poster sessions at Celebration of Scholarship

Saint Mary's University will host the Celebration of Scholarship on Friday, April 28, 2017.

This campus-wide celebration highlights and celebrates the diverse talents and skills of Saint Mary's students across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines.

The event is organized into four sessions. The first three sessions, each 75 minutes in length, will consist of various presentations or performances. The fourth session, 60 minutes in length, will be a poster presentation session. Over 100 presentations will be given throughout the day.


Please register before attending sessions:
Saint Mary's Hall, first floor
Adducci Science Center, entryway
Performance Center, Ben Miller Lobby


Please register and pick up passport in Saint Mary's Hall, first floor before attending sessions.

General Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Registration opens

9 - 10:15 a.m. - Session 1

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Session 2

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Lunch and Mass

1 - 2:15 p.m. - Session 3

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Poster Sessions

3:45 p.m. - Reception, Performance Center, Ben Miller Lobby

4:30 p.m. - Honors Convocation, Page Theatre

Full Program (PDF)

Selena Bergstrom, Lauren Graf. Animal Attitude/Exploring Personal Emotion Through Art

Mohanna Aloufi. The Effect of Clove Oil Treatment on Inflammation

Nathan Borst. The Anti-Microbial Properties of Hunting Socks Containing Silver Nanoparticles is Questionable

Wyatt Coghill. Comparison of Cuticular Hydrocarbon Signatures Between Different Ant Worker Sizes in the Western Thatching Ant

Aubrie Cornell. The Anti-Microbial Properties of Lululemon High Speed Silverescent Technology Socks

Alyssa Drake. Effects of Prescribed Burning on Invasive Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula) and Ant Community Abundances

John Ethen. Influence of Experimentally Manipulated Elaiosome Size on Ant Removal of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Reed Evers. The Effects of Behavioral Self-Regulation on Brain Reactivity in the Prefrontal Cortex to Food Cues

Sarah Garrison. Mice Treated with the Dietary Supplement HemoHIM Exhibit Reduced Leptin Levels Compared to Control Mice

William Granholm. Analysis of the Fish Community Structure at Cascade Meadow Lake

Mohammed Hadi. The Effect of TBX2 on Expression of EPHB2, EPHB3, and EPHB6 in the MDA-MB-468 Cell Line

Jane Hannula. Analysis of Self-Reported Chronotype Cortisol Levels and Beta Wave Frequencies Recorded in the Morning Versus the Evening

Lhazin Jamtsho. The Effect of an EGFR Inhibitor on Erk1/2 Activation Induced by TBX2 Expression

Haley Jorgensen. An Assay of Mitochondrial Function Within Complex I Through IV Within the Electron Transport Chain From a Mitochondrial Concentration of Chicken (Gallus gallus) Liver Fractions Exposed to Atrazine

Claire Judeh. The Effect of TBX2 Expression on BTG2 Expression in the MDA-MB-468 Cell Line

Sarah Laska. The Ability of Turmeric to Inhibit Inflammation in an Animal Model is Questionable

Sarah Laska, Jeremy Heinle, Jordyn Messling, Raelynn Speltz, Acacia Wimmer. The Impact of the Dietary Supplement HemoHIM on Humoral and Cell Mediated Immunity

Kassandra Lien. Validation of the Use of a Human Pulse Transducer for Use with Anesthetized Mice

Joseph Malinao. The Effect of TBX2 Expression on Growth of the SKBR3 Cell Line Treated with a HER2 Neutralizing Antibody

Maeve McDonnell. Effects of Rhamnus cathartica on the Growth Rate of Gallus gallus

Jordyn Messling. The Dietary Supplement HemoHIM Has No Impact on Humoral Immunity in Mus musculus

Kayla Perri. Exploration of the Simple and Complex Cuticular Hydrocarbons of Formica obscuripes

Erica Ristow. Native Ant Community Satiation and Preference Between Sanguinaria canadensis and Dicentra cucullaria

Raelynn Speltz. Expression of Neuropilin-1 and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor- α (VEGF- α) in Mice (Mus musculus) Brain Tissue Exposed in utero to Atrazine

Lauren Streich. Assessment of an Anesthetic Protocol for Use in Field Studies of Mice

Morgan Thomas. Systemic Hormone Response to Oral Synepherine and Caffeine in Mus musculus

Acacia Wimmer, Jeremy Heinle, Raelynn Speltz. Hepatic Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase Expression and Neuropilin-1 and VEGF-α in Newborn Mice (Mus musculus) Exposed in utero to Atrazine

Michael Amelio, Nicholas Turner. Steam Video Game Sales Analysis of Video Games Sold on Steam: Data to Knowledge

Amanda Baker, Tara Nagy. Can Social Media Comments Predict Gender?

Sean Butcher, Garrett Grunke, Joseph Kleve. How Much Is Your Car Worth?  A Valuation Model for Used Car Sales

Madeline Champa, Destiny Dux, Michael Mezzano. Surviving the Strategic Management Case Competition

Maxwell Champa, Nicole Bartosz. Physician Assisted Suicide: Death With Dignity?

Madeline Champa, Chloe Morrison. Mayo Scholars Panel Discussion

Zachary Finkelstein. Police Science: The Importance of Data Analytics Within Local Law Enforcement

Martin Gruse, Abigail Wales. How Happy Are You:]  A Sentiment Analysis of Online Activity

Bradley Hauser, Taylor Portner. Airbnb New User Bookings: Application of Market Intelligence

Jared Johnson, Michael Amelio, Michael Mezzano. Competitive Intelligence Through the Use of Financial Models

Michael Kelly, Elizabeth Adames, Drew De Palma, Austin Jacobs, Maria Missurelli, Gordon Paulman. Advertising and Promotions: Ad Campaigns that Pop and Pitch

Joseph Malinao, Rowan Flynn. Cross-Sectional Study of Breast Biopsy Mass Data Using KPI Scorecards for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Chloe Morrison, William Arvinius. Taxing American Corporations: What is the Right Amount?

Rachel Putnam, Rowan Flynn, Kevin Gleason. The Confirmation Process for U.S. Supreme Court Justices: It's Getting Ugly

Marcin Sak, Jeremy Johnson, Nathan Soltau. Inferential Analysis: Predicting Future Success of NBA Players

Nathan Soltau. War is Bad for the U.S. Economy

Jia Zhao, Megan Zembrycki. Text Mining of Amazon Fine Food Reviews

Maetzin Cruz-Reyes. Preparation and Characterization of an Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-Bound Copper(II) Cyclam Complex for Organophosphate Hydrolysis

Lauren Finley. Hepatic Expression of Glutathione S-Transferase Isotypes (Alpha, Pi, and Mu) of Mus musculus Exposed to Atrazine in utero

Alex Galloway. Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Sodium Octadecatungstohexaphosphate as a Potent and Selective Inhibitor of Alkaline Phosphatase

Misty Hanson. Investigation of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in Minnesota’s Natural Waters by Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) GC-MS

Aimee Koelln. Minimal Inhibitory Concentration of Melaleuca alternifolia on Candida albicans Growth

James Larson. A Study of the Effects of PLA on Zebrafish Embryos

Jacob Paulson. Headspace-Solid Phase Microextraction Analysis of 3,4-Methelenedioxymethamphetamine in the Mississippi River

Thomas Ripplinger. Computational Prediction of the Decavanadate Binding Site of Phosphoglycerate Mutase

Marah Shields. Effect of Metal Ions and Complexes on Bacterial Cell Growth

Briana Torres. Synthesis of 1-anilino-4-(tosyloxy) Anthraquinone and Derivatives for Purification of Lactase Dehydrogenase

Megan Vandenberg. Study of the Hydrolytic Cleaving Ability of Inorganic Copper Catalysts on Supercoiled Plasmid DNA

Acacia Wimmer. Expression of Hepatic Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase (ACACA) in Mice (Mus musculus) Exposed in utero to Atrazine

Grace Van Beest, Ellen Moran. Get Out of Town: How to Study Abroad as a Communication Major

Ashley Anderson, Cortney Beckman. The Scholarship of Teaching: Creating a Classroom Environment that Allows for Individualized Learning. Routines + Transitions + Student Choice +  Differentiation = Engaging Instruction for All!

Michaela Budach. The Scholarship of Teaching: Constructivist Lesson Planning to Engage Students. “Do” First, “Name” Second, and Don’t Forget the Questions and Academic Language!

Catherine Deysach. The Scholarship of Teaching: Relationships and Community, the Heart of an Effective Classroom. Be Intentional!

Karlie Keller. The Scholarship of Teaching: Formative Feedback and Student Supports to  Promote Student Success. Yes, Even at the High School Level!

Kayleigh Kloncz, Mary Scott. The Scholarship of Teaching: Conceptual Instruction, Individualized Learning, and Diverse Settings…Oh My!

Ena Moats. The Scholarship of Teaching: Teaching Critical Thinking Through Constructed Response. Stay True to Instruction Grounded in Research. The Effort is Worth It!

Sarah O'Connell. The Scholarship of Teaching: “To Cover or Uncover Content?” That is the Question—Finding a Balance Between Conceptual Teaching and the Demands of the Academic Calendar. Instruction Must Be Meaningful!

Lindsay Paschke. The Scholarship of Teaching: Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom. iPads, Apps, Websites, and STEM. Everyone Wins!

Aaron Romportl. The Scholarship of Teaching: Assessment that Uses Student Explanation to Guide Instruction. It’s Evidence-Based and Not Just in My Head!

Kelsey Stenzel. The Scholarship of Teaching: Formative Feedback and Student Supports to Promote Student Success. It’s About the Process of Learning!

Joseph Byrd, Abby Lafko, Michael O’Brien-Britton. Short Fiction: "The Mermaid"

Ellen Hinck. Modernism and the Water Motif

Margaret Klonowski. Hair as Race Metaphor: Cultural Perspectives in Americanah

Abby Lafko, Michael O’Brien-Britton, Joseph Byrd. Short Fiction: "The Final Melody"

Michael O'Brien-Britton, Joseph Byrd, Abigail Lafko. Short Fiction: "The Coming Out of Nicholas Locklear"

Molly Urban. Cultural Shifts in Lolita: Mapping the New and Old Worlds in Humbert Humbert

Liam Bickerstaff. Pushkin's "Queen of Spades" Meets Dostoevsky's Wandering Russian: A Case Study for Early Slavophilism

Stephen Fishbune. Competent, Capable, and Practically Dressed: The Representation of Women in the Assassin's Creed Series

Isabella Garcia. This Ain’t Your Grandparents’ Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Collective Memory of African American Protest

Allison Lincoln. Victims of History?: National Identity and the Holocaust in Post-Soviet Polish Cinema

Kalleigh May. A Particular Sunless World: Hemophilia and the Concept of Failing Masculinity in the Last Russian Imperial Family

Nicholas Reding. The Cornerstone of the Conservative Revolution: Creation of the Confederate Constitution

Shawn Vaske. The Jewish Christian Composer: The Religious Synthesis of Felix Mendelssohn Portrayed Through His Music

Abram Whitebird. The Primacy of Peter: Peter the Great, Charles XII, and Voltaire's Royal Thesis

Alexander Zuzek. Wife During Wartime: Gender and the Dakota War of 1862

Sarah Anderson. Math Anxiety and Its Effect on Students Across Various Grades

Wylie Ferron. March Math Madness

Gabrielle Geissler. Math Negativity: Its Causes and Solutions in a High School Classroom

Benjamin Preusser. The Numbers Behind the RSA Cryptosystem

Blake Primmer. Hidden Statistics that Win a Baseball Game

Chad Schlosser. The Effect of Home Field Advantage Across a Variety of Sports

Elizabeth Steffes. Beating the Flight System: When to Buy Your Plane Tickets

Caitlyn Strusz. Incorporating Student-Centered Workforce Tasks to Connect Real-World Problems and Student Motivation

Erika Stumo. The Misuse of Probability in Casinos

Spencer Kubista. La carretera de la Edad Media: El Impacto del Camino de Santiago de compostela

Darvell Jones, Hongdou Ge, Julia Kirk, Erin McCoy, Rachel Prince, Brittany Stenzel, Kelsey Thurston. Music Department Recital

Eric Mashak. Natural and Human Law

Timothy Reither. Humor and Self-Transcendence

Thomas Ripplinger. The Beauty in Laudato Si

Nicolas Wilson. John Lancaster Spalding: Life and Education

Amanda Baker. Motivation, Grit, and Mindset in the Workplace: What Brings Us Job Satisfaction

Kathleen Bowlin, Samuel Eggebrecht, Jacob Hagen-Erickson, McKenna Messling. Impacts of Norms and Masculine Gender Role Stress on Sexual Assault Bystander Efficacy and Rape Myth Acceptance

Kathryn Clark, Katherine Lofquist, Mara Novakovic, Jenna Phelps, Nicole Powell. The Influence of Gymtimidation on Motivation

Jessica Cwik, Jamie Henderson, Tatiana Jones, Adrianna Black, Aldontae Guess, Haley Jorgensen, Signey Stoesz, Jessica Quicker. Alcohol Use and Abuse Among College Athletes and Non-Athletes: An Examination of Contributing Factors

Jacob Eslinger. Positive Outcomes: The Challenges of Juvenile Justice

Reed Evers. The Effects of Behavioral Self-Regulation and Mindfulness on Brain Reactivity in the Prefrontal Cortex to Food Cues

Reed Evers, Elizabeth Leif. What Affects Our Body Images?: An Exploration of How Relationship Status, Gender, Gender Norms, and Family Teasing Affect Our Body Images

Michael Franceschi. Relationship Between Music and Learned Helplessness

Elizabeth Leif. Relationship Satisfaction: Can We Go the Distance from a Distance?

Victor Mendoza. The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Prosocial Behavior and Compassion

Joseph Tonda. Birth Order Effects on Personalities and Familial Relationships

Meaghan Updike, Austin Kleman. Relationship Between Music Listening, Music Tempo, and Athletic Performance

Gloria Kranenburg, Alicia Berkenes, Nyakume Dup. Physical Exercise and Well-Being

Katherine Lofquist, Kathryn Clark. Musical Preference Between Introverts and Extroverts in Different Environments

Yisset Gonzalez, Marisol Martinez. Effect of Pre-drawn Patterns as a Therapeutic Tool with University Students

Kortney Wobbe, Summer Lardy, Marisol Martinez, Brian Mockler, Hanna Potter, Biruk Tefera, Bailey Windsperger. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Do Advertisements Describe Us All? Media Influence on Perceptual Body Image

Bailey Steinke, Andrew Hanzelka, Colleen Thul, Jack Walterman, Jake Muzzarelli, Kenneth Peebles, Zachary Hillman, Allyson Barwick. Presentation of Graduation Projects

Allyson Barwick, Bailey Steinke, Colleen Thul, Joseph Lazano, Jack Walterman, LisaAnn Kemper, Andrew Hanzelka, Kay Lynne Irwin, Jake Muzzarelli, Zachary Hillman, Kenneth Peebles. Senior Showcase

Jack Walterman, Bailey Steinke, Jake Muzzarelli, Zachary Hillman, Andrew Hanzelka. Theory/Theatre Research Panel