Elizabeth Hobbs, Elementary Education: Chronic Absenteeism in the American Classroom
  • Gabrielle Horrall, Exercise Science: Sensory Processing Disorder: Perception of Sensations and Lack of Integration
  • Hillary Johnson, Geology: Tracking an Invasive Diatom in the Greater Mississippi River Basin through Space and Time
  • McKenna Jones, English Education: The Dark Tower Looms: An Investigation of Literary Connections in Stephen King’s Magnum Opus
  • Priyadharshini Manikandan, Biology: Feminine Hygiene Products: A Lack of Accessibility and Education
  • Maren Milbourn, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Detrimental Effects of Mental Health:  Understanding The Intricate Details of Anxiety and Major Depression and Its Effects on Various Aspects of a Person’s Life
  • Noah Runyon, Athletic Training—Applied Medicine: Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
  • Haylee Sigmon, Operations and Supply Chain Management: Evaluating How Companies React to Environmental Disasters
  • Emily Taylor, Human Development and Family Studies: A Critical Analysis of Holocaust Education

Session 5, Thursday May 2, 2:00 PM – 4:00
  • Brandon Ball, Management: The Effects of Colors in Marketing
  • Seth Biggs, Business Management: The Automotive Buying Process: Past and Present
  • Katherine Forness, Health Science: Minding the Gap: Investigating Pay Equity and Gender Discrimination
  • Kelsie Gee, Language Studies—Spanish Teaching: The Effectiveness of TPRS in Foreign Language Classrooms
  • Bailey Goff, Speech—Language Pathology: Benefits of Equine Therapy On Mental Illnesses: An Alternative To Traditional Treatment In Rural Communities
  • Nathan Guth, Safety Management: An Examination of American Politics and Economics in the Absence of Adolf Hitler
  • Sydney Hamker, Criminology: The Effects of Concussions in Athletes
  • Madison Henry, Marketing: Successful Practices of the Walt Disney World Company
  • Caroline Ann Kinderthain, English: Unraveling Consensual Non Monogamy
  • Mateo Nino, Psychology: The Effects of Media on the Mental Health Profession
  • Josie Rakes, Accounting & Financial Services: Social Media Use and Social Conformity: Investigating the effects on Millennials and Generation Z

Session 6, Friday May 3, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Sarah Ahmer, Fine Art: How College Builds Key Skills for Employment (With a Focus on Art Students)
  • Alathia Bowden, Social Work: Anxiety and Depression: The Effects on Students
  • Kyle Collins, Finance—Insurance: Solving Climate Change: The Value of the Stock Market
  • Logan Dawson, Health Administration: Videogames: The Impact on Society
  • Jacob Harmon, Mechanical Engineering Technology: An Analysis of the History and Design of Umbrellas
  • Emma Hayward, Elementary Education: STEM Education at the Elementary Level
  • Makayla Herring, Insurance and Risk Management: Financial Literacy and Independence: The Need for Educational Reform
  • Jacob Kissick, Insurance and Risk Management—Financial Services: Drones in the Insurance Industry: Implications, Use, and Affects
  • Tanner Mead, Computer Science: The Electronic Controversy: How Video Games Affect Your Health
  • Shannon O’Connor, Accounting: Breaking the Stereotype: The Media’s Influence on the Fraternity and Sorority Community
  • Whitney Peters, Biology: The Limits of Empathy: Critical Analysis of Compassion Fatigue Among Nursing Healthcare Professionals
  • Emma Walker, Anthropology & History: Two-Spirited Native American peoples: Who They Are and How They Help Us Understand Native American Culture

Session 7, Friday May 3, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Kaitlyn Booker, Business Education: Impact of Differentiated Teaching Instruction
  • Gretchen Burkhart, Finance: Can Likability Be Learned?
  • Caleb Dosch, Economics: How Did the Golden Age Capitalism Occur and was it Worth it?
  • David Green, Information Technology: Artificial Intelligence and its Implications
  • Kaleb Guess, Marketing: Recruitment and Development in Motorsports: iRacing Service as an Alternative to Traditional Recruitment, Training, and Practice
  • Karlyn Hart, Criminology: Serial Killers: Born or Made?
  • Kaitlyn Malek, Biology—Pre-Med: Radial Artery versus Saphenous Vein for Coronary Artery Bypass Procedure
  • Bryanna Mathews, Biology: Sediment and Water Quality Determination of the Otter Creek Watershed, Indiana
  • Austin Montgomery, Athletic Training—Clinical: Glenohumeral Internal Rotational Deficit and its Effects on a Pitcher’s Body
  • Payton Nemeth, Recreation and Sports Management—Recreation Therapy: Genealogy’s Impact on Daily Life
  • Madison Robinson, Elementary Education: The Effects of Poverty on Children
  • Haley Viewegh, Baccalaureate Nursing: Patient Violence Against Nurses: The Impact on Staffing Retention and Hospital Liability

Photo credit: students in images from previous Honors College poster sessions, photographer Marsha Miller, Library Marketing Committee

Dec. 5 – Dec. 7 Honors Thesis Poster Sessions

Wednesday, December 5 – Friday, December 7

GH 401 students will be presenting their thesis research during poster sessions in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area. Sessions will be from 8:30am -11:00am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 2:30pm-4:30pm each day. The public is invited to attend and interact with the student researchers!

Photo from May 2, 2018 Poster Session

Session 1, December 5, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Bryce Carpenter, Accounting: Factors Contributing to the Gender Wage Gap in Professional Sports
  • Garrett Moody, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Military Aircraft and their Ability to Defend our Nation
  • Taylor Morris, Accounting: Limiting the Effects of Crime on Businesses
  • Sarah Placke, Elementary Education: Mental Health Services in Elementary Schools
  • Michaela Rausch, Communication; Criminology: Female Police Officer Presence and Police-Citizen Encounters: A Look into Use of Force and Social Control Theory
  • Nicholas Scott, Aviation Management & Unmanned Aerial Systems: Aeronautical Safety: Then and Now
  • Amber Stinson, Interior Architecture Design: Color: Is It Impactful?
Session 2, December 5, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Andrew Case, Communication: Tuckman’s Small Group Development: Application in New Student Orientation Teams
  • Angela Johnson, Biology; Science Education: Investigating Gender Inequality in STEM: What Can Be Done?
  • Jak Kramer, Insurance and Risk Management: The Greek War: Are Fraternities and Sororities Positive or Negative Impacts on Undergraduates’ Lives?
  • Olivia Neese, Biology: Effects of Propofol on Efflux Transporters in a Human Stem Cell Derived Model of the Blood Brain Barrier
  • Aireon Owsley, Social Work: Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Kelly Ronan, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: Getting the Right Angle on Pythagoras: Exploring Literary Works Throughout the Ages
  • Olivia Sacopulos, Biology: Gender Differences in Pain: Is Research Skewed Toward One Gender?
  • Justina Shupperd, Baccalaureate Nursing: Worldwide Suicide:  A Rising Concern among Today’s Youth
  • Ben Vertelney, Professional Aviation Flight Technology; Unmanned Systems: Two Iconic Airliners and Their Impact on the Aviation Industry
Session 3, December 5, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Jennifer Cantin, Speech—Language Pathology: Implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices in the Pediatric Population
  • Kimberly Clifford, Health Administration: The Ins and Outs of Human Trafficking
  • Maxwell Cooper, Accounting: Business Valuation Approaches: Exploring Methodologies, Effective Utilization, and Market Impact
  • Hallie Durall, Speech—Language Pathology: Early Intervention and Autism: A School Speech Pathologist View
  • Kathleen Gaines, Music Education: Performing Musicians and the Injuries that Affect Them
  • Madison Gruenert, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: School Culture: Grade Level Differences
  • Hannah Mann, Baccalaureate Nursing: Trauma Systems in Rural Healthcare Systems
  • Madison Michalic, Elementary Education: How Autism Affects Socializing and  Friendships in Elementary Aged Children
  • Chinonye Olumba, Chemistry: Are Smoking Alternatives Safer than Cigarettes?
  • Abigail Simon, Elementary Education: Modern Technology and its Impact on the Modern Child
Session 4, December 6, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Brookelyn Bunch, Criminology; Social Justice: Exceeding the Goals of Punishment
  • Katherine Burger, Music Education: Assessment in Music: It’s More Than Participation
  • Emily Davis, Communication-Public Relations: Initiating Conversations After not Succeeding: A Further Investigation of Communicative Behaviors Following Failure
  • Jacob Gay, Music Education – Instrumental: The University Funding Crisis in Ireland: An Analysis of the Cassells Report and Parallels to the United States
  • Madison Igleheart, Language Studies; Speech-Language Pathology: English Language Learners in the Education System
  • Taylor Mills, Interior Architecture Design: Creative Space: How Surroundings Affect Emotions
  • Abigail Ness, Elementary Education: School Uniforms: The Impact of School Uniforms in a Public School
  • Alec Nirtaut, Accounting: Evaluating The Audit Practice in a Blockchain-Driven Society
  • Seirra Nobbe, Music Education: From Kindergarten to Senior High: The Development of the Child’s Voice
  • Quentin Pierce, Exercise Science: The Role of Alcohol Intake In Exercise—Related Injuries
  • Jessica Van Liew, Interior Architecture Design: Sustainable Building in Developing Countries
  • Delaney Williams, Exercise Science: Chronic Pain with a Focus on Psychosocial Issues
Session 5, December 6, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Ali Bennett, Athletic Training – Applied Medicine: Radiology: History, Limitations, & Advancements
  • Stacy Galletta, English Teaching: Secondary Special Education: Are Future Teachers Prepared?
  • Hunter Gill, Chemistry: Interaction between the Human Microbiome and Host MiRNA Expression in Carcinogenesis
  • Tyler Jenkins, Computer Science; Physics: Amyloid Beta: Structure, Behavior and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Star Leonard, Biology: Correlation between Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Depression and Anxiety
  • William Stone, Exercise Science: Finding Food: The Impact of a Plant-Based Diet
  • B. Noah Woods, Political Science: The Modern Manifest Destiny: An Analysis of Neocolonialism in US-Latin American Relations
  • Taylor Yates, Operations & Supply Chain Management: Affirmative Action and Its Relevancy in the 21st Century
Session 6, December 6, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Mollie Borcherding, Athletic Training: Tactical Athletes: Injuries, Rehabilitation, and Injury Prevention
  • Emily Brana, Biology; Science Education: How Education Philosophy Changed American Instruction Methods Through the Twentieth Century
  • Joslyn Dietzen, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Effect of Social Media on Vaccination Compliance
  • Andrew Gerard, Biology: The Consequences of Cesarean Section Mode of Delivery on the Gastrointestinal Microbiota of Infants
  • Kathryn Gilbert, Chemistry: An Integrative Approach to Vaccine Adherence: Addressing the Public Concern
  • Caleb Harrison, Athletic Training – Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation: Prescription Drug Abuse in America: The Current Epidemiology
  • Destiney Hughes, Biology; Science Education: How Educational Policy Shapes Teaching Effectiveness: An International Analysis
  • Trevor Leuck, Communication: Mental Illness Depictions in Films
  • Elizabeth Mauder, Communication: The Representation of Domestic Violence within the Media and its Effects on Society
  • Corey Maxedon, Finance: Financial Options: History, Computational Analysis, and Future Significance
  • Anne Watson, Health Sciences-Public Health: Bridging the Gap of Age and Awkwardness: Improving Geriatric Sex Education
  • Jayla Watson, Athletic Training: Awareness and Prevention for Exercise in Extreme Environments: Heat, High Altitude, and Cold
Session 7, December 7, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Megan Beehler, Marketing: Factors Influencing Impulsive Buying Behavior
  • Abigail Belich, Human Resource Development: The Effects of Businesses Collaborating with their Employees to Impact Communities
  • Whitney Brown, Interior Architecture Design: How Surface Treatments Change the Aesthetics and Structure of Aluminum
  • Dylan Carroll, Business: Amazon and Its Obstruction of Greatness
  • Cole Donaldson, English: A Creative Writer’s Perspective on the Importance of Video Games in Modern Society
  • Amie Fortman, Theater: Not in My Perfect Mind: Mental Illness in Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  • Maci Hiser, Psychology: Mental Health Stigmas
  • Mitchel Kemp, Biology: Ocular Diseases: Causes, Treatments, and Their Link to the Rest of the Body
  • Wyatt Lawson, Fine Art: Expressions of Queer Identity: An Analysis of Francis Bacon
  • Melika Madani, Biology: Human Impacts on the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone
  • Joshua Mans, Recreation and Sports Management: LeBron James and His Impact on Local Economies
  • Sarah Neeley, Human Resource Development: Save the Turtles! Is a Plastic-Free Ocean a Real Possibility?
  • Maureen Schroeder, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
  • Jacqueline Smith, Chemistry: Vaccines: A Comparison of the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Meghan VanWanzeele, Biology: The Effects of Matcha Tea on the Growth of Cancer Cells
Session 8, December 7, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Britney Arnold, Baccalaureate Nursing: Deviations in Care Among Healthcare Clients and the Risks for Workers
  • Emily Barber, Baccalaureate Nursing: Animal-Assisted Therapy: What is it and How Does It Help Patients Heal?
  • Sidney Eckert, Mathematics: Artificial Intelligence’s Growing Role: Advancements Imply New Trends in Jobs
  • Tequilla Howard, Elementary Education; Special Education: Children, Poverty, and Education
  • Rebecca Howe, Health Sciences: The Importance of Quality Management in Healthcare: The Impact on the Patient Experience
  • Livinus Isioma, Political Science: Social Media Regulation By Government: A Plausible Consideration
  • Kaelyn Robertson, Criminology & Criminal Justice: Implications of Radicalization: How Individuals Emerge into Terrorists
  • Gabrielle Smith, Communication: The Importance of Understanding Depression and Its Effects on College Campuses: An Informational Study
  • Zackary D. Taylor, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: The History of Calculus: A Debacle for the Ages
  • Jordan Thorpe, Operations & Supply Chain Management: Adoption of New Business Opportunities in the Bottom of the Pyramid
  • Hannah Toptsi, Language Studies: Influencer Advertising and a Culture of Overconsumption
  • Emily Weber, Speech—Language Pathology: A Child’s Environment and Their Language Development
Session 9, December 7, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Zoe Bales, English: Literature as a Coping Strategy
  • Chalen Chambers, Science Education: Supporting the Achievement of Special Education Students in the High School Chemistry Class
  • Alexis Fortman, Art: Fan-Art and Its Impact on American Culture
  • Margaret Glowinski, Elementary Education: Myths, Misconceptions, and Misdiagnosis of Endometriosis
  • Colton Hooper, Professional Aviation Flight Technology; Operations & Supply Chain Management: Up in the Air: Dynamic Aviation Industry Future Uncertain with Pilot Shortage
  • Peter “Jacob” Panagouleas, Accounting: How Will a Tax Return Completed Last Year Compare to This Year?
  • Victoria Ross-Frost, Economics: Declining Federal Funding for Workforce Development Programs and Its Impact on Local Workforce Systems
  • Tori Sanders, Biology: The Importance of Spaying/Neutering on Pet Overpopulation
  • Harjas Singh, Developmental Biology: The role of Jumu, a Forkhead domain transcription factor, in mediating the proper positioning of cardiac cells by regulating extracellular matrix proteins
  • Matthew Spahn, Computer Engineering Technology: Feasibility of City-Wide Solar Power Adoption for the City of Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Cassidy Zehnder, Language Studies: The Negative Effects of 20th Century U.S. Involvement in Central America and the Caribbean

Photo from May 2, 2018